Irish Horse Racing

  • It is day two of the Galway Races.

    This evening's feature behind closed doors is the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap at 6.45.

    18 horses, including last year's winner 'Saltonstall', go to post.

    The going is soft and the first of 8 races is off at 4.45.

     

    It's also day one of Glorious Goodwood.

    'Stradivarius' is the favourite for the Goodwood Cup at 3.15, with the Aidan O'Brien trained Irish Derby winner 'Santiago' in opposition.

    The meeting begins at 1.10.

  • It's Gold Cup day at the Punchestown Festival.

    The feature race only has six runners due to the withdrawal of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Minella Indo.

    Trainer Willie Mullins saddles favourite 'Al Boum Photo' in the big one which goes to post at 5.55.

    There's two other Grade Ones on the eight-race card which gets underway at 3:40pm.

    The going is now described as Yielding on the Hurdle, Chase and Bumper tracks.

    The going remains Good to Firm - Firm in places - on the Cross Country course.

  • Irish horseracing will feature on TG4 for seven consecutive weekends as the channel today announced a significant increase in its racing coverage for 2021.

    TG4 have covered the annual Listowel Festival for the past 16 years and broke new ground with a live broadcast from Punchestown last Sunday.

    Beginning at Leopardstown on Sunday, March 7th, TG4 will cover racing each weekend through to the middle of April, taking in fixtures from eight different racecourses in that time, including the first action of the 2021 Flat season from the Curragh on Sunday, March 21st.

    The programmes will be hosted by Seán Bán Breathnach and Mánus Ó Conghaile and they will be joined by reporter Daragh Ó Conchúir who will get all the reaction and interviews with jockeys and trainers outside the parade ring. 

    TG4 will provide live coverage from the following meetings in March and April:

    • Leopardstown - Sunday March 7
    • Limerick & Naas - Sunday March 14
    • Curragh – Sunday March 21
    • Limerick & Naas – Sunday March 28
    • Fairyhouse & Cork – Saturday April 3
    • Leopardstown – Sunday April 11
    • Tramore & Dundalk – Sunday April 18
  • There is a seven-race card at Ballinrobe this afternoon.

    The programme at the Mayo track gets underway at 1.05pm.

  • There is an eight race card at Roscommon this afternoon, with the first underway at 2.05.

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    There's a seven-race card at Galway this afternoon where the first is off at 2.05.