Dan Martin (blue jersey) finishes fifth behind stage winner John Degenkolb of Germany in Cordoba yesterday. photograph: Jose Jordan/Getty

Fifth in a flat sprint, no, you didn’t imagine it. Some of you might have been surprised to see me up there, mixing it with the sprinters, but when we(...)

Baraweez and Colm O’Donoghue go on to win the  Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Ahanoora” Handicap on the final day  of the Galway Festival at Ballybrit. Photograph:  PA

Brian Ellison vowed to return to Galway after Baraweez and Pacific Heights gave him a one-three in the €100,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Ahonoora” H(...)

 Helen Murphy from Douglas, Cork,   celebrating her  best-dressed win at Galway races yesterday.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In the clutch bag: lipstick, comb and hair clips, copious Compeed strips for blisters and safety pins in sewing kit. Then there’s the spare tights, n(...)

Hasanour  ridden by Shane Foley wins The Guinness Time Handicap on day four of the Galway Festival. Photograph:  should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Thomas Edison delivered on his big-race potential with a superb Guinness Galway Hurdle success that finally vindicated the faith of his trainer Tony M(...)

Gordon Elliott: also runs Midnight Game in Europe’s most valuable handicap hurdle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If Gordon Elliott wins today’s Guinness Galway Hurdle no one can say it will be out of turn and in Bayan the Co Meath trainer looks to have a horse wi(...)

Eventual winner Most Peculiar (right) clears a hurdle with the rest of the field in the €100,000 Tote Pick6 Guarantee Maiden Hurdle  at  Ballybrit.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Shane Shortall got a terrific late run out of Greatness to deny Tony McCoy on Golden Ticket in the €40,0000 Tote Jackpot Guarantee Handicap Hurdle at (...)

Tony McCoy has decided to enter dual-Cheltenham festival winner Alderwood in the Galway Plate. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Jonathan Burke was only 11 when his father Liam trained the 2007 Galway Plate winner and the rising-star of the jockey’s room can complete a memorabl(...)

Amateur Steven Clements drives Quick Jack clear to land the featured Connacht Hotel (QR) Handicap on the opening day of the Galway Festival last night. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dermot Weld’s statistical record at Galway may be unsurpassable but Tony Martin’s rising status as a new festival “banker” option for punters got embe(...)

Jockey Brian Hayes on  Beckwith Star go clear to win the Easyfix Rubber Products Handicap Hurdle on the opening day of the Galway Races at Ballybrit. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Quick Jack gave trainer Tony Martin and jockey Steven Clements consecutive victories in the feature race on the first day of the Galway Festival, the (...)

Gambling Girl: Gambling Girl: has looked something more like her old self in her last two starts. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/Darren Kidd

Tony Martin pushed Dermot Weld all the way for Galway’s leading trainer title in 2013 with nine winners and while Artful Artist can continue that fest(...)