Paul Townend wins The Bewleys Hotels Maiden Hurdle on Alvisio Ville on the first day of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leopardstown racing: Cheltenham Festival and Punchestown hero Vautour suffered his first defeat for Willie Mullins as Clarcam ran out a impressive win(...)

Jessica Harrington: has left Rock On The Moor among 17 entries for the Henrietta Knight Open Flat Race at Huntingdon. Photograph: Inpho.

Jessica Harrington has a long history of cross-channel success but could have a rare Huntingdon runner on Sunday having left her impressive Punchestow(...)

Ian Madigan has been cleared fit for Leinster’s trip to The Stoop to face Harlequins in the European Champions Cup at the weekend
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • December 2, 2014, 08:25

GAA ground support GAA president Liam O’Neill has voiced his support for a Leinster Gaelic games stadium to be built on Dublin’s M50 motorway r(...)

Jessica Harrington, Kate Harrington and Robbie Power with two of the yard’s star performers Jetson and Jezki. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Visiting a racing yard can have multiple benefits, not least of which is a reminder that a racehorse is a living, breathing individual, preoccupied mo(...)

Annie Power ridden by Rugby Walsh comes home to win the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Champion Hurdle in May. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Star mare Annie Power could start the shortest-priced favourite for Sunday’s €80,000 Bar One Hatton’s Grace Hurdle since the mighty Istabraq famously(...)

Hurricane Fly returns to his best to take revenge  on current two-mile king Jezki, his conqueror at Cheltenham and Punchestown in the spring. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Hurricane Fly brought the house down at Punchestown as he powered to a third StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle. Seemingly not the force of old at the end (...)

Barry Geraghty and Jezki after winning the 2014 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. Photograph: Inpho

Nicky Henderson’s plans for this weekend’s Cheltenham fixture look like proving crucial to whether Barry Geraghty will be reunited with his Champion (...)

 Jezki (left) in action at Punchestown earlier this year. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jezki may be the reigning Champion Hurdler but it is the former title- holder Hurricane Fly who is rated an odds-on favourite to secure a 20th Grade 1(...)

 Ryan Moore riding Found (blue and orange colours)  to victory in the  Prix Marcel Boussac  at Longchamp  in Paris. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Full Mast was named the winner of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp after first past the post Gleneagles was demoted to third by the stewards.H(...)

 Craig Williams rides Gordon Lord Byron to victory in the George Ryder Stakes during Guineas Day at Rosehill Gardens on March 29th, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

If the perfect race could be designed for Gordon Lord Byron it might just be Sunday’s Prix de la Foret at Longchamp and Irish flat racing’s fairy-tale(...)