Faugheen is set to return to action after a 22-month layoff at Punchestown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Willie Mullins’ star set set for first appearance in 22 months in Morgiana Hurdle

Apple’s Jade won the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan on her return to the track after almost 200 days. File Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Gordon Elliott scores a four-timer including Clarcam who could be set for retirement

Bryan Cooper on board Apple’s Jade at Punchestown Racecourse. Apple’s Jade is the star turn among 16 weekend runners for Michael O’Leary’s Giginstown Stud team through both Navan and Saturday’s action at Naas. Photograph: Inpho

Davy Russell confident he will be cleared to ride at weekend after getting X-ray results

Pat Smullen onboard Eziyra wins the 2016 European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at the Galway Festival. Photograph: Inpho

Maarek has 76th career start at Doncaster as cross-channel turf campaign closes

Trainer Joseph O’Brien holds the Melbourne Cup trophy  after his horse Rekindling won race seven  at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Ireland's Melbourne Cup pioneer acclaims Joseph O’Brien’s ‘wonderful achievement’

 Trainer Joseph O’Brien and jockey Corey Brown pose for photographs after winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Photograph: PA

The son of the world’s most successful trainer has been paying attention in class

 Ten Ten  winning  at Down Royal. The Jack Kennedy-ridden Suitor finished third  in the maiden hurdle. Photograph: Presseye/Inpho

Elliot says unbeaten Samcro will wait for Royal Bond hurdle at Fairyhouse

Horse Racing Ireland chief Brian Kavanagh didn’t rule out a new system being in place by Christmas. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Brian Kavanagh says new task force chairman will not be connected to industry

Colin Keane at Naas celebrating his 100th winner of the year on board Warnaq. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

New champion rides double on final day of the flat season

 Max Dynamite  rolling  in  sand  at Werribee racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph:   Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Joseph O’Brien tries to lift the ‘race that stops a nation’ on the first time of asking

Over the years Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien  has thrown 14 horses without success at the $6 million climax to US racing’s shop-window event. Photograph: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Breeders Cup the highlight as Highland Reel in good position to defend turf title at Del Mar

Robbie Power and Our Duke  in action. An impressive win would see him pressure his stable companion Sizing John at the top of the Gold Cup betting. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Michael O’Leary chasing five-in-a-row in steeplechase feature with four of eight runners

Mendelssohn, second from right,  ridden by jockey Ryan Moore on the way to winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf  at Del Mar Race Track in  California. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Irish trainer increases his record haul of Group One wins to 27 at Del Mar

Ryan Moore riding Rhododendron (centre)  at Newmarket  in October. The horse’s  odds for the Filly & Mare at Del Mar have eased after  drawing 14 of 14. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud aiming for five in a row in Grade One at Down Royal

Giant’s Causeway’s narrow loss to Tiznow at Churchill Downs in 2000 is the closest Aidan O’Brien has come to winning the Breeders Cup Classic. Photograph: Jeff Haynes/Getty Images.

O'Brien-trained Caravaggio and Highland Reel will both stand at Coolmore next year

 Joel Rosario on  Mind Your Biscuits   after winning the Dubai Golden Shaheen   this year. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty

Kentucky Derby winning jockey has won five Breeders’ Cup races and Dubai World Cup

 Aidan O’Brien celebrates as Saxon Warrior wins at Doncaster to secure the trainer a record 26 Group One winners in a single year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Rather enigmatic sporting figure has really delivered and is likely to keep doing so

Aidan O’Brien secured his 26th Group One winner of the season at Doncaster on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Sunday’s Saint-Cloud card scrapped due to protest against French racing budget cuts

Saxon Warrior (R) holds off Roaring Lion to give Aidan O’Brien a 26th Group One of the season. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Two-year-old battles back to take Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster under Ryan Moore

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

Derby winner Pádraig Beggy can land Eyrefield Stakes on Flag Of Honour

If O’Brien fails to secure the world record at Doncaster, he will have two more chances at Saint-Cloud where he has won both of the big races four times each in the past. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Saxon Warrior favourite to give O’Brien a 26th Group One winner of the season

 Frankie Dettori celebrates as he rides Cracksman to win The QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Cracksman given official 130 rating to make him 2lbs Superior to Arc hero Enable

 William Buick celebrates  Ribchester’s victory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal  Ascot in June Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Eyrefield Stakes will highlight Leopardstown’s final flat card of 2017 on Saturday

Jockey Colin Keane has a lead of four over Pat Smullen coming into the Fairyhouse showdown. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Title challenger is 2-9 favourite to lift title with less than two weeks to end of season

 Bryan Cooper on  Disko. Disko was third to Our Duke  at Leopardstown last Christmas, but comprehensively reversed that form  at the same track a couple of months later. Photograph: Getty Images

Meade runner could clash for third time with Our Duke

 Trainer Aidan O’Brien:  Saxon Warrior and The Pentagon  are likely to be his main hopes for the final top-flight prize of the British season at Doncaster. Photograph: Getty Images

Verbal Dexterity on course for final Group one of British season

Everyone knows elite competition is as much a mental test as a physical one and it has been the basis for a sustained campaign by chess authorities for inclusion in the Olympics.  Photograph: Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for World Chess by Agon Limited

Quit playing games – using ‘physical activity’ as a definition leaves a lot of wriggle room

Pat Smullen: will miss Leopardstown’s last fixture of the campaign on Saturday due to suspension. Photograph: Inpho

Contingent forecast to be classic contender for 2018 after impressive debut

Trainer Aidan O’Brien  is congratulated after equalling the record for 25 Group One winners in a season at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day. Photograph: Getty Images

Saxon Warrior and The Pentagon in line to break world record 26th Group One success for O’Brien

 Aidan O’Brien:  strong favourite to bypass Bobby Frankel’s tally of 25 Group One winners in a year.  Photograph:  Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Ballydoyle pair Churchill and Caravaggio have plenty to prove at on Champions Day at Ascot

 Willie Mullins:  has contenders in big races in France and Australia this weekend. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ger Lyons gives McMunigal second start in Killvavullan Stakes at Leopardstown

High winds from could force cancellation of Saturday’s meeting

Mrs Maureen Mullins, jockey  Patrick Mullins and Willie Mullins after  Wicklow Brave’s victory in the Betdaq Punchestown Champion  at Punchestown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Photograph

Willie Mullins concedes wide Caulfield Cup draw will test Wicklow Brave

 David Mullins on Petit Mouchoir wins the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Irish Champion Hurdle winner makes an eagerly-awaited return to action

 Mark Zahra riding Gailo Chop pips Katelyn Mallyon on  Johannes Vermeer in the Ladbrokes Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Johannes Vermeer and Wicklow Brave set to line up in $3million Melbourne feature

 Aidan O’Brien:  has left eight horses among the 17-strong entry for the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Monday’s five-day stage. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Godolphin and Gosden likely to have favourites for four top-flight prizes

 Sebastian Coe: prioritising presentation looks like  fiddling for the sake of it. Keeping athletics relevant is about credibility, not novelty. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty

Perhaps a doping amnesty and a fresh start is required to allow the sport regain its soul

Ryan Moore riding US Navy Flag to win The Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Last-gasp victory on Elegant Pose helps young jockey complete a Naas hat-trick

Ryan Moore riding US Navy Flag wins the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket racecourse on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Irish trainer readying Champions Day team for Ascot next Saturday

US Navy Flag appears to be O’Brien’s  number one hope of a sixth Dewhurst Stakes success at Newmarket. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Idaho and Rain Goddess line up for champion trainer in Canada on Sunday

Trainer Willie Mullins’ focus is principally on the flat this weekend.   Photograph: : David Davies/PA

Six Irish hopefuls line up for tilt at marathon prize

Bryan Cooper was let go by Gigginstown at the end of July. “They (Potts and Tizzard) have some fantastic horses. I can’t believe it to be honest.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Former Gigginstown jockey will begin with Tizzard-trained duo at Ludlow on Wednesday

Colin Keane is bidding to claim the jockeys’ championship for the first time: “ I have the height of regard for Colin Keane. He is an excellent young rider. It will be very close,” said Dermot Weld. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

‘I don’t have a huge supply for Pat [Smullen] and I imagine he may find it difficult’

Verbal Dexterity. “He has everything and is the complete package. He’s as good as any of the ones that have the Dewhurst for us. Any of those five,” said trainer Jim Bolger. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

English colt Expert Eye odds on for top juvenile event at Newmarket

Brian Kavanagh:  “I’d  hope for some indication of longer-terms plans with regard to betting tax and details of allocated funding for the Horse & Greyhound Fund for next year.” Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

O’Leary’s expensive purchase, Poli Roi, makes hurdles debut in Galway

David Clifford celebrates Kerry’s victory over Derry after his outstanding contribution of 4-4 in the All-Ireland minor football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Carping over Colm Cooper’s testimonial should be a timely warning for young star

Colin Keane:  steered Gobi Desert to victory in the Listed Legacy Stakes at Navan.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Total Recall lands Munster National in a canter for Willie Mullins

Pat Smullen and Zhukova will line up for the $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park on Sunday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

English raider Nietzsche can go close in Irish Cesarewitch at Navan

Roger Loughran on Total Recall on their way to winning The Prancer and Dancer Rated Novice Steeplechase in the Navan Races in Proudstown, Co Meath in December 2016. File photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ex-Sandra Hughes runner has first start for champion trainer in Limerick highlight

 Potters Point proved too good for Arkwhist in the Kerry National. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien has seven options including Abyssinian in Irish Cesarewitch

Davy Russell: will partner Death Duty in a Beginners Chase at Tipperary. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Grade One winner makes anticipated debut over fences

Aidan O’Brien: the trainer is rapidly closing in on Bobby Frankel’s record of 25 Group/Grade One victories in a calendar year.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Roly Poly is set to tackle Saturday’s Sun Chariot at Newmarket as second favourite

 Ryan Moore riding Happily to victory in  the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting at Chantilly Racecourse on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Happily and Rhododendron strike to increase trainer’s Group One wins to 22 this year

Trainer Dermot Weld has yet to see results from The Grey Gatsby this season   but the six-year-old will have first-time lasix when he lines up in the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Balko De Flos and Shaneshill clash again at Gowran in Saturday’s Champion Chase

Frankie Dettori on Enable at the Curragh Racecourse earlier this year. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Frankie Dettori odds on to secure record fifth Arc victory on Sunday at Chantilly

There continues to be discontent in the north that stable staff there weren’t entitled to benefits. Photo: Inpho

Northern Ireland Trainers Association have backed the handlers in continuing confusion

Ryan Moore guiding Order of St George to victory in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh earlier this month. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Max Dynamite still in contention for Cadran at Chantilly on Saturday

Co Dublin trainer Adrian McGuinness has been given a suspended two-year disqualification relating to possession of unauthorised animal remedies. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

‘I made a mistake three years ago. To be honest I’m glad it’s all over’

The Turf Club’s chief executive Denis Egan said  60 ‘A’ card holders in the North have been  covered for death benefit since 2012.   Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘I never heard tell of it. I’ve had no information from the Turf Club’ – Ian Ferguson

Turf Club “A” cards are issued to full-time stable employees throughout Ireland, and Mr Egan said there were 60 such card-holders currently registered in the North. Photograph: Getty Images

Turf Club says full-time stable staff in North covered by life assurance since 2012

 Pat Smullen  and Zhukova. Dermot Weld is targeting a return to Belmont for the mare who in May won the Grade One Man O’War Stakes at the track by six lengths. Photograph: Getty Images

Zhukova has alternative Flower Bowl option the following weekend

Saxon Warrior ridden by Ryan Moore on the way to winning the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at Naas. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Saxon Warrior the new Derby favourite after impressive Beresford Stakes victory

Quiet Reflection ridden by Martin Harley (right) on their way to winning the Renaissance Stakes at Naas Racecourse. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Trainer Karl Burke hopeful 5-2 winner can take on Harry Angel at Ascot next month

Michael Grassick, chief executive of the IRTA, said “there is €4 million ready to be distributed among people who qualify for the new pension”. Photograph: Eric Luke

New scheme will be financed by proportion of prize money deducted from trainers

Quiet Reflection won the Commonwealth Cup and the Haydock Sprint Cup in 2016 but reappears with plenty to prove in the Renaissance Stakes. Photograph: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Barry Geraghty returns to action at Navan after shoulder injury

 The Turf Club’s senior vet said testing cobalt is just one element of an overall anti-doping strategy. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Stephen and Michael McConville banned for three years by British authorities

Nelson beat his stable companions Kew Gardens and Delano Roosevelt in a Group Three over ‘Irish Champions Weekend’ last month. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Saxon Warrior and Nelson already 20-1 for next year’s Epsom Derby

Shamreen, winner of the Blandford Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend, could go for the Prix de l’Opera at Chantilly. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dermot Weld passes €1million prizemoney mark in Ireland as stable recovers from virus

Tipperary’s Lar Corbett and Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrrell during the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Championship Final. In his autobiography, Tyrrell gives a very honest account of the extent he went to “to drive Lar mad”. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s wrong to have amateur sportsmen being near obligated to pretend abuse is all part of game

Capri (second right), ridden by Ryan Moore, winning the  St Leger  at Doncaster. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Aidan O’Brien is even money to break 14-year record of 25 Group/Grade One wins in calendar year

Capri ridden by Seamie Heffernan (left) wins the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Ryan Moore will be on board for the St Leger bid.  Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Deauville and Lancaster Bomber fly Ballydoyle flag in Ricoh Woodbine Mile in Canada

Brian Kavanagh: “A strong effort has been made to address the practical issue of how Northern Ireland full-time staff are treated.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Staff in Northern Ireland to be treated “equal but separately” under new scheme

Because the North is in a different jurisdiction, stable staff there haven’t benefitted from industry pension arrangements in the past.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Discrepancy in pension payments to stable staff based in the North proves a thorny issue

Brian Kavanagh, CEO, Horse Racing Ireland: “The 2018 fixture will feature the highest number of race meetings staged in Ireland to date.” Photograph:  Robbie Reynolds

HRI announce 363 meetings will be held in Ireland next year - an all-time record

Séamus Heffernan steered Capri to victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh in July. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Venice Beach also among trainer's entries for world's oldest classic at Doncaster

Decorated Knight ridden by Andrea Atzeni became the sixth overseas winner in a row of the Irish Champion Stakes during day one of the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Crowds down on previous years but Curragh will host a leg in 2018 despite redevelopment

Order Of St George romps home to take the Irish St Leger. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Nine-length rout helps Aidan O’Brien complete weekend Group One hat-trick

  Andrea Atzeni riding Decorated Knight celebrates winning The Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Hydrangea also springs 20-1 shock by beating Winter in Matron Stakes at Leopardstown

Aidan O’Brien: top trainer is being tipped for a highly profitable  ‘Irish Champions Weekend’. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien 4-1 to record a Group One five-timer on ‘Irish Champions Weekend’

Frankie Dettori: bidding to equal Mick Kinane’s record of seven wins in Irish Champion Stakes. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Queen’s runner, Dartmouth, a possible for Sunday’s Irish St Leger

Davy Russell: “To me it is completely unacceptable what the press have done, to me and my family.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Furore over split-second punch to neck of Kings Dolly at Tramore may finally be over

Jockey Davy Russell has been given a four day ban by the Turf Club. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ban begins in 14 days which leaves Russell free to ride at next week’s Listowel festival

 Jim Crowley riding Ulysses (left) to win The Juddmonte International Stakes from Churchill (right) at York. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer has favourite for five top-flight contests following Expert Eye’s defection

 Ryan Moore riding Caravaggio to victory in the  The Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Jamie Osborne targets Laytown in force with runners in all six races at beach meeting

After scoring a spectacular own-goal in not handing Davy Russell a meaningful penalty, the regulatory body clearly feels it now has to be seen to act. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Davy Russell’s error was a mistake that demanded a swift response - that didn’t come

HRI chief executve Brian Kavanagh: “I think people know working with horses is not a nine to five, Monday to Friday job and that degrees of flexibility are required.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Kavanagh says strict implementation of laws would make operations ‘impossible’

Churchill, with Ryan Moore riding, wins The Qipco 2,000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket in May. Aidan O’Brien’s horse is odds-on in some lists for next Saturday’s Irish Champion Stakes. Photograph: Getty Images

Churchill odds-on for Irish Champion Stakes; O’Brien is 25-1 to win all Group One races

“When a rider goes out, he is open to all scrutiny. Everyone at the track, everyone on TV, gets to see, by and large, every movement that he makes. Everything they do is scrutinised.”

Controversy over Tramore incident rumbles on with appeal due to be heard next Tuesday

Pat Smullen v Colin Keane jockey championship tussle moves to Bellewstown

Ryan Moore on board The Grey Gatsby comes home just ahead of Australia to win the 2014 Irish Champion Stakes. Dermot Weld’s runner will bid for glory again this year.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Resurgent trainer pleased with string’s recent recovery from virus

Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal: two titans could be poised to meet in the semi-final of the US Open. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

We’re simply privileged to still enjoy the greatest one-on-one rivalry sport has seen

Jockey Davy Russell: cautioned by a three-man Referrals panel

Jockey cautioned for punching Kings Dolly in head before maiden hurdle at Tramore

Rain Goddess ridden by Ryan Moore (centre) wins the Snow Fairy Stakes during Tipperary Crystal Race Day at Curragh Racecourse on Sunday. Photograph: PA Wire

Japanese trainer Takashi Kodama lands Irish Cambridgeshire with 25-1 outsider

Davy Russell has received a caution for an incident at Tramore in which he appeared to strike his mount. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Video of jockey appearing to strike mount Kings Dolly had spread on social media

 Luke Morris riding Marsha (left) wins The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York from hot favourite Lady Aurelia and Frankie Dettori. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Top English jockey could secure Group Three hat-trick at Curragh

Davy Russell: A video circulated on social media last week appeared to show the former champion jockey punching Kings Dolly in the head after approaching a show obstacle prior to her run in a handicap hurdle at Tramore. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Champion Jockey has three rides on final day of festival

Willie Mullins: top National Hunt trainer has amassed nearly €350,000 during  the current flat campaign. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Willie Mullins secures a good opportunity at Killarney for ex-Melbourne Cup winner

 Jim Crowley riding Ulysses (white cap) win The Juddmonte International Stakes from Churchill (right) at York. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Churchill could go to Leopardstown after finishing runner-up in York feature race

 Ryan Moore riding Churchill (right) to win The Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

O’Brien’s dual-Guineas winner races beyond a mile for the first time in York feature

 Aidan O’Brien: was fined €2,000 in March when  Music Box was suspended from racing for 42 days under Rule 212.   Photograph:  Julian Herbert/PA

Pat Smullen aiming to close gap on leader Colin Keane in race for jockeys’ title

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