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 TheTote.com 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 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk 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

Harzand ridden by jockey Pat Smullen wins the Investec Derby at Epsom racecourse on June 4th. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Odds favour another head-to-head between Epsom winner and Idaho

Ireland’s goalscorer Robbie Brady celebrates with his girlfriend Kerrie Harris and supporters after the win over Italy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In victory, pundit has no problem rowing back on criticism of O’Neill’s selection

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen (L) wins the Epsom Derby ahead of US Army Ranger and Idaho. Photo: Getty Images

Weld will make decision after putting Epsom winner through his paces

In 2009, Eddie Izzard ran 46 marathons in 52 days for Sport Relief. Photograph:  Danny Martindale/WireImage

Man-against-nature battles are the ultimate proof that, yes, people really are bored

Ryan Moore on Caravaggio: his clash  with Psychedelic Funk in the Coventry Stakes is eagerly anticipated by many race fans. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s Caravaggio favoured while Dermot Weld is banking on three horses

Ruby Walsh  on Un de Sceaux: Ireland’s top-rated two-mile chaser reverted to smaller obstacles in style last month to win  the Prix La Barka. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Pat Shanahan takes Taexali to York for Saturday’s valuable sprint handicap

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen winning the  Investec Derby at Epsom. Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters/Livepicy

Officials hoping first five in Epsom Derby could be reunited to clash at the Curragh

Ruby Walsh won  The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham   last year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Champion trainer’s bay gelding enters new territory in Grade One Paris highlight

Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali: “I know all them insults are nonsense but he’s saying them and that means something”

The late boxer was renowned for his wisdom but it only came to him in later years

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen  wins the Epsom Derby ahead of US Army Idaho. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Gettytty Images

Jockey Pat Smullen describes momentous victory as his greatest day in racing

André Fabre: the Cloth Of Stars trainer combined with jockey Mickael Barzalona to win the Epsom Derby with Pour Moi five years ago. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien has five of seven horses from Ireland in richest race ever run in Britain

Aidan O’Brien: first tried to win the French classic 18 years ago. Photograph: Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

Fort Del Oro can claim Ballyogan Stakes in the Curragh’s Group Three feature

US Army Ranger features among 10 Ballydoyle names left among 27 remaining in the historic French prize.

Irish trainer has endured nothing but frustration in the €1.5 million Prix Du Jockey Club

 Ryan Moore guides  US Army Ranger  to victory in the  MBNA Chester Vase at Chester racecourse. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Joint-4/1 favourite US Army Ranger one of champion trainer’s seven possible starters

Jose Mourinho signs a Manchester United soccer shirt held out by a fan as he leaves his house in London. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Manchester United ‘way’ is now just a relic as football ideals surrender to the greasy till

Anamba, seen here winning at Leopardstown last September,  won the Owenstown Stud Stakes on Sunday.Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jockey enjoys first visit to Naas with dominant victory on Peace Envoy

Pat Smullen, who rides fancied Hugo Palmer-trained Gifted Master in today’s Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock.   Photograph:  Iain White/Fennell Photography

Irish champion jockey has been a growing presence at cross-channel meetings this year

Co Meath trainer Ger Lyons: forecast improving ground conditions over the weekend should help Lyons-trained Wayside Flower in Listed Fillies Sprint on Sunday at Naas. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Qatar Racing’s Sheikh Fahad Al Thani is a major owner for in-form trainer

Lisa Marie Owens, Mairead Fortune, Erica Byrne-Burke and Jamie Cullen with instructor Paul Keating at RACE, Kildare Town Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Old attitudes die hard as young trainees target breakthrough in horse racing

 Ryan Moore rides US Army Ranger to victory in the MBNA Chester Vase. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

A ‘good chance’ that Ryan Moore will ride US Army Ranger in big race, says trainer

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen (second from right) in the  Ballysax Stakes in Leopardstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Aidan O’Brien’s US Army Ranger and Wings Of Desire are 4-1 joint favourites in most lists

David Coldrick sent off two Derry players in their Ulster quarter-final against Tyrone on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipping Point: Should the flower of Mayo manhood have been released early from the dressing-rooms to clatter a trio of attention-s(...)

 Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Wings of Desire to win the Betfred Dante Stakes at York. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Hugo Palmer-trained colt and star jockey Frankie Dettori the team to beat in classic

Ruby Walsh  on Un de Sceaux: “He’s still fit and has been working well.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ruby Walsh teams with Un De Sceaux for race with Thousand Stars also set to run

Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Galileo Gold to win the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien fillies Ballydoyle and Found favourites for 1,000 Guineas and Gold Cup

It says a lot about the current mood that Novak Djokovic is odds-on to complete a collection of grand slam titles in Paris and the game is abuzz with indifference. Photograph: Getty Images

Sport crying out for new generation as Djokovic’s dominance becomes tedious

Aidan O’Brien:  Prix du Jockey Club an option instead of Epsom  for The Gurkha. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish trainer also has strongly fancied Bondi Beach running at Navan on Sunday

Nichols Canyon is to run in America. Photograph: Inpho

Pair to contest $200,000 Iroquois Hurdle in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday night

Kieren Fallon with a two-year-old filly from Fatal Attraction at the Curragh training grounds in Kildare. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Michael O’Callaghan happy to secure services of jockey who will always be box-office

Aidan O’Brien with US Army Ranger: “It tests every fibre of their body; twisting, turning, having to stay, having to use their speed, that’s the Derby.”  Photograph: Caroline Norris

Top handler Aidan O’Brien hints Guineas filly Minding likely to take chance in the Oaks

Leicester celebrate. From a bookmaking point of view, only necks made of crocodile hide can present a 5,000-1 outsider as some disastrous result. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

No bookmaker lost money overall on Leicester winning the Premier League

Moonlight Magic takes the Derby trial at Leopardstown. Photograph: Sportsfile

Aidain O’Brien’s Shogun and Idaho follow 6-1 shot home but Derby picture remains fuzzy

 Trainer Dermot Weld has directed Tirmizi at today’s Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial  at Leopardstown, a race he describes as, “one of the best classic trials in Europe”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Epsom Derby attention could switch from Aidan O’Brien to Dermot Weld should the Sea The Stars colt oblige

Aidan O’Brien: sends Landofhopeandglory to the Lingfield Derby Trial and will also have the Dundalk winner Seventh Heaven in the Oaks Trial. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Credit the Giver can score for Aidan O’Brien in first of the handicaps at Wexford

Onenightidreamed (pink cap),  ridden by WM Jordan, coming home to win in Leopardswown last May. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Willie Mullins sending two runners to Tramore with both looking to make winning debuts

Minding ridden by Ryan Moore wins The QIPCO 1000 Guineas  at Newmarket. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

Daughter of the 2006 Oaks heroine, Alexandrova, likely to start favourite

Thrills and spills: Kristina Cook falls at the water jump during last year’s  Badminton horse trials. Photograh: Jules Annan/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Sweep aside Jilly Cooper cliches and enjoy one of the world’s most dangerous sports

Ryan Moore rides Minding  to win the  1,000 Guineas Stakes. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien-trained Minder would be the first filly to win the classic race in a century

Apple’s Jade ridden by Bryan Cooper clears the last on the way to winning the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle during day five of the Punchestown Festival. Photo:  Brian Lawless/PA

Record-breaking attendances see Mullins and Walsh retain their respective titles

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