Despite having never ridden Big Orange before James  Doyle delivered an inspired effort.

Aiden O’Brien gets second winner of the week with Sioux Nation in Norfolk Stakes

 Ryan Moore riding Order of St George wins the Gold Cup at the Royal Ascot last year. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Ballydoyle stayer who came third in the Arc a top pattern performer with touch of class

Ryan Moore rides Highland Reel (purple) to win The Prince of Wales’s Stakes during day tw of Royal Ascot. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Pressure was on the Ballydoyle team to deliver a winner and they took the biggest of all

 Sir Michael Stoute  with Ryan Moore. Stoute has two contenders, Queen’s Trust and Ulysses, in action for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Drop back to mile-and-a-quarter makes Highland Reel and Jack Hobbs vulnerable

Barney Roy ridden by jockey James Doyle (right) on his way to winning the St James’s Palace Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Thomas Hobson is sole Irish winner on day one as Churchill flops in St James’s Palace Stakes

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore after victory with Churchill in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Churchill odds-on to beat Godolphin rival Barney Roy in St James’s Palace Stakes

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly. His behavioural motivation has been highly scrutinised. Photograph: Getty Images

Tipping point: there is now an intensity to the focus on players that is insane

Jockey Ryan Moore  and trainer Aidan O’Brien. The Irishman is rated a 1-4 shot by Ladbrokes to be leading trainer at Royal Ascot. Photograph: Getty Images

Final race of Leopardstown’s ‘February Jumps Festival’ to be revealed in coming weeks

 Ryan Moore riding Rhododendron  win The Dubai Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket Racecourse at  Newmarket in October. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Meanwhile, John Oxx targets Munster Oaks with bright prospect Bengala

Aidan O’Brien: Could saddle odds-on favourites in half of Royal Ascot’s eight Group One prizes. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Champion trainer requires eight winners or more this year to stretch clear of all rivals

Dermot Weld has suggested the recent number of National Hunt meetings in Ireland is ‘excessive.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer echoes comments of Ger Lyons who has urged flat racing should get ‘a fair go’

Padraig Beggy and Aidan O’Brien celebrate Wings Of Eagles’ success in the Investec Derby at Epsom. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images)

Order of St George odds on for Gold Cup after French Star Vazirabad’s defection

Ger Lyons: “For six months of the year the flat should get the profile it deserves and it’s not happening.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Treasuring in Queen Mary Stakes will head Co Meath trainer’s team for Royal Ascot

 Willie Mullins: has  claimed the Ascot Stakes twice before with both Simenon (2012) and Clondaw Warrior (2015).  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Penhill and Whiteout among his five possible starters in Ascot Stakes

Aidan O’Brien: will assemble a powerful  team or runners for Royal Ascot where he is odds-on to be top trainer once again.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Rhododendron still in the frame to mount a challenge for French Oaks glory

Groucho Marx: Accepted that he’d never be Rory McIlroy or whoever was the top golfer of his day

Modern sport thrives on flogging shortcuts to success, but golf has honed it to a fine art

Racing continues in front of the old stand at the Curragh as it is demolished. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

All eyes on how track caters for 6,000 crowd amid criticism of decision to continue racing

Trainer Kevin Prendergast: Penny Pepper now looks set to retire from the track on a high. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Mare in foal to Dragon Pulse recovers from poor start to beat 9-4 favourite Only Mine

Shaneshill, ridden by Ruby Walsh, will be bidding for French Champion Hurdle glory. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Titus makes return to action in Curragh Listed contest

Brian Kavanagh: “Brexit is a huge worry for us and I don’t really know how to respond to what happened in the British election.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Maintaining tripartite agreement vital for Irish racing – Brian Kavanagh

Christophe Soumillon on board Almanzor celebrates winning The Qipco Irish Champion Stakes last September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Qatar’s Qipco signed a three-year extension to sponsor Champion Stakes at Leopardstown

Jockey Padraig Beggy winning the Epsom Derby on Wings of Eagles. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Colt likely to line up next in the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby

Shane Prendergast  suffered injuries to his head and back at a point to point in Co Limerick on Monday after falling off his horse. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Rider (19) placed in induced coma after fall from Jack The Snake on Monday

Royal Ascot contender Brother Bear, ridden by Colm O’Donoghue (front right), winning The Cold Move Irish EBF Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire.

Trainer has exciting two-year-olds in Alpha Centauri and Brother Bear

Trainer Willie Mullins is chasing his fifth French Champion Hurdle success in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Irish trainer to run Wicklow Brave and Clondaw Warrior in New York

Racing continues in front of the old stand at the Curragh, despite construction being underway. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cracksman, not Wings Of Eagles, made the early favourite for €1.5 million classic

Warren Gatland and the Lions singing from the same hymn sheet. Sure there’s a lot of money tied up in it. But at heart it’s a commercial con job. Photograph: Hannah Peters/AFP/Getty

The game has moved on from this relic of flying the flag in far-flung bits of empire

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

Ballydoyle No 1 set to be back on board after Pádraig Beggy’s dream win at Epsom

 Padraig Beggy on Wings Of Eagles wins the   Investec Derby at Epsom. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Jockey Pádraig Beggy leads home shock 40-1 outsider ahead of stablemate

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore after winning the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas with Winter. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Recoletos and Peslier look to have major hopes of a classic success at Chantilly

 Frankie Dettori celebrates winning the Investec Oaks on Enable. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Highland Reel gives Irish trainer a record eighth Coronation Cup success at Epsom

 Ryan Moore guides Cliffs Of Moher to victory in the Homeserve Dee Stakes at Chester. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Young trainer Joseph O’Brien attempts to join an exclusive club with Rekindling

Joseph O’Brien: will be bidding to join an illustrious group when Rekindling lines up in the  Epsom Derby on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Just four men have ridden and trained a Derby winner in the race’s long history

Last year’s Investec Derby hero Pat Smullen will attempt back to back wins at Epsom on Saturday on board the John Gosden-trained Khalidi. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Final plans for Ballydoyle team to be finalised with Ryan Moore likely for Cliffs Of Moher

 Philip Fenton: was disqualified for three years in 2014 for possession of banned animal substances. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Body “optimistic” deal can be reached with Breeders Association in next two weeks

 Racing continues in front of the old stand at the Curragh as it’s demolished. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Turf Club backs decision to continue racing despite current construction work at venue

 Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore after winning the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas with Winter at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

York’s Dante winner Permian and Khalidi added to Derby field

Winter ridden by Ryan Moore on the way to winning the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

O’Brien heads into next week’s Epsom Derby in blistering form after classic clean sweep

Churchill is bidding to become the fourth Ballydoyle colt in all to complete the Newmarket-Curragh Guineas double. Photograph: PA Wire.

Ryan Moore teams up for first time with Winter in Sunday’s 1,000 Guineas

David Wachman: “I always believed Winter was a very high class filly and I’m delighted it has come to fruition. Aidan has done a great job with her.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ex-trainer’s old charge favourite to complete a 1,000 Guineas double at the Curragh

An artist’s impression of what the Curragh will look like following its €70m redevelopment.

Problems identified at season’s first meeting are being addressed

Minding will attempt to win the eighth Group One of her career in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. Photograph: Getty Images.

HRI chief executive says dominance such as Ballydoyle’s is ‘not uncommon’

Dermot Weld:  seven runners at Gowran on Tuesday alone indicates the powerful yard is returning to normal service. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ana O’Brien teams up with Music Box in seven furlong maiden at Gowran on Tuesday

Churchill leads home Barney Roy and Al Wukair to win the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Godolphin could be set to take on Churchill with Thunder Snow in Irish 2,000 Guineas

  Caravaggio: Aidan O’Brien confirmed the Commonwealth Cup would  be next for the colt.   Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Caravaggio’s return to action makes 5-4 quotes for Commonwealth Cup understandable

 Jessica Harrington: her cross-code mastery has long been established. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Impressive Naas victory suggests trainer could secure maiden success at June festival

Caravaggio and Seamie Heffernan win the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes last year. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Three-year-old likely to be kept to sprints and aimed at Commonwealth Cup

Shaneshill will run in the €175,000 Prix La Barka, the most significant trial for next month’s French Champion Hurdle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ruby Walsh to ride trainer’s choice for €175,000 Grade 2 Prix La Barka at Auteuil

Jim Bolger has had three previous winners of the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes. Photo: Sportsfile

Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien will run Examplar and Rekindling in Thursday’s Dante Stakes

Willie Mullins on Annie Power: “My favourite memory was when she landed running at the back of the last in the Champion Hurdle”. Photo: Inpho

Mare will be remembered for coming back to win Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham

Zhukova’s Grade 1 successs in New York heralded a return to form for Dermot Weld’s team. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bolger aiming at fourth Musidora Stakes success with Vociferous Marina

Rehana ridden by Shane Foley wins The Canford Cliffs Irish EBF Athasi Stakes at Naas Racecourse. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Co Kildare trainer confirms unbeaten Irishcorrespondent for the 2,000 Guineas

Acapulco won for Aidain O’Brien on her Irish debut. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Curragh’s temporary facilities receive a largely positive verdict from 2,500 crowd

Dermot Weld’s Zhukova is bidding for victory in New York this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien pursuing Guineas double in France, Weld’s Zhukova to run in New York

Redevelopment at the Curragh Racecourse  in April: Officials believe a “curiosity factor” could result in a jump in attendances when the 2017 racing season begins. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

HQ reopens this weekend amid criticism over holding races during building work

Match-fixing inquiry a wake-up call – not just to the FAI but to all sports governing bodies

Winter ridden by Wayne Lordan  wins the Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket.  Photograph:  Paul Harding/PA

Wayne Lordan cements new Ballydoyle job with success in 1,000 Guineas on 9-1 shot

Wayne Lordan and Winter took the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Wayne Lordan scores on 9-1 shot with favourite Rhododendron finishing second

Jockey Ryan Moore who will ride favourite Churchill for Aidan O’Brien in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. Photograph:  Harry How/Getty Images

Churchill and Rhododendron the weekend classic favourites for top trainer

Seamus Heffernan:  can look forward to half a dozen rides at Leopardstown, headed by Derby prospect Yucatan.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Seamus Heffernan can enjoy a bumper Sunday harvest at Leopardstown

  Champion trainer Willie Mullins: Cheltenham   hero Nichols Canyon  is chasing a $500,000 bonus at the  Iroquois Hurdle in Nashville on Saturday week. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Champion trainer says draw with Gordon Elliott’s yard would have been ‘fantastic’

Minding ridden by Ryan Moore wins The Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Aidan O’Brien targets Guineas with a powerful squad led by favourite Churchill

Willie Mullins retained the trainers’ title at Punchestown on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Mullins retained trainers’ title at Punchestown on Saturday after epic Elliott battle

Minding is the start attraction at Naas on Monday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Ryan Moore returns to Ireland to take the ride on the 2016 horse of the year

Ruby Walsh with trainer Willie Mullins following victory in the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle  aboard Bapaume.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bapaume’s Grade One success under Ruby Walsh put Mullins over the line

Apple’s Jade ridden by Bryan Cooper clears the last on the way to winning the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown last year.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Irish Stallion Farms Mares Champion Hurdle win could be vital for Gordon Elliott

Patrick Mullins and his father, trainer Willie Mullins,   lift the cup in the parade ring after winning the Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle with Wicklow Brave at Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Willie Mullins in pole position for trainers’ title victory after son’s superb performance

Arctic Fire and Paul Townend after winning the County Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Initial focus will be on Labaik to see how the enigmatic grey copes with start test again

Noel  Fehily on board Unowhatimeanharry pips Nichols Canyon and Ruby Walsh to win the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

English raider Unowhatimeanharry lands Punchestown feature on day three

Willie Mullins has long suspected he needs a longer trip and on ratings Footpad doesn’t have much to find for the step up in trip to be competitive. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Great Field looks set to maintain unbeaten record over fences in Ryanair Novice Chase

 Robbie Power riding Sizing John (right) wins the  The Coral Punchestown Gold Cup from Djakadam  at Punchestown.  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Gordon Elliott strikes back in trainers’ battle with a Grade One double

Labaik under jockey Jack Kennedy plays catch up after failing to start during the  champion novice hurdle at Punchestown on Tuesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘The situation at the moment is unsatisfactory but it’s not simple’

Sizing John on the way to winning the  Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Brian O’Connor and guest tipster Tony Keenan both fancy Sizing John for Gold Cup

Jockey David Mullins on board Cilaos Emery (right) wins the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle during day one of the Punchestown Festival in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cilaos Emery springs surprise in Champion Novice Hurdle after Labaik refuses to start

Un De Sceaux ridden by Ruby Walsh  at Cheltenham. Even  Walsh admits Un De Sceaux’s head-down-and-go style makes him that little bit different. Photograph: AFP Photo/Glyn Kirk

Your all in one preview, tips and analysis of the opening day at the Punchestown Festival

Jack Kennedy celebrates winning the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham with Labaik.  Will he “jump-off” at Punchestown? Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Anibale Fly can highlight the first day for JP McManus at Punchestown festival

Former champion jockey Johnny Roe with Johnny Murtagh in 2016. He retired from riding in 1980, and trained in Macau before becoming a successful bloodstock agent. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Roe, who died aged 79, was stable jockey to top trainers Vincent O’Brien and John Oxx

Gordon Elliott holds a lead of almost €400,00over Willie Mullins but only a fool would rule out his rival conjuring up a final-round knockout blow. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Champion trainer crown up for grabs with perennial kingpin trying to reel in pretender

The 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree is set to arrive in Punchestown on Monday ahead of his eagerly awaited clash with the reigning ‘blue riband’ holder, Sizing John, in Wednesday’s Coral Gold Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Number of UK runners travelling to Kildare venue expected to be down this year

Jessica Harrington: It’s only an age [70]. Touchwood I feel great, my arm is mended, Punchestown’s next week and there’s plenty to be getting on with.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Pioneering trainer enjoying remarkable run of success in advance of Punchestown

Two Taffs ridden by Davy Russell on the way to victory in The Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Steeple Chase  at  Ayr. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA

Three Irish challengers among the outsiders in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr

Robbie Power driving Our Duke to a comprehensive 14-length success in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien runs Cheveley Park 1-2 Roy Poly and Brava Anna in Nell Gwyn Stakes

Aidan O’Brien has six of the 15 entries left in the Listed Salsabil Stakes on Sunday, a race acknowledged as a trial for the Epsom Oaks. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ascot Gold Cup winner Order Of St George set to make his return to action at Navan

Barry Geraghty:  suffered a fractured arm in fall from  Minella Foru at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Julian Herbert/PA Wire

Willie Mullins scores double but Gordon Elliott maintains championship lead

Trainer Willie Mullins runs the two top-weights, Ivan Grozny and Thomas Hobson, in the Glascarn Handicap Hurdle at Fairyhouse.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Rochestown Stakes the next scheduled outing for trainer’s exciting juvenile T For Tango

Robbie Power celebrates victory on Our Duke in the IBoylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jessica Harrington’s impressive novice now 10-1 for next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup

Jockey Robbie Power and trainer Jessica Harrington celebrate  Our Duke’s victory in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer sees 9-2 favourite Our Duke rout Easter Monday opposition at Fairyhouse

Augusta Kate trainer Willie Mullins with  jockey David Mullins after winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF  Mares Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Photograph:  PA Wire

Brian O'Connor picks his top four from 30 runners in Fairyhouse

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus lays the shirt of  defender Marc Bartra who was injured during the bus attack after the  Bundesliga  match against  Eintracht Frankfurt.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

High-profile sporting events now an easy target in an increasingly dangerous world

 Bryan Cooper on Road to Respect pulls ahead of Ruby Walsh on Yorkhill to win the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Steeplechase at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mullins still narrows trainers’ championship gap with Grade One 1-2 at Fairyhouse

Trainer Dermot Weld will run Zhukova in the Noblesse Stakes in Cork. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mare returns to action in the Noblesse Stakes in Cork on Saturday

Michael O’Leary looks set to dominate the Irish Grand National, with almost half the field in Monday’s €500,000 showdown running in his ownership. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/INPHO

Almost half the field in the €500,000 feature will be from his Gigginstown Stud team

Trainer Paul Gilligan has been disqualified from racing for 18 months by The Turf Club. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

BHA investigation showed that Dubawi Phantom had previously raced as ‘Ayres Rock’ at flapper meeting

Trainer Aidan O’Brien  expressed concern about the potential impact on jockeys trying to ride patient races. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Association concerned that riders will be punished for ‘split-second decisions’

Our Duke is currently a general 8-1 favourite for Monday’s  Irish Grand National. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Fairyhouse officials credit doubling of prize money for Easter Monday highlight’s boost

Turf Club: “Horses have to try and obtain their best possible placing, which was always the case. But now they also have to be seen to do it. That’s the fundamental difference.”

Top handler Aidan O’Brien fails in appeal on sanctions for Coolmore horse Music Box

Luke Comer: refused permission for officials from the regulatory body to inspect his stables in Kilternan last month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Businessman also picks up suspended six-month suspension of his training licence

Aidan O’Brien: trainer told the Appeals & Referrals Committee panel he was allowed to differ with their opinion. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer was fined €2,000 over the running and riding of Music Box at Dundalk

Comer had refused permission for Turf Club officials to inspect his stables last month

At Dundalk 10 days ago the Aidan O’Brien-trained Music Box was suspended from racing for 42 days under the “non-trier” rules after finishing third to her stable companion, Asking. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Case of Coolmore-owned Music Box to reveal strength of regulators’ newly found teeth

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