Irish racing

Irish Regulators Fire Lab After False Positive For Anabolic Steroid

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has ended a 22-year relationship with BHP Laboratories after authorities say the lab returned a false positive test for the anabolic steroid methandriol. The Racing Post reports the board and the lab completed a confidential mediation process this week. The lab had a contract with the board through the end […]

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Ireland: Wife Of Prominent National Hunt Trainer Dies In Riding Accident

The National Hunt community in Ireland is mourning the loss of Maria O’Grady, wife of Edward O’Grady, one of the country’s top trainers on the National Hunt circuit. The Independent reports that Ms. O’Grady was killed instantly when she was thrown from her horse while jumping a fence. O’Grady, who was a member of the Tipperary Hunt Branch […]

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Ireland: Leading Equine Vet Pleads Guilty To Possession Of ‘Unauthorized Animal Medications’

Dr. Tim Brennan, considered one of the leading equine veterinarians in Ireland, has pleaded guilty to being in possession of “unauthorized animal medications.” The Independent reports that Brennan, who is the vet for champion trainer Willie Mullins, appeared at Kilkenny District Court where he pleaded guilty to three counts of “having possession of unauthorized animal medications” and one […]

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Ireland: Number Of Race Fixtures Increased For 2018

The 2018 Fixture List for Irish racing has been released today (Monday September 11, 2017) by Horse Racing Ireland. The total number of fixtures has been increased by eight to 363, the highest number of fixtures ever to be run in Ireland.The 2018 Fixture List for Irish racing has been released today (Monday September 11, […]

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Irish Racing Leaders Concerned About What Effect Brexit Will Have On Industry

  Just over one year ago, British citizens voted in favor of ‘Brexit’ – to leave the European Union. Thirteen months later, no one still really knows what effect Brexit will have, not only on Britain and Europe, but also on the rest of the world. Members of Ireland’s Thoroughbred industry are concerned that Brexit will hinder […]

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Ireland: Jockey Ana O’Brien Suffers Multiple Injuries In Spill At Killarney

Ana O’Brien, Ireland’s leading apprentice jockey and youngest daughter of trainer Aidan O’Brien, will be sidelined at least until November after suffering multiple injuries in a spill at Killarney July 18. According to reports in both the Racing Post and Irish Mirror, O’Brien, 21, fractured the C1 vertabra in her neck, the T6 in her back, fractures to her […]

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‘He Is Like A God Around Horses’: The ‘Enduring Genius’ Of Aidan O’Brien

Trainer Aidan O’Brien is having yet another tremendous flat season, and has won three of the four British classics, and both Irish classics run so far. The words “genius” and “brilliant” are often used to describe the 47-year-old trainer, and when it comes to getting the best out of his horses, his incredible record speaks […]

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‘Experience It’: Horse Racing Ireland Launches Trial Ownership Program

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Ownership Department has launched the ‘Experience It’ campaign, offering individuals and groups with an interest in racing the opportunity to trial racehorse ownership. The launch took place at trainer Paul Deegan’s yard in Athy, County Kildare. The campaign facilitates a group to lease a horse for a day. In the lead […]

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Minding Cruises In G2 Mooresbridge Stakes; Wires The Field In Impressive 2017 Debut

Champion Minding made a successful return to the races when she went wire-to-wire on her way to winning the Group 2 Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas Racecourse May 1. The 4-year-old daughter of Galileo picked up where she left off last season, when she concluded the year by winning the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at […]

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Ireland: O’Brien To Appeal ‘Bizarre’ New Racing Penalty

Trainer Aidan O’Brien will likely lodge an appeal against what he deemed as a ‘bizarre’ stewards’ ruling imposed on Friday against one of his runners at Dundalk. According to the Racing Post, O’Brien was fined €2,000 after the 3-year-old filly, Music Box, finished third to stablemate Asking in the second race. Music Box, who was making her first […]

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