ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Anthem Alexander ridden by Pat Smullen breaks away to win the Queen Mary Stakes on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2014 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Three-year-old filly up against Brazen Beau and Charlie Hills’ Muhaarar at Newmarket

 Aidan O’Brien will run Cougar Mountain in the  Sandown feature: “We will step him up in trip now and he’ll go for the Eclipse.” Photo:  Steve Parsons/PA

Sandown’s Coral Eclipse has proved a tough task for past Epsom Derby winners

President Michael D Higgins congratulates trainer Dermot Weld after Eshera beat Aimhirgin Lass in the  European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh last week. Photograph:  Pat Healy/PA

Dermot Weld hoping to repeat his classic triumph of 25 years ago with Go and Go

Alberto Contador was stripped of the Tour de France title he won in 2010. Photograph: PA Wire/PA Wire.

Tour de France draws millions of viewers despite few people believing sport is clean

Co Wexford-based trainer Liz Doyle wrote a letter to ‘The Racing Post’.

Handler says she was wrongly linked to investigation into animal steroids case

Trainer John Gosden and William Buick celebrate Jack Hobbs winning the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA

Trainer’s notable feat in claiming two historic classes with two different horses

Seamus Heffernan on Bondi Beach (left) wins the At the Races Curragh Cup from  Ryan Moore on Order of St.George. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ryan Moore edged out a second time as Bondi Beach edges out Order of St George

William Buick on Jack Hobbs  stride to victory in the the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby  at the Curragh. Photo:  Pat Healy/PA

Trainer plotting route to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe through September’s Prix Niel

Jockey Ryan Moore will ride Legatissimo, Most Beautiful and Shogun at the Curragh on Sunday. Photograph: PA.

Clash of classic winners in the Curragh’s Group One feature should be a highlight

Ryan Moore wins the Ribblesdale Stakes on board Curvy during Royal Ascot on June 18th. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

English jockey to propel himself up alongside legends with Triple-Crown win

Dermot Weld is hoping for group one success withBrooch at the Currgah on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Win at Naas will provide a timely boost for Dermot Weld ahead Brooch’s Group One test at Curragh

Jack Hobbs’ jockey William Buick is aiming to break his duck in the Irish Derby. Photograph: Getty Images

Sheikh Mohammed looking for first win in €1.25m race for 20 years

Joseph O’Brien celebrates winning the Irish Derby on Australia last year with his father and trainer Aidan O’Brien, owner JP Magnier, and other connections and relatives. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish Derby has great history but the history of who has the money matters most

Qualify’s Epsom victory, with Colm O’Donoghue on board, has provided it with a ‘win and you’re in’ entry into Saturday’s Irish Derby. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Tuesday’s final forfeit stage will influence shape of Saturday’s field at the Curragh

Jockey Christophe Soumillon celebrates his winning ride on Ervedya in the Coronation Stakes during day four of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

French jockey steers Ervedya between Found and Lucida to win by a nose

Trainer Aidan O’Brien inspects the course before the days racing during day four of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

A handicap mark of 99 hasn’t dissuaded Aidan O’Brien from running the Galileo colt

Pat Smullen will be on board Mustajeeb in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: Reuters.

Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen can end week on high in Diamond Jubilee Stakes

 Aidan O’Brien: will be expecting Found to confirm her undoubted class in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Anthem Alexander expected to be a major player in the Commonwealth Cup

 Ryan Moore (right) riding Curvy wins The Riddlesdale Stakes at  Royal Ascot yesterday. Photograph:   Christopher Lee/Getty Images

A 789-1 hat-trick brings top jockey’s total for week to eight with two days remaining

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

Jim Bolger’s Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine should see off nine opponents in Group Two contest

Pat Smullen steering Free Eagle to win the KPMG Enterprise Stakes in Leopardstown last September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dermot Weld-trained star fancied to prevail against stellar field in Ascot feature

Ryan Moore, pictured here guiding Washington DC to victory, landed a 54-1 treble at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

Moore lands 54-1 treble in Tuesday’s final three races with wins for O’Brien and Mullins

Gleneagles ridden by Ryan Moore wins the  St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Favourite ensures a seventh St James’s Palace Stakes win for champion trainer

Pat Smullen is fourth favourite to be leading jockey at Ascot this week. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Mustajeeb heads a strong list of Irish possibles for the Diamond Jubilee

Ryan Moore rides Gleneagles to win The Quipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket on May 2nd. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Dual-Guineas hero can emulate Rock of Gibraltar and Henrythenavigator’s successes

Phil Mickelson laboured for over a decade under the dreaded label of best-player-never-to-win-a-major. He  cracked the code in the 2004 Masters. Photograph:  Peter Byrne.

Not a universally popular golfer but nonetheless a true stalwart of the game

Aidan O’Brien:  trainer’s dual-Guineas winner Gleneagles is a red-hot favourite for Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes although one of his five opponents will be the French 2,000 Guineas winner, Make Believe. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer Eddie Lynam ‘hopeful’ horse will make history by becoming three-time winner

Michael Halford: trainer could take his chance with runner-up in last year’s Chesham, Toscanini, in Friday’s Group 1 Commonwealth Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer Halford could secure a double at Sligo before concentrating on Royal Ascot

Frankie Dettori and Star Of Seville (left) seen here riding alongside William Buick and Jazzi Top during the ‘Breakfast With The Stars’ morning at Epsom. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Star of Seville to make quick reappearance after interference ended Epsom hopes

Champion jockey Pat Smullen aims to reach the half-century mark for the season in Ireland this weekend.

Carla Bianca can bounce back in style in Cork Group Three for champion jockey

Agnes Stewart, with Billy Lee on board,  winning The John Smith’s Extra Smooth May Hill Stakes at Doncaster last year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Sole Power going for unprecedented hat-trick in Kings Stand Stakes

Inevitably the best and most successful players have the potential to generate and attract the most revenue. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Competing at top-level of Gaelic games is akin to holding a full-time job – minus the salary

Frankie Dettori celebrates as he crosses the line on Golden Horn in the Epsom Derby. Trainer John Gosden looks like turning down a free entry into the Curragh Derby for his Epsom winner.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Jack Hobbs may be Gosden’s choice for a stab at classic success in the Irish Derby

William Buick riding Golden Horn to victory in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

His Dante win is the outstanding piece of form in this somewhat depleted field

Coolmore Stud-owned favourite Legatissimo edged out by O’Brien-trained outsider

Hurricane Fly bids to add the French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil to his record breaking Grade 1 tally  tomorrow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Busy weekend ahead at the Curragh, Auteuil and Limerick

Giovanni Canaletto, just edged out by Curvy in the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh on May 24th, is the big mover in the Derby market this week. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Biggest market mover of the week Giovanni Canaletto is now the shortest priced of Aidan O’Brien’s three likely starters in Satur(...)

Seamie Heffernan onboard Mekong River wins the race ahead of Kevin Manning on Parish Hall. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

One of 13 left in the €63,000 TRM Ballyogan Stakes run over six furlongs

The prizemoney for the Galway Hurdle has been boosted to €300,000.  Photograph: Inpho.

Boost to feature is part of €160,000 prizemoney raise for Galway festival

Pat Smullen is confident Zawraq has everything required for the Epsom Derby. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘This horse gives the feel he has everything required for Epsom,’ says champion jockey

 Fifa president Sepp Blatter: without such a convenient fall guy, who knows what might happen: morality rather than money might even enter the equation and that really would be a nightmare. Photograph: Ennio Leanza/EPA

Blatter’s flinty Swiss soul knows better than most how it’s the money that counts

Paul Nicholls is targeting the French Champion Open with Zarkander. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Godolphin jockey Doyle can plunder spoils in Group Three feature at Naas today

President Michael D Higgins congratulates trainer Dermot Weld after Eshera beat Aimhirgin Lass in the DoneDeal Ireland’s Largest Classifieds Website European Breeders Fund Maiden during day one of the Irish Derby Festival at the Curragh. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA.

Richard Hannon to be rewarded in Group Two contest

New Bay ridden by Vincent Cheminaud winning the French Derby ahead of Highland Reel. Photograph: Thomas Samson

Attention has now turned to the likely make-up of this Saturday’s Derby field at Epsom

Rory Cleary guiding Ansgar to victory in the Irish Field Handicap at the Curragh in 2013. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dermot Weld’s star apprentice’s looking to score on Sabrina Harty’s impressive winner

Jockey Ryan Moore who pilots Cape Clear Island in the French Derby with  trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photograph:  Pat Healey/PA Wire

Ballydoyle maestro sends raiding party of three in effort to secure elusive classic

 Joseph O’Brien guides Highland Reel  to victory  in the  The Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Goodwood last July. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aga Khan aiming to add to his six wins in lucrative Chantilly highlight with Karaktar

Ryan Moore’s selection headache for next week’s Epsom classic action is one his colleagues would relish. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jockey will ride Simenon, who some bookies have backed as favourite

Zawraq ridden by Pat Smullen comes home to win the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes in April ahead of Endless Drama, which finished second in the Irish Guineas at the weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dermot Weld’s colt will be in virgin territory over a mile and a half at Epsom classic

Rory McIlroy looks dejected during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last week.

You wonder sometimes if we’ve fully cottoned on just how rare a talent McIlroy is

Kevin Manning on Pleascach (purple checked hat) wins the 1000 Guineas from Ryan Moore on Found  at the Curragh yesterday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Tilt against colts to follow gutsy half-length victory over her 1,000 Guineas rivals

Gleneagles ridden by Ryan Moore (Blue and Orange cap) win the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas  at The Curragh. Photograph: Pat Healey/PA Wire

Derby may be swerved with Aidan O’Brien seeing Curragh classic winner as miler

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

Ryan Moore gearing up for potentially vintage Group One weekend at Curragh

Gleneagles, with Ryan Moore riding, wins The Quipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse on May 2nd. photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty.

Another Guineas double on cards for O’Brien stable to bridge 18-year gap

James Doyle on Noble Mission comes home to win The Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last year. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Tattersalls Gold Cup has struggled in recent years to meet Group One ratings criteria

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

Jessica Harrington’s Bocca Baciata looks a frontline contender for classic victory at the Curragh

Aidan O’Brien has won eight of the last nine Gallinule renewals. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Tombelaine set to run for Weld-Smullen team in Saturday’s 2,000 Guineas

Richard Hughes on board Sole Power during the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in  March. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images

Meath trainer wants eight-year-old to get race under his belt ahead of Royal Ascot

Formula One is about aspiration but that’s been downplayed in order to supposedly even things out between the drivers. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Sport is about motor and has more in common with horse racing than anything else

Colt is prohibitive 1/3 to chalk up trainer’s 10th Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas win

Jockey Colin Keane rides the Ger Lyons-trained Azzuri in the opening maiden at Roscommon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Step up in trip can prove crucial for Qatar Racing’s filly

Trainer Ger Lynch admitted to Turf Club  officials that the stamps used for vaccination entries were not authentic

Turf Club investigation established he had falsified vaccination paperwork

Ruby Walsh and On His Own. They will line up in the €850,000 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris  on Sunday. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Mullins has second attempt at winning Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris

Zawraq and Pat Smullen. Dermot Weld had dangled the idea of next weekend’s Irish Guineas as a possible target for Sheikh Hamdan’s colt, but the owner’s spokesman has indicated Zawraq will go straight for the Derby

Dermot Weld colt Zawraq looks like being major Derby player in three weeks

Jockey Adrian Heskin onboard Foxrock: Heskin had already served a one-day ban imposed on the day of the controversial race at  Punchestown in December. Photograph: Inpho

Penalty comes over five months after riding Foxrock at Punchestown

Blinkers can helpZannda lay down a marker for Epsom at York today. Photograph: inpho

Dermot Weld owned three-year-old filly can book her place at Epsom

HRI CEO Brian Kavanagh has announced funding for four race courses under the new €100 million capital development scheme. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland has approved grants worth €3 million in total

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

Cheltenham Gold Cuo runner-up and entry for Paris event

 Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev inspects the stadium during the opening of the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku. The first European Games will be held in Baku Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Azerbaijan hosting major international sporting events despite human rights abuses

Success Days, ridden by Shane Foley, passes the finishing post to win the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Aidan O’Brien’s contender Highland Reel fails to impress in French 2,000 Guineas

JP McManus’s If Not For You tackles his longest racecourse test yet at a track over which he won a bumper. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Seventh Sign could take advantage of weight concession from Warne

Trainer Ted Walsh appeared before a referrals committee hearing last month in relation to how Foxrock appeared to be wearing both front shoes immediately after a Punchestown race yet at a stewards enquiry that day it was reported those shoes had been lost during the race. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Trainer cleared of any wrongdoing in relation to race at Punchestown

Highland Reel wins at Goodwood last year with Joseph O’Brien on board. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Victory at Longchamp could propel colt to the top of the Epsom Derby betting

Ted Walsh has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the Foxrock case. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

A Turf Club statement added that that the committee ‘was satisfied on the evidence’

Aidan O’Brien  has eight entries  in traditional Derby trial at weekend. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

John F Kennedy will attempt to retrieve his reputation at Leopardstown on Sunday

Dermot Weld: “He got balloted out of the Fred Winter and he won nicely at Leopardstown since so could represent us well.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tony Martin’s Quick Jack and Monica Dowdall-Blake’s Shu Lewis also in the running

Pat Smullen and Fascinating Rock on the way to winning the So You Think European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh, Co Kildare. Photograph: Inpho

My Painter jockey reprimanded for breach of ‘non-trier’ rules

Iveagh Gardens ridden by Niall McCullagh (right) on the way to winning the Canford Cliffs European Breeders Fund Athasi Stakes at Curragh, Co Kildare. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

After disappointing result, trainer Aidan O’Brien looking ahead to Derby warm-ups at Chester and Lingfield

Trainer David Wachman  with Ryan Moore after he rode Legatissimo to win The Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jockey returns to Curragh after brilliant weekend in Newmarket

Annie Power will seek to atone for her crashing fall at Cheltenham with victory in the Mares hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Trainer will claim ninth title and looks set for another Grade 1 victory with Annie Power

Gleneagles, seen here winning at the Curragh last season, would be Aidan O’Brien’s seventh winner of the 2,000 Guineas if he prevails at Newmarket. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Jockey questions introduction of cutaway rail for first Classic of season

Ruby Walsh on board Faugheen comes home to win the Champion Hurdle on Day Four of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

The Willie Mullins-trained horse is a well-oiled machine with huge potential

Faugheen: “A rather plain-looking ex-pointer, who has yet to fully capture the public imagination.” Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Willie Mullins has all but scoffed at the idea of the horse being superior to Vautour

Nichols Canyon, ridden by Ruby Walsh, leads Parlour Games over the last fence in the The World Famous Just Eat Novices Hurdle Race at Aintree Racecourse last month. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images.

Another bumper day can take Willie Mullins past €3.5M mark in prizemoney for record-breaking season

Mark Walsh and Jezki hold off Ruby Walsh and Hurricane Fly to win the  Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Former Champion hurdler outstays great rival Hurricane Fly in World Hurdle

Ruby Walsh riding Un De Sceaux to  win The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Brilliant Arkle Chase winner remains unbeaten when clearing the obstacles

Hurricane Fly, with Ruby Wlash on board, wins the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in January. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO.

Length of feature should not prove a problem for ‘The Fly’

Matthew Bowes is unseated by Waydownsouth during the Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA. Matthew Bowes is unseated by Waydownsouth during the Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Bryan Cooper takes the wrong pick of Gigginstown Stud team as veteran rider comes to fore

Runners and riders, including eventual winner Wish Ye Didnt ridden by Nina Carberry, clear Ruby’s Double during the Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Chase at Punchestown. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA

Champion trainer, younger brother and nephew all make it to the winners’ enclosure

Willie Mullins: “He really could be anything, the way he licks his hurdles.”  Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Unbeaten star records another impressive Grade One triumph at Punchestown

Don Poli ridden by Bryan Cooper on the way to victory in the RSA Chase at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham. Don Poli and Douvan are near un-backable odds-on shots to secure more Grade One success at Punchestown. Photograph: Inpho

Champion trainer has nine starters on first day card worth over €500,000 with Cheltenham heroes Don Poli and Douvan odds-on to sec(...)

Trainer Aidan O’Brien is targeting a seventh victory in the 2000 Guineas with a four-strong entry headed by Gleneagles. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

High Tail It had been penalised under ’non trier’ rules by Tipperary stewards

Davy Russell guides Mallowney to victory in the Handicap Steeplechase at Punchestown last year. Mallowney is joint-top rated on 162. Photograph: Inpho

Old rival Twinlight among trio of horses from all-conquering Willie Mullins team

“Focus isn’t enough anymore: instead, near zealotry appears necessary. And if you listen to enough analysis of Gaelic football in particular, talent has become an optional extra when it comes to the demands of inter-county competition.”

‘Choice brings responsibility but also freedom, with the most important one in the GAA being the option to opt out’

Trainer  Ted Walsh is awaiting the judgment of the Turf Club’s Referrals Committee. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mr Justice Tony Hunt chairs marathon hearing featuring almost nine hours of legal argument

Trainer Jim Bolger celebrating last year’s Derby win with Trading Leather. He’s still the one to watch for winners, having just secured an 840-1 Curragh hat trick. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Novice’s 50-1 victory in Group 3 feature is further proof of Bolger’s magic touch

Chris Hayes on Sruthan wins The Power European Breeders Fund Tetrarch Stakes at the Curragh in 2013. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Joseph O’Brien teams up with father for four rides at the Curragh

Trainer Ted Walsh says he will be happy to answer any questions at Turf Club. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell to represent trainer at meeting

Paul Townend on his way to winning the Boomerang Animal Bedding Handicap Hurdle on I Shot The Sheriff  at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tony Martin’s antepost favourite would be the first raiding victor in 147 years

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