Horse Racing

  • All amateur riders are to miss next month’s Cheltenham Festival.

    Leading names Patrick Mullins and Jamie Codd are among those ruled out.

    It’s been confirmed that British Covid protocols rule them out  at least until the end of March.

    Mike Vince has more details.


    Today’s meeting at Clonmel will be the last to take place in Ireland until April 19 at the earliest.
    The Government has confirmed that all sporting events taking place behind closed doors must also be suspended from midnight.
    Among the suspensions is the Irish Grand National meeting at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday April 13th.

  • Race fans are under starter's orders for the opening day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

    A huge cheer will go up at Prestbury Park, when the first of this year's 28 races gets underway at 1.30.

    The Willie Mullins-trained 'Klassical Dream' is set to go off favourite in the opener, the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, one of four Grade One contests down for decision this afternoon.

    The Champion Hurdle is the highlight of Day 1.

    The Nicky Henderson-trained 'Buveur d'Air' is aiming to become the first horse since the great Istabraq to win the race for the third year in a row.

    Gordon Elliott's 'Apples Jade' is expected to go off favourite under 19 year old jockey Jack Kennedy.

  • Gordon Elliott has been banned from entering horses in UK races while an investigation is ongoing.

    The Meath trainer was pictured sitting astride a dead horse at his yard.

    Elliott apologised for any offence caused by the image which has been strongly condemned by Horse Racing Ireland.

    Elliott is said to be co-operating fully with an IHRB investigation, but he trained four winners at Punchestown today.

    However, the British Horse-Racing authority say he will not be allowed to enter horses in races there until the investigation is completed.

  • Horse racing in Ireland resumes next week, behind closed doors.

    The first meeting is in Naas on Monday next 8th June, with strict protocols in place.

    In this region, Roscommon will host meetings on Monday 15th, Monday 22nd and Wed 24th June.

    It will be July before meetings take place in Ballinrobe and Sligo.

    Racing in Sligo is scheduled for Thursday 2nd July, while Monday 20th will see racing resume in Ballinrobe, with a second meeting two days later on Wed 22nd July - behind closed doors.

    Ballinrobe Racecourse manager John Flannelly says it will not be possible to allow spectators in, as long as the social distancing restrictions remain in place.



  • Horse Racing will continue in Ireland behind closed doors.

    The industry is to follow strict Government protocols around social distancing and sanitisation.

    No overseas runners will be permitted and the policy will come under a daily review.



  • Westport jockey Conor Hoban joined Michael D. McAndrew on Sunday Sport this afternoon.

    The 29 year old has built up a pre-training business in Kildare which he is mixing in with being a jockey.

    Hoban is chomping at the bit to get back racing next month.


  • In Racing, Roscommon plays host to their first meeting of the year this evening.

    There's a mixed seven race card - where the first goes to post at 5.40pm.

  • Due to a race divide, the first race at Roscommon tomorrow evening will now go ahead at 5.30pm.

    There is also racing at the Roscommon track on Tuesday evening.

  • There is a seven-race card at Sligo this evening, where the first is off at 5.50.

  • There is racing today at Sligo.

    The first of eight races on the card begins at 5pm.

  • Action at Roscommon continues this evening with the first of a seven-race card going to post at 6 o’clock.

    The National Hunt card has some fascinating races and Midwest Radio’s tip today comes in the 7 o’clock race Chasing Abbey.

    We had a winner yesterday in our Daily Racing tip with Calling Time romping home at 15/2.

  • There's racing in Roscommon today, with the first of a 7-race card off at 1.15