Roy Keane at the launch of the SSE Airtricity Under-17 National League at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown yesterday. Keane called for more Irish players to be playing at top level. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • July 28, 2015, 08:07

Jim McGuinness: Cork the victims of a flawed competition format In today’s paper the former Donegal manager poses the question why the All-Irel(...)

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

Anyone doubting the importance of luck needed only look at Kate Harrington’s charmed victory on Modem in the Galway festival’s opening day highlight a(...)

Katie Harrington salutes as she and Modem win the Connacht Hotel Handicap race from Awsome Star and Ted Veale at Galway races. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Trainer Jessica Harrington and daughter Kate teamed up in glorious fashion to take the feature race on day one of the Galway Festival with Modem. The (...)

Pat Smullen and Covert Love won the Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Photograph: Inpho

Covert Love gave Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer an early wedding present with his first Classic triumph in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Pat Sm(...)

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

Attacking the Darley Irish Oaks in force has worked well for Aidan O’Brien in the past and the champion trainer is putting the ammunition in place (...)

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

The Gold Cup may be Royal Ascot’s Group One feature but there’s little doubt the proven Day Three Group One star is Pleascach who lines up in the Gro(...)

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

The Grey Gatsby heads a field of just six into Sunday’s Tattersalls Gold Cup but it really is all about quality over quantity for the Curragh’s Group(...)

P Ryan Moore on Found wins the l Prix Marcel Boussac–Criterium Des Pouliches at Longchamp racecourse last  October in Paris, France. Found is one of five O’Brien-trained fillies left in after the five-day stage for the  Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas.   Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

A seventh win in Sunday’s Tattersalls Irish 1, 000 Guineas would see Aidan O’Brien equal the record-tally of victories in the fillies classic and Foun(...)

Aidan O’Brien is in pursuit of a 10th Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas victory – and a 33rd Irish classic in all – but it is Gleneagles’ prohibitive 1(...)

On His Own was bettered by Lord Windermere in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Fresh from breaking records at both Cheltenham and Punchestown, Willie Mullins is considering turning his attention towards Paris this weekend where (...)