Jockey David Mullins  poses in the winner’s enclosure alongside trainer Mouse Morris and Rule The World owner Michael O’Leary after winning the 2016  Grand National steeplechase at Aintree. Photograph: Getty Image

Tipperary-based trainer hopes to repeat Aintree success of Rule The World

Douvan, ridden by Ruby Walsh, winning the Racing Post Arkle Trophy during the Cheltenham Festival last March. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Un De Sceaux remains in contention for Sandown’s Betfair Tingle Creek Chase

 A Toi Phil, with Ruby Walsh  at Punchestown Racecourse: horse will run in the “Winter Festival”  at Fairyhouse this weekend. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Trainer to run three horses as he targets Grade One success in Drinmore Novice Chase

Min ridden by Ruby Walsh jumps the last to win The Irish Stallion Farms  Steeplechase at Navan.    Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ruby Walsh guides new chasing star to a ten length success in Navan steeplechase

Gordon Elliott: “It’s been one of those days. I thought we had plenty of chances but six winners is unbelievable.”. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Elliott saddles 41,276-1 six-timer but plays down chances of taking champion trainer title

Three Swallowsnick jockey Jamie Codd celebrates with grooms from  Cullentra House Stables after victory at Navan on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Meath trainer continues to throw down the gauntlet to champion trainer Willie Mullins

Ger Fox on Rouge Angel and Ruby Walsh on Bless The Wings jumping the last together in last Easter’s Irish Grand National. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

‘Troytown 11’ shows the extent of the power at the Longwood yard

Mark Walsh:  currently one ahead of Davy Russell on the jockeys’ table

Victory for Zabana would take Davy Russell to 40 winners for the season in Ireland

 Barry Geraghty riding Don’t Touch It, left,  clears the last to pip Petit Mouchoir to victory  at the Punchestown festival last  April. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Henry De Bromhead aiming to land a second Grade One success with Gigginstown hope

Cause of Causes, topweight among Gordon Elliott’s contenders. Photograph: Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images

A total of 14 of the 47 entries still left in the prestigious handicap are trained by Elliott

Joseph O’Brien at work in the Carriganog Stables,  Co Kilkenny.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Already a champion jockey, the 23-year-old now embarks on training career

 Frederik Tylicki: paralysed from the waist down following a horrific accident at Kempton. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Madeleine, sister of severely injured jockey Freddy Tylicki, bags first winner as trainer

Ruby Walsh and Nichols Canyon after winning the StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Champion trainer seves notice of winter intentions with clinical Grade One victory

Ruby Walsh on board Nichols Canyon  at Punchestown in 2015. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Faugheen and Annie Power to miss Punchestown but Hatton’s Grace remains an option

Willie Mullins has almost half a million euro to make up on Gordon Elliott in the race for this season’s trainer’s title. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champion steps up campaign for trainer’s title with 10 weekend runners

Brian Kavanagh: reappointed for a third term as HRI’s chief executive earlier this year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Elizabeth Headon and Peter Nolan appointed by Minister Michael Creed

 Ruby Walsh riding Annie Power. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer has entered a seven-strong squad for Sunday's race at Punchestown

 Annie Power (with Ruby Walsh on board) who could return to action in Sunday’s Stan James Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Weather permitting, Annie Power and Faugheen could reappear in Mogiana Hurdle

Kylemore Lough ridden by Barry Geraghty clears the last on the way to winning the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse last March. Photograph: Donall Farmer/inpho

Shropshire trainer keen to try his luck across Irish Sea again after success at Fairyhouse

Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan have been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad. Photograph: Mikhail Kireev/Inpho

It says much about international football that League of Ireland fans are on high ground

 Highland Reel ridden by jockey Seamus Heffernan wins the Longines Turf race on day two of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup  at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Photograph:  Harry How/Getty Images

Colt could be set to attempt to break new ground for top trainer Aidan O’Brien

Ruby Walsh landed the first Grade One prize of the National Hunt season in style on board Valseur Lido in Down Royal’s JNwine Champion Chase on Saturday. Photograph: Kevin Scott/Presseye/Inpho

Ruby Walsh secures first Grade One success of National Hunt season on Valseur Lido

Seamus Heffernan and Highland Reel en-route to victory in the Breeders Cup Turf. Photograph: Getty/Harry How

Stablemate and Arc heroine Found is retired after finishing third in defence of her crown

Valseur Lido looks primed for success as the first Grade One of the National Hunt season gets underway. Photo: Inpho

Lord Scoundrel can defy Silviniaco Conti in Down Royal’s JNwine Champion Chase

No trainer fields more runners than O’Brien’s eight at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in Santa Anita, California. Photo: Getty Images

Despite not having any runners in the $6 million Classic, Found defends her Turf crown

Jockey Seamus Heffernan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s number two jockey will ride Highland Reel at Santa Anita this weekend

 Silviniaco Conti: impressed observers in a racecourse gallop at Chepstow last week and is 2-1 favourite in some ante-post lists for Down Royal feature. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Dual winner of the King George VI Chase to bid for Grade One JNwine Champion Chase

Bryan Cooper on Don Poli:   is 3-1 second favourite  behind  Silviniaco Conti in most ante-post lists for Saturday’s JNwine Champion Chase. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Trainer also targeting win with former Willie Mullins horse Apple’s Jade in WKD Hurdle

Aidan O’Brien: A first race on dirt had been originally mooted for his star last week. Photograph: Inpho

Found is set to be joined by her stable companion Highland Ree

Andy Murray: Remorseless concentration and a sense of humour. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/AFP/Getty Images

Tennis champion from Dunblane has altered our perspective, but without losing his own

Horse racing enthusiasts out in force at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day. Photograph: INPHO/Allsport

Good draw gives the Ballydoyle hope a crucial advantage in Flemington

Ryan Moore  took in a Group One success at Tokyo racecourse en route to Australia for his Melbourne Cup engagement with Bondi Beach. Photograph: Julian Herbert/PA

Irish trainer’s bid to record most Group One wins in a year may now be beyond reach

Aidan O’Brien is set to be crowned champion trainer for a 19th time in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer’s trip to Paris vital as he homes in on Frankel’s tally of top-flight victories

Bondi Beach gallops during a Werribee Trackwork Session on October 28th in preparation for the Melbourne Cup. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images.

O’Brien charge has been targeted at €4.15m handicap all year

Ryan Moore: will ride Bondi Beach for the first time in next Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup. Photograph: PA

Aidan O’Brien-trained colt is third favourite for ‘Race that stops a Nation’

Frankie Dettori drives Wicklow Brave to victory ahead of Order Of St George (Ryan Moore) in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh last month. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mullins-Frankie Dettori alliance is set to take aim at “Race that stops a Nation” once again

Dermot Weld: has indicated he will have a much reduced team of National Hunt horses this winter. Photograph: Inpho

Dermot Weld’s dual-Derby hero ran seven times, four of them ending in victory

Aidan O’Brien: has saddled 10 Breeders’ Cup winners over the years. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Many Ballydoyle horses have failed to make transition to dirt in US’s most valuable race

Pat Smullen rides  Harzand to victory at the    Irish Derby. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Titus’s impressive Leopardstown debut adds to ‘very special season’ for renowned trainer

Arsène Wenger: response was negligible to his claim that the game is  full of ‘legends’ who are in fact cheats. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Sport’s powerbrokers prefer to look away and pretend everything is rosy in the garden

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

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