Anamba, seen here winning at Leopardstown last September,  won the Owenstown Stud Stakes on Sunday.Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jockey enjoys first visit to Naas with dominant victory on Peace Envoy

Pat Smullen, who rides fancied Hugo Palmer-trained Gifted Master in today’s Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock.   Photograph:  Iain White/Fennell Photography

Irish champion jockey has been a growing presence at cross-channel meetings this year

Co Meath trainer Ger Lyons: forecast improving ground conditions over the weekend should help Lyons-trained Wayside Flower in Listed Fillies Sprint on Sunday at Naas. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Qatar Racing’s Sheikh Fahad Al Thani is a major owner for in-form trainer

Lisa Marie Owens, Mairead Fortune, Erica Byrne-Burke and Jamie Cullen with instructor Paul Keating at RACE, Kildare Town Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Old attitudes die hard as young trainees target breakthrough in horse racing

 Ryan Moore rides US Army Ranger to victory in the MBNA Chester Vase. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

A ‘good chance’ that Ryan Moore will ride US Army Ranger in big race, says trainer

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen (second from right) in the  Ballysax Stakes in Leopardstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Aidan O’Brien’s US Army Ranger and Wings Of Desire are 4-1 joint favourites in most lists

David Coldrick sent off two Derry players in their Ulster quarter-final against Tyrone on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipping Point: Should the flower of Mayo manhood have been released early from the dressing-rooms to clatter a trio of attention-s(...)

 Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Wings of Desire to win the Betfred Dante Stakes at York. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Hugo Palmer-trained colt and star jockey Frankie Dettori the team to beat in classic

Ruby Walsh  on Un de Sceaux: “He’s still fit and has been working well.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ruby Walsh teams with Un De Sceaux for race with Thousand Stars also set to run

Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Galileo Gold to win the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien fillies Ballydoyle and Found favourites for 1,000 Guineas and Gold Cup

It says a lot about the current mood that Novak Djokovic is odds-on to complete a collection of grand slam titles in Paris and the game is abuzz with indifference. Photograph: Getty Images

Sport crying out for new generation as Djokovic’s dominance becomes tedious

Aidan O’Brien:  Prix du Jockey Club an option instead of Epsom  for The Gurkha. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish trainer also has strongly fancied Bondi Beach running at Navan on Sunday

Nichols Canyon is to run in America. Photograph: Inpho

Pair to contest $200,000 Iroquois Hurdle in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday night

Kieren Fallon with a two-year-old filly from Fatal Attraction at the Curragh training grounds in Kildare. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Michael O’Callaghan happy to secure services of jockey who will always be box-office

Aidan O’Brien with US Army Ranger: “It tests every fibre of their body; twisting, turning, having to stay, having to use their speed, that’s the Derby.”  Photograph: Caroline Norris

Top handler Aidan O’Brien hints Guineas filly Minding likely to take chance in the Oaks

Leicester celebrate. From a bookmaking point of view, only necks made of crocodile hide can present a 5,000-1 outsider as some disastrous result. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

No bookmaker lost money overall on Leicester winning the Premier League

Moonlight Magic takes the Derby trial at Leopardstown. Photograph: Sportsfile

Aidain O’Brien’s Shogun and Idaho follow 6-1 shot home but Derby picture remains fuzzy

 Trainer Dermot Weld has directed Tirmizi at today’s Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial  at Leopardstown, a race he describes as, “one of the best classic trials in Europe”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Epsom Derby attention could switch from Aidan O’Brien to Dermot Weld should the Sea The Stars colt oblige

Aidan O’Brien: sends Landofhopeandglory to the Lingfield Derby Trial and will also have the Dundalk winner Seventh Heaven in the Oaks Trial. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Credit the Giver can score for Aidan O’Brien in first of the handicaps at Wexford

Onenightidreamed (pink cap),  ridden by WM Jordan, coming home to win in Leopardswown last May. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Willie Mullins sending two runners to Tramore with both looking to make winning debuts

Minding ridden by Ryan Moore wins The QIPCO 1000 Guineas  at Newmarket. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

Daughter of the 2006 Oaks heroine, Alexandrova, likely to start favourite

Thrills and spills: Kristina Cook falls at the water jump during last year’s  Badminton horse trials. Photograh: Jules Annan/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Sweep aside Jilly Cooper cliches and enjoy one of the world’s most dangerous sports

Ryan Moore rides Minding  to win the  1,000 Guineas Stakes. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien-trained Minder would be the first filly to win the classic race in a century

Apple’s Jade ridden by Bryan Cooper clears the last on the way to winning the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle during day five of the Punchestown Festival. Photo:  Brian Lawless/PA

Record-breaking attendances see Mullins and Walsh retain their respective titles

Barry Geraghty riding Ivanovich Gorbatov (right) clear the last to win The JCB Triumph Hurdle from Apple’s Jade  at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aintree winner renews mes up against Ivanovich Gorbatov again

Aidan O’Brien: rates Air Force Blue as best two year old he has ever handled. Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s charge set to confirm his juvenile brilliance in Newmarket classic

Jockey Ruby Walsh with trainer Willie Mullins (right) after winning the Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle on  Vroum Vroum Mag during day four of Punchestown festival  yesterday. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mullins completes hat-trick to bring number of winners at Pu nchestown festival to nine

Vroum Vroum Mag, with Ruby Walsh on board, clears the last fence before winning the Betdaq Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Vroum Vroum Mag answers call for prolific trainer in Champions Hurdle

Paul Gilligan was given a one-year suspended ban by the Turf Club in 2013. Photograph: Inpho

Athenry-based trainer won a 2014 race at Uttoxeter with Dubai Phantom who had previously run at an unrecognised “flapper” meeting (...)

Ruby Walsh riding Vroum Vroum Mag  to win  at Ascot in  January. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Mare is main contender in Willie Mullins’s attempt to retain the title

Willie Mullins celebrates winning The Ryanair Novice Steeplechase with Douvan at Punchestown. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The odds-on favourite romped home to 11-length success in Ryanair Novice Chase

Gavin Sheehan riding One Track Mind to clear the last and win the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Stayers Hurdle win marks rapid change of fortunes for trainer Warren Greatrex

Douvan ridden by Ruby Walsh wins the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham earlier this year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Alpha Des Obeaux to put seal on Mouse Morris’s successful spring campaign

Barry Geraghty riding Carlingford Lough on the way to winning the Punchestown Gold Cup, beating hot favourite Cue Card, who came in fourth. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Blow By Blow gives Katie Walsh her first ever victory in a Grade One race on the flat

Jockey Barry Geraghty celebrates winning the Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup on Carlingford Lough.  Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Red-letter day for trainer John Kiely as 12-1 shot lands unexpected Punchestown win

Robbie Colgan: told the original inquiry his instructions were to jump behind the leaders, get settled and pick up as much prizemoney as possible. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Definite Earl jockey and trainer David Broad punished for ‘non trier’ case at Ballinrobe

 Paddy Brennan riding Cue Card clear of the last to win The Betfred Bowl Steeple Chase at Aintree earlier this month. Photograph :  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Colin Tizzard’s star in the form of his life and looks too strong for the home team

David Mullins riding Brain Power in action at Punchestown. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Former champion jockey bounces back after successful appeal against ban

Paddy Brennan celebrates winning The BoyleSports Champion Chase on God’s Own at Punchestown. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Galway jockey guides 9-1 shot God’s Own to shock Grade One victory over Vautour

Ruby Walsh will ride at Punchestown after fracturing his wrist 18 days ago. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jockey returns to ride at the festival 18 days after fracturing wrist in Aintree fall

Yorkhill winning the Neptune Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham. His raw ability makes him something of a standout prospect at the Mullins stable. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Willie Mullins looks set to continue his usual dominance at Punchestown

Barry Geraghty: “Vautour is a very good horse and him coming down in distance is the only hope we have.” Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Mullins has dropped his enigmatic star back to the shorter trip of two miles

Barry Geraghty had his 30-day ban for his ride on Noble Emperor at Limerick quashed on Monday evening after a lengthy appeal at the Irish Turf Club. Photo: Getty Images

The successful appeal means that the County Meath jockey can now race at Punchestown

All Black Sonny Bill Williams, who will play for New Zealand at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Jeremy Lee/Reuters

Game that encourages speed over brute force is big plus for a sport seeking to expand

Aidan O’Brien could target a second success in this Friday’s Bets365 Classic Trial at Sandown. Photo: Inpho

The champion trainer sends half a dozen runners to the all-weather fixture

Barry Geraghty celebrating victory on Ivanovich Gorbatov a the Cheltenham Festival. He will appeal a 30-day ban tonight. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former champion jockey scheduled to miss Punchestown festival as things stand

Pleascach, who was runner-up at Navan, winning the Taggersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh last year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Patrick Prendergast hoping star filly can follow in glorious path of previous winners

Vautour, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh, fell when an odds-on favourite during the  JLT Melling Chase at Aintree.  Photo:  David Davies/PA

Cue Card and Vautour also scheduled to vie for honours in festival’s centrepiece

Ger Fox on Rogue Angel after  winning the  Irish Grand National: now targeting the Scottish version. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Don Cossack, Cue Card and Vautour on course for Gold Cup at Punchestown

Trainer Aidan O’Brien: his team have hit the ground running so far this season with eight winners in Ireland already. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballydoyle handler is second favourite to win flat trainers championship in Britain

In effect, there is no correlation between encouraging people to bet on Irish racing and the revenue Irish racing gets. It is a stark contrast with other major racing jurisdictions where racing is financed through a Tote monopoly. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Policing billion-euro sport an urgent issue for bloodstock industry’s long-term health

David Mullins celebrates after winning the Crabbie’s Grand National steeplechase on Rule The World at Aintree. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Tipperary trainer completes a famous double after his recent Irish national win

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen (second right) goes on to win The P. W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown.  Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dermot Weld’s charge furthers his reputation with win in traditional Derby trial

Sunday’s racing at Tramore has been cancelled due to heavy rain. Photograph: Inpho

Waterford track falls victim to the weather with Tuesday’s Tipperary meet also off

Many Clouds ridden by Leighton Aspell on his way to winning the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree last year. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Same players but different finishing order may be outcome in ‘classiest renewal’ to date

Trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Pat Smullen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dermot Weld’s charge poised for big effort in PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes

 Willie Mullins is bidding to snatch the UK trainers’ title from Paul Nicholls and hopes Douvan will help him do it today. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Brilliant novice expected to start at odds as low as 1-6

Vautour ridden by Ruby Walsh before falling during the 3.25 JLT Melling Chase. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Walsh suffered a hairline fracture to his wrist in a fall from Vautour on Friday afternoon

Captain Joy ridden by Pat Smullen (left) wins the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes  at Lingfield. Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

In-form champion jockey the one to follow on Student Raceday at Leopardstown

Trainer Tony Martin and jockey Barry Geraghty will both appeal bans and fines handed out last weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A €3,000 fine and 60 day suspension handed out under ‘non-trier’ rules at Limerick

Jockey Davy Russell will ride Morning Assembly in the English Grand National. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The JP McManus-owned horse may not even run in the big race at Aintree on Saturday

Barry Geraghty: in his first season as number one jockey to JP McManus.  Photograph: PA

Meath jockey could be absent for lengthy spell due to ‘non-trier’ ban at Limerick

Barry Geraghty has confirmed he is to appeal his 30-day ban. Photograph: PA

Jockey could miss Punchestown after receiving ‘non-trier’ ban at Limerick

British boxer Nick Blackwell who has been in an induced coma since his defeat to Chris Eubank Jr. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Boxer Nick Blackwell’s plight has re-opened debate about brain damage in sport

Trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Pat Smullen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Breeders’ Cup heroine can only come in third behind Nightime’s daughter

Trainer Aidan O’Brien to make late decision on participation of Found

Attention focussed on debut performance of US Army Ranger

Davy Russell, who partners Road To Riches at Navan.  x

Cheltenham exertions may hamper Road to Riches and Smashing

Ruby Walsh, Willie Mullins and owner Susannah Ricci (second right) celebrate with their trophies after winning the Ryanair Chase with Vautour at Cheltenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Ireland’s top trainer keen to add the British trainers’ championship to his proud record

Richard Johnson: will be hoping to guide Top Gamble to success at Fairyhouse.

Britain’s champion jockey-elect planning a Fairyhouse raid in Normans Grove Chase

Rogue Angel ridden by Ger Fox (left) on the way to winning the Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase ahead of Bless the Wings ridden by Ruby Walsh (centre) during day two of the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse Racecourse. Photo: PA Wire

Ger Fox rode the Gigginstown House Stud horse to the win at Fairyhouse

Barry Geraghty on Slowmotion on the way to winning the REA Grimes Property Consultants Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The local jockey came home as the winner on Sutton Place and Slowmotion

The chubby adolescent has been long replaced by work-out Rory, complete with ‘selfies’ highlighting his weight-crunching regime. Photograph: Erich Schlegel

Obsession with doing weights overlooks the fact that golf is a mental game

Jockey Jack Kennedy on Squouateur before the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle during Gold Cup Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photograph: PA

Teenage Kerry jockey’s claim could prove significant on historic day at Fairyhouse

Kylemore Lough ridden by Barry Geraghty  jump the last to win the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Steeplechase  at Fairyhouse. Photograph:  PA Wire

Trainers Kerry Lee and Gavin Cromwell secure Easter Sunday Group One wins

 Peter Roe, manager of Fairyhouse Racecourse, with last year’s  Boylesports Irish Grand National winner, Thunder and Roses. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Locally trained Venitien De Mai leads the big race betting, followed by siblings Mala Beach and Bonny Kate

Jessber’s Dream, winning a Mares Novices Hurdle under Noel Fehily, leads the cross-channel invasion at Fairyhouse on Sunday. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Role-reversal on the cards after Ireland’s record-equalling Cheltenham tally

Aidan O’Brien has booked Ryan Moore for Highland Reel in Meydan on Saturday. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

World Cup fixture is racing’s richest day, with eight races worth $30 million

 Nigel Pearson celebrates with striker Jamie Vardy after Leicester retained their Premier League status last year. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images

Leicester City’s title charge is miracle but man who laid foundations can’t even get job

Willie Mullins is in line to land the British trainers’ championship this season. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

A hugely successful Cheltenham could see the Irish trainer end a 62-year run

Horses from Coolmore Stud on a post-race gallop at the Curragh on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire. Horses from Coolmore Stud on a post race gallop at Curragh Racecourse, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 20, 2016. See PA story RACING Curragh. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Sruthan earns local trainer a second victory in €100,000 handicap highlight

 Colm O’Donoghue has announced that he will ride for Jessica Harrington in the upcoming Flat season. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Classic-winning flat jockey will share role along with Ballydoyle commitments

Aidan O’Brien: Air Force Blue and Minding are among a large team of O’Brien stars due to gallop at the track after racing at the Curragh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer brings maiden winner back to a mile to try to exploit a handicap mark of 97

Bryan Cooper and company celebrate   Don Cossack’s Cheltenham Gold Cup triumph. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gordon Elliott-trained star delivers in superb style for Gigginstown and Michael O’Leary

Jockey Bryan Cooper  and owners Eddie and Michael O’Leary celebrate Don Cosssack’s Cheltenham Gold Cup win with the Gigginstown team. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters/Livepic

Jockey Bryan Cooper and trainer Gordon Elliott claim first title with favourite

Kieren Fallon will compete at the Curragh this Sunday. Photo: Inpho

The 50-year-old six times former British champion jockey will be in action on Sunday

Former British Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton on Minella Theatre yesterday. Photograph: Eddie Keogh

Racing authorities’ unbridled enthusiam for publicity stunt a real puzzler

 Bryan Cooper guides Don Poli, left, over the last to win The Lexus Steeplechase at Leopardstown in  December. Cooper has sided with Don Cossack today.  Photo: by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Davy Russell’s relaxed horsemanship may go long way towards ending Willie Mullins wait

Paddy Brennan and Cue Card winning The King George VI Chase. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Paddy Brennan ready to give his all on board the horse that ‘saved his career’

Tom Scudamore hugs  Thistlecrack after the win in the Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Tom Scudamore admits to waiting his whole life to find a horse with such talent

Limini and Ruby Walsh after victory in the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices Hurdle Race. Photograph: Andrew Boyers

Long-time World Hurdle favourite Thistlecrack the sole winner for home team

Alpha Des Obeaux ridden by Bryan Cooper comes home to win at Gowran Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tipperary-based trainer aims to win World Hurdle 26 years after riding Trapper John to victory

  Colin Tizzard with  Thistlecrack at Spurles Farm  in Sherborne, England. The trainer has a proven record of festival success. Photograph:  Harry Trump/Getty Images

Trainer Colin Tizzard’s charge is the season’s outstanding staying hurdler

 Vautour: controversially chosen to run in the Ryanair Chase instead of the Gold Cup at Cheltenham.  Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Cheltenham: The trip and ground is an ideal fit for Dan Skelton’s attractively-priced charge

Colms Dream, ridden by Donagh Meyler, on the way to winning the Tri Equestrian Handicap Steeplechase at Leopardstown last month. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Karl Thornton’s star performer should make a winning return at Down Royal

Sprinter Sacre, with Nico de Boinville on board, clear the last to win the Queen Mother Chase. Photograph: Getty.

Improving ground conditions comes into play and leaves Yanworth short in Neptune

Sprinter Sacre ridden by jockey Nico de Boinville on the way to winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase during Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Two years of injury and heart-problems put to bed in famous day two Cheltenham win

Un Des Sceaux’s support team: Colm O’Connell, Eamon O’Connell, Carol O’Connell, Tony Twomey, Kay O’Connell, Paul O’Connell, Colm O’Keeffe with children, Luke and Katelyn O’Connell. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Horse and his all-or-nothing owner Eddie O’Connell ‘a perfect fit’

No More Heroes, who has looked imperious in three starts in Ireland,  will be carrying the hopes of many Irish punters in the RSA Chase. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Josies Orders capable of delivering in Cross Country Chase for top owner JP McManus

Ruby Walsh and Un De Sceaux lead all the way to win The Sodexo Clarence House Steeple Chase at Ascot in January. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst

Rivals – including Sprinter Sacre – looks to have their best days behind them

Ms Jacqueline O’Brien, pictured  with her husband Dr Vincent O’Brien and President  Mary Robinson. Photograph: Alan Betso/The Irish Times

Widow of legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien passes away in Dublin

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