Pat Smullen riding Brooch: the Juddmonte-owned filly lost her unbeaten record in June’s Pretty Polly Stakes. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

David Wachman’s runner Hint Of A Tint has a big handicap double in her sights

Recorder, ridden by Frankie Dettori, seen wining the Acomb Stakes  at York, is a likely contender for the National Stakes during Champions Weekend at the Curragh.  Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Queen Elizabeth II’s star two-year-old may line out in the National Stakes at €4m Champions Weekend

Free Eagle, ridden by Pat Smullen to win the Prince of Wales Stakes’s at Royal Ascot in June, now has the Irish Champion Stakes in sight after a summer break. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Leopardstown faces a tough challenge to provide perfect going for all contenders

Trainer Jim Bolger is directing Sanus Per Aquam  towards Group 1 glory at the Curragh on Champions Weekend. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Sanus Per Aquam to be aimed at the National Stakes, says Bolger

British athletes Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe during the Olympic Games in Moscow, 1980. Photograph: Getty Images

New IAAF chief may be planning reform but some of his statements suggest otherwise

Found ridden by Seamie Heffernan up on the way to winning the Kilfrush Stud Royal Whip Stakes (Group Three)  at the Curragh.   Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Aidan O’Brien hoping to run Gleneagles on ‘Champions Weekend’ at Leopardstown

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has already won the Galileo Futurity Stakes at Curragh nine times. Photograph: PA.

Aiden O’Brien should make it three on the trot at the Curragh

Seamie Heffernan guides  Fields of Athenry to victory in  the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown. Donnacha O’Brien will be on board today at York.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Colt can confirm his potential as a prime St Leger candidate with lucrative York victory

 Golden Horn:  unbeaten superstar whose three year old campaign to date sees him rated on a par with the legendary pair of Sea The Stars and Frankel. Photograph:  Julian Herbert/PA

Heavy rain threatens to rule out Guineas winner of heavyweight clash with Golden Horn

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh: serves as one of the vice-chairmen of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Photograph: Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh points to a fundamental difference of philosophy between different jurisdict(...)

Peter O’Sullevan: a man who understood the pull racing can generate, from the meanest backstreet betting shop to the most gilded of chateau. Photograph: Tony Harris/PA Wire

The former commentator’s campaigns against misuse of the whip were heartfelt and consistent

Good ground could send the David Wachman trained Most Beautiful to the Curragh for a tilt at the Phoenix Stakes next Sunday. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

David Wachman trained Most Beautiful could break Aidan O’Brien stranglehold

Séamus Heffernan on Diamondsandrubies (white hat) pips Ryan Moore and Legatissimo in the Sea the Stars Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Qatar Nassau Stakes the target for 1,000 Guineas winner

Dermot Weld has had 28 uninterrupted years as leading trainer at the Galway Festival. Photograph: PA.

Increasing competition headed by Willie Mullins puts ‘King of Ballybrit’ under pressure

Trainer Tony Martin sends out two runners to defend Newtown Anner Stud’s defence of the Guinness Handicap at the Galway Festival. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Newtown Anner Stud send three to post in attempt to retain fifth day feature

Denis O’Regan celebrates on board Quick Jack after winning the Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap at Ballybrit. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Outcome a sweet one for jockey Denis O’Regan who won Plate on Ansar a decade ago

Trainer Gordon Elliott: will be hoping The Game Changer can secure €300,000 first prize for the Galway Hurdle.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Co Meath based trainer has endured frustrations in the race over the last few years

David Wachman: runs Queen Nefertiti in the Listed Corrib Stakes at Galway. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

David Wachman-Wayne Lordan team can strike again at Galway

Shanahan’s Turn and Jonathan Burke (third from right) on their way to winning the Galway Plate. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jockey thrilled to lead home Henry De Bromhead’s charge in Galway Plate

Wayne Lordan on Hint Of A Tint goes clear to win the Topaz Mile Handicap on day two of the Galway races. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

David Wachman-trained filly belies sliding handicap rating to claim Topaz Mile

Barry Geraghty will be bidding for his first Galway Plate victory when he rides Shanpallas, owned by JP McManus, in today’s feature at Ballybrit. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

JP McManus’s number one jockey keen to add elusive pot to his imposing big-race CV

Trainer Dermot Weld: ‘King of Ballybrit’ will have high hopes for four of his runners at Galway today. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA

Stuccodor, Time To Inspire, Shahzeena and New Agenda all likely to start as favourites

Trainer Dermot Weld and True Solitaire during day one of the Galway Festival at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA Wire

The Dermot Weld-trained horse can successfully continue a long racing tradition

Beckwith Star ridden by Adam O’Neil comes home to win the Easyfix Rubber Products Handicap Hurdle at Ballybrit. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jockey’s mother, trainer Jessica, savours big victory in opening day highlight at Galway

The Ulster SFC final between Monaghan and Donegal this year made for unpleasant viewing. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Brutish will not to lose knocking stuffing out of entertainment

Patrick Mullins: rides Whiteout in Galway’s Day One festival highlight. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Coveted prize at the Galway Races has eluded Ireland’s record-breaking amateur jockey

Zafayan could give the bookies a fright. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

This year sees a strong challenge to Dermot Weld’s traditional dominance

Clearing a fence at last year’s Galway Races. The world famous festival begins on Monday. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Manager describes situation regarding stable area as ‘very unsatisfactory’

Jockey Andrea Atzeni speaks with trainer Johnny Murtagh after riding Stroll Patrol to victory in the Sprint Handicap at the  Curragh. Photo.  Pat Healy/PA

English sprinter can complete another successful raid in the Yeomanstown Stud Stakes

Dermot Weld: “Hissabaat will hopefully line up in the big hurdle. Tandem is entered too but I don’t think he’ll get in.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘King of Ballybrit’ expects the numerical strength of his challenge to be reduced this year

 Tony McCoy on board Thomas Edison celebrates winning The Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap at Ballybrit last year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Shrewd trainer’s Galway fortunes have improved dramatically in recent years

Pat Smullen celebrates winning the Darley Irish Oaks. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Snow Sky has been supplemented into the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Anyone under 50 is much more likely to bet online rather than traipse to a bookmakers.

Government cannot sidestep the consequence of this multibillion euro business

Home Of The Brave, ridden by jockey James Doyle, on the way to winning the Friarstown Stud Minstrel Stakes during day two of the Darley Irish Oaks Weekend at The Curragh Racecourse. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

English trainer celebrates Group Three success day after winning Irish Oaks

Wedding Vow (centre) ridden by jockey Joseph O’Brien on the way to winning the Kilboy Estate Stakes at The Curragh.  Photo:  Brian Lawless/PA

Son Joseph ensures top trainer has now won all but one of Ireland’s 66 Group races

Seamus Heffernan will partner Together Forever in the Darley Irish Oaks. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Coolmore have three options in Darley Irish Oaks but unfancied filly may be one to watch

Trainer Dermot Weld: will be hoping Brooch bounces back with a victory at the Curragh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gordon Lord Byron primed for strong showing in the Minstrel Stakes

Mikey O’Connor said he was unfairly refused payment from the Qualified Riders Accident Fund

Curvy ridden by Ryan Moore wins the Ribblesdale Stakes during Royal Ascot 2015. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer has seven entries to choose from, including Epsom Oaks heroine Qualify

“The basic position is unsustainable whereby you can stand in a betting shop and pay a certain rate of tax on a bet, then stand outside, telephone a bet, and pay a different rate of tax,” says Horse Racing Ireland’s Brian Kavanagh. Photograph: Inpho.

Britain’s point-of-consumption tax referred to EU Court of Justice

John Gosden: trainer is expected to run Gretchen in Saturday’s evening’s €400,000 classic. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The shape of the cross-channel challenge will become clear following the vital forfeit stage

Joseph O’Brien: the 22-year-old has had problems with his weight. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

O’Brien will ride Archangel Raphael at the Longchamp €600,000 Grand Prix de Paris

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen: banished from the England cricket team due to a “massive trust issue” between him and the England & Wales Cricket Board. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Packing England’s top cricketer of to sun ahead of Ashes is surely management failure

 Kingfisher ridden by jockey Denis O’Brien (purple) on his way to winning the  Seamus & Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Beg Stakes ahead of jockey Shane Foley on board Drifting Mist (3rd) and jockey Chris Hayes on board Panama Hat, who will wear blinkers in the Lenebane Stakes. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien uses first-time cheek-pieces on Antelope Canyon in the juvenile maiden

Lucida (right) finished third to  Ervedya (centre) in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Ante-post reaction from Paddy Power sees Jim Bolger’s star filly listed as 11-4 favourite

Aidan O’Brien’s Cougar Mountain (right) was a fast-finishing third to Solow in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Aidan O’Brien pits his charge against unbeaten Epsom Derby hero Golden Horn

Barry Geraghty: starts his new job as JP McManus’s jockey with three rides at Limerick on Sunday.   Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Jockey hoping to celebrate his new job for JP McManus with victory on Hash Brown

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Anthem Alexander ridden by Pat Smullen breaks away to win the Queen Mary Stakes on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2014 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Three-year-old filly up against Brazen Beau and Charlie Hills’ Muhaarar at Newmarket

 Aidan O’Brien will run Cougar Mountain in the  Sandown feature: “We will step him up in trip now and he’ll go for the Eclipse.” Photo:  Steve Parsons/PA

Sandown’s Coral Eclipse has proved a tough task for past Epsom Derby winners

President Michael D Higgins congratulates trainer Dermot Weld after Eshera beat Aimhirgin Lass in the  European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh last week. Photograph:  Pat Healy/PA

Dermot Weld hoping to repeat his classic triumph of 25 years ago with Go and Go

Alberto Contador was stripped of the Tour de France title he won in 2010. Photograph: PA Wire/PA Wire.

Tour de France draws millions of viewers despite few people believing sport is clean

Co Wexford-based trainer Liz Doyle wrote a letter to ‘The Racing Post’.

Handler says she was wrongly linked to investigation into animal steroids case

Trainer John Gosden and William Buick celebrate Jack Hobbs winning the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA

Trainer’s notable feat in claiming two historic classes with two different horses

Seamus Heffernan on Bondi Beach (left) wins the At the Races Curragh Cup from  Ryan Moore on Order of St.George. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ryan Moore edged out a second time as Bondi Beach edges out Order of St George

William Buick on Jack Hobbs  stride to victory in the the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby  at the Curragh. Photo:  Pat Healy/PA

Trainer plotting route to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe through September’s Prix Niel

Jockey Ryan Moore will ride Legatissimo, Most Beautiful and Shogun at the Curragh on Sunday. Photograph: PA.

Clash of classic winners in the Curragh’s Group One feature should be a highlight

Ryan Moore wins the Ribblesdale Stakes on board Curvy during Royal Ascot on June 18th. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

English jockey to propel himself up alongside legends with Triple-Crown win

Dermot Weld is hoping for group one success withBrooch at the Currgah on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Win at Naas will provide a timely boost for Dermot Weld ahead Brooch’s Group One test at Curragh

Jack Hobbs’ jockey William Buick is aiming to break his duck in the Irish Derby. Photograph: Getty Images

Sheikh Mohammed looking for first win in €1.25m race for 20 years

Joseph O’Brien celebrates winning the Irish Derby on Australia last year with his father and trainer Aidan O’Brien, owner JP Magnier, and other connections and relatives. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish Derby has great history but the history of who has the money matters most

Qualify’s Epsom victory, with Colm O’Donoghue on board, has provided it with a ‘win and you’re in’ entry into Saturday’s Irish Derby. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Tuesday’s final forfeit stage will influence shape of Saturday’s field at the Curragh

Jockey Christophe Soumillon celebrates his winning ride on Ervedya in the Coronation Stakes during day four of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

French jockey steers Ervedya between Found and Lucida to win by a nose

Trainer Aidan O’Brien inspects the course before the days racing during day four of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

A handicap mark of 99 hasn’t dissuaded Aidan O’Brien from running the Galileo colt

Pat Smullen will be on board Mustajeeb in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: Reuters.

Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen can end week on high in Diamond Jubilee Stakes

 Aidan O’Brien: will be expecting Found to confirm her undoubted class in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Anthem Alexander expected to be a major player in the Commonwealth Cup

 Ryan Moore (right) riding Curvy wins The Riddlesdale Stakes at  Royal Ascot yesterday. Photograph:   Christopher Lee/Getty Images

A 789-1 hat-trick brings top jockey’s total for week to eight with two days remaining

 Kevin Manning guides  Pleascach  to victory in the  Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.  Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Jim Bolger’s Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine should see off nine opponents in Group Two contest

Pat Smullen steering Free Eagle to win the KPMG Enterprise Stakes in Leopardstown last September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dermot Weld-trained star fancied to prevail against stellar field in Ascot feature

Ryan Moore, pictured here guiding Washington DC to victory, landed a 54-1 treble at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

Moore lands 54-1 treble in Tuesday’s final three races with wins for O’Brien and Mullins

Gleneagles ridden by Ryan Moore wins the  St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Favourite ensures a seventh St James’s Palace Stakes win for champion trainer

Pat Smullen is fourth favourite to be leading jockey at Ascot this week. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Mustajeeb heads a strong list of Irish possibles for the Diamond Jubilee

Ryan Moore rides Gleneagles to win The Quipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket on May 2nd. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Dual-Guineas hero can emulate Rock of Gibraltar and Henrythenavigator’s successes

Phil Mickelson laboured for over a decade under the dreaded label of best-player-never-to-win-a-major. He  cracked the code in the 2004 Masters. Photograph:  Peter Byrne.

Not a universally popular golfer but nonetheless a true stalwart of the game

Aidan O’Brien:  trainer’s dual-Guineas winner Gleneagles is a red-hot favourite for Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes although one of his five opponents will be the French 2,000 Guineas winner, Make Believe. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer Eddie Lynam ‘hopeful’ horse will make history by becoming three-time winner

Michael Halford: trainer could take his chance with runner-up in last year’s Chesham, Toscanini, in Friday’s Group 1 Commonwealth Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer Halford could secure a double at Sligo before concentrating on Royal Ascot

Frankie Dettori and Star Of Seville (left) seen here riding alongside William Buick and Jazzi Top during the ‘Breakfast With The Stars’ morning at Epsom. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Star of Seville to make quick reappearance after interference ended Epsom hopes

Champion jockey Pat Smullen aims to reach the half-century mark for the season in Ireland this weekend.

Carla Bianca can bounce back in style in Cork Group Three for champion jockey

Agnes Stewart, with Billy Lee on board,  winning The John Smith’s Extra Smooth May Hill Stakes at Doncaster last year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Sole Power going for unprecedented hat-trick in Kings Stand Stakes

Inevitably the best and most successful players have the potential to generate and attract the most revenue. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Competing at top-level of Gaelic games is akin to holding a full-time job – minus the salary

Frankie Dettori celebrates as he crosses the line on Golden Horn in the Epsom Derby. Trainer John Gosden looks like turning down a free entry into the Curragh Derby for his Epsom winner.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Jack Hobbs may be Gosden’s choice for a stab at classic success in the Irish Derby

William Buick riding Golden Horn to victory in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

His Dante win is the outstanding piece of form in this somewhat depleted field

Coolmore Stud-owned favourite Legatissimo edged out by O’Brien-trained outsider

Hurricane Fly bids to add the French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil to his record breaking Grade 1 tally  tomorrow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Busy weekend ahead at the Curragh, Auteuil and Limerick

Giovanni Canaletto, just edged out by Curvy in the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh on May 24th, is the big mover in the Derby market this week. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Biggest market mover of the week Giovanni Canaletto is now the shortest priced of Aidan O’Brien’s three likely starters in Satur(...)

Seamie Heffernan onboard Mekong River wins the race ahead of Kevin Manning on Parish Hall. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

One of 13 left in the €63,000 TRM Ballyogan Stakes run over six furlongs

The prizemoney for the Galway Hurdle has been boosted to €300,000.  Photograph: Inpho.

Boost to feature is part of €160,000 prizemoney raise for Galway festival

Pat Smullen is confident Zawraq has everything required for the Epsom Derby. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘This horse gives the feel he has everything required for Epsom,’ says champion jockey

 Fifa president Sepp Blatter: without such a convenient fall guy, who knows what might happen: morality rather than money might even enter the equation and that really would be a nightmare. Photograph: Ennio Leanza/EPA

Blatter’s flinty Swiss soul knows better than most how it’s the money that counts

Paul Nicholls is targeting the French Champion Open with Zarkander. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Godolphin jockey Doyle can plunder spoils in Group Three feature at Naas today

President Michael D Higgins congratulates trainer Dermot Weld after Eshera beat Aimhirgin Lass in the DoneDeal Ireland’s Largest Classifieds Website European Breeders Fund Maiden during day one of the Irish Derby Festival at the Curragh. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA.

Richard Hannon to be rewarded in Group Two contest

New Bay ridden by Vincent Cheminaud winning the French Derby ahead of Highland Reel. Photograph: Thomas Samson

Attention has now turned to the likely make-up of this Saturday’s Derby field at Epsom

Rory Cleary guiding Ansgar to victory in the Irish Field Handicap at the Curragh in 2013. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dermot Weld’s star apprentice’s looking to score on Sabrina Harty’s impressive winner

Jockey Ryan Moore who pilots Cape Clear Island in the French Derby with  trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photograph:  Pat Healey/PA Wire

Ballydoyle maestro sends raiding party of three in effort to secure elusive classic

 Joseph O’Brien guides Highland Reel  to victory  in the  The Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Goodwood last July. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aga Khan aiming to add to his six wins in lucrative Chantilly highlight with Karaktar

Ryan Moore’s selection headache for next week’s Epsom classic action is one his colleagues would relish. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jockey will ride Simenon, who some bookies have backed as favourite

Zawraq ridden by Pat Smullen comes home to win the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes in April ahead of Endless Drama, which finished second in the Irish Guineas at the weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dermot Weld’s colt will be in virgin territory over a mile and a half at Epsom classic

Rory McIlroy looks dejected during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last week.

You wonder sometimes if we’ve fully cottoned on just how rare a talent McIlroy is

Kevin Manning on Pleascach (purple checked hat) wins the 1000 Guineas from Ryan Moore on Found  at the Curragh yesterday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Tilt against colts to follow gutsy half-length victory over her 1,000 Guineas rivals

Gleneagles ridden by Ryan Moore (Blue and Orange cap) win the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas  at The Curragh. Photograph: Pat Healey/PA Wire

Derby may be swerved with Aidan O’Brien seeing Curragh classic winner as miler

Ryan Moore onboard The Grey Gatsby comes home to win just ahead of Australia ridden by Joseph O’Brien at Leopardstown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ryan Moore gearing up for potentially vintage Group One weekend at Curragh

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