Pat Smullen guides Harzand to victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dermot Weld’s charge bidding to add Arc to dual Derby successes

 Horse Racing Ireland has  endorsed the  reappointment of Brian Kavanagh for a third term as chief executive. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Guidelines say semi-State chief executives should serve just one seven-year term

John Oxx will need to have Born To Be at his best to win the Blenheim Stakes. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Ground conditions expected to be a big factor for the €50,000 Blenheim Stakes

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump – the clubhouse bore. Photograph: Sara D Davis/Getty Images

Competition makes little sense when David keeps beating the snot out of Goliath

Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

HRI chief executive’s appointment for third term set to be subject of Dáil questions

Trainer Willie Mullins

Trainer has helped inquiry into alleged betting irregularities in Champion Hurdle

Aidan O’Brien: there is still a relative ‘B team’ feel to O’Brien’s raiding party which will hardly bode well for the home team’s classic chances in 2017 should they not rise to the challenge now.

Aidan O’Brien’s hopefuls Roly Poly and Brave Anna face tough competition

Ryan Moore  at Newmarket on Friday: he will partner  Capri in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien going for his sixth Juddmonte Beresford Stakes in succession

Pat Smullen on Harzand wins the Irish Derby: Dermot Weld is targeting hat-trick of two Derbies and the Arc.  Photograph:Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Famous French race being run at Chantilly as Longchamp undergoes redevelopment

Seamus Heffernan: has four rides at a seven-race Naas card. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rival Pat Smullen will be looking for a double to take him to 100 winners for the season

 Jessica Harrington: “The jumps track won’t have been watered so hopefully things won’t be as soft as they usually are.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Group 1 win at British Champions Day targeted as JP McManus star Jezki back training

Aidan O’Brien:  warned that if Caravaggio missed the Middle Park Stakes, he  may not run again in 2016.  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien still has five Ballydoyle horses in line-up including Intelligence Cross

The Dublin team stand for the National Anthem ahead of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship clash with Mayo. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The GAA is portraying a specific sense of ‘Irishness’ by wrapping the flag around itself

Colin Keane on Medicine Jack (left) winning from Ryan Moore on Peace Envoy at the Curragh. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Joseph O’Brien may target Intricately at top-flight Newmarket race

 Pat Smullen: he will be keen to close in on another century of winners as rapidly as possible. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

American star Tepin is headline act in the Woodbine Mile in Toronto  

Bryan Cooper: will know that Folsom Blue relishes a stamina test on heavy ground. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Listowel Races: Folsom Blue may be the ideal choice for Guinness Kerry National

Barry Browne onboard Swamp Fox. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

€55,000 Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue Hurdle features 17 four-year-olds

Pat Smullen on Harzand wins the Irish Derby at  the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Trainer says double Derby hero has ‘60-40’ chance of racing at Chantilly

Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leopardstown and Curragh meetings need to be viewed as single entity, says racing chief

Dublin’s Philly McMahon argues with Referee David Gough after conceding the second goal of the game in their All-Ireland semi final clash with Kerry. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Betting the draw is a hunch that has served Gaelic games punters well down the ages

Wicklow Brave’s jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates winning The Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger during day two of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old held off hot favourite Order Of St George

 Almanzor and jockey  Christophe Soumillon on their way to winning the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes from second place Found with Frankie Dettori at Leopardstown. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Trainer Jean Claude Rouget’s colt wins ‘battle of the sexes’ against filly Found

Ryan Moore: Behind the often dour public demeanour there is a “likeable warm-hearted” family man, who is a good mimic. Photograph: David Davies/PA

He’s publicity shy, and often dour, but in private the world’s top jockey is an accomplished mimic

Ryan Moore on Minding: her most electrifying display came when overcoming trouble on soft ground in the Oaks at Epsom. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dermot Weld targeting Harzand win in Champion Stakes at Leopardstown

 Joseph O’Brien on Order Of St George: red-hot favourite to win the   Palmerstown House Irish Leger. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien hotly tipped to win all six Group 1 races in Ireland and Britain

Aidan O’Brien’s Order of St George is long odds on to retain his Irish Leger title. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Trainer only 9/1 to win all five Group One races at Leopardstown and Curragh

Bastian Schweinsteiger during his Bayern Munich days playing against Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid. Photo: Getty Images

The German’s capacity to annoy Man United manager for next two years is enviable

Pat Smullen and Harzand win the   Irish Derby at the Curragh in  June. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Conditions may not suit trainer’s plan to run Harzand and Fascinating Rock in big race

Dermot Weld: still has both the Epsom and Curragh Derby winner Harzand and Fascinating Rock in the Champion Stakes mix

Leopardstown’s authorities hopeful of an even stronger French connection for ‘Champions Weekend’

Sole Power, ridden by Chris Hayes (inside), leads home Maarek ridden by Jamie Spencer to win the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh last September. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Trainer Eddie Lynam believes stepping up from five furlongs may pay dividends

Trainer Kevin Ryan celebrates after winning the 2014 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes with The Grey Gatsby. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Saturday week’s race at Leopardstown is set to be run on “good to firm” ground

Ger Lyons: “It was just a summer cold but while ‘The Funk’ and ‘Jack’ scoped clear before going racing they came home coughing. So I think there’s improvement in them.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Trainer says there’s more improvement due from Psychedelic Funk and Medicine Jack

David Wachman: his best tally was 40 wins in 2008 but only four so far this season. Photograph: Inpho

Co Tipperary-based trainer calls a halt to his 20-year career with 11 Group One wins

Minding has two recent victories over 10 furlongs including the Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes (above). Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Star fillies seek to add to trainer’s seven victories in Leopardstown feature

David Wachman is to hand in his trainer’s licence at the end of the season. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Co Tipperary-based trainer enjoyed worldwide success

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi: rather than standards slipping, it is in fact the rising median which only makes it all the harder for even exceptional talent to stand out. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images.

Rising standards make it all the harder for exceptional talents to stand out

 Ryan Moore will have a chance to complete his UK classic CV when he takes the ride on St Leger hot favourite Idaho at Doncaster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Doncaster to Leopardstown travels plans accommodated in race timing

Intelligence Cross, taken out of York’s Gimcrack due to ground concerns, easily landed the Round Tower at the Curragh on Sunday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Sentiment to the fore as trainer scores first Group win in almost three years

Aidan O’Brien:   has seven runners at the Curragh on Sunday and Intelligence Cross, who holds an entry in the Goffs National Stakes, looks a good prospect. Photograph: Phil Cole/Getty

Aidan O’Brien’s Intelligence Cross should prove hard to beat at the Curragh on Sunday

Trainer Willie Mullins. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA Wire

National Hunt’s dominant figure has high hopes for Clondaw Warrior and Wicklow Brave

Flying Fairies ridden by Killian Leonard  wins the Luke and Nellie Comer Apprentice Handicap at the Curragh last Sunday. Photograph: PA Wire.

Darren Bunyan’s charge will bid for another Group Three success in Round Tower Stakes

Dermot Weld is aiming to run Harzand at Leopardstown. Photograph: Sportsfile

Trainer is looking to fill in the one big-race blank on his CV at Leopardstown

Cristian Demuro guides La Cressonniere to victory ahead of n Left Hand at the Prix de Diane in Chantilly. Photograph: Matthieu Alexandre/Getty

Winner of both the French 1,000 Guineas and Oaks goes in Prix de la Nonette at Deauville

Michael Halford heads into the unknown with Californian dual-Grade 1 winner

Eliud Kipchoge  of Kenya crosses the finish line to win gold in the men’s marathon.  Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Most blatant lesson of Rio 2016 is that no one city should host this thing on its own again

 Derek McGrath, chief executive at the Curragh, on easing of  concerns about planning appeals: “We are now focused on finalising designs and it looks like we are good to go.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Success Days lives up to his name as local trainer lands a notable double

Churchill ridden by Seamie Heffernan wins the Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes at the Curragh yesterday. Photograph: PA

Churchill breaks Radio Silence, while Rhododendron outblooms Hydrangea

Trainer Jessica Harrington’s Boca Baciata is aiming for Group 1 glory in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville tomorrow. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA

Busy weekend at home and away will reveal key pointers to the future

Noel Meade: “It is maybe our most famous jumps race and it had drifted down a bit so this is fantastic news.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Fairyhouse’s Easter Monday feature now to be worth €500,000

Ger Fox on Rogue Angel celebrates winning the Boylesports Irish Grand National earlier this year. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Willie Mullins: ‘This might bring back the real class horses’

Aidan O’Brien: bidding to land a sixth Juddmonte International success. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Top trainer aiming to land a sixth success in the prestigious race at the Ebor festival

Pat Smullen rides Fair Eva in Thursday’s Group Two Lowther Stakes at York. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Irish jockey also in action at Tipperary on Tuesday

 Olympic rings at the beach volleyball arena at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

An awful lot of people will spend an awful lot of the next fortnight pretending it isn’t bullshit

Minding ridden by jockey Ryan Moore on his way to winning the Qatar Nassau Stakes during day five of The Qatar Goodwood Festival, Goodwood. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Caravaggio is unbeaten in his three starts and his Coventry form has been boosted since

Donnacha O’Brien guided Baraweez, left, to a second successive win in the Ahonoora Handicap at Ballybrit last year. This time the jockey will partner  Stipulate.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Yorkshire trainer Brian Ellison bidding for a third win in a row in the Ahonoora Handicap

Tony Martin: has half a dozen declared for action in Galway. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Golden Spear looks another good prospect at Galway for controversial trainer

Ruby Walsh on board Clondaw Warrior celebrates victory in the Guinness Galway Handicap Hurdle at Ballybrit. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champion jockey’s inspired ride helps him fill the remaining gap in a glorious career CV

Tony Martin’s Pyromaniac has a chance to take the feature race at this year’s Galway Festival after a controversial path in. Photo: Inpho

Tony Martin runner takes controversial path to festival feature after High Court ruling

Donagh Meyler celebrates on Lord Scoundrel after winning the Galway Plate (Handicap Chase) during day three of the Galway Festival in Ballybrit. Photograph:  PA Wire.

Young 20-year-old jockey aims to follow up in Galway Hurdle on Quick Jack

 JT McNamara riding Spotthedifference at Cheltenham. Photo: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Former top amateur jockey suffered catastrophic injuries at Chelthenham in 2013

Bryan Cooper on Road to Riches at Leopardstown earlier this year. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gigginstown have eight runners in the Plate, including the favourite Road to Riches

Creggs Pipes ridden by Declan McDonogh wins the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap during day two of the Galway Festival at Ballybrit. Photograph: PA Wire.

Improving filly turns competitive handicap into ruthless procession at Ballybrit

JT McNamara partnered Teaforthree to victory in the 2013 National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Inpho

The Limerick jockey was paralysed from the neck down after Cheltenham fall in 2013

Hasanour can show the importance of the draw around Ballybrit. Photograph: Inpho

Winning over seven furlongs from a high-number stall is seen as a tall order

Swamp Fox and Barry Browne took the Connacht Hotel handicap on the first day of the Galway races. Photograph: PA

Tony Martin’s Pyromaniac an 8-1 shot for Galway Hurdle after being given green light

A stay on the imposition of 42 day ban has been imposed pending the judicial review

Sam Allardyce: has an innovative football mind, a good eye for a player, tactical acumen and a capacity to get teams playing for him. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images/

Sam Allardyce will be faced with the same stark reality as his various predecessors

Dermot Weld is not going all out to win “Leading Trainer” at Ballybrit. Photograph: Morgan Treacy.

‘Leading Trainer’ award not top of the agenda for ‘King of Ballybrit’

Finian Maguire on board the Dermot Weld-trained Time To Inspire goes clear to win an amateur race by ten lengths at Ballybrit last year. Photograph: James Crombie

Former top jockey has high hopes of training the winner of Day One feature in Galway

Pyromaniac’s trainer Tony Martin. Photograph: Getty Images.

Application for a judicial review of 42-day suspension to be filed on Monday

Jack Kennedy with Clarecam at Gigginstown Stud. “I can safely say I’ve never seen anyone so complete at 17. He’s a fantastic natural talent,” says Conor O’Dwyer. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Shrewd judges agree the young Kerry man can conquer the world of National Hunt

Co Meath trainer Tony Martin: “I accept the stewards have a very difficult job to do, but I feel we will have to pursue this further for the sake of the owner and the horse.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Trainer may seek judicial review of Turf Club committee ruling banning horse for 42 days

 Dartmouth ridden by Olivier Peslier (right) gets the better of Highland Reel ridden by Seamie Heffernan to win the Hardwicke Stakes  at Ascot in June. Photograph:  Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Ballydoyle Group One winner Highland Reel renews rivalry with royal runner Dartmouth

Road To Riches has been priced at 5 to 1 for Wednesday’s Tote Galway Plate. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

With Shanpallas and Cernunnos taken out the Noel Meade-trained becomes favourite

Tony Martin and Newtown Anner Stud will take legal action after the appeal against Pyromaniac’s 42 day ban was rejected. Photo: Inpho

Tony Martin and Newtown Anner Stud may take action after Turf Club issued 42 day ban

Trainer Tony Martin has won his appeal but still faces a fine. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Referrals Committee bite the trainer over Pyromaniac's teeth

Noel Meade: says Road To Riches has given no indication he carries any mental scars from  Punchestown fall. Photograph: Inpho

Meath trainer believes top chaser has fully recovered form “horrendous” fall in April’s Punchestown Gold Cup

 Dartmouth ridden by Olivier Peslier gets the better of Highland Reel ridden by Seamie Heffernan to win The Hardwicke Stakes Race run during Day Five of Royal Ascot last month. Photograph: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien’s runner is second favourite for King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

 Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor celebrates his birthday at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on July 10th. Brian O’Conor writes: “MMA regards elbowing a prone, defenceless opponent in the head as a legitimate manoeuvre. That’s just violence.” Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas

You’ve got to be a bit of a weirdo to play senior intercounty GAA and MMA isn't a sport

Gordon Lord Byron rolled back the years to score at the Curragh on Sunday. Photograph: PA

Eight-year-old delivers a vintage performance to score for Tom Hogan at 16-1

Jockey Séamus Heffernan  celebrates after  his winning ride on Seventh Heaven in the Darley Irish Oaks on Saturday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Victory on Seventh Heaven was seventh classic for O’Brien’s number two jockey

Turret Rocks winning the May Hill Stakes race at Doncaster last September.  Photograph: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Overwhelming favourite Even Song leads four-strong challenge from Ballydoyle

Tony Martin was penalised under rule 212 in relation to using the racecourse as a training ground after Pyromaniac finished sixth of the nine runners in a Qualified Riders race at Killarney on Tuesday. Photograph: Healy Racing

Galway Plate hopeful King Leon tops weights in handicap chase at Tipperary tomorrow

Pat Smullen: champion jockey aiming to win the Group Two Kilfrush Sapphire Stakes for the second successive year – this time on Sole Power. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ger Lyons saddles first Frankel runner In Ireland – Lightening Fast

 Even Song is the odds on favourite for the Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Photograph: Getty

Aidan O’Brien’s star odds-on for Curragh classic with Ajman Princess supplemented

Trainer John Oxx with Sea The Stars in 2009. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sea The Stars sired all four of trainer’s runners at Killarney and Dundalk

The real priority isn’t the state of Rory McIlroy’s swimmers but how to keep the golf industry’s revenue juices flowing. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Most indicators of game’s overall global health appear to be in decline

 Aidan O’Brien is sending a  pair of three-year-old fillies to the feature race on day one of Killarney’s July festival. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

2-5 favourite shows strength in depth of Aidan O’Brien’s filly team

 Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer hoping two-year-old colt can return to Group One winning form at Newmarket

Six-times champion jockey Kieren Fallon: announced his retirement a year after another jockey, Mark Enright, returned to racing following treatment for depression.  Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Champion jockey had been suffering from ‘profound depression’ for several years

Far too many players are paid far too much to basically rumble into a position and repeatedly bang into their hulking opposite number for tiny snatches of time. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

NFL is basically a big game of Battleship – it’s easy to see why coaches love it

 Aidan O’Brien: “He looks like a horse that could go up to a mile and a quarter and have no problem coming back to a mile again.” Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Time Test team hoping Pat Smullen can deliver more glory

Beacon Rock is an ante-post favourite for the Belmont Derby in New York. Photograph: Inpho

Aidan O’Briens three-year-old the ante-post favourite for the Belmont Derby

Harzand was highly impressive as he won the derby at the Curragh to add to Epsom Derby success. Photograph: Inpho

Handicap ratings show there is nothing between Ireland’s pair of dual-classic winners

Aidan O’Brien: is chasing a record-equalling sixth win in the Coral Eclipse. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ireland’s champion jockey to bid for more Grade One glory in the Sandown feature

 Roger Federer: hasn’t won a Grand Slam in four years but is still third seed for Wimbledon.  Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Veteran champion returns to happy hunting ground in search of an eight Wimbledon title

Pat Smullen on Harzand winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Irish rider is now confirmed as a go-to choice on the international stage

Racing in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Official attendance of 18,244 at the Curragh over 7,000 down on last year

Republic of Ireland goalscorer Robbie Brady is consoled by John O’Shea after the 1-2 defeat to France on Sunday. Photograph: Getty.

Ghost of Thierry Henry looms to no avail as Ireland let lead slip in second half

Pat Smullen and Harzand after victory in the Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: PA

Dermot Weld’s 4-6 favourite adds to success at Epsom with commanding performance

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