Aidan O’Brien:  strong favourite to bypass Bobby Frankel’s tally of 25 Group One winners in a year.  Photograph:  Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Ballydoyle pair Churchill and Caravaggio have plenty to prove at on Champions Day at Ascot

 Willie Mullins:  has contenders in big races in France and Australia this weekend. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ger Lyons gives McMunigal second start in Killvavullan Stakes at Leopardstown

High winds from could force cancellation of Saturday’s meeting

Mrs Maureen Mullins, jockey  Patrick Mullins and Willie Mullins after  Wicklow Brave’s victory in the Betdaq Punchestown Champion  at Punchestown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Photograph

Willie Mullins concedes wide Caulfield Cup draw will test Wicklow Brave

 David Mullins on Petit Mouchoir wins the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Irish Champion Hurdle winner makes an eagerly-awaited return to action

 Mark Zahra riding Gailo Chop pips Katelyn Mallyon on  Johannes Vermeer in the Ladbrokes Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Johannes Vermeer and Wicklow Brave set to line up in $3million Melbourne feature

 Aidan O’Brien:  has left eight horses among the 17-strong entry for the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Monday’s five-day stage. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Godolphin and Gosden likely to have favourites for four top-flight prizes

 Sebastian Coe: prioritising presentation looks like  fiddling for the sake of it. Keeping athletics relevant is about credibility, not novelty. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty

Perhaps a doping amnesty and a fresh start is required to allow the sport regain its soul

Ryan Moore riding US Navy Flag to win The Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Last-gasp victory on Elegant Pose helps young jockey complete a Naas hat-trick

Ryan Moore riding US Navy Flag wins the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket racecourse on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Irish trainer readying Champions Day team for Ascot next Saturday

US Navy Flag appears to be O’Brien’s  number one hope of a sixth Dewhurst Stakes success at Newmarket. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Idaho and Rain Goddess line up for champion trainer in Canada on Sunday

Trainer Willie Mullins’ focus is principally on the flat this weekend.   Photograph: : David Davies/PA

Six Irish hopefuls line up for tilt at marathon prize

Bryan Cooper was let go by Gigginstown at the end of July. “They (Potts and Tizzard) have some fantastic horses. I can’t believe it to be honest.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Former Gigginstown jockey will begin with Tizzard-trained duo at Ludlow on Wednesday

Colin Keane is bidding to claim the jockeys’ championship for the first time: “ I have the height of regard for Colin Keane. He is an excellent young rider. It will be very close,” said Dermot Weld. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

‘I don’t have a huge supply for Pat [Smullen] and I imagine he may find it difficult’

Verbal Dexterity. “He has everything and is the complete package. He’s as good as any of the ones that have the Dewhurst for us. Any of those five,” said trainer Jim Bolger. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

English colt Expert Eye odds on for top juvenile event at Newmarket

Brian Kavanagh:  “I’d  hope for some indication of longer-terms plans with regard to betting tax and details of allocated funding for the Horse & Greyhound Fund for next year.” Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

O’Leary’s expensive purchase, Poli Roi, makes hurdles debut in Galway

David Clifford celebrates Kerry’s victory over Derry after his outstanding contribution of 4-4 in the All-Ireland minor football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Carping over Colm Cooper’s testimonial should be a timely warning for young star

Colin Keane:  steered Gobi Desert to victory in the Listed Legacy Stakes at Navan.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Total Recall lands Munster National in a canter for Willie Mullins

Pat Smullen and Zhukova will line up for the $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park on Sunday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

English raider Nietzsche can go close in Irish Cesarewitch at Navan

Roger Loughran on Total Recall on their way to winning The Prancer and Dancer Rated Novice Steeplechase in the Navan Races in Proudstown, Co Meath in December 2016. File photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ex-Sandra Hughes runner has first start for champion trainer in Limerick highlight

 Potters Point proved too good for Arkwhist in the Kerry National. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien has seven options including Abyssinian in Irish Cesarewitch

Davy Russell: will partner Death Duty in a Beginners Chase at Tipperary. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Grade One winner makes anticipated debut over fences

Aidan O’Brien: the trainer is rapidly closing in on Bobby Frankel’s record of 25 Group/Grade One victories in a calendar year.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Roly Poly is set to tackle Saturday’s Sun Chariot at Newmarket as second favourite

 Ryan Moore riding Happily to victory in  the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting at Chantilly Racecourse on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Happily and Rhododendron strike to increase trainer’s Group One wins to 22 this year

Trainer Dermot Weld has yet to see results from The Grey Gatsby this season   but the six-year-old will have first-time lasix when he lines up in the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Balko De Flos and Shaneshill clash again at Gowran in Saturday’s Champion Chase

Frankie Dettori on Enable at the Curragh Racecourse earlier this year. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Frankie Dettori odds on to secure record fifth Arc victory on Sunday at Chantilly

There continues to be discontent in the north that stable staff there weren’t entitled to benefits. Photo: Inpho

Northern Ireland Trainers Association have backed the handlers in continuing confusion

Ryan Moore guiding Order of St George to victory in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh earlier this month. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Max Dynamite still in contention for Cadran at Chantilly on Saturday

Co Dublin trainer Adrian McGuinness has been given a suspended two-year disqualification relating to possession of unauthorised animal remedies. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

‘I made a mistake three years ago. To be honest I’m glad it’s all over’

The Turf Club’s chief executive Denis Egan said  60 ‘A’ card holders in the North have been  covered for death benefit since 2012.   Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘I never heard tell of it. I’ve had no information from the Turf Club’ – Ian Ferguson

Turf Club “A” cards are issued to full-time stable employees throughout Ireland, and Mr Egan said there were 60 such card-holders currently registered in the North. Photograph: Getty Images

Turf Club says full-time stable staff in North covered by life assurance since 2012

 Pat Smullen  and Zhukova. Dermot Weld is targeting a return to Belmont for the mare who in May won the Grade One Man O’War Stakes at the track by six lengths. Photograph: Getty Images

Zhukova has alternative Flower Bowl option the following weekend

Saxon Warrior ridden by Ryan Moore on the way to winning the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at Naas. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Saxon Warrior the new Derby favourite after impressive Beresford Stakes victory

Quiet Reflection ridden by Martin Harley (right) on their way to winning the Renaissance Stakes at Naas Racecourse. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Trainer Karl Burke hopeful 5-2 winner can take on Harry Angel at Ascot next month

Michael Grassick, chief executive of the IRTA, said “there is €4 million ready to be distributed among people who qualify for the new pension”. Photograph: Eric Luke

New scheme will be financed by proportion of prize money deducted from trainers

Quiet Reflection won the Commonwealth Cup and the Haydock Sprint Cup in 2016 but reappears with plenty to prove in the Renaissance Stakes. Photograph: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Barry Geraghty returns to action at Navan after shoulder injury

 The Turf Club’s senior vet said testing cobalt is just one element of an overall anti-doping strategy. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Stephen and Michael McConville banned for three years by British authorities

Nelson beat his stable companions Kew Gardens and Delano Roosevelt in a Group Three over ‘Irish Champions Weekend’ last month. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Saxon Warrior and Nelson already 20-1 for next year’s Epsom Derby

Shamreen, winner of the Blandford Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend, could go for the Prix de l’Opera at Chantilly. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dermot Weld passes €1million prizemoney mark in Ireland as stable recovers from virus

Tipperary’s Lar Corbett and Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrrell during the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Championship Final. In his autobiography, Tyrrell gives a very honest account of the extent he went to “to drive Lar mad”. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s wrong to have amateur sportsmen being near obligated to pretend abuse is all part of game

Capri (second right), ridden by Ryan Moore, winning the  St Leger  at Doncaster. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Aidan O’Brien is even money to break 14-year record of 25 Group/Grade One wins in calendar year

Capri ridden by Seamie Heffernan (left) wins the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Ryan Moore will be on board for the St Leger bid.  Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Deauville and Lancaster Bomber fly Ballydoyle flag in Ricoh Woodbine Mile in Canada

Brian Kavanagh: “A strong effort has been made to address the practical issue of how Northern Ireland full-time staff are treated.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Staff in Northern Ireland to be treated “equal but separately” under new scheme

Because the North is in a different jurisdiction, stable staff there haven’t benefitted from industry pension arrangements in the past.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Discrepancy in pension payments to stable staff based in the North proves a thorny issue

Brian Kavanagh, CEO, Horse Racing Ireland: “The 2018 fixture will feature the highest number of race meetings staged in Ireland to date.” Photograph:  Robbie Reynolds

HRI announce 363 meetings will be held in Ireland next year - an all-time record

Séamus Heffernan steered Capri to victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh in July. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Venice Beach also among trainer's entries for world's oldest classic at Doncaster

Decorated Knight ridden by Andrea Atzeni became the sixth overseas winner in a row of the Irish Champion Stakes during day one of the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Crowds down on previous years but Curragh will host a leg in 2018 despite redevelopment

Order Of St George romps home to take the Irish St Leger. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Nine-length rout helps Aidan O’Brien complete weekend Group One hat-trick

  Andrea Atzeni riding Decorated Knight celebrates winning The Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Hydrangea also springs 20-1 shock by beating Winter in Matron Stakes at Leopardstown

Aidan O’Brien: top trainer is being tipped for a highly profitable  ‘Irish Champions Weekend’. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien 4-1 to record a Group One five-timer on ‘Irish Champions Weekend’

Frankie Dettori: bidding to equal Mick Kinane’s record of seven wins in Irish Champion Stakes. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Queen’s runner, Dartmouth, a possible for Sunday’s Irish St Leger

Davy Russell: “To me it is completely unacceptable what the press have done, to me and my family.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Furore over split-second punch to neck of Kings Dolly at Tramore may finally be over

Jockey Davy Russell has been given a four day ban by the Turf Club. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ban begins in 14 days which leaves Russell free to ride at next week’s Listowel festival

 Jim Crowley riding Ulysses (left) to win The Juddmonte International Stakes from Churchill (right) at York. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer has favourite for five top-flight contests following Expert Eye’s defection

 Ryan Moore riding Caravaggio to victory in the  The Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Jamie Osborne targets Laytown in force with runners in all six races at beach meeting

After scoring a spectacular own-goal in not handing Davy Russell a meaningful penalty, the regulatory body clearly feels it now has to be seen to act. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Davy Russell’s error was a mistake that demanded a swift response - that didn’t come

HRI chief executve Brian Kavanagh: “I think people know working with horses is not a nine to five, Monday to Friday job and that degrees of flexibility are required.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Kavanagh says strict implementation of laws would make operations ‘impossible’

Churchill, with Ryan Moore riding, wins The Qipco 2,000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket in May. Aidan O’Brien’s horse is odds-on in some lists for next Saturday’s Irish Champion Stakes. Photograph: Getty Images

Churchill odds-on for Irish Champion Stakes; O’Brien is 25-1 to win all Group One races

“When a rider goes out, he is open to all scrutiny. Everyone at the track, everyone on TV, gets to see, by and large, every movement that he makes. Everything they do is scrutinised.”

Controversy over Tramore incident rumbles on with appeal due to be heard next Tuesday

Pat Smullen v Colin Keane jockey championship tussle moves to Bellewstown

Ryan Moore on board The Grey Gatsby comes home just ahead of Australia to win the 2014 Irish Champion Stakes. Dermot Weld’s runner will bid for glory again this year.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Resurgent trainer pleased with string’s recent recovery from virus

Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal: two titans could be poised to meet in the semi-final of the US Open. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

We’re simply privileged to still enjoy the greatest one-on-one rivalry sport has seen

Jockey Davy Russell: cautioned by a three-man Referrals panel

Jockey cautioned for punching Kings Dolly in head before maiden hurdle at Tramore

Rain Goddess ridden by Ryan Moore (centre) wins the Snow Fairy Stakes during Tipperary Crystal Race Day at Curragh Racecourse on Sunday. Photograph: PA Wire

Japanese trainer Takashi Kodama lands Irish Cambridgeshire with 25-1 outsider

Davy Russell has received a caution for an incident at Tramore in which he appeared to strike his mount. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Video of jockey appearing to strike mount Kings Dolly had spread on social media

 Luke Morris riding Marsha (left) wins The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York from hot favourite Lady Aurelia and Frankie Dettori. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Top English jockey could secure Group Three hat-trick at Curragh

Davy Russell: A video circulated on social media last week appeared to show the former champion jockey punching Kings Dolly in the head after approaching a show obstacle prior to her run in a handicap hurdle at Tramore. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Champion Jockey has three rides on final day of festival

Willie Mullins: top National Hunt trainer has amassed nearly €350,000 during  the current flat campaign. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Willie Mullins secures a good opportunity at Killarney for ex-Melbourne Cup winner

 Jim Crowley riding Ulysses (white cap) win The Juddmonte International Stakes from Churchill (right) at York. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Churchill could go to Leopardstown after finishing runner-up in York feature race

 Ryan Moore riding Churchill (right) to win The Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

O’Brien’s dual-Guineas winner races beyond a mile for the first time in York feature

 Aidan O’Brien: was fined €2,000 in March when  Music Box was suspended from racing for 42 days under Rule 212.   Photograph:  Julian Herbert/PA

Pat Smullen aiming to close gap on leader Colin Keane in race for jockeys’ title

 Davy Russell: “The situation with Kings Dolly was an ordinary enough situation and I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary.”  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Turf Club anticipate a decision over Tramore incident before the end of the week

Peter Finch, Robert Duvall and Ned Beatty meet in a scene from the film ‘Network’, 1976. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)

Multibillion pound league is a circus with no loyalty, integrity or even sportsmanship

Pat Smullen: champion jockey has a busy day featuring six rides at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Busy Bank Holiday schedule for Pat Smullen at headquarters

Dream Walker ridden by Chris Hayes (right) going  on to win  on the final day of the Galway festival. Photograph: PA Wire

Galway-Tipperary All-Ireland hurling semi-final may have hit final-day crowd

Trainer Willie Mullins and  Ruby Walsh after winning with  Minella Beau during day three of the Galway  festival.  Photograph: PA Wire

Prominent businessman Luke Comer has first runner after four-month suspension

 Ryan Moore riding Caravaggio win The Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Caravaggio bids to restore reputation in Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday

Aubrey McMahon guides Whiskey Sour to victory  in the the Connacht Hotel Handicap at Ballybrit on Monday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Digeanta and Renneti give Willie Mullins a strong hand in the final conditions event

Barry Geraghty on Tigris River (right) wins The Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap ahead of Barry Browne on Swamp Fox (left). Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Joseph O’Brien followed in the footsteps of his father who won the race 20 years ago

Barry Browne on board Swamp Fox crossing the line to win last year. Horse will join elite group if successful in the Galway Hurdle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Only four horses have won big opening day amateur prize and ‘Ladies Day’ highlight

Balko Des Flos and Davy Russell celebrate after winning the Tote.com Galway Plate during day three of the Galway Summer Festival at Galway Racecourse. Photo: PA

Bryan Cooper, who is no longer Gigginstown’s No1 jockey, only managed fourth place

Here Comes When ridden by jockey Jim Crowley (centre) on his way to winning the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

O’Brien withdraws Churchill before race due to ‘extreme conditions’

Balko Des Flos: will have Davy Russell on board in the Galway Plate at Ballybrit. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Michael O’Leary aiming to win Plate for third time in four years

Riven Light ridden by jockey Declan McDonogh  wins the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap during day two of the Galway Summer Festival at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Favourite Riven Light survives stewards’ inquiry to land Quinn BMW Mile feature

Colin Keane riding Golden Spell to victory at the Curragh. The 23-year-old  champion jockey contender will pilot  Gold Spinner in Galway’s day two feature. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Trainer Ger Lyons says he will back Meath jockey’s title bid ‘a million per cent’

Aubrey McMahon celebrates victory on Whiskey Sour in The Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap at Ballybrit. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Barry Geraghty has perfect return on only first -day winning favourite Le Richebourg

Joseph O’Brien walks to the track before the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf during the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia, California. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Young training sensation is aiming for some cross-code success at Ballybrit racecourse

Barry Browne onboard Swamp Fox crossing the line to win last year. Swamp Fox can join an elite group if he lands the festival’s opening day feature for a second year running. Photograph: Ryan Byrne: ©INPHO

Tony Martin can strike on day one of festival with Acclamatio

Aidan O’Brien: Ballydoyle’s targets on Tuesday will include Naas winner Seahenge in the Group Two Vintage Stakes and both Cougar Mountain and Spirit Of Valor in the Lennox Stakes. Photograph: Donall Farmer/©INPHO

US Army Ranger takes on Big Orange in Tuesday’s Goodwood Cup

Massive crowds in Galway prove an annual boon to the bookmaking fraternity. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Busy Galway Festival the exception to the rule as digitalisation sees business move off-course

 Ryan Moore on Highland Reel wins the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.  Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Highland Reel and Idaho in action at Ascot while Roly Poly goes to Deauville on Sunday

 Tony Hunt: The High Court judge  chaired  Thursday night’s appeal committee which reinstated Stars Over The Sea as the winner of last week’s controversial void race at Killarney. Pic: Collins Courts

Appeals body says starters should not have final say as to the fairness of a start

Owner Michael O’Leary and jocker Bryan Cooper after winning the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Steeplechase with Road To Respect during the Fairyhouse Easter Festival. Photograph: Getty Images

‘We’ll still be using him a lot, he just won’t have automatic first choice as of today’

 Dermot Weld: has conceded his recent poor stable form rules out any return to his former Galway dominance. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Well-backed Max Dynamite set to make Galway Hurdle return

Rehana ridden by Shane Foley wins The Canford Cliffs Irish EBF Athasi Stakes at Naas Racecourse. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Panama Hat poised for his first start in 21 months and holds top weight

John Gosden: “She’s had plenty of time between her previous races. It’s not like she’s been overraced this season. She’s fresh and well.”

Enable set to start favourite for King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Ruby Walsh celebrates Clondaw Warrior’s victory in the Galway Hurdle last year at Ballybrit. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sandymount Duke on course to give Harrington another ‘first’ in Galway Plate

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather during the press conference at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London. Photograph:   Scott Heavey/PA Wire

Tipping Point: Why the all-engrossing era of clickbait is bad news for minority sports

Jockey Cathy Gannon  has been forced to retire because of a foot injury. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Dubliner was inaugural winner of Irish Times Sportswoman of Year award

Dermot Weld’s  Zhukova could  run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Irish trainer says Zhukova could target the Arc or switch to North American campaign

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