Alvisio Ville: faces a tough task on his first start over fences in the 11.40 opener at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A lot expected from jumping newcomer Timiyan which is trained by Dermot Weld

Bryan Cooper on Identity Thief: the jockey has skipped Newbury’s Hennessy Gold Cup for a trip to Newcastle. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

Most of Waterford trainer Henry De Bromhead’s top-flight tally have come over fences

Tony McCoy rides Jezki (right) to win the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle as Ruby Walsh on Arctic Fire falls earlier this year in Liverpool. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Michael O’Leary chases fourth Drinmore success with half of runners in Sunday field

Nicholls Canyon and Ruby Walsh won the Grade One Royal Bond Novice Hurdle last year at Fairyhouse: Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Grade One Novice Hurdle failed to meet top-flight racing parameters in 2014

An artist’s impression of the permanent marquee-style pavilion planned for Leopardstown Racecourse

New betting and entertainment areas to be part of work done over 2016 and 2017

 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree is top weight for next Saturday’s Hennessy at Newbury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Michael O’Leary’s string poised to strike in all three top-flight contests on Sunday

Willie Mullins: “He will be left in both and I’ll have to see. He was second in Newcastle last year so he likes the track. We will make a decision later in the week.”

Favourite for Hatton’s Grace Hurdle could yet run in Newcastle Fighting Fifth Hurdle

 Ruby Walsh riding Vautour  clear from the last to win The Stella Artois 1965 Steeple Chase from Ptit Zig at Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Young Jack Kennedy lands notable treble while Douvan romps to chase debut victory

Ruby Walsh and Vautour will be the ones to watch at Ascot today. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Dream showdown thwarted as Gold Cup favourite bypasses Haydock

Ruby Walsh riding Douvan clear past the last to win The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race at Cheltenham in  March. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins’ star takes similar path as stable mate Vautour in the Beginners Chase

Jockey Katie Walsh is set to ride the in-form joint-topweight On The Shannon. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Nina Carberry and Lizzie Kelly will also contest Today FM Ladies Handicap Chase

Grundy ridden by Pat Eddery comes home to win the George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes on July 26th, 1975, ahead of Bustino ridden by Joe Mercer (left) and Dahlia ridden by Lester Piggott (second right). Photograph: PA

Eddery’s consistency and flashes of instinctive inspiration made him a coveted talent

Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

A culture is needed where dogs systemically receive the duty of care due to them

Faugheen is already a 1-8 favourite with Paddy Power to make a winning start to the  new season in the €85,000 Grade One Stan James Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After Thousand Stars victory in Paris, unbeaten Faugheen goes to post in Morgiana

Aidan O’Brien: ‘There is a good chance we will go for the Championships.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s top flat trainer says ‘team will have a lot to do with that decision’

 Free Eagle ridden by Pat Smullen (left) wins the Prince of Wales Stakes during Royal Ascot 2015. Photo:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer is hoping for a final hurrah for one of the country’s top-rated flat stars

Willie Mullins: with the full might of  Mullins’s all-conquering team set to be unleashed the issue of competition in the top pattern events is likely to produce further debate. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Combining opportunity with competition for top horses a balancing act, says Jason Morris

Henry De Bromhead: Home Farm is one of three Henry De Bromhead entries for the Grade Two Tote Fortria Chase at Navan

Willie Mullins-trained star chased home Faugheen at both Cheltenham and Punchestown last season

 Prince of Penzance, ridden by Australian jockey Michelle Payne, winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington, Australia. Photograph: EPA/Dan Himbrechts

Michelle Payne goes into record book as first woman to ride winner of Melbourne Cup

Jockey Tony McCoy enters the parade ring aboard Carlingford Lough after winning the Hennessy Gold Cup during the Hennessy Gold Cup Day at Leopardstown in February. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Hennessy Gold Cup winner set for first start over hurdles in three years

 Troy Parkinson riding Excess Knowledge   at Altona Beach  in Melbourne. Excess Knowledge will be one of two horse in the Melbourne Cup for trainer Gai Waterhouse. Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty

Terry Bailey credited with cracking down on breaches of racing’s rules in recent years

Frankie Dettori: has made 11 attempts at the Melbourne Cup, coming closest to winning in 1999. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Mullins-trained runner joins Kingfisher and Bondi Beach for Australia’s greatest prize

Found ridden by Ryan Moore (L) edges out Golden Horn ridden by Lanfranco Dettorito win the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty

Aidan O’Brien team claims Turf while Pharoah completes Triple Crown in style

American Pharoah during Breeders’ Cup workouts at Keeneland Racecourse. Photograph: Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Gleneagles fails to convince American punters he can beat American Pharaoh

Barry Geraghty will be aboard My Hometown in the Beginners Chase at Naas on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images.

Michael O’Leary’s set for a fourth win over five years in the Champion Chase

Jockey Shane Foley ended his Irish season with 64 winners. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Ryan Moore returns from US to steer Criterium International and Idaho at Saint-Cloud

The Curragh has barely changed structurally in the 50 years since Bing Crosby welcomed home his 1965 Irish Derby winner Meadow Court.

Government, Turf Club and private investors join forces to fund the massive project

Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence, Simon Coveney T.D. welcomed the establishment of a new company, Curragh Racecourse Limited, which will own, operate and redevelop the Curragh Racecourse and Training Grounds. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

“If amendments are sensible and make sense we will accept them. If they don’t, we won’t.”

Gleneagles has a favourable draw in stall five of the 10 runners next to American Pharoah. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s Gleneagles rated a 20/1 outsider in some US betting forecasts

Don Cossack will be bidding to cement his Cheltenham Gold Cup credentials with victory at Down Royal on Saturday. Photograph:Donall Farmer/Inpho

Gigginstown quartet to bid for big prize in Grade One Champion Chase

Trainer Neil Mulholland may send out last year’s leading novice, The Young Master, for a  pre-Hennessy run in the first Grade 1 of the season at Down Royal next Saturday. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images)

But opposition may come from title holder Road To Riches and others

Gleneagles is the Ballydoyle representative in next weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Classic remains elusive to Irish champion trainer as he sends out his 14th contender

Trainer Aidan O’Brien main focus is on next week’s Breeders Cup. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Champion trainer’s focus on Melbourne but is not neglecting home fires

 Wayne Lordan riding Legatissimo to victory in the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown last month. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Triple Group One winner favourite for the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf in Kentucky

Aidan O’Brien: targeting success in the William Hill Cox Plate at  Moonee Valley  in Melbourne. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ryan Moore hoping to repeat previous successful raid with Adelaide in 2014

Fascinating Rock provided Pat  Smullen with a fourth Group One victory of the year in Ascot’s Champion Stakes. Photograph: PA.

Zemario the best chance for champion jockey to land a second consecutive 100 of Irish winners

Paul O’Connell can deliver a speech and players ‘buy’ into it, while someone else employing exactly the same words might sound as convincing as Michael Ring. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Business world can learn from sport but ‘secret of success’ will always remain elusive

Chief executive of the Turf Club Denis Egan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Urgent concerns over funding changes and independence in Government legislation

 Aidan O’Brien: Ireland’s champion trainer  has a proven track record in Doncaster’s mile highlight. Photograph: PA Wire

Port Douglas and Beacon Rock among trainer’s options for Doncaster’s mile highlight

Trainer Willie McCreery’s star filly Devonshire will compete in Sunday night’s $500,000 EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in Toronto. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Strong European challenge among runners at Woodbine including Talmada and Nakuti

Wayne Lordan riding Gordon Lord Byron to victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot last year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

O’Brien will be anxious to tackle warm favourite Jack Hobbs in Champion Stakes

 Frankie Dettori celebrates riding Max Dynamite to victory in  The  Lonsdale Cup at Yor in August. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Champion trainer to launch third bid to win ‘the race that stops a nation’

Curragh racecourse: plans are afoot for a €55 million redevelopment.  Photograph: inpho.

Current projections suggest an 18-month build beginning at the end of 2016 season

Did anyone really expect Joe Schmidt to come out before the French game and tell us he reckoned Gallic flair to be a thing of the past and Saint-André a clown? Photograph: Eric Luke

Who honestly listened to build-up to this big sporting weekend expecting illumination?

Air Force Blue ridden by Ryan Moore (right) wins the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Daniel Hambury/PA

Champion trainer has US and Australian majors in his sights in coming weeks

 Ryan Moore  is reunited with Air Force Blue for the Dewhurst clash at Newmarket today. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Coolmore and Godolphin renew rivalry in a ’mouthwatering’ Newmarket highlight

Tony Martin has a busy weekend ahead with runners at Newmarket today as well as three of the four weekend fixtures at home. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Trainer hoping to improve Irish record in the Newmarket race

 Aidan O’Brien: trainer’s dual-Group One winner Air Force Blue will attempt to secure  a fourth Dewhurst victory and cement his position as favourite for next year’s 2,000 Guineas. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Godolphin’s Emtionless a marginal favourite for the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes on Saturday

There are forecasts that the global gaming industry will be worth over $100 billion next year. Photograph: Getty.

It takes more than just being competitive to constitute calling and funding something as a sport

Pat Smullen riding Covert Love (orange) to glory in  Prix De L’Opera. They got the better of a sustained duel with Frankie Dettori on Jazzi Top. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Smullen on board Free Eagle was beaten in the Arc by Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn

 Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn celebrate winning The Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe at Longchamp racecourse in Paris, France. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Hat-trick seeking Treve can only finish fourth behind Fllintshire and New Bay

Thierry Jarnet leads Treve to victory in last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp  in Paris last year. Photograph: Eric Feferbergeric/AFP/Getty

Dual winner Treve bidding to create history by securing a hat-trick of victories

Kieren Fallon: will be hoping for a triumphant return to Tipperary on board Sovereign Debt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Legendary jockey returns to Tipperary looking for first Irish win in four years

Wayne Lordan: to ride Curvy in Saturday night’s Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park in New York. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Wayne Lordan and Aidan O’Brien in the running for lucrative wins in US and France

 Golden Horn and  Frankie Dettori: the jockey will be bidding to  secure a record-equalling fourth Arc success, 20 years after the first, Lammtara in 1995.  Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Derby winner will bid to deny Treve an unprecedented treble in Longchamp feature

The Turf Club’s chief executive Denis Egan has confirmed the hotline is still active but admitted it has produced few concrete results so far. Photograph: Inpho

‘People don’t seem to want to be seen to be grassing,’ says chief executive Denis Egan

Juliette Fair goes clear to win at Leopardstown last month. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Dermot Weld-Pat Smullen team can make the most of the Fairyhouse conditions in Blenheim Stakes

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Found will be hoping to make history in Sunday’s Arc. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien hopes Found will be first ever Irish-trained filly to win Longchamp race

John Oxx’s Red Stars has a high draw and Jim Bolger’s Silvercups to overcome in the opening maiden at Roscommon today. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Sizing Platinum has the edge on The Game Changer

Bondi Beach ridden by Colm O’ Donoghue (purple cap) wins The Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes Race after Simple Verse ridden by Andrea Atzeni was disqualified following a steward’s inquiry at Doncaster Racecourse. Photograph: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Culture in these islands ensures best horse keeps the prize – regardless of behaviour

Rob Kearney scores Ireland’s fifth try during the Rugby World Cup match against Romania at Wembley Stadium in London. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Like a boyband, every Irish sporting TV panel needs the bolshy one

Trainer Jessica Harrington has Elegant Statesman running at Navan on Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer.

Trainer disappointed that Jezki faces season on sidelines with leg injury

The  Aidan O’Brien-trained Deauville will race  in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Trainer also targets record-breaking 15th success in Juddmonte stakes at Curragh

Trainer Aidan O’Brien targeting a record-breaking 15th Juddmonte Beresford Stakes success. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ballydoyle trainer has 11 options to choose from ahead of Group Two race at Curragh

Bronze Angel ridden by Louis Steward will be going for a hat-trick in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on Saturday. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Bronze Angel will be the one to watch as he bids for an unprecedented hat-trick

Adrian Heskin has won six of his last 11 races and has three rides at  Ballinrobe today. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Mare concedes experience over fences but should extend Adrian Heskin’s winning streak

Novak Djokovic: “He is believed to be a perfectly pleasant character away from the court, bright, multilingual and a family man.” Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

While he can beat anyone at tennis, the lack of public affection for the Serb is a mystery

Bondi Beach and  Order of St George: the two Aidan O’Brien-trained stars  have been bought into by leading Australian owner Lloyd Williams. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Decision due this week on appeal against controversial victory in English St Leger

Ruby Walsh on Faugheen wins the Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy in Cheltenham last March. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Title-holder Faugheen is favourite but decision yet to be made on star novice Douvan

Seamus Heffernan will begin his 10-day ban for dangerous riding on September 27th, following the failure  of his Turf Club appeal yesterday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Ballydoyle chance ride a bright spot for the jockey as Turf Club upholds its 10-day ban

Trainer Dermot Weld: “[Manalapan] will nearly have to win [at Ayr] in order for us to think about Melbourne.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dermot Weld charge lines up in 10-furlong Doonside Cup in Ayr under Pat Smullen

Rule the World’s  ability to act on soft should be a major plus in Guinness Kerry National. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Line-up for Kerry National includes five horses from Michael O’Leary and Willie Mullins

Order Of St George, seen here winning the Irish St Leger at the Curragh, is one of four Aidan O’Brien-trained horses entered for the Melbourne Cup in November. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Trainer has four horses remaining for Flemington race at the start of November

Joe Schmidt knows it’s a hazard of the job that the coach is usually the one to get it in the neck. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland coach portrayed as messianic leader but meeting expectations will be tough task

Frankie Dettori on Golden Horn leads the field of the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

John Gosden concedes fact that Dermot Weld horse was third was help to Frankie Dettori

Joseph O’Brien on Order of St George romps home to win the Irish St Leger at the Curragh as part of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien-trained horse romps home to victory in Irish St Leger at the Curragh

Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn celebrates winning the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown racecourse on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Sheikh Fahad Al Thani describes decision to move race as ‘very unfortunate’

The QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes - Frankie Dettori onboard Golden Horn celebrates winning. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Frankie Dettori survived a stewards enquiry to win race for sixth time ahead of Free Eagle

Mick Kinane  after landing the English Derby at Epsom in 2009:  Sea The Stars “was a very quiet and calm horse; when the stalls opened, though, he rolled his sleeves up.” Photograph: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Retired jockey hasn’t lost his competitive edge in role as a commercial breedee

Joseph O’Brien with his father Aidan O’Brien at Newmarket racecourse in England. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Heavy overnight rain looks set to wreak havoc on Saturday

Free Eagle has been firmly centre-stage along with Golden Horn and Gleneagles among a perceived ‘big three’ for the Irihjs Champions Stakes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dermot Weld can claim glaring omission from CV in highlight of Champions Weekend

Order Of St George ridden by Seamie Heffernan on their way to winning the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger Trial Stakes late year  at the Curragh. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Aiden O’Brien’s horse been ante-post favourite for today’s Doncaster Leger

Wicklow Brave:  is among 16 remaining in the Curragh Leger. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Trainer hopes Wicklow Brave will break Group One duck on the flat in Irish St Leger

Ryan Moore (orange and blue cap)  rides Legatissimoto win TheQipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket in May. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Coolmore’s Classic-winning filly still in shake-up for €1.1m feature at Leopardstown

Barry Geraghty and Rebel Fitz on the way to victory in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse Racecourse last year: Mick Winters wants Geraghty to ride Rebel Fitz in next week’s Guinness Kerry National. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mick Winters keen to see the former Galway Hurdle hero race in Guinness Kerry National

Gleneagles ridden by Ryan Moore. Aidan O’Brien declined to run Gleneagles in three top summer races because conditions were not quick enough. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Prizemoney has increased to €4m over two days containing five Group 1 races

Free Eagle holds off The Grey Gatsby to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. The pair could meet again in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Photograph: Getty Images.

Weld runner will compete regardless of ground conditions at Leopardstown

 Pat Smullen:  Free Eagle will be his priority at the  Longines Irish Champions Weekend. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Unbeaten Tanaza could also prove fruitful for Connor King in the Moyglare Stud Stakes

Wayne Lordan on board Gordon Lord Byron. Trainer Tom Hogan reckons his teak-tough performer remains as good as ever. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Gordon Lord Byron’s team hopeful he can repeat 2013 success in Sprint Cup

David Wachman: “She is in both races, is on track for Champions Weekend and we will have to see what the owners want to do.” Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The 1,000 Guineas winner bound for ‘Champions Weekend’ at Leopardstown

  Sea Moon, seen here   defeating Oasis Bloom  at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, is John Oxx’s likely choice for a tilt at a fifth Irish St Leger. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Curragh trainer opts for headgear for Auld Brig at Gowran

Gordon Lord Byron is among 19 entries left in the six furlong event. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Tom Hogan’s international stalwart will look to repeat 2013 success

 The Grey Gatsby edges out Australia in last year’s Irish Champion Stakes, which was ranked 11th on the 2014 World list. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Champion Stakes being touted as race of year – as long as the weather holds up

Hurricane Fly, one of the greatest hurdlers in the history of jumps racing, has been retired. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Willie Mullins labelled the eleven year old son of Montjeu a ‘horse of a generation’

Bocca Baciata ridden by Fran Berry on the way to winning the Dance Design  Stakes at the Curragh yesterday. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Softer ground helps Jessica Harrington charge in four-length rout of Easter and Brooch

Pat Smullen riding Brooch: the Juddmonte-owned filly lost her unbeaten record in June’s Pretty Polly Stakes. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

David Wachman’s runner Hint Of A Tint has a big handicap double in her sights

Recorder, ridden by Frankie Dettori, seen wining the Acomb Stakes  at York, is a likely contender for the National Stakes during Champions Weekend at the Curragh.  Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Queen Elizabeth II’s star two-year-old may line out in the National Stakes at €4m Champions Weekend

Free Eagle, ridden by Pat Smullen to win the Prince of Wales Stakes’s at Royal Ascot in June, now has the Irish Champion Stakes in sight after a summer break. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Leopardstown faces a tough challenge to provide perfect going for all contenders

Trainer Jim Bolger is directing Sanus Per Aquam  towards Group 1 glory at the Curragh on Champions Weekend. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Sanus Per Aquam to be aimed at the National Stakes, says Bolger

British athletes Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe during the Olympic Games in Moscow, 1980. Photograph: Getty Images

New IAAF chief may be planning reform but some of his statements suggest otherwise

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