Ryan Moore  is reunited with Air Force Blue for the Dewhurst clash at Newmarket today. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Coolmore and Godolphin renew rivalry in a ’mouthwatering’ Newmarket highlight

Tony Martin has a busy weekend ahead with runners at Newmarket today as well as three of the four weekend fixtures at home. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Trainer hoping to improve Irish record in the Newmarket race

 Aidan O’Brien: trainer’s dual-Group One winner Air Force Blue will attempt to secure  a fourth Dewhurst victory and cement his position as favourite for next year’s 2,000 Guineas. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Godolphin’s Emtionless a marginal favourite for the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes on Saturday

There are forecasts that the global gaming industry will be worth over $100 billion next year. Photograph: Getty.

It takes more than just being competitive to constitute calling and funding something as a sport

Pat Smullen riding Covert Love (orange) to glory in  Prix De L’Opera. They got the better of a sustained duel with Frankie Dettori on Jazzi Top. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Smullen on board Free Eagle was beaten in the Arc by Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn

 Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn celebrate winning The Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe at Longchamp racecourse in Paris, France. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Hat-trick seeking Treve can only finish fourth behind Fllintshire and New Bay

Thierry Jarnet leads Treve to victory in last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp  in Paris last year. Photograph: Eric Feferbergeric/AFP/Getty

Dual winner Treve bidding to create history by securing a hat-trick of victories

Kieren Fallon: will be hoping for a triumphant return to Tipperary on board Sovereign Debt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Legendary jockey returns to Tipperary looking for first Irish win in four years

Wayne Lordan: to ride Curvy in Saturday night’s Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park in New York. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Wayne Lordan and Aidan O’Brien in the running for lucrative wins in US and France

 Golden Horn and  Frankie Dettori: the jockey will be bidding to  secure a record-equalling fourth Arc success, 20 years after the first, Lammtara in 1995.  Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Derby winner will bid to deny Treve an unprecedented treble in Longchamp feature

The Turf Club’s chief executive Denis Egan has confirmed the hotline is still active but admitted it has produced few concrete results so far. Photograph: Inpho

‘People don’t seem to want to be seen to be grassing,’ says chief executive Denis Egan

Juliette Fair goes clear to win at Leopardstown last month. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Dermot Weld-Pat Smullen team can make the most of the Fairyhouse conditions in Blenheim Stakes

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Found will be hoping to make history in Sunday’s Arc. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien hopes Found will be first ever Irish-trained filly to win Longchamp race

John Oxx’s Red Stars has a high draw and Jim Bolger’s Silvercups to overcome in the opening maiden at Roscommon today. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Sizing Platinum has the edge on The Game Changer

Bondi Beach ridden by Colm O’ Donoghue (purple cap) wins The Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes Race after Simple Verse ridden by Andrea Atzeni was disqualified following a steward’s inquiry at Doncaster Racecourse. Photograph: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Culture in these islands ensures best horse keeps the prize – regardless of behaviour

Rob Kearney scores Ireland’s fifth try during the Rugby World Cup match against Romania at Wembley Stadium in London. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Like a boyband, every Irish sporting TV panel needs the bolshy one

Trainer Jessica Harrington has Elegant Statesman running at Navan on Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer.

Trainer disappointed that Jezki faces season on sidelines with leg injury

The  Aidan O’Brien-trained Deauville will race  in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Trainer also targets record-breaking 15th success in Juddmonte stakes at Curragh

Trainer Aidan O’Brien targeting a record-breaking 15th Juddmonte Beresford Stakes success. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ballydoyle trainer has 11 options to choose from ahead of Group Two race at Curragh

Bronze Angel ridden by Louis Steward will be going for a hat-trick in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on Saturday. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Bronze Angel will be the one to watch as he bids for an unprecedented hat-trick

Adrian Heskin has won six of his last 11 races and has three rides at  Ballinrobe today. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Mare concedes experience over fences but should extend Adrian Heskin’s winning streak

Novak Djokovic: “He is believed to be a perfectly pleasant character away from the court, bright, multilingual and a family man.” Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

While he can beat anyone at tennis, the lack of public affection for the Serb is a mystery

Bondi Beach and  Order of St George: the two Aidan O’Brien-trained stars  have been bought into by leading Australian owner Lloyd Williams. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Decision due this week on appeal against controversial victory in English St Leger

Ruby Walsh on Faugheen wins the Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy in Cheltenham last March. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Title-holder Faugheen is favourite but decision yet to be made on star novice Douvan

Seamus Heffernan will begin his 10-day ban for dangerous riding on September 27th, following the failure  of his Turf Club appeal yesterday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Ballydoyle chance ride a bright spot for the jockey as Turf Club upholds its 10-day ban

Trainer Dermot Weld: “[Manalapan] will nearly have to win [at Ayr] in order for us to think about Melbourne.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dermot Weld charge lines up in 10-furlong Doonside Cup in Ayr under Pat Smullen

Rule the World’s  ability to act on soft should be a major plus in Guinness Kerry National. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Line-up for Kerry National includes five horses from Michael O’Leary and Willie Mullins

Order Of St George, seen here winning the Irish St Leger at the Curragh, is one of four Aidan O’Brien-trained horses entered for the Melbourne Cup in November. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Trainer has four horses remaining for Flemington race at the start of November

Joe Schmidt knows it’s a hazard of the job that the coach is usually the one to get it in the neck. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland coach portrayed as messianic leader but meeting expectations will be tough task

Frankie Dettori on Golden Horn leads the field of the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

John Gosden concedes fact that Dermot Weld horse was third was help to Frankie Dettori

Joseph O’Brien on Order of St George romps home to win the Irish St Leger at the Curragh as part of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien-trained horse romps home to victory in Irish St Leger at the Curragh

Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn celebrates winning the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown racecourse on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Sheikh Fahad Al Thani describes decision to move race as ‘very unfortunate’

The QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes - Frankie Dettori onboard Golden Horn celebrates winning. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Frankie Dettori survived a stewards enquiry to win race for sixth time ahead of Free Eagle

Mick Kinane  after landing the English Derby at Epsom in 2009:  Sea The Stars “was a very quiet and calm horse; when the stalls opened, though, he rolled his sleeves up.” Photograph: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Retired jockey hasn’t lost his competitive edge in role as a commercial breedee

Joseph O’Brien with his father Aidan O’Brien at Newmarket racecourse in England. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Heavy overnight rain looks set to wreak havoc on Saturday

Free Eagle has been firmly centre-stage along with Golden Horn and Gleneagles among a perceived ‘big three’ for the Irihjs Champions Stakes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dermot Weld can claim glaring omission from CV in highlight of Champions Weekend

Order Of St George ridden by Seamie Heffernan on their way to winning the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger Trial Stakes late year  at the Curragh. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Aiden O’Brien’s horse been ante-post favourite for today’s Doncaster Leger

Wicklow Brave:  is among 16 remaining in the Curragh Leger. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Trainer hopes Wicklow Brave will break Group One duck on the flat in Irish St Leger

Ryan Moore (orange and blue cap)  rides Legatissimoto win TheQipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket in May. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Coolmore’s Classic-winning filly still in shake-up for €1.1m feature at Leopardstown

Barry Geraghty and Rebel Fitz on the way to victory in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse Racecourse last year: Mick Winters wants Geraghty to ride Rebel Fitz in next week’s Guinness Kerry National. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mick Winters keen to see the former Galway Hurdle hero race in Guinness Kerry National

Gleneagles ridden by Ryan Moore. Aidan O’Brien declined to run Gleneagles in three top summer races because conditions were not quick enough. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Prizemoney has increased to €4m over two days containing five Group 1 races

Free Eagle holds off The Grey Gatsby to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. The pair could meet again in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Photograph: Getty Images.

Weld runner will compete regardless of ground conditions at Leopardstown

 Pat Smullen:  Free Eagle will be his priority at the  Longines Irish Champions Weekend. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Unbeaten Tanaza could also prove fruitful for Connor King in the Moyglare Stud Stakes

Wayne Lordan on board Gordon Lord Byron. Trainer Tom Hogan reckons his teak-tough performer remains as good as ever. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Gordon Lord Byron’s team hopeful he can repeat 2013 success in Sprint Cup

David Wachman: “She is in both races, is on track for Champions Weekend and we will have to see what the owners want to do.” Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The 1,000 Guineas winner bound for ‘Champions Weekend’ at Leopardstown

  Sea Moon, seen here   defeating Oasis Bloom  at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, is John Oxx’s likely choice for a tilt at a fifth Irish St Leger. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Curragh trainer opts for headgear for Auld Brig at Gowran

Gordon Lord Byron is among 19 entries left in the six furlong event. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Tom Hogan’s international stalwart will look to repeat 2013 success

 The Grey Gatsby edges out Australia in last year’s Irish Champion Stakes, which was ranked 11th on the 2014 World list. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Champion Stakes being touted as race of year – as long as the weather holds up

Hurricane Fly, one of the greatest hurdlers in the history of jumps racing, has been retired. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Willie Mullins labelled the eleven year old son of Montjeu a ‘horse of a generation’

Bocca Baciata ridden by Fran Berry on the way to winning the Dance Design  Stakes at the Curragh yesterday. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Softer ground helps Jessica Harrington charge in four-length rout of Easter and Brooch

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 Evoke.ie 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

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