Horse Racing Ireland

  • 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.

  • 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.


    There is racing at Roscommon this evening.

    The first of an eight race card goes to post at 4.45.

  • Racing continues at Ballinrobe this evening, with the first of a seven race card underway at 5.50.

    It’s an all National Hunt Card with the last race away at 8.50pm.

  • The September meeting continues at Galway this afternoon, where the first of a seven-race card goes to post at 4.15.

    It's an all flat card today with the feature, the Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes.

  • The 2018 Ballinrobe racing season kicks off on April 13, with record prize-money of over €1million on offer at the Mayo track.  An additional date has also been added to the programme which now comprises ten racedays, seven National Hunt meetings and three Flat meetings including 13 feature races. 

    The start of the season will also see the completion of the new stone-clad main entrance gateway into the racecourse. This is the final phase of capital development work at Ballinrobe through the Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Racecourse Capital Development Scheme.

    The new entrance, which is set back from the road, will give a greater sense of welcome and make it safer to enter and exit the racecourse.  Previous industry-related works included a significant overhaul of the stable yard incorporating new doors, floors and resurfacing, and a new machinery shed. Younger patrons were delighted with the new children’s soft play area while an extension to the balcony of the first floor bar offering great views over the racecourse was also well received. The combined project spend, with financial assistance from HRI, totalled almost €500k.

    John Flannelly, Manager of Ballinrobe Racecourse, said: “We are really looking forward to another racing season here at Ballinrobe, kicking off with the first meeting on Friday evening April 13. We have an extra meeting this year which brings us up to ten meetings in total. We are very fortunate to have great support from the racing public and our generous sponsors every year, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to another great season. We are in the final stages of completion on our new entrance which will further enhance the many developments already carried out here at Ballinrobe.”

    One of the highlights of the Ballinrobe fixture list is the McHale Raceday on Tuesday May 29, sponsored by specialist farm machinery company, McHale, now in their fifth year of sponsorship. Feature races on the day include the McHale Mayo National of €40,000 and the McHale Coranna Hurdle of €30,000.

    The ever-popular Ladies Day on June 26 will again be sponsored by Vaughan with a cash prize of €1,500 up for grabs.  With shops in Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Castlebar, Vaughan Shoes is one of the leading shoe store chains in the west of Ireland.

    The Tote raceday takes place on Monday July 23 which is also family day at Ballinrobe with a whole host of free activities for children, including a bouncy castle, colouring competitions, face painting and much more.

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    Fixtures 2018
    Friday 13th April (e)
    Tuesday 1st May (e)
    Monday 28th May (e)
    Tuesday 29th May (e)
    Tuesday 26th June(e)
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    Monday 13th August (e)
    Tuesday 28th August (e)
    Friday 21st September (e)