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Virtual Grand National raises almost €3m for NHS charities

Sun, 05/04/2020 - 19:25
Bookmakers are to donate over £2.6million (€2.95m) to NHS charities from profits on the Virtual Grand National, as it was revealed almost five million people tuned in to watch the race on Saturday afternoon.
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Guineas would be rare casualty of crisis times

Sun, 05/04/2020 - 17:00
Should the 2,000 Guineas, which is due to be run at Newmarket next month, go the way of the Grand National and be postponed, it would become just the second Classic not to be held since 1814. That remarkable statistic is due to the fact that racing, while not exactly flourishing and with intermittent stoppages, kept going through both world wars.
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Everything on the back burner

Sun, 05/04/2020 - 17:00
Wednesday's announcement that Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) was formally drawing a curtain on the National Hunt racing season surprised no one in the wake of stricter restrictions being put in place as the battle with Covid-19 intensified.
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The Aintree Grand National that proved to be jockey John White's darkest day

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 02:30
Sportspeople often toil their whole career without reaching the pinnacle but the difference between jockey John White and his namesake Jimmy, the perennial snooker bridesmaid, is that he had that elusive taste of success, albeit briefly, only to have it prised from his grasp just as quickly.
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'Tiger' could roar in Virtual National

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 02:30
Tiger Roll will have to wait 12 months to have his shot at Aintree immortality and a third Grand National in succession but Gordon Elliott's loveable 10-year-old has a chance to be a virtual hero today.
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'The greatest 8 minutes and 47.8 seconds of my life' - how it feels to win the National

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 14:00
Until about two weeks ago, when we all stopped meeting people, there had probably not been a single day in the past 30 years, home or abroad, when someone had not mentioned the 1990 Grand National to me.
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Ruby Walsh reveals his top 10 most memorable flat racing moments

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 18:22
Paddy Power Racing Ambassador Ruby Walsh has ridden many racing greats throughout his career.
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Jumps season called to halt but Irish Grand National may yet be saved

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 02:30
The Irish jumps season is officially over after Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) chiefs called a halt to any hope of completing the national hunt action this spring, although this year's Irish Grand National looks set to be rescheduled in the winter.
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Virtual Grand National to aid NHS charities

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 02:30
The Grand National will take place on Saturday after all, albeit in virtual form, with all bookmaker profits going to the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) charities.
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HRI close national hunt season with Punchestown and Fairyhouse festivals cancelled

Wed, 01/04/2020 - 16:59
Horse Racing Ireland has announced the Irish 2019/2020 National Hunt season has come to a close and that the Fairyhouse and Punchestown Festivals will not be rescheduled.
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Mulvany admits racing programme might require 'complete overhaul'

Wed, 01/04/2020 - 02:30
Sportspeople face more questions than answers amid the coronavirus crisis given the uncertainty about when competition will resume, but things are even more complicated for trainers right now.
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Irish sports stars issue rallying call to the nation to 'Unite by Staying Apart'

Tue, 31/03/2020 - 16:30
Sixteen of Ireland's top sports stars have combined to make a video urging the nation to 'Unite by Staying Apart' during the coronavirus lockdown.
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Horse Racing Ireland chief fears closure of tracks with prospect of permanent damage to €2bn industry

Sat, 28/03/2020 - 03:30
The aim over the coming weeks and months is to try and "avoid closures" but Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) chief executive Brian Kavanagh admitted that he is "very worried" about the future of some racecourses amid the coronavirus crisis.
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HRI hopeful that racing 'will return soon'

Thu, 26/03/2020 - 03:30
Irish racing chiefs are hopeful that action on these shores can resume as soon as possible having already shown themselves adept at racing behind closed doors in recent weeks.
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'Racing Post' to suspend publication

Thu, 26/03/2020 - 03:30
The 'Racing Post' have "temporarily suspended publication" with today's edition set to be the last for the foreseeable future and the first time racing's flagship daily newspaper hasn't been printed since its foundation in 1986.
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End of an era as Racing Post to cease publication for the foreseeable future

Wed, 25/03/2020 - 17:50
The Racing Post will cease publication from tomorrow in what will be the first time racing's flagship daily newspaper hasn't been printed since its foundation in 1986.
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Racing should not be painted as 'bad boys' in crisis - O'Leary

Wed, 25/03/2020 - 03:30
Gigginstown House Stud racing manager Eddie O'Leary has offered a stern rebuttal to those claiming that the racing community should be treated as "the bad boys" after Irish action lost its battle with the coronavirus pandemic and was cancelled until April 19 at the earliest.
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Racing flag comes down as survival becomes key

Wed, 25/03/2020 - 03:30
Those involved in the industry knew it was always going to be a matter of time before authorities called a halt to Irish racing despite continuously putting forward a united front in the face of the greatest adversity which modern society has ever experienced.
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Bachasson hits form as Mullins doubles up before dry spell

Wed, 25/03/2020 - 03:30
It was fitting that Willie Mullins dominated proceedings at Clonmel yesterday with former Gold Cup contender Bachasson leading a 17/1 double for the champion trainer on what will be the last day of Irish racing until April 19 at the earliest.
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Horse racing set to shut down as government says all sporting events must stop

Tue, 24/03/2020 - 17:21
Horse racing in Ireland is set to be put on hold after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that all sporting events must stop as part of new measures to combat the spread of Covid-19.
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