Paul Gilligan: was at Roscommon races to see his son Liam ride. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Paul Gilligan granted permission on ‘compassionate grounds’ on ‘once off’ basis

Total on-course betting was €33.8 million down 6.4 per cent. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

HRI boss Brian Kavanagh concedes: ‘It’s very hard to see a way in which it will turn around’

Spirit of Valor ridden by Ryan Moore wins the Qatar Airways Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh.  Photograph: PA

Aidan O’Brien seals Group Two Curragh double with Spirit of Valor and Elizabeth Browning

Enable ridden by Frankie Dettori wins The Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday. Photograph: PA

Yorkshire Oaks could be next up for convincing Curragh Classic winner

Enable ridden by Frankie Dettori wins the Darley Irish Oaks  at the  Curragh. Photograph:  PA Wire

John Gosden’s filly skates home to win Classic by five and a half lengths

 Frankie Dettori on Enable celebrates winning the 4.30 Investec Oaks at Epsom Racecourse in June. Jockey will ride her again this Saturday in the  Darley Irish Oaks. Photograph:  Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Aidan O’Brien seeks to equal Stoute’s Irish Oaks record with Rain Goddess and Alluringly

Former jockey and trainer Tommy Carberry who passed away on Wednesday was a Champion jockey four times between 1973-76, winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on three occasions. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

Racing world remembers Carberry as ‘marvellous horseman and a great jockey’

John Gosden: hoping to secure Darley Irish Oaks glory with favourite Enable at the Curragh on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

English trainer may also run Coronet along with 2/5 favourite Enable in weekend classic

Luke Comer: the high-profile property developer’s licence to train horses was suspended by the Turf Club until the end of July. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

High-profile businessman could be free to resume training again in August

Frankie Dettori riding Enable to victory ahead of  Rhododendron in the Investec Oaks at Epsom. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Frankie Dettori bidding for his fourth success in the race on John Gosden’s star

John Oxx: welcomed the decision by Godolphin to send him five two year olds to train. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Naughty or Nice and Bengala set to take on favourite Enable at the Curragh

Martin Molony at his home in Co Limerick. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Limerick man won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Silver Frame in 1951

Capri, ridden by Seamie Heffernan (left) before winning the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire

Capri brought Aidan O'Brien's number of wins in the big race to 12 on Saturday

 Andrea Atzeni celebrates winning the Pretty Polly Stakes on Nezwaah at the Curragh Racecourse, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Meanwhile Nezwaah achieved Pretty Polly glory at the Curragh on Sunday

Capri ridden by Seamie Heffernan (left) on the way to  winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby  at the Curragh. Photograph:   PA Wire

John Magnier defends decision to keep the premier home Classic at the Curragh

Wings of Eagles will be bidding for a coveted Derby double at the Curragh following his unexpected success at  Epsom. Photograph:  Peter Nicholls/Livepic

Cracksman can clip Wings of Eagles and get best of tripartite international contest

 Waldgeist (red) finished runner-up to  Brametot  in the The Qipco Prix Du Jockey Club  at Chantilly in France last month. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Renowned French trainer seeking a third win in Irish classic at the Curragh

Jim Bolger: Goldrush’s trainer Jim Bolger trained the dam Alexander Goldrun to five Grade One wins in four different countries.

Goldrush’s racing debut likely to prove of much interest to trainer Jim Bolger

 Wings Of Eagles  wins the Epsom Derby from Cliffs Of Moher earlier this month. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Curragh showpiece a notable classic gap for one of the world’s top riders

The jewel in Ireland’s classic calendar will be run on a building site in front of a restricted 6,000 capacity making do with facilities which consist of little more than tents. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Decision to hold big event at Curragh under construction unthinkable in any other sport

Permian ridden by  William Buick wins the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. The Godolphin charge won’t be appearing in the Irish Derby. Photograph:   John Walton/PA

New chief executive Joe Osborne says royal ascot ‘a huge boost to morale’

Capacity at the Curragh is restricted to 6,000 for this year’s Derby due to the ongoing redevelopment work. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Curragh board make their decision after ‘very in depth review’

Seamie Heffernan riding Idaho to win The Betway Great Voltigeur at York last August. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

September bids to emulate Churchill’s victory last year in Ascot Opener

 Jessica Harrington: came up agonisingly short of a first winner at Ascot on Friday but is eyeing big prize at Down Royal.  Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

Jessica Harrington’s in-form charge fancied in lucrative Magners Ulster Derby

 Ryan Moore on Caravaggio  wins the Commonwealth Cup on day four of Royal Ascot. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Winter completes Group One double for O’Brien in Coronation Stakes

James Doyle on Toscanini wins the Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh last year. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Friday’s Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot will commercially be number one priority

Despite having never ridden Big Orange before James  Doyle delivered an inspired effort.

Aiden O’Brien gets second winner of the week with Sioux Nation in Norfolk Stakes

 Ryan Moore riding Order of St George wins the Gold Cup at the Royal Ascot last year. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Ballydoyle stayer who came third in the Arc a top pattern performer with touch of class

Ryan Moore rides Highland Reel (purple) to win The Prince of Wales’s Stakes during day tw of Royal Ascot. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Pressure was on the Ballydoyle team to deliver a winner and they took the biggest of all

 Sir Michael Stoute  with Ryan Moore. Stoute has two contenders, Queen’s Trust and Ulysses, in action for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Drop back to mile-and-a-quarter makes Highland Reel and Jack Hobbs vulnerable

Barney Roy ridden by jockey James Doyle (right) on his way to winning the St James’s Palace Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Thomas Hobson is sole Irish winner on day one as Churchill flops in St James’s Palace Stakes

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore after victory with Churchill in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Churchill odds-on to beat Godolphin rival Barney Roy in St James’s Palace Stakes

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly. His behavioural motivation has been highly scrutinised. Photograph: Getty Images

Tipping point: there is now an intensity to the focus on players that is insane

Jockey Ryan Moore  and trainer Aidan O’Brien. The Irishman is rated a 1-4 shot by Ladbrokes to be leading trainer at Royal Ascot. Photograph: Getty Images

Final race of Leopardstown’s ‘February Jumps Festival’ to be revealed in coming weeks

 Ryan Moore riding Rhododendron  win The Dubai Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket Racecourse at  Newmarket in October. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Meanwhile, John Oxx targets Munster Oaks with bright prospect Bengala

Aidan O’Brien: Could saddle odds-on favourites in half of Royal Ascot’s eight Group One prizes. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Champion trainer requires eight winners or more this year to stretch clear of all rivals

Dermot Weld has suggested the recent number of National Hunt meetings in Ireland is ‘excessive.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer echoes comments of Ger Lyons who has urged flat racing should get ‘a fair go’

Padraig Beggy and Aidan O’Brien celebrate Wings Of Eagles’ success in the Investec Derby at Epsom. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images)

Order of St George odds on for Gold Cup after French Star Vazirabad’s defection

Ger Lyons: “For six months of the year the flat should get the profile it deserves and it’s not happening.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Treasuring in Queen Mary Stakes will head Co Meath trainer’s team for Royal Ascot

 Willie Mullins: has  claimed the Ascot Stakes twice before with both Simenon (2012) and Clondaw Warrior (2015).  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Penhill and Whiteout among his five possible starters in Ascot Stakes

Aidan O’Brien: will assemble a powerful  team or runners for Royal Ascot where he is odds-on to be top trainer once again.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Rhododendron still in the frame to mount a challenge for French Oaks glory

Groucho Marx: Accepted that he’d never be Rory McIlroy or whoever was the top golfer of his day

Modern sport thrives on flogging shortcuts to success, but golf has honed it to a fine art

Racing continues in front of the old stand at the Curragh as it is demolished. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

All eyes on how track caters for 6,000 crowd amid criticism of decision to continue racing

Trainer Kevin Prendergast: Penny Pepper now looks set to retire from the track on a high. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Mare in foal to Dragon Pulse recovers from poor start to beat 9-4 favourite Only Mine

Shaneshill, ridden by Ruby Walsh, will be bidding for French Champion Hurdle glory. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Titus makes return to action in Curragh Listed contest

Brian Kavanagh: “Brexit is a huge worry for us and I don’t really know how to respond to what happened in the British election.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Maintaining tripartite agreement vital for Irish racing – Brian Kavanagh

Christophe Soumillon on board Almanzor celebrates winning The Qipco Irish Champion Stakes last September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Qatar’s Qipco signed a three-year extension to sponsor Champion Stakes at Leopardstown

Jockey Padraig Beggy winning the Epsom Derby on Wings of Eagles. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Colt likely to line up next in the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby

Shane Prendergast  suffered injuries to his head and back at a point to point in Co Limerick on Monday after falling off his horse. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Rider (19) placed in induced coma after fall from Jack The Snake on Monday

Royal Ascot contender Brother Bear, ridden by Colm O’Donoghue (front right), winning The Cold Move Irish EBF Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire.

Trainer has exciting two-year-olds in Alpha Centauri and Brother Bear

Trainer Willie Mullins is chasing his fifth French Champion Hurdle success in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Irish trainer to run Wicklow Brave and Clondaw Warrior in New York

Racing continues in front of the old stand at the Curragh, despite construction being underway. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cracksman, not Wings Of Eagles, made the early favourite for €1.5 million classic

Warren Gatland and the Lions singing from the same hymn sheet. Sure there’s a lot of money tied up in it. But at heart it’s a commercial con job. Photograph: Hannah Peters/AFP/Getty

The game has moved on from this relic of flying the flag in far-flung bits of empire

 Padraig Beggy riding Wings Of Eagles to win  The Investec Derby from Cliffs Of Moher at Epsom. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Image

Ballydoyle No 1 set to be back on board after Pádraig Beggy’s dream win at Epsom

 Padraig Beggy on Wings Of Eagles wins the   Investec Derby at Epsom. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Jockey Pádraig Beggy leads home shock 40-1 outsider ahead of stablemate

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore after winning the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas with Winter. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Recoletos and Peslier look to have major hopes of a classic success at Chantilly

 Frankie Dettori celebrates winning the Investec Oaks on Enable. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Highland Reel gives Irish trainer a record eighth Coronation Cup success at Epsom

 Ryan Moore guides Cliffs Of Moher to victory in the Homeserve Dee Stakes at Chester. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Young trainer Joseph O’Brien attempts to join an exclusive club with Rekindling

Joseph O’Brien: will be bidding to join an illustrious group when Rekindling lines up in the  Epsom Derby on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Just four men have ridden and trained a Derby winner in the race’s long history

Last year’s Investec Derby hero Pat Smullen will attempt back to back wins at Epsom on Saturday on board the John Gosden-trained Khalidi. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Final plans for Ballydoyle team to be finalised with Ryan Moore likely for Cliffs Of Moher

 Philip Fenton: was disqualified for three years in 2014 for possession of banned animal substances. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Body “optimistic” deal can be reached with Breeders Association in next two weeks

 Racing continues in front of the old stand at the Curragh as it’s demolished. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Turf Club backs decision to continue racing despite current construction work at venue

 Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore after winning the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas with Winter at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

York’s Dante winner Permian and Khalidi added to Derby field

Winter ridden by Ryan Moore on the way to winning the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

O’Brien heads into next week’s Epsom Derby in blistering form after classic clean sweep

Churchill is bidding to become the fourth Ballydoyle colt in all to complete the Newmarket-Curragh Guineas double. Photograph: PA Wire.

Ryan Moore teams up for first time with Winter in Sunday’s 1,000 Guineas

David Wachman: “I always believed Winter was a very high class filly and I’m delighted it has come to fruition. Aidan has done a great job with her.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ex-trainer’s old charge favourite to complete a 1,000 Guineas double at the Curragh

An artist’s impression of what the Curragh will look like following its €70m redevelopment.

Problems identified at season’s first meeting are being addressed

Minding will attempt to win the eighth Group One of her career in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. Photograph: Getty Images.

HRI chief executive says dominance such as Ballydoyle’s is ‘not uncommon’

Dermot Weld:  seven runners at Gowran on Tuesday alone indicates the powerful yard is returning to normal service. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ana O’Brien teams up with Music Box in seven furlong maiden at Gowran on Tuesday

Churchill leads home Barney Roy and Al Wukair to win the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Godolphin could be set to take on Churchill with Thunder Snow in Irish 2,000 Guineas

  Caravaggio: Aidan O’Brien confirmed the Commonwealth Cup would  be next for the colt.   Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Caravaggio’s return to action makes 5-4 quotes for Commonwealth Cup understandable

 Jessica Harrington: her cross-code mastery has long been established. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Impressive Naas victory suggests trainer could secure maiden success at June festival

Caravaggio and Seamie Heffernan win the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes last year. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Three-year-old likely to be kept to sprints and aimed at Commonwealth Cup

Shaneshill will run in the €175,000 Prix La Barka, the most significant trial for next month’s French Champion Hurdle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ruby Walsh to ride trainer’s choice for €175,000 Grade 2 Prix La Barka at Auteuil

Jim Bolger has had three previous winners of the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes. Photo: Sportsfile

Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien will run Examplar and Rekindling in Thursday’s Dante Stakes

Willie Mullins on Annie Power: “My favourite memory was when she landed running at the back of the last in the Champion Hurdle”. Photo: Inpho

Mare will be remembered for coming back to win Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham

Zhukova’s Grade 1 successs in New York heralded a return to form for Dermot Weld’s team. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bolger aiming at fourth Musidora Stakes success with Vociferous Marina

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

Co Kildare trainer confirms unbeaten Irishcorrespondent for the 2,000 Guineas

Acapulco won for Aidain O’Brien on her Irish debut. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Curragh’s temporary facilities receive a largely positive verdict from 2,500 crowd

Dermot Weld’s Zhukova is bidding for victory in New York this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien pursuing Guineas double in France, Weld’s Zhukova to run in New York

Redevelopment at the Curragh Racecourse  in April: Officials believe a “curiosity factor” could result in a jump in attendances when the 2017 racing season begins. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

HQ reopens this weekend amid criticism over holding races during building work

Match-fixing inquiry a wake-up call – not just to the FAI but to all sports governing bodies

Winter ridden by Wayne Lordan  wins the Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket.  Photograph:  Paul Harding/PA

Wayne Lordan cements new Ballydoyle job with success in 1,000 Guineas on 9-1 shot

Wayne Lordan and Winter took the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Wayne Lordan scores on 9-1 shot with favourite Rhododendron finishing second

Jockey Ryan Moore who will ride favourite Churchill for Aidan O’Brien in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. Photograph:  Harry How/Getty Images

Churchill and Rhododendron the weekend classic favourites for top trainer

Seamus Heffernan:  can look forward to half a dozen rides at Leopardstown, headed by Derby prospect Yucatan.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Seamus Heffernan can enjoy a bumper Sunday harvest at Leopardstown

  Champion trainer Willie Mullins: Cheltenham   hero Nichols Canyon  is chasing a $500,000 bonus at the  Iroquois Hurdle in Nashville on Saturday week. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Champion trainer says draw with Gordon Elliott’s yard would have been ‘fantastic’

Minding ridden by Ryan Moore wins The Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Aidan O’Brien targets Guineas with a powerful squad led by favourite Churchill

Willie Mullins retained the trainers’ title at Punchestown on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Mullins retained trainers’ title at Punchestown on Saturday after epic Elliott battle

Minding is the start attraction at Naas on Monday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Ryan Moore returns to Ireland to take the ride on the 2016 horse of the year

Ruby Walsh with trainer Willie Mullins following victory in the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle  aboard Bapaume.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bapaume’s Grade One success under Ruby Walsh put Mullins over the line

Apple’s Jade ridden by Bryan Cooper clears the last on the way to winning the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown last year.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Irish Stallion Farms Mares Champion Hurdle win could be vital for Gordon Elliott

Patrick Mullins and his father, trainer Willie Mullins,   lift the cup in the parade ring after winning the Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle with Wicklow Brave at Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Willie Mullins in pole position for trainers’ title victory after son’s superb performance

Arctic Fire and Paul Townend after winning the County Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Initial focus will be on Labaik to see how the enigmatic grey copes with start test again

Noel  Fehily on board Unowhatimeanharry pips Nichols Canyon and Ruby Walsh to win the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

English raider Unowhatimeanharry lands Punchestown feature on day three

Willie Mullins has long suspected he needs a longer trip and on ratings Footpad doesn’t have much to find for the step up in trip to be competitive. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Great Field looks set to maintain unbeaten record over fences in Ryanair Novice Chase

 Robbie Power riding Sizing John (right) wins the  The Coral Punchestown Gold Cup from Djakadam  at Punchestown.  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Gordon Elliott strikes back in trainers’ battle with a Grade One double

Labaik under jockey Jack Kennedy plays catch up after failing to start during the  champion novice hurdle at Punchestown on Tuesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘The situation at the moment is unsatisfactory but it’s not simple’

Sizing John on the way to winning the  Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Brian O’Connor and guest tipster Tony Keenan both fancy Sizing John for Gold Cup

Jockey David Mullins on board Cilaos Emery (right) wins the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle during day one of the Punchestown Festival in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cilaos Emery springs surprise in Champion Novice Hurdle after Labaik refuses to start

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