Horse Racing Ireland

  • Dual Gold cup winner Al Boum Photo made it a hat-trick in the Savills New Years Day Chase at Tramore this afternoon.

    The Willie Mullins trained runner was ridden by Paul Townend and returned the odds on favourite, with stablemate Acapella Bourgeois in second

    Emulating Best Mate's three consecutive Gold Cups at Cheltenham is next on the winner's agenda.

  • Leighlinbridge trainer Pat Fahy has endured a few frustrating days with talented mare Awayinthewest but she chose a good race to end those frustrations as she landed the €30,000 Monroe's Live Mares Handicap Hurdle at Ballinrobe on Monday.

    The daughter of Getaway had to fight her corner to get some racing room under Barry Geraghty, but when push came to shove she picked it up off from long-time leader Presenting Mahler off the home bend and in the end won readily by two-and-three-quarter lengths. 

  • Irish jump jockey Barry Geraghty has retired from horse racing at the age of 40.

    The rider won the Grand National in 2003 and twice claimed the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

    Geraghty rode over 650 career winners, including 43 at the Cheltenham Festival.

  • Jockey Barry Geraghty will miss the Galway Festival as he continues to recover from a double leg break.

    The 39-year-old's recovery from fractures to his tibia and fibula suffered at Aintree in April is taking longer than first anticipated.

    Geraghty says he's now hoping to be back for Listowel Festival in September.

  • Horse Racing Ireland has confirmed the champions for the National Hunt season, just two days after it was announced the season would be cut short.

    Willie Mullins has secured the trainers' championship for the 14th time.

    Paul Townend is crowned champion jockey for the third time and Gigginstown House Stud is the champion owner for the sixth successive season and the eighth time in all.

  • Its day five of racing in the Galway races as people flock to the east of the city for fun and festivities.

    Today's feature race at Ballybrit is the 70-thousand euro Guinness Handicap which is due off at 10-to-7.

    The first of a seven-race card is off this evening at 5.10.

    Our racing tip comes in the 7.25 race, number 5 Invitation.

  • It's day one of the Galway Races, which will take place behind closed doors due to Covid-19.

    The first of eight races at Ballybrit gets underway at 4.10.

  • The final race meet of the year takes place at Ballinrobe today.

    The first of an all National Hunt, eight race card goes to post at 3.30pm.

  • The first meeting at Ballinrobe racecourse has been cancelled and the manager at the track confirmed to Midwest Sport this morning that it's unlikely to see racing until at least June.

    It follows the announcement by Government that all sporting events have been cancelled until April 19th at the earliest.

    Horse racing had continued behind closed doors since March 13 but there will be no more meetings in the country scheduled until April 19 at the earliest.

    The first meeting at Ballinrobe Racecourse, which was set for Friday, April 17, has been called off and racecourse manager John Flannelly says in the short term he feels it's unlikely that racing will take place in May.

    The meetings lined up for May take place on May 7th, May 25th and the McHale Raceday on May 26th, with later meetings this year scheduled for June 22nd, July 20th and 21st; August 10th and 24th, and September 11th.

    John Flannelly told Midwest Sport today that this decision was inevitable.

    Horse Racing Ireland is to meet today to decide whether Irish racing will continue to be run behind closed doors.
    There is now a blanket ban on UK racing across the water.

  • This current National Hunt racing season has drawn to a close following the cancellation of the Fairyhouse and Punchestown Festivals.

    It is hoped the 2020 Irish Grand National will be staged in the winter.

    The intention is to stage the 150th Irish Grand National between October and December.

    When racing resumes, it will be a month of flat action, probably behind closed doors.

  • Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh says he's "very worried" about the future of some Irish racecourses.

    The coronavirus has brought racing to a half in Ireland until at least April 19th and next month's Punchestown Festival is in major doubt.

    Horse Racing Ireland are set to hold a conference call next Wednesday to discuss emergency measures and how to deal with the loss in revenue at tracks.

  • Horse Racing Ireland has confirmed there will be a one-week extension of the flat season.

    In a revised calendar for the last five months of the year, they've also squeezed in an additional 39 fixtures.

    Racing is due to resume behind closed doors at Naas on Monday.

  • The Irish National Hunt season has been officially ended by coronavirus.

    The Fairyhouse Easter Festival and the Punchestown Festival have both been cancelled as a result of the pandemic.

    Racing in Ireland remains suspended until April 19th at the earliest.

  • Midwest Radio paid a visit to Fergal Birrane at Killala House Stables to get an insight into the great work taking place.

    Fergal Birrane is from Killala and is a licensed trainer of flat and national hunt horses. He has spent his entire life working with horses and is a qualified horse riding instructor. He has produced many horses for show jumping, the show ring, eventing and sales preparation with many years of success winning events.
    He has done a lot of hunting and was Chairman of the North Mayo Harriers for 4 years. He had an amateur riding licence and rode mostly in bumpers.

    Fergal is passionate about racehorses having considerable experience in sales preparation, breaking and pre-training. He first took out a national hunt licence and had a few runners. He now has a flat licence and looks forward to success with the next generation of racehorses from the historic Killala House Stables dating back to 1893.

    Fergal spoke to Michael D about what he’s been up to as well as the virtual ‘Race Behind the Scenes’ week.

    The inaugural ‘Race Behind the Scenes’ week, takes place from Monday 14th September-Friday 18th September, and will see 20 of Ireland’s most respected racehorse trainers and owners speak at different webinars, sharing unique behind the scenes insights about the horse racing world with members of the public who register for free on in advance of the events.

  • TG4 and Touchline Media are delighted to announce that a new horseracing series ‘Laochra Na Rásaíochta’, featuring some of Ireland’s greatest National Hunt horses, has been specially commissioned by TG4 and will commence on Thursday February 18th with a one-hour documentary on the tale of the legendary Arkle, winner of three Cheltenham Gold Cups in the 1960’s.

    This is a repeat of the IFTA winner for Best Sports Documentary, first broadcast on TG4 in March 2014. 

    Episode Three of ‘Laochra Na Rásaíochta’ airs on March 4th and tells the stories of four horses much loved by Irish racing fans here in Mayo featuring Doran's Pride.

    Touchline Media Producer Denis Kirwan has been giving more details about the series to Midwest Sport.

  • Owners will be readmitted to Irish tracks for the first time since March on Monday.

    Horse Racing Ireland have confirmed that two people per owner will be allowed on course in line with government guidelines.

  • There is an 8-race jumps card at Galway today.

    The first goes to post at 3.45.

  • Galway stages the first of three days of racing today.

    The first race goes to post at 2.05pm.


    There is racing today at Galway, with the first of a seven race card underway at 4.15.