Horse Racing Ireland

Star-Studded Line-Up for Treo Eile Christmas Show

Racing and equestrian stars will partake in the 2023 Treo Eile Christmas show on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Emerald Equestrian Centre, including three-time Gold Cup winner Sizing John (GB) (Midnight Legend {GB}). The first event on the show programme features the HRI Treo Eile Thoroughbred Classic, a team competition to showcase the best of Ireland's retrained racehorses, and it has attracted Rachael Blackmore, Jack Kennedy, Gary Carroll, and Patrick Mullins, among other notable stars, to captain the teams. The groups--consisting of a captain, two show jumping or eventing competitors,...

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Voting Now Open For HRI Ride Of The Year Award

Racing fans may now vote for the Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Ride of the Year Award, HRI announced on Wednesday. The winner of the online poll will be revealed at the HRI Awards on Monday, Dec. 4. The six rides were picked by Fran Berry and Davy Russell and are as follows: Ride 1: Danny Gilligan - Ash Tree Meadow - Tote Galway Plate - Galway, Aug. 2. Ride 2: Amy Jo Hayes - Redstone Well - Irish Stallion Farms EBF "Nasrullah" Premier H. - Leopardstown, July 13. Ride 3:...

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HRI Award Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2023 Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Awards have been revealed. The HRI Awards will take place early next month in Dublin. A total of 43 nominees were made for the HRI Awards, which are as follows:   Horse of the Year: Tahiyra (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}) Auguste Rodin (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) Paddington (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}) Galopin Des Champs (Fr) (Timos {Ger}) Energumene (Fr) (Denham Red {Fr}) State Man (Fr) (Doctor Dino {Fr})   National Hunt Award: Paul Townend Willie Mullins Gordon Elliott Barry Connell   Flat Award:...

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Over €1.5m ready to be spent at Irish sales through IRE Incentive

Since its launch in 2021, Horse Racing Ireland's IRE Incentive program has awarded over €3,500,000 in €10,000 bonuses to the owners of Irish-bred winners of scheme races. The IRE Incentive scheme awards a bonus of €10,000 to owners of Irish-bred winners of selected races across the Flat and National Hunt programmes in Ireland and Britain and the owners of each eligible winner--those carrying the [Ire] suffix and Foal Levy compliant--have until the end of the following year to spend their bonus on Irish-breds at Irish sales. Over 250 individual owners...

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Rider Subsidy And Bursary Announced By The George Mernagh Memorial Fund

A new subsidy and bursary programme to encourage qualified riders (amateur jockeys) into racing was established by the George Mernagh Memorial Fund (GMMF) on Friday. The programme is open to all riders with the appropriate experience who aspire to become a qualified rider. Horse Racing Ireland's education, training, and people welfare division Equuip will manage both programmes. All aspiring jockeys who take out their qualified riders license will qualify for the GMMF subsidy, as well as a number of bursaries that cover the cost of a licences, helmet and back...

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The Curragh Fixtures Rearranged After Sunday Card Called Off

Sunday's meeting at the Curragh, which was cancelled due to waterlogging, will now be held on Sunday, Aug. 13, Horse Racing Ireland announced. The G2 The Minstrel S. will now be contested this Thursday, July 27, at Leopardstown and the race reverts back to entries after final forfeit stage with fresh declarations to be made by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25. The G3 Rathbride Fillies S. will be contested next Saturday at Gowran Park and will close for fresh entries along with the remainder of the Gowran Park meeting...

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HRI Partners With Aer Lingus College Football Classic For Three Years

Horse racing will become part of the annual celebration of American College Football in Ireland featuring a Stars and Stripes themed race night at Leopardstown Racecourse after a three-year partnership was announced between Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. The 2023 edition of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic game, featuring Notre Dame versus Navy at a sold out Aviva Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 26, is estimated to be worth €147 million to the Irish economy. The Leopardstown race night is one of approximately 50...

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Coursetrack Set to Roll Out at Irish Tracks for 2024

Starting in 2024, all 26 Irish Racecourses will have live in-race timing information for all races broadcast on-screen and published online, the Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR), Sports Information Services (SIS) and Racecourse Media Group (RMG) announced on Friday. The feature is part of the recently concluded media rights renewal between the organizations. The system is operated by RMG's timing partners, Coursetrack. Runners will carry lightweight GPS trackers designed to fit within the saddlecloths and transmit data directly to a centralised operation at Racing TV's London...

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Cancer Trials Ireland to Create Pat Smullen Chair in Pancreatic Cancer

Cancer Trials Ireland, the national organisation dedicated to advancing cancer clinical trials, will create a new position to anchor expertise in pancreatic research in Ireland with the ambition of creating a global centre for treatment and research for a form of cancer with some of the poorest outcomes--the Pat Smullen Chair in Pancreatic Cancer at University College Dublin. The position will require shared time between clinical work as a treating physician at St Vincent's University Hospital--the national surgical centre for pancreatic cancer--and research work at University College Dublin (UCD). Candidates...

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Irish, German Derbys Make World Pool Debut

The world's largest globally commingled horse racing pools, created and powered by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, will now include both the Irish and German Derbys for the first time on Sunday, July 2. Germany's richest race, the G1 Deutsches Derby, will mark the inaugural time the World Pool has operated in the country and will also be available two hours later for all eight races on the G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day card from the Curragh. "The various international Derbys carry particular importance in Hong Kong across...

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Full Complement Of Irish Racecourses Agree To Media Rights Deal

All 26 Irish racecourses have approved the Racecourse Media Group (RMB)/SIS Media Rights deal and have authorised the Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR) to sign the contracts on their behalf, AIR announced on Friday. The deal will begin on Jan. 1, 2024. In May, 21 of the racecourses agreed to the deal, with Kilbeggan, Roscommon, Sligo, Limerick and Thurles Racecourses rejecting it. This week, discussions were held with AIR and the HRI Media Rights Committee, which resulted in the quintet of outliers agreeing to the proposal. Chairman of AIR, Conor...

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Joint June Bank Holiday Initiative Encourages Drivers to 'Pass Wide and Slow' Around Horses

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), and An Garda Síochána (AGS) have teamed up with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) in an effort to inform motorists how to share the roads safely with horses. Drivers are being urged to pass horses "wide and slow" but also others who use the roads. The initiative features a series of videos to help motorists familiarise themselves with best practice when they encounter horses on the road and in areas with high equine traffic, such as around riding schools and racing...

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