Beacon Rock is an ante-post favourite for the Belmont Derby in New York. Photograph: Inpho

Aidan O’Briens three-year-old the ante-post favourite for the Belmont Derby

Harzand was highly impressive as he won the derby at the Curragh to add to Epsom Derby success. Photograph: Inpho

Handicap ratings show there is nothing between Ireland’s pair of dual-classic winners

Aidan O’Brien: is chasing a record-equalling sixth win in the Coral Eclipse. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ireland’s champion jockey to bid for more Grade One glory in the Sandown feature

 Roger Federer: hasn’t won a Grand Slam in four years but is still third seed for Wimbledon.  Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Veteran champion returns to happy hunting ground in search of an eight Wimbledon title

Pat Smullen on Harzand winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Irish rider is now confirmed as a go-to choice on the international stage

Racing in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Official attendance of 18,244 at the Curragh over 7,000 down on last year

Republic of Ireland goalscorer Robbie Brady is consoled by John O’Shea after the 1-2 defeat to France on Sunday. Photograph: Getty.

Ghost of Thierry Henry looms to no avail as Ireland let lead slip in second half

Pat Smullen and Harzand after victory in the Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: PA

Dermot Weld’s 4-6 favourite adds to success at Epsom with commanding performance

Harzand ridden by jockey Pat Smullen wins the Investec Derby at Epsom racecourse on June 4th. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Odds favour another head-to-head between Epsom winner and Idaho

Ireland’s goalscorer Robbie Brady celebrates with his girlfriend Kerrie Harris and supporters after the win over Italy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In victory, pundit has no problem rowing back on criticism of O’Neill’s selection

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen (L) wins the Epsom Derby ahead of US Army Ranger and Idaho. Photo: Getty Images

Weld will make decision after putting Epsom winner through his paces

In 2009, Eddie Izzard ran 46 marathons in 52 days for Sport Relief. Photograph:  Danny Martindale/WireImage

Man-against-nature battles are the ultimate proof that, yes, people really are bored

Ryan Moore on Caravaggio: his clash  with Psychedelic Funk in the Coventry Stakes is eagerly anticipated by many race fans. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s Caravaggio favoured while Dermot Weld is banking on three horses

Ruby Walsh  on Un de Sceaux: Ireland’s top-rated two-mile chaser reverted to smaller obstacles in style last month to win  the Prix La Barka. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Pat Shanahan takes Taexali to York for Saturday’s valuable sprint handicap

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen winning the  Investec Derby at Epsom. Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters/Livepicy

Officials hoping first five in Epsom Derby could be reunited to clash at the Curragh

Ruby Walsh won  The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham   last year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Champion trainer’s bay gelding enters new territory in Grade One Paris highlight

Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali: “I know all them insults are nonsense but he’s saying them and that means something”

The late boxer was renowned for his wisdom but it only came to him in later years

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen  wins the Epsom Derby ahead of US Army Idaho. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Gettytty Images

Jockey Pat Smullen describes momentous victory as his greatest day in racing

André Fabre: the Cloth Of Stars trainer combined with jockey Mickael Barzalona to win the Epsom Derby with Pour Moi five years ago. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien has five of seven horses from Ireland in richest race ever run in Britain

Aidan O’Brien: first tried to win the French classic 18 years ago. Photograph: Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

Fort Del Oro can claim Ballyogan Stakes in the Curragh’s Group Three feature

US Army Ranger features among 10 Ballydoyle names left among 27 remaining in the historic French prize.

Irish trainer has endured nothing but frustration in the €1.5 million Prix Du Jockey Club

 Ryan Moore guides  US Army Ranger  to victory in the  MBNA Chester Vase at Chester racecourse. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Joint-4/1 favourite US Army Ranger one of champion trainer’s seven possible starters

Jose Mourinho signs a Manchester United soccer shirt held out by a fan as he leaves his house in London. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Manchester United ‘way’ is now just a relic as football ideals surrender to the greasy till

Anamba, seen here winning at Leopardstown last September,  won the Owenstown Stud Stakes on Sunday.Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jockey enjoys first visit to Naas with dominant victory on Peace Envoy

Pat Smullen, who rides fancied Hugo Palmer-trained Gifted Master in today’s Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock.   Photograph:  Iain White/Fennell Photography

Irish champion jockey has been a growing presence at cross-channel meetings this year

Co Meath trainer Ger Lyons: forecast improving ground conditions over the weekend should help Lyons-trained Wayside Flower in Listed Fillies Sprint on Sunday at Naas. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Qatar Racing’s Sheikh Fahad Al Thani is a major owner for in-form trainer

Lisa Marie Owens, Mairead Fortune, Erica Byrne-Burke and Jamie Cullen with instructor Paul Keating at RACE, Kildare Town Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Old attitudes die hard as young trainees target breakthrough in horse racing

 Ryan Moore rides US Army Ranger to victory in the MBNA Chester Vase. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

A ‘good chance’ that Ryan Moore will ride US Army Ranger in big race, says trainer

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen (second from right) in the  Ballysax Stakes in Leopardstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Aidan O’Brien’s US Army Ranger and Wings Of Desire are 4-1 joint favourites in most lists

David Coldrick sent off two Derry players in their Ulster quarter-final against Tyrone on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipping Point: Should the flower of Mayo manhood have been released early from the dressing-rooms to clatter a trio of attention-s(...)

 Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Wings of Desire to win the Betfred Dante Stakes at York. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Hugo Palmer-trained colt and star jockey Frankie Dettori the team to beat in classic

Ruby Walsh  on Un de Sceaux: “He’s still fit and has been working well.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ruby Walsh teams with Un De Sceaux for race with Thousand Stars also set to run

Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Galileo Gold to win the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien fillies Ballydoyle and Found favourites for 1,000 Guineas and Gold Cup

It says a lot about the current mood that Novak Djokovic is odds-on to complete a collection of grand slam titles in Paris and the game is abuzz with indifference. Photograph: Getty Images

Sport crying out for new generation as Djokovic’s dominance becomes tedious

Aidan O’Brien:  Prix du Jockey Club an option instead of Epsom  for The Gurkha. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish trainer also has strongly fancied Bondi Beach running at Navan on Sunday

Nichols Canyon is to run in America. Photograph: Inpho

Pair to contest $200,000 Iroquois Hurdle in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday night

Kieren Fallon with a two-year-old filly from Fatal Attraction at the Curragh training grounds in Kildare. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Michael O’Callaghan happy to secure services of jockey who will always be box-office

Aidan O’Brien with US Army Ranger: “It tests every fibre of their body; twisting, turning, having to stay, having to use their speed, that’s the Derby.”  Photograph: Caroline Norris

Top handler Aidan O’Brien hints Guineas filly Minding likely to take chance in the Oaks

Leicester celebrate. From a bookmaking point of view, only necks made of crocodile hide can present a 5,000-1 outsider as some disastrous result. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

No bookmaker lost money overall on Leicester winning the Premier League

Moonlight Magic takes the Derby trial at Leopardstown. Photograph: Sportsfile

Aidain O’Brien’s Shogun and Idaho follow 6-1 shot home but Derby picture remains fuzzy

 Trainer Dermot Weld has directed Tirmizi at today’s Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial  at Leopardstown, a race he describes as, “one of the best classic trials in Europe”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Epsom Derby attention could switch from Aidan O’Brien to Dermot Weld should the Sea The Stars colt oblige

Aidan O’Brien: sends Landofhopeandglory to the Lingfield Derby Trial and will also have the Dundalk winner Seventh Heaven in the Oaks Trial. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Credit the Giver can score for Aidan O’Brien in first of the handicaps at Wexford

Onenightidreamed (pink cap),  ridden by WM Jordan, coming home to win in Leopardswown last May. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Willie Mullins sending two runners to Tramore with both looking to make winning debuts

Minding ridden by Ryan Moore wins The QIPCO 1000 Guineas  at Newmarket. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

Daughter of the 2006 Oaks heroine, Alexandrova, likely to start favourite

Thrills and spills: Kristina Cook falls at the water jump during last year’s  Badminton horse trials. Photograh: Jules Annan/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Sweep aside Jilly Cooper cliches and enjoy one of the world’s most dangerous sports

Ryan Moore rides Minding  to win the  1,000 Guineas Stakes. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien-trained Minder would be the first filly to win the classic race in a century

Apple’s Jade ridden by Bryan Cooper clears the last on the way to winning the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle during day five of the Punchestown Festival. Photo:  Brian Lawless/PA

Record-breaking attendances see Mullins and Walsh retain their respective titles

Barry Geraghty riding Ivanovich Gorbatov (right) clear the last to win The JCB Triumph Hurdle from Apple’s Jade  at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aintree winner renews mes up against Ivanovich Gorbatov again

Aidan O’Brien: rates Air Force Blue as best two year old he has ever handled. Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s charge set to confirm his juvenile brilliance in Newmarket classic

Jockey Ruby Walsh with trainer Willie Mullins (right) after winning the Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle on  Vroum Vroum Mag during day four of Punchestown festival  yesterday. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mullins completes hat-trick to bring number of winners at Pu nchestown festival to nine

Vroum Vroum Mag, with Ruby Walsh on board, clears the last fence before winning the Betdaq Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Vroum Vroum Mag answers call for prolific trainer in Champions Hurdle

Paul Gilligan was given a one-year suspended ban by the Turf Club in 2013. Photograph: Inpho

Athenry-based trainer won a 2014 race at Uttoxeter with Dubai Phantom who had previously run at an unrecognised “flapper” meeting (...)

Ruby Walsh riding Vroum Vroum Mag  to win  at Ascot in  January. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Mare is main contender in Willie Mullins’s attempt to retain the title

Willie Mullins celebrates winning The Ryanair Novice Steeplechase with Douvan at Punchestown. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The odds-on favourite romped home to 11-length success in Ryanair Novice Chase

Gavin Sheehan riding One Track Mind to clear the last and win the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Stayers Hurdle win marks rapid change of fortunes for trainer Warren Greatrex

Douvan ridden by Ruby Walsh wins the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham earlier this year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Alpha Des Obeaux to put seal on Mouse Morris’s successful spring campaign

Barry Geraghty riding Carlingford Lough on the way to winning the Punchestown Gold Cup, beating hot favourite Cue Card, who came in fourth. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Blow By Blow gives Katie Walsh her first ever victory in a Grade One race on the flat

Jockey Barry Geraghty celebrates winning the Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup on Carlingford Lough.  Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Red-letter day for trainer John Kiely as 12-1 shot lands unexpected Punchestown win

Robbie Colgan: told the original inquiry his instructions were to jump behind the leaders, get settled and pick up as much prizemoney as possible. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Definite Earl jockey and trainer David Broad punished for ‘non trier’ case at Ballinrobe

 Paddy Brennan riding Cue Card clear of the last to win The Betfred Bowl Steeple Chase at Aintree earlier this month. Photograph :  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Colin Tizzard’s star in the form of his life and looks too strong for the home team

David Mullins riding Brain Power in action at Punchestown. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Former champion jockey bounces back after successful appeal against ban

Paddy Brennan celebrates winning The BoyleSports Champion Chase on God’s Own at Punchestown. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Galway jockey guides 9-1 shot God’s Own to shock Grade One victory over Vautour

Ruby Walsh will ride at Punchestown after fracturing his wrist 18 days ago. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jockey returns to ride at the festival 18 days after fracturing wrist in Aintree fall

Yorkhill winning the Neptune Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham. His raw ability makes him something of a standout prospect at the Mullins stable. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Willie Mullins looks set to continue his usual dominance at Punchestown

Barry Geraghty: “Vautour is a very good horse and him coming down in distance is the only hope we have.” Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Mullins has dropped his enigmatic star back to the shorter trip of two miles

Barry Geraghty had his 30-day ban for his ride on Noble Emperor at Limerick quashed on Monday evening after a lengthy appeal at the Irish Turf Club. Photo: Getty Images

The successful appeal means that the County Meath jockey can now race at Punchestown

All Black Sonny Bill Williams, who will play for New Zealand at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Jeremy Lee/Reuters

Game that encourages speed over brute force is big plus for a sport seeking to expand

Aidan O’Brien could target a second success in this Friday’s Bets365 Classic Trial at Sandown. Photo: Inpho

The champion trainer sends half a dozen runners to the all-weather fixture

Barry Geraghty celebrating victory on Ivanovich Gorbatov a the Cheltenham Festival. He will appeal a 30-day ban tonight. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former champion jockey scheduled to miss Punchestown festival as things stand

Pleascach, who was runner-up at Navan, winning the Taggersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh last year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Patrick Prendergast hoping star filly can follow in glorious path of previous winners

Vautour, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh, fell when an odds-on favourite during the  JLT Melling Chase at Aintree.  Photo:  David Davies/PA

Cue Card and Vautour also scheduled to vie for honours in festival’s centrepiece

Ger Fox on Rogue Angel after  winning the  Irish Grand National: now targeting the Scottish version. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Don Cossack, Cue Card and Vautour on course for Gold Cup at Punchestown

Trainer Aidan O’Brien: his team have hit the ground running so far this season with eight winners in Ireland already. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballydoyle handler is second favourite to win flat trainers championship in Britain

In effect, there is no correlation between encouraging people to bet on Irish racing and the revenue Irish racing gets. It is a stark contrast with other major racing jurisdictions where racing is financed through a Tote monopoly. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Policing billion-euro sport an urgent issue for bloodstock industry’s long-term health

David Mullins celebrates after winning the Crabbie’s Grand National steeplechase on Rule The World at Aintree. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Tipperary trainer completes a famous double after his recent Irish national win

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen (second right) goes on to win The P. W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown.  Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dermot Weld’s charge furthers his reputation with win in traditional Derby trial

Sunday’s racing at Tramore has been cancelled due to heavy rain. Photograph: Inpho

Waterford track falls victim to the weather with Tuesday’s Tipperary meet also off

Many Clouds ridden by Leighton Aspell on his way to winning the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree last year. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Same players but different finishing order may be outcome in ‘classiest renewal’ to date

Trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Pat Smullen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dermot Weld’s charge poised for big effort in PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes

 Willie Mullins is bidding to snatch the UK trainers’ title from Paul Nicholls and hopes Douvan will help him do it today. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Brilliant novice expected to start at odds as low as 1-6

Vautour ridden by Ruby Walsh before falling during the 3.25 JLT Melling Chase. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Walsh suffered a hairline fracture to his wrist in a fall from Vautour on Friday afternoon

Captain Joy ridden by Pat Smullen (left) wins the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes  at Lingfield. Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

In-form champion jockey the one to follow on Student Raceday at Leopardstown

Trainer Tony Martin and jockey Barry Geraghty will both appeal bans and fines handed out last weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A €3,000 fine and 60 day suspension handed out under ‘non-trier’ rules at Limerick

Jockey Davy Russell will ride Morning Assembly in the English Grand National. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The JP McManus-owned horse may not even run in the big race at Aintree on Saturday

Barry Geraghty: in his first season as number one jockey to JP McManus.  Photograph: PA

Meath jockey could be absent for lengthy spell due to ‘non-trier’ ban at Limerick

Barry Geraghty has confirmed he is to appeal his 30-day ban. Photograph: PA

Jockey could miss Punchestown after receiving ‘non-trier’ ban at Limerick

British boxer Nick Blackwell who has been in an induced coma since his defeat to Chris Eubank Jr. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Boxer Nick Blackwell’s plight has re-opened debate about brain damage in sport

Trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Pat Smullen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Breeders’ Cup heroine can only come in third behind Nightime’s daughter

Trainer Aidan O’Brien to make late decision on participation of Found

Attention focussed on debut performance of US Army Ranger

Davy Russell, who partners Road To Riches at Navan.  x

Cheltenham exertions may hamper Road to Riches and Smashing

Ruby Walsh, Willie Mullins and owner Susannah Ricci (second right) celebrate with their trophies after winning the Ryanair Chase with Vautour at Cheltenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Ireland’s top trainer keen to add the British trainers’ championship to his proud record

Richard Johnson: will be hoping to guide Top Gamble to success at Fairyhouse.

Britain’s champion jockey-elect planning a Fairyhouse raid in Normans Grove Chase

Rogue Angel ridden by Ger Fox (left) on the way to winning the Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase ahead of Bless the Wings ridden by Ruby Walsh (centre) during day two of the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse Racecourse. Photo: PA Wire

Ger Fox rode the Gigginstown House Stud horse to the win at Fairyhouse

Barry Geraghty on Slowmotion on the way to winning the REA Grimes Property Consultants Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The local jockey came home as the winner on Sutton Place and Slowmotion

The chubby adolescent has been long replaced by work-out Rory, complete with ‘selfies’ highlighting his weight-crunching regime. Photograph: Erich Schlegel

Obsession with doing weights overlooks the fact that golf is a mental game

Jockey Jack Kennedy on Squouateur before the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle during Gold Cup Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photograph: PA

Teenage Kerry jockey’s claim could prove significant on historic day at Fairyhouse

Kylemore Lough ridden by Barry Geraghty  jump the last to win the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Steeplechase  at Fairyhouse. Photograph:  PA Wire

Trainers Kerry Lee and Gavin Cromwell secure Easter Sunday Group One wins

 Peter Roe, manager of Fairyhouse Racecourse, with last year’s  Boylesports Irish Grand National winner, Thunder and Roses. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Locally trained Venitien De Mai leads the big race betting, followed by siblings Mala Beach and Bonny Kate

Jessber’s Dream, winning a Mares Novices Hurdle under Noel Fehily, leads the cross-channel invasion at Fairyhouse on Sunday. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Role-reversal on the cards after Ireland’s record-equalling Cheltenham tally

Aidan O’Brien has booked Ryan Moore for Highland Reel in Meydan on Saturday. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

World Cup fixture is racing’s richest day, with eight races worth $30 million

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