Racing

HRI Board announces close of the 2019/20 National Hunt season

By Jack Neville / April 1, 2020 /

HRI Board announced the close of the 2019/20 National Hunt season and the cancellation of Fairyhouse and Punchestown Festivals ·       Plans agreed to keep Ireland on a ‘racing ready’ footing ·       National Hunt season 2019/2020 to end ·       2020 Fairyhouse Easter and Punchestown National Hunt Festivals will not be rescheduled ·       When racing resumes, it will do so with…

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Success for Hayes at Nass before Racing Comes to a Halt

By Raffaele Rocca / March 30, 2020 /

Chris Hayes took the riding honours on the opening day of the 2020 Flat season at Naas on Monday. He landed a double, sharing 8/1 winners with County Meath trainers Mick Mulvany and Ger Lyons. The Mulvany-trained In From The Cold got the better of Johnny Murtagh’s Camachita by half a length to win the…

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Horse Racing Ireland To Cancel Meetings With Immediate Effect

By Raffaele Rocca / March 24, 2020 /

Following today’s Government announcement, Horse Racing will now suspend all meetings with immediate effect. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced earlier on Tuesday that all sporting events, even those without spectators, would be cancelled. UK racing was suspended from last Wednesday, with no action anticipated before May 1 at the earliest. The Taoiseach also announced new restrictions regarding…

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O’Brien Pushing Golden Valour For Dundalk Run

By Raffaele Rocca / March 18, 2020 /

Limerick Racing News Trainer Richard O’Brien has a €25,000 handicap in mind for Golden Valour after the four-year-old recorded an easy success on the all-weather at Dundalk on Friday night. Ridden by Donagh O’Connor, the well-backed 11/4 favourite won the 10f handicap by two and a quarter-lengths from the Michael Halford-trained Sheberghan with O’Brien commenting,…

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Seven winners overall for JP as he takes Leading Owner award at Cheltenham

By Jack Neville / March 13, 2020 /

The Cheltenham Festival for 2020 has come to an end and looks like the last bit of sporting action for the foreseeable future as major sports events are being cancelled every hour due to the threat of COVID-19. Regardless of your stance on the event taking place amidst the crisis, it has been an extremely…

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WATCH: Cheltenham Day 2 belongs to JP McManus with Four victories

By Jack Neville / March 11, 2020 /

After an opening day Champion Hurdle victory for Epatante, JP McManus was the big winner on day 2 of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. McManus was successful in the 2.10 RSA Chase as Champ powered from nowhere after the last fence to clinch victory under Barry Geraghty. McManus, Geraghty and Nicky Henderson came up trumps in…

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WATCH: JP McManus celebrates birthday with Champion Hurdle win

By Jack Neville / March 10, 2020 /

On the day of his 69th Birthday, JP McManus was a big winner on the opening day of the 2020 Cheltenham festival as his Epatante won the Champion Hurdle. Barry Geraghty was on the Nicky Henderson trained horse who stormed to victory, leaving Sharjah in second place. The 2/1 shot was in contention throughout before…

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Weekly Limerick Racing News as Cheltenham looms

By Jack Neville / March 9, 2020 /

Limerick Racing News Charles Byrnes had punters in the best of form at Leopardstown on Monday where he was responsible for both winning favourites on the card. The Ballingarry trainer landed the opening Kids Go Racing Handicap Hurdle with the Cathal Landers-ridden Wajaaha and typically the four-length winner was well fancied in the betting. Backed…

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WATCH: JP McManus discusses Istabraq ahead of Cheltenham festival

By Jack Neville / March 6, 2020 /

Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner with the four day festival beginning in England next Tuesday. The world renowned festival will see the best from Ireland travel overseas. Ahead of the festival, Limerick’s JP McManus spoke about one of his most famous horses, Istabraq, who won the Champion Hurdle on three occasions for the…

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HRI: McNamara rides first winner for Willie Mullins at Punchestown

By Jack Neville / February 24, 2020 /

Limerick Racing News Conor McNamara notched up his first winner for champion trainer Willie Mullins at Punchestown on Tuesday. The pair landed the €100,000 Grand National Trial Handicap chase with 14/1 chance Ifyoucatchmenow which got up in the dying strides to win from the Mags Mullins-trained Agusta Gold. The narrow winner is unlikely to get…

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