Barry Geraghty and Moscow Flyer in action at Aintree. The former champion chaser has died of colic at the age of 22. Photograph: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Appearance of star chaser in the making is eagerly anticipated, as veteran Moscow Flyer’s death is confirmed

Holistic Approach and Kevin Manning, seen winning at the Curragh earlier this month, look set to maintain their unbeaten record at Leopardstown tomorrow. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Battle of the unbeaten colts in Killavullan Stakes, the final Group race of the year

Trainer Tony Martin: We’re testing the water a little bit but I couldn’t be happier with the way our horse has travelled over. Photograph: Inpho

Co Meath trainer also has two chances to break his Group One duck this weekend

 Francis Flood: the  former top amateur jockey became one of Ireland’s leading National Hunt trainers.

Flood saddled Glencarrig Lady to win the Gold Cup in 1972

Aidan O’Brien: “The champion trainer has six entries left in Britain’s final Group One of the year – the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Doncaster feature could help trainer close in on Bobby Franke’s Group One world-record

Joseph O’Brien with Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Intricately: “The Breeders Cup is the plan at the minute. It’s going to be very quick ground there but I don’t see that as a big issue for her.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Young trainer Joseph O’Brien aiming to make big impact in Juvenile Fillies Turf race

For a small percentage of people, gambling is anyting but fun. Photograph:Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Figures that show doubling in rate of those with gambling addiction cannot be dismissed

Jockey Ruby Walsh will ride Death Duty and Theatre Wine at Roscommon on Monday. Photograph: PA.

American Grand National winner races at Roscommon days after win in New Jersey

Ryan Moore rides Minding to victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes  at Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Aidan O’Brien moves on to 21 Group One wins with Minding’s QEII success at Ascot

Aidan O’Brien: Found led home an astonishing 1-2-3 for O’Brien in the Arc and on Saturday she will be joined by Minding and Seventh Heaven on Ascot’s Champions Day card. Photograph: Inpho

Coolmore’s driven trainer within touching distance of surpassing Group One tally

Fascinating Rock and Pat Smullen get the better of Found in The Qipco Champion Stakes  at Ascot  on October 17th, 2015. Photograph: Getty Images.

Weld five-year-old has beaten Arc heroine Found in two of their three career clashes

Ryan Moore is attempting to win a fourth Canadian International in a row in Toronto. Photograph: Getty.

English rider on Idaho faces stiff competition if he is to fulfil ambitions

Found takes on rival Almanzor at Ascot on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Aidan O’Brien’s brilliant filly has the chance to settle the score with rival Almanzor

Barry Geraghty returns to action at Galway on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty

Aspen Colarado can give jockey a winning comeback at Galway after broken arm

Dublin’s John Small is yellow-carded by referee Maurice Deegan in the All-Ireland final. When Deegan was chosen to referee the the match he was basically thrown into a bear-pit and told “good luck now”. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It’s plainly stupid that the only person in Croke Park without access to TV is the ref

Churchill (second right) ridden by Ryan Moore wins The Dubai Dewhurst Stakes ahead of Lancaster Bomber (right) ridden by Colm O’Donoghue at Newmarket.  Photograph: Nigel French/PA

Ballydoyle now eyeing targets in Australia and Canada after Churchill’s Dewhurst win

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Joe Keeling, left, chairman, Horse Racing Ireland and Pat Byrne, chairman, Fairyhouse Racecourse.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Texas Rock in action at Curragh prior to his appearance before Oireaachtas committee

Bryan Cooper on Wrath of Titans at Punchestown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer has remarkably busy weekend with 27 horses in contention across country

 Ryan Moore and Churchill landing the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien’s No 1 is already favourite for next year’s 2,000 Guineas and Derby

Donagh Meyler guiding Lord Scoundrel to victory in the  Galway Plate at Ballybrit in July. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Lord Scoundrel, Wrath of Titans and Rogue Angel among the O’Leary challengers

Aidan O’Brien’s son Donnacha hoping to guide Finn McCool to maiden success at Navan today. Photograph: Inpho

Aidan O’Brien runs a trio of Fastnet Rock newcomers in a two-mile maiden where Dermot Weld’s Vigil makes a first start on the fla(...)

Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Champion trainer heads for Newmarket after extraordinary Arc ‘clean sweep’

Trainer Dermot Weld has confirmed Fascinating Rock is on course to defend his QIPCO Champion Stakes title at Ascot. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Trainer confirms Harzand won’t run again this year

Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Champion trainer heads for Newmarket after extraordinary Arc ‘clean sweep’

Jim Bolger: his 2016 classic heroine Pleascach made a valiant attempt to win on her first start in 386 days when only just denied Prix de l’Opera glory by the English filly, Speedy Boarding. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

National Defense wins the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly

Ryan Moore riding Found  to win The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly ahead of Highland Reel and Order of St George, completing a clean sweep for trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Highland Reel and Order of St George complete stunning training performance at Chantilly

Who will be cream of the crop for Aidan O’Brien at Chantilly this weekend? Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Irish filly heads to the Chantilly showdown with a run of five seconds in a row to halt

Recent developments could be good news for trainer Gordon Elliot. Photograph: Inpho

‘That’s the way it is’ - Willie Mullins and Gigginstown split over raised training fees

Pat Smullen guides Harzand to victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dermot Weld’s charge bidding to add Arc to dual Derby successes

 Horse Racing Ireland has  endorsed the  reappointment of Brian Kavanagh for a third term as chief executive. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Guidelines say semi-State chief executives should serve just one seven-year term

John Oxx will need to have Born To Be at his best to win the Blenheim Stakes. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Ground conditions expected to be a big factor for the €50,000 Blenheim Stakes

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump – the clubhouse bore. Photograph: Sara D Davis/Getty Images

Competition makes little sense when David keeps beating the snot out of Goliath

Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

HRI chief executive’s appointment for third term set to be subject of Dáil questions

Trainer Willie Mullins

Trainer has helped inquiry into alleged betting irregularities in Champion Hurdle

Aidan O’Brien: there is still a relative ‘B team’ feel to O’Brien’s raiding party which will hardly bode well for the home team’s classic chances in 2017 should they not rise to the challenge now.

Aidan O’Brien’s hopefuls Roly Poly and Brave Anna face tough competition

Ryan Moore  at Newmarket on Friday: he will partner  Capri in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien going for his sixth Juddmonte Beresford Stakes in succession

Pat Smullen on Harzand wins the Irish Derby: Dermot Weld is targeting hat-trick of two Derbies and the Arc.  Photograph:Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Famous French race being run at Chantilly as Longchamp undergoes redevelopment

Seamus Heffernan: has four rides at a seven-race Naas card. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rival Pat Smullen will be looking for a double to take him to 100 winners for the season

 Jessica Harrington: “The jumps track won’t have been watered so hopefully things won’t be as soft as they usually are.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Group 1 win at British Champions Day targeted as JP McManus star Jezki back training

Aidan O’Brien:  warned that if Caravaggio missed the Middle Park Stakes, he  may not run again in 2016.  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien still has five Ballydoyle horses in line-up including Intelligence Cross

The Dublin team stand for the National Anthem ahead of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship clash with Mayo. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The GAA is portraying a specific sense of ‘Irishness’ by wrapping the flag around itself

Colin Keane on Medicine Jack (left) winning from Ryan Moore on Peace Envoy at the Curragh. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Joseph O’Brien may target Intricately at top-flight Newmarket race

 Pat Smullen: he will be keen to close in on another century of winners as rapidly as possible. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

American star Tepin is headline act in the Woodbine Mile in Toronto  

Bryan Cooper: will know that Folsom Blue relishes a stamina test on heavy ground. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Listowel Races: Folsom Blue may be the ideal choice for Guinness Kerry National

Barry Browne onboard Swamp Fox. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

€55,000 Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue Hurdle features 17 four-year-olds

Pat Smullen on Harzand wins the Irish Derby at  the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Trainer says double Derby hero has ‘60-40’ chance of racing at Chantilly

Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leopardstown and Curragh meetings need to be viewed as single entity, says racing chief

Dublin’s Philly McMahon argues with Referee David Gough after conceding the second goal of the game in their All-Ireland semi final clash with Kerry. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Betting the draw is a hunch that has served Gaelic games punters well down the ages

Wicklow Brave’s jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates winning The Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger during day two of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old held off hot favourite Order Of St George

 Almanzor and jockey  Christophe Soumillon on their way to winning the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes from second place Found with Frankie Dettori at Leopardstown. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Trainer Jean Claude Rouget’s colt wins ‘battle of the sexes’ against filly Found

Ryan Moore: Behind the often dour public demeanour there is a “likeable warm-hearted” family man, who is a good mimic. Photograph: David Davies/PA

He’s publicity shy, and often dour, but in private the world’s top jockey is an accomplished mimic

Ryan Moore on Minding: her most electrifying display came when overcoming trouble on soft ground in the Oaks at Epsom. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dermot Weld targeting Harzand win in Champion Stakes at Leopardstown

 Joseph O’Brien on Order Of St George: red-hot favourite to win the   Palmerstown House Irish Leger. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien hotly tipped to win all six Group 1 races in Ireland and Britain

Aidan O’Brien’s Order of St George is long odds on to retain his Irish Leger title. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Trainer only 9/1 to win all five Group One races at Leopardstown and Curragh

Bastian Schweinsteiger during his Bayern Munich days playing against Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid. Photo: Getty Images

The German’s capacity to annoy Man United manager for next two years is enviable

Pat Smullen and Harzand win the   Irish Derby at the Curragh in  June. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Conditions may not suit trainer’s plan to run Harzand and Fascinating Rock in big race

Dermot Weld: still has both the Epsom and Curragh Derby winner Harzand and Fascinating Rock in the Champion Stakes mix

Leopardstown’s authorities hopeful of an even stronger French connection for ‘Champions Weekend’

Sole Power, ridden by Chris Hayes (inside), leads home Maarek ridden by Jamie Spencer to win the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh last September. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Trainer Eddie Lynam believes stepping up from five furlongs may pay dividends

Trainer Willie Mullins gets back to the real business of racing at Gowran Park this weekend. Photograph: Getty Images.

Quick going and right distance should suit in-form grey in Champion Chase

Trainer Kevin Ryan celebrates after winning the 2014 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes with The Grey Gatsby. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Saturday week’s race at Leopardstown is set to be run on “good to firm” ground

Ger Lyons: “It was just a summer cold but while ‘The Funk’ and ‘Jack’ scoped clear before going racing they came home coughing. So I think there’s improvement in them.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Trainer says there’s more improvement due from Psychedelic Funk and Medicine Jack

David Wachman: his best tally was 40 wins in 2008 but only four so far this season. Photograph: Inpho

Co Tipperary-based trainer calls a halt to his 20-year career with 11 Group One wins

Minding has two recent victories over 10 furlongs including the Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes (above). Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Star fillies seek to add to trainer’s seven victories in Leopardstown feature

David Wachman is to hand in his trainer’s licence at the end of the season. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Co Tipperary-based trainer enjoyed worldwide success

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi: rather than standards slipping, it is in fact the rising median which only makes it all the harder for even exceptional talent to stand out. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images.

Rising standards make it all the harder for exceptional talents to stand out

 Ryan Moore will have a chance to complete his UK classic CV when he takes the ride on St Leger hot favourite Idaho at Doncaster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Doncaster to Leopardstown travels plans accommodated in race timing

Intelligence Cross, taken out of York’s Gimcrack due to ground concerns, easily landed the Round Tower at the Curragh on Sunday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Sentiment to the fore as trainer scores first Group win in almost three years

Aidan O’Brien:   has seven runners at the Curragh on Sunday and Intelligence Cross, who holds an entry in the Goffs National Stakes, looks a good prospect. Photograph: Phil Cole/Getty

Aidan O’Brien’s Intelligence Cross should prove hard to beat at the Curragh on Sunday

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 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

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