Peter Finch, Robert Duvall and Ned Beatty meet in a scene from the film ‘Network’, 1976. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)

Multibillion pound league is a circus with no loyalty, integrity or even sportsmanship

Pat Smullen: champion jockey has a busy day featuring six rides at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Busy Bank Holiday schedule for Pat Smullen at headquarters

Dream Walker ridden by Chris Hayes (right) going  on to win  on the final day of the Galway festival. Photograph: PA Wire

Galway-Tipperary All-Ireland hurling semi-final may have hit final-day crowd

Trainer Willie Mullins and  Ruby Walsh after winning with  Minella Beau during day three of the Galway  festival.  Photograph: PA Wire

Prominent businessman Luke Comer has first runner after four-month suspension

 Ryan Moore riding Caravaggio win The Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Caravaggio bids to restore reputation in Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday

Aubrey McMahon guides Whiskey Sour to victory  in the the Connacht Hotel Handicap at Ballybrit on Monday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Digeanta and Renneti give Willie Mullins a strong hand in the final conditions event

Barry Geraghty on Tigris River (right) wins The Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap ahead of Barry Browne on Swamp Fox (left). Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Joseph O’Brien followed in the footsteps of his father who won the race 20 years ago

Barry Browne on board Swamp Fox crossing the line to win last year. Horse will join elite group if successful in the Galway Hurdle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Only four horses have won big opening day amateur prize and ‘Ladies Day’ highlight

Balko Des Flos and Davy Russell celebrate after winning the Galway Plate during day three of the Galway Summer Festival at Galway Racecourse. Photo: PA

Bryan Cooper, who is no longer Gigginstown’s No1 jockey, only managed fourth place

Here Comes When ridden by jockey Jim Crowley (centre) on his way to winning the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

O’Brien withdraws Churchill before race due to ‘extreme conditions’

Balko Des Flos: will have Davy Russell on board in the Galway Plate at Ballybrit. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Michael O’Leary aiming to win Plate for third time in four years

Riven Light ridden by jockey Declan McDonogh  wins the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap during day two of the Galway Summer Festival at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Favourite Riven Light survives stewards’ inquiry to land Quinn BMW Mile feature

Colin Keane riding Golden Spell to victory at the Curragh. The 23-year-old  champion jockey contender will pilot  Gold Spinner in Galway’s day two feature. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Trainer Ger Lyons says he will back Meath jockey’s title bid ‘a million per cent’

Aubrey McMahon celebrates victory on Whiskey Sour in The Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap at Ballybrit. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Barry Geraghty has perfect return on only first -day winning favourite Le Richebourg

Joseph O’Brien walks to the track before the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf during the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia, California. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Young training sensation is aiming for some cross-code success at Ballybrit racecourse

Barry Browne onboard Swamp Fox crossing the line to win last year. Swamp Fox can join an elite group if he lands the festival’s opening day feature for a second year running. Photograph: Ryan Byrne: ©INPHO

Tony Martin can strike on day one of festival with Acclamatio

Aidan O’Brien: Ballydoyle’s targets on Tuesday will include Naas winner Seahenge in the Group Two Vintage Stakes and both Cougar Mountain and Spirit Of Valor in the Lennox Stakes. Photograph: Donall Farmer/©INPHO

US Army Ranger takes on Big Orange in Tuesday’s Goodwood Cup

Massive crowds in Galway prove an annual boon to the bookmaking fraternity. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Busy Galway Festival the exception to the rule as digitalisation sees business move off-course

 Ryan Moore on Highland Reel wins the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.  Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Highland Reel and Idaho in action at Ascot while Roly Poly goes to Deauville on Sunday

 Tony Hunt: The High Court judge  chaired  Thursday night’s appeal committee which reinstated Stars Over The Sea as the winner of last week’s controversial void race at Killarney. Pic: Collins Courts

Appeals body says starters should not have final say as to the fairness of a start

Owner Michael O’Leary and jocker Bryan Cooper after winning the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Steeplechase with Road To Respect during the Fairyhouse Easter Festival. Photograph: Getty Images

‘We’ll still be using him a lot, he just won’t have automatic first choice as of today’

 Dermot Weld: has conceded his recent poor stable form rules out any return to his former Galway dominance. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Well-backed Max Dynamite set to make Galway Hurdle return

Rehana ridden by Shane Foley wins The Canford Cliffs Irish EBF Athasi Stakes at Naas Racecourse. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Panama Hat poised for his first start in 21 months and holds top weight

John Gosden: “She’s had plenty of time between her previous races. It’s not like she’s been overraced this season. She’s fresh and well.”

Enable set to start favourite for King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Ruby Walsh celebrates Clondaw Warrior’s victory in the Galway Hurdle last year at Ballybrit. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sandymount Duke on course to give Harrington another ‘first’ in Galway Plate

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather during the press conference at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London. Photograph:   Scott Heavey/PA Wire

Tipping Point: Why the all-engrossing era of clickbait is bad news for minority sports

Jockey Cathy Gannon  has been forced to retire because of a foot injury. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Dubliner was inaugural winner of Irish Times Sportswoman of Year award

Dermot Weld’s  Zhukova could  run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Irish trainer says Zhukova could target the Arc or switch to North American campaign

Henry De Bromhead: described Brookhouse as being “disappointed” over the incident and added: “Basically we are getting some legal advice on it at the moment and looking at our options.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Roger Brookhouse’s Stars Over The Sea was first past the post before stewards intervened

Paul Gilligan: was at Roscommon races to see his son Liam ride. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Paul Gilligan granted permission on ‘compassionate grounds’ on ‘once off’ basis

Total on-course betting was €33.8 million down 6.4 per cent. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

HRI boss Brian Kavanagh concedes: ‘It’s very hard to see a way in which it will turn around’

Spirit of Valor ridden by Ryan Moore wins the Qatar Airways Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh.  Photograph: PA

Aidan O’Brien seals Group Two Curragh double with Spirit of Valor and Elizabeth Browning

Enable ridden by Frankie Dettori wins The Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday. Photograph: PA

Yorkshire Oaks could be next up for convincing Curragh Classic winner

Enable ridden by Frankie Dettori wins the Darley Irish Oaks  at the  Curragh. Photograph:  PA Wire

John Gosden’s filly skates home to win Classic by five and a half lengths

 Frankie Dettori on Enable celebrates winning the 4.30 Investec Oaks at Epsom Racecourse in June. Jockey will ride her again this Saturday in the  Darley Irish Oaks. Photograph:  Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Aidan O’Brien seeks to equal Stoute’s Irish Oaks record with Rain Goddess and Alluringly

Former jockey and trainer Tommy Carberry who passed away on Wednesday was a Champion jockey four times between 1973-76, winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on three occasions. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

Racing world remembers Carberry as ‘marvellous horseman and a great jockey’

John Gosden: hoping to secure Darley Irish Oaks glory with favourite Enable at the Curragh on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

English trainer may also run Coronet along with 2/5 favourite Enable in weekend classic

Luke Comer: the high-profile property developer’s licence to train horses was suspended by the Turf Club until the end of July. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

High-profile businessman could be free to resume training again in August

Frankie Dettori riding Enable to victory ahead of  Rhododendron in the Investec Oaks at Epsom. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Frankie Dettori bidding for his fourth success in the race on John Gosden’s star

John Oxx: welcomed the decision by Godolphin to send him five two year olds to train. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Naughty or Nice and Bengala set to take on favourite Enable at the Curragh

Martin Molony at his home in Co Limerick. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Limerick man won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Silver Frame in 1951

Capri, ridden by Seamie Heffernan (left) before winning the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire

Capri brought Aidan O'Brien's number of wins in the big race to 12 on Saturday

 Andrea Atzeni celebrates winning the Pretty Polly Stakes on Nezwaah at the Curragh Racecourse, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Meanwhile Nezwaah achieved Pretty Polly glory at the Curragh on Sunday

Capri ridden by Seamie Heffernan (left) on the way to  winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby  at the Curragh. Photograph:   PA Wire

John Magnier defends decision to keep the premier home Classic at the Curragh

Wings of Eagles will be bidding for a coveted Derby double at the Curragh following his unexpected success at  Epsom. Photograph:  Peter Nicholls/Livepic

Cracksman can clip Wings of Eagles and get best of tripartite international contest

 Waldgeist (red) finished runner-up to  Brametot  in the The Qipco Prix Du Jockey Club  at Chantilly in France last month. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Renowned French trainer seeking a third win in Irish classic at the Curragh

Jim Bolger: Goldrush’s trainer Jim Bolger trained the dam Alexander Goldrun to five Grade One wins in four different countries.

Goldrush’s racing debut likely to prove of much interest to trainer Jim Bolger

 Wings Of Eagles  wins the Epsom Derby from Cliffs Of Moher earlier this month. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Curragh showpiece a notable classic gap for one of the world’s top riders

The jewel in Ireland’s classic calendar will be run on a building site in front of a restricted 6,000 capacity making do with facilities which consist of little more than tents. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Decision to hold big event at Curragh under construction unthinkable in any other sport

Permian ridden by  William Buick wins the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. The Godolphin charge won’t be appearing in the Irish Derby. Photograph:   John Walton/PA

New chief executive Joe Osborne says royal ascot ‘a huge boost to morale’

Capacity at the Curragh is restricted to 6,000 for this year’s Derby due to the ongoing redevelopment work. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Curragh board make their decision after ‘very in depth review’

Seamie Heffernan riding Idaho to win The Betway Great Voltigeur at York last August. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

September bids to emulate Churchill’s victory last year in Ascot Opener

 Jessica Harrington: came up agonisingly short of a first winner at Ascot on Friday but is eyeing big prize at Down Royal.  Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

Jessica Harrington’s in-form charge fancied in lucrative Magners Ulster Derby

 Ryan Moore on Caravaggio  wins the Commonwealth Cup on day four of Royal Ascot. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Winter completes Group One double for O’Brien in Coronation Stakes

James Doyle on Toscanini wins the Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh last year. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Friday’s Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot will commercially be number one priority

Despite having never ridden Big Orange before James  Doyle delivered an inspired effort.

Aiden O’Brien gets second winner of the week with Sioux Nation in Norfolk Stakes

 Ryan Moore riding Order of St George wins the Gold Cup at the Royal Ascot last year. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Ballydoyle stayer who came third in the Arc a top pattern performer with touch of class

Ryan Moore rides Highland Reel (purple) to win The Prince of Wales’s Stakes during day tw of Royal Ascot. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Pressure was on the Ballydoyle team to deliver a winner and they took the biggest of all

 Sir Michael Stoute  with Ryan Moore. Stoute has two contenders, Queen’s Trust and Ulysses, in action for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Drop back to mile-and-a-quarter makes Highland Reel and Jack Hobbs vulnerable

Barney Roy ridden by jockey James Doyle (right) on his way to winning the St James’s Palace Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Thomas Hobson is sole Irish winner on day one as Churchill flops in St James’s Palace Stakes

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore after victory with Churchill in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Churchill odds-on to beat Godolphin rival Barney Roy in St James’s Palace Stakes

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly. His behavioural motivation has been highly scrutinised. Photograph: Getty Images

Tipping point: there is now an intensity to the focus on players that is insane

Jockey Ryan Moore  and trainer Aidan O’Brien. The Irishman is rated a 1-4 shot by Ladbrokes to be leading trainer at Royal Ascot. Photograph: Getty Images

Final race of Leopardstown’s ‘February Jumps Festival’ to be revealed in coming weeks

 Ryan Moore riding Rhododendron  win The Dubai Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket Racecourse at  Newmarket in October. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Meanwhile, John Oxx targets Munster Oaks with bright prospect Bengala

Aidan O’Brien: Could saddle odds-on favourites in half of Royal Ascot’s eight Group One prizes. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Champion trainer requires eight winners or more this year to stretch clear of all rivals

Dermot Weld has suggested the recent number of National Hunt meetings in Ireland is ‘excessive.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer echoes comments of Ger Lyons who has urged flat racing should get ‘a fair go’

Padraig Beggy and Aidan O’Brien celebrate Wings Of Eagles’ success in the Investec Derby at Epsom. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images)

Order of St George odds on for Gold Cup after French Star Vazirabad’s defection

Ger Lyons: “For six months of the year the flat should get the profile it deserves and it’s not happening.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Treasuring in Queen Mary Stakes will head Co Meath trainer’s team for Royal Ascot

 Willie Mullins: has  claimed the Ascot Stakes twice before with both Simenon (2012) and Clondaw Warrior (2015).  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Penhill and Whiteout among his five possible starters in Ascot Stakes

Aidan O’Brien: will assemble a powerful  team or runners for Royal Ascot where he is odds-on to be top trainer once again.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Rhododendron still in the frame to mount a challenge for French Oaks glory

Groucho Marx: Accepted that he’d never be Rory McIlroy or whoever was the top golfer of his day

Modern sport thrives on flogging shortcuts to success, but golf has honed it to a fine art

Racing continues in front of the old stand at the Curragh as it is demolished. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

All eyes on how track caters for 6,000 crowd amid criticism of decision to continue racing

Trainer Kevin Prendergast: Penny Pepper now looks set to retire from the track on a high. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Mare in foal to Dragon Pulse recovers from poor start to beat 9-4 favourite Only Mine

Shaneshill, ridden by Ruby Walsh, will be bidding for French Champion Hurdle glory. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Titus makes return to action in Curragh Listed contest

Brian Kavanagh: “Brexit is a huge worry for us and I don’t really know how to respond to what happened in the British election.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Maintaining tripartite agreement vital for Irish racing – Brian Kavanagh

Christophe Soumillon on board Almanzor celebrates winning The Qipco Irish Champion Stakes last September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Qatar’s Qipco signed a three-year extension to sponsor Champion Stakes at Leopardstown

Jockey Padraig Beggy winning the Epsom Derby on Wings of Eagles. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Colt likely to line up next in the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby

Shane Prendergast  suffered injuries to his head and back at a point to point in Co Limerick on Monday after falling off his horse. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Rider (19) placed in induced coma after fall from Jack The Snake on Monday

Royal Ascot contender Brother Bear, ridden by Colm O’Donoghue (front right), winning The Cold Move Irish EBF Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire.

Trainer has exciting two-year-olds in Alpha Centauri and Brother Bear

Trainer Willie Mullins is chasing his fifth French Champion Hurdle success in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Irish trainer to run Wicklow Brave and Clondaw Warrior in New York

Racing continues in front of the old stand at the Curragh, despite construction being underway. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cracksman, not Wings Of Eagles, made the early favourite for €1.5 million classic

Warren Gatland and the Lions singing from the same hymn sheet. Sure there’s a lot of money tied up in it. But at heart it’s a commercial con job. Photograph: Hannah Peters/AFP/Getty

The game has moved on from this relic of flying the flag in far-flung bits of empire

 Padraig Beggy riding Wings Of Eagles to win  The Investec Derby from Cliffs Of Moher at Epsom. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Image

Ballydoyle No 1 set to be back on board after Pádraig Beggy’s dream win at Epsom

 Padraig Beggy on Wings Of Eagles wins the   Investec Derby at Epsom. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Jockey Pádraig Beggy leads home shock 40-1 outsider ahead of stablemate

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore after winning the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas with Winter. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Recoletos and Peslier look to have major hopes of a classic success at Chantilly

 Frankie Dettori celebrates winning the Investec Oaks on Enable. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Highland Reel gives Irish trainer a record eighth Coronation Cup success at Epsom

 Ryan Moore guides Cliffs Of Moher to victory in the Homeserve Dee Stakes at Chester. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Young trainer Joseph O’Brien attempts to join an exclusive club with Rekindling

Joseph O’Brien: will be bidding to join an illustrious group when Rekindling lines up in the  Epsom Derby on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Just four men have ridden and trained a Derby winner in the race’s long history

Last year’s Investec Derby hero Pat Smullen will attempt back to back wins at Epsom on Saturday on board the John Gosden-trained Khalidi. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Final plans for Ballydoyle team to be finalised with Ryan Moore likely for Cliffs Of Moher

 Philip Fenton: was disqualified for three years in 2014 for possession of banned animal substances. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Body “optimistic” deal can be reached with Breeders Association in next two weeks

 Racing continues in front of the old stand at the Curragh as it’s demolished. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Turf Club backs decision to continue racing despite current construction work at venue

 Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore after winning the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas with Winter at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

York’s Dante winner Permian and Khalidi added to Derby field

Winter ridden by Ryan Moore on the way to winning the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

O’Brien heads into next week’s Epsom Derby in blistering form after classic clean sweep

Churchill is bidding to become the fourth Ballydoyle colt in all to complete the Newmarket-Curragh Guineas double. Photograph: PA Wire.

Ryan Moore teams up for first time with Winter in Sunday’s 1,000 Guineas

David Wachman: “I always believed Winter was a very high class filly and I’m delighted it has come to fruition. Aidan has done a great job with her.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ex-trainer’s old charge favourite to complete a 1,000 Guineas double at the Curragh

An artist’s impression of what the Curragh will look like following its €70m redevelopment.

Problems identified at season’s first meeting are being addressed

Minding will attempt to win the eighth Group One of her career in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. Photograph: Getty Images.

HRI chief executive says dominance such as Ballydoyle’s is ‘not uncommon’

Dermot Weld:  seven runners at Gowran on Tuesday alone indicates the powerful yard is returning to normal service. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ana O’Brien teams up with Music Box in seven furlong maiden at Gowran on Tuesday

Churchill leads home Barney Roy and Al Wukair to win the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Godolphin could be set to take on Churchill with Thunder Snow in Irish 2,000 Guineas

  Caravaggio: Aidan O’Brien confirmed the Commonwealth Cup would  be next for the colt.   Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Caravaggio’s return to action makes 5-4 quotes for Commonwealth Cup understandable

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