Magical leads home 1-2-3 for Aidan O’Brien in Ireland’s highest rated race

The Eric McNamara-trained Black Scorpion looks an intriguing option for  the Guinness Kerry National in Listowel. Photograph: Inpho

Reserve system once again can play a significant role in a major handicap prize

 Ryan Moore onboard Magical   at the Curragh. Magical is tipped to triumph in the Irish Champion Stakes. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien prepares to tackle Champions Weekend with strength in depth

Aidan O’Brien: Ireland’s champion trainer has six of the 11 hopefuls left in the world’s oldest classic.   Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The impressive Great Voltigeur winner Logician is generally evens to repel the Ballydoyle challenge

Jessica Harrington: “I’ll talk to connections before Sunday, but it’ll be one of them taking her chance, probably Albigna.” Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Albigna more likely to carry the Niarchos family colours in juvenile fillies highlight than Alpine Star

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board  has said  no formal briefings on the whip will  be carried out at Leopardstown and the Curragh this weekend. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Up Helly Aa to make just his fourth career start in the Listowel Stakes

Trainer Aidan O’Brien and  Magical. “She is a very good filly.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

English star Laurens will be back to defend her crown in the Coolmore Matron

Romanised will take his chance on Sunday in the Prix Du Moulin in Paris. Photograph: Inpho

Irish runners Romanised and Circus Maximus fly the flag in Sunday’s Prix du Moulin

Joseph O’Brien: “I’ve no doubt it’s going to be a huge success. This year has seen great progress. It’ll be among the best facilities in the world if it’s not already.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Richmond Stakes third Royal Dornoch bids to break duck at Gowran

Ferdy Murphy: the popular trainer has died, aged 70,  following a long battle with cancer. Photograph: Pete Norton/Getty Images

High-profile festival’s final day clashes with Kerry’s appearance in Croke Park final

Chris Hayes again picked up a six-day ban  after it was judged he had used his whip above shoulder height at Roscommon last month. Photograph: Inpho

Six jockeys each get six-day bans for use of the whip under controversial new regulations

Jockey Oisín Murphy on Roaring Lion after winning the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in 2018. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

€1.25m Irish Champion Stakes will now start over two hours earlier at 4.15pm

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt  isn’t dealing with ‘Time To Go Joe’ headlines, not least because we already know he’s going after the World Cup. But there’s no getting away from how ardour has cooled. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Worship of head coach has come a long way from the Messianic heights of last November

Over 120 riders have breached new rules since they were introduced in April

Longclaw will be bidding for glory in Kentucky with Jamie Spencer on board.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Two year old maiden Longclaw lines up in the Gainesway Juvenile Stakes

Denis Hogan: the Tipperary-based trainer was cleared of any blame but  was however ordered to pay €1,000 towards the costs of the investigation. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

BHA guideline is for stand-down period starting from date of positive sample

Jockey Chris Hayes with trainer Kevin Prendergast after Awtaad’s victory in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh in 2016.  Photograph:  Paul Mohan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Fellow senior jockeys Heffernan and Manning also ‘sent on’ over their whip use

The case is believed to be the first time a race horse has tested positive for an anabolic steroid in Ireland. Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Vet accepts responsibility for Turbine being administered drug by mistake

Friday evening fixtures have been a key element to the Curragh’s ‘Summer Sounds’ programme which features post-race concerts. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

No Group One races likely to be run at headquarters on Fridays next year

Japan (near side) ridden by Ryan Moore wins The Juddmonte International Stakes ahead of Crystal Ocean. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

However, International Stakes winner could end up facing Elarqam again

Brian Fenton and Jack Barry in action last year. If Kerry can covertly ‘cute hoor’ their way to a 38th title, denying Dublin history in the process, it would make for perhaps their sweetest win of all. Photograph: Inpho

One thing the Kerry players certainly won’t lack facing into Sunday is belief they can win

 Colin Keane riding Mustajeer (right) to victory in the  The Sky Bet Ebor at York in England. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

In form trainer on course for most successful season after Mustajeer lands Ebor at York

Rachel Blackmore on board True Self. Donnacha O’Brien teams up with the Willie Mullins-trained   six-year-old mare for the Ebor. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

No IHRB action taken over Some Neck’s Galway Plate withdrawal

Mark Walsh on Espoir D’Allen winning  the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham back in March. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

JP McManus-owned horse suffered accident at trainer Gavin Cromwell’s yard earlier this month

Aidan O’Brien: victory for either Japan or Circus Maximus  would represent  a record-equalling sixth win overall in the race for champions trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Beating an in-form Crystal Ocean would be a big milestone for O’Brien’s three-year-old

Co Wicklow trainer admits ‘error of judgment’ after providing misleading information to an official

Potential total exposure for Irish racing interests estimated at close to €750k

 Callum Hudson-Odoi: reports suggest the 18-year-old is being offered a  new deal worth up to €200,000 a week to reject Bayern Munich’s advances and remain at Chelsea. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Putting youngsters into such a specialised environment hardly comes without problems

The first and second floors of the Aga Khan stand will be open to the public at the  Phoenix Stakes meeting this Friday evening. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Unbeaten Ger Lyons-trained star Siskin a notable contender in this year’s renewal

Frankie Dettori won his 12th Group One of the season at Deauville. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Advertise lands Prix Maurice de Gheest with Aidan O’Brien’s pair both out of the frame

 Aidan O’Brien pitches both Le Brivido   and So Perfect   into the €380,000 Prix Maurice de Gheest over six and a half furlongs. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Le Brivido and So Perfect fly Ballydoyle flag in Prix Maurice de Gheest

 Theinval under jockey  Jeremiah McGrath riding  clear  to win The Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle at Aintree in 2015. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Nicky Henderson makes rare raid on Ballybrit with Theinval

Lever du Soleil and Licklighter. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Horse trying a mile and a half for first time but she should be well suited

 Robbie Power on Tudor City in action during the the Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap. Photograph: James Crombie

Robbie Power times challenge to perfection at Ballybrit

Trainer Gordon Elliott’s main hope of finally breaking his Galway Hurdle duck looks to be Chosen Mate. Photograph: PA

Irish Leger hero Wicklow Brave has second start over fences in Grade Three novice chase

Trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Luke Dempsey celebrate winning the Galway Plate with Borice. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Trainer wins race for third time in four years as English rider Bryony Frost has to settle for second

 Rachael Blackmore teams up with the lightweight hope Poker Party for the Tote Galway Plate. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Authorities hope prize money boost can help increase dwindling crowd numbers

Colin Keane on Saltonstall (red and  black silks) goes clear to win the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap on day two of the Galway festival at Ballybrit. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jockey enjoys double to extend championship lead on horse bought for €44k

Donnacha O’Brien at the Curragh Racecourse, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Veteran Baraweez set for 11th Galway Festival start but best days may be behind him

Jody Townend on Great White Shark  on the way to winning the The Connacht Hotel  Handicap on the opening night of thr Galway Races. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jockey makes spectacular return from serious injury on Great White Shark

Tipperary’s John McGrath celebrates after their All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Wexford at  Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

TV View: After all the talk of hurling modernity, it’s looking like an old-school final

Trainer Willie Mullins:  Odds are  already as short as 2-7 that he will once again land the festival’s coveted leading trainer award. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Trainer’s son aboard Legal Spin chasing elusive prize in day one feature at Ballybrit

 Frankie Dettori on  Enable celebrates after winning The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: Getty Images

Dermot Weld is hoping that Shekhem will be his best hope in Monday's Connacht Hotel Handicap

 Seamie Heffernan riding Anthony Van Dyck to victory in  The Investec Derby  at Epsom in June. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

O’Brien star bidding to become 13th Irish -trained winner of Ascot feature

The Galway Racing Festival: last year’s total attendance fell   to 132,691. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Brian Kavanagh believes boost in betting ring turnover can be maintained at event

The Curragh’s new chief executive said the board is united about plans for the racecourse. File photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Future success hinges on venue being ‘racecourse of the community’, says Pat Keogh

 Frankie Dettori celebrates winning The Kerrygold Irish Oaks on Star Catcher. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dettori pilots Star Catcher home in feature race at the Curragh

 Shane Lowry celebrates with the Claret Jug on the 18th green after the final round at Royal Portrush. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Irishman thrives on mental challenge on final day of British Open at Portrush

 Jockey Colin Keane: he has slipped seamlessly into the retired Pat Smullen’s role as Ireland’s “go-to” rider. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Eight Irish Oaks winners in last decade have been trained overseas

Frankie Dettori: colourful Italian jockey will prove a major draw to racing fans  when he appears at Killarney. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Italian jockey set to bid for fifth Irish Oaks on Star Catcher this Saturday

The Curragh’s latest classic date is this Saturday’s €400,000 Kerrygold Irish Oaks. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Osborne still optimistic about the future of beleaguered €81m facility

Derek McGrath: ‘I knew what I was getting into.’ File photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘If we failed . . . it was to integrate behind a shared vision for what we want the Curragh to be’

Aidan O’Brien is hoping Japan can claim glory at Longchamp. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Trainer could finish weekend with two more Group One winning three-year-olds

Aidan O’Brien has four runners in the July Cup at Newmarket. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Speak In Colours another Irish contender at Newmarket while Wisdom Mind goes to Pontefract

Thoroughbreds are pampered to a level many humans might envy, but they are  not pets. File photograph: Wikicommons

A randy thoroughbred can be intimidating in every way, a hazard to themselves and others

Frankie Dettori riding Enable to win the Coral Eclipse at Sandown Park on Saturday. Last week the British Horseracing Authority announced it was cutting 20 fixtures from next year’s programme. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Racecourses’ ability to top up prize money may come under pressure, says HRI boss

Frankie Dettori aboard Enable after winning the Coral Eclipse at Sandown Park on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Irish handler Dermot Weld tries first time hood on Masaff in Roscommon Listed feature

Enable begins her bid for a record third Arc success in Saturday’s Coral Eclipse at Sandown with Frankie Dettori on board. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

John Gosden’s star odds-on to see off Magical again as she begins her bid for Arc hat-trick

Jockey Frankie Dettori,  Sheikh Mohammed  and  Princes Haya after winning the Boylesports Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh in May 2005. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

New Approach, the world’s top-rated three-year-old in 2008, raced in the colours of Princess Haya

Blenheim Palace will join  Cape Of Good Hope in  a bid  for the $1 million Belmont Derby in New York. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Colin Keane odds on favourite to regain jockeys’ title from Donnacha O’Brien

Ronan Whelan begins a six-day ban by missing out at Bellewstown on Wednesday after falling foul of the rules. Photograph: Inpho

No whip inquiries at Derby festival indicates bedding-in period now over, claims regulator

Sovereign and Pádraig Beggy win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire

Despite expensive revamp, 12,000 attendance less than half four years ago

Sovereign and Pádraig Beggy win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby  at the  Curragh. Photograph:  PA Wire

Trainer Aidan O’Brien wins Curragh race for the 13th time with 33-1 outsider

Seamie Heffernan rides Anthony Van Dyck to victory in the Derby Stakes on the second day of the Epsom Derby Festival. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

Monarch of Egypt returns to action for first time since April in Railway Stakes

Trainer Kevin Prendergast: he is looking for a first win in Ireland’s richest race.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien chasing his 13th Derby victory at revamped Curragh

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday is scheduled for 5.20 – just 20 minutes after the start of the Kildare-Tyrone clash at nearby Newbridge.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Option of delaying throw-in to 7pm ruled out due to complications over Mayo-Armagh game

Frankie Dettori: has two rides scheduled for the Curragh on Friday. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Royal Ascot’s top rider will have to overcome Oaks runner-up Pink Dogwood in feature

Chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland Brian Kavanagh: “the investment in the Curragh is for the long term”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Attendance could be affected by football qualifier between Kildare and Tyrone at Newbridge

 Anthony Van Dyck winning the Derby at Epsom  on June 1st. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

‘The English horses are not prepared to come over and take on the Irish horses again when they got well beaten at Epsom’

Lionel Messi in action for Argentina during their Copa America clash with Paraguay. Photograph: Yuri Edmundo/EPA

Barcelona great turns 32 on Monday but his place in the popular imagination is assured

Aidan O’Brien:  he has indicated  that Ryan Moore will ride the Epsom hero Anthony Van Dyck at the Curragh this weekend

Aidan O’Brien out to secure his 13th win in Ireland’s premier classic

 James Doyle rides Blue Point to win the King’s Stand Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot   on June 18th. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Jim Bolger saddles South American import in Wokingham Handicap

Hayley Turner dismounts Thanks Be after winning the Sandringham Stakes during day four of Royal Ascot. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Turner becomes just the second woman jockey to win at the famous meeting

Hermosa ridden by jockey Wayne Lordan wins the Qipco 1000 Guineas during  at Newmarket and will now bid for the Coronation Stakes.  Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Ascot's stiff six furlongs could prove ideal for Ten Sovereigns in the Commonwealth Cup

 An upbeat Frankie Dettori kisses the TV camera despite  finishing second on Turgenev on day three of Royal Ascot. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Bookmakers escape huge payout as Italian jockey’s run ends after Gold cup success

Stradivarius and Frankie Dettorri (L) pictured winning the Yorkshire Cup ahead of Southern France and Ryan Moore in May. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Diminutive super star and Frankie Dettori hot favourites to retain title on Thursday

Frankie Dettori and Crystal Ocean take The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes ahead of Magical (L). Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Crystal Ocean holds off Magical as Oisin Murphy enjoys Queen’s Vase redemption

Ryan Moore onboard Magical comes home to win the Irish European Breeders’ Fund Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh Racecourse in May. Photograph:  Peter Mooney/Inpho

Fascinating clash with Sea Of Class awaits at Royal Ascot with Enable absent

Ryan Moore and Circus Maximus (L) take The St James’s Palace Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty

Trainer opens account for week with Arizona as number one Ryan Moore returns to form

Aidan O’Brien: has amassed a total of 65 winners at Royal Ascot during his extraordinary training career. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Le Brivido has it all to do to triumph for trainer in opening Queen Anne Stakes

 Andy Ruiz Jr (right) lands a punch on Anthony Joshua. Skill won out. Ruiz beat Joshua because he was better than him. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Brian O’Connor: Joshua looked the part but once you got past appearances it was barely a contest

Aidan O’Brien: top trainer will once again have a formidable team of horses bidding for top prizes at Royal Ascot.  Photograph:  Steve Parsons/PA

Aidan favourite to retain top trainer crown, while sons hoping to break new ground

Wild Illusion: trainer Charlie Appleby is anticipating an improved performance at the Curragh. Photograph: Getty Images

Triple Group One winner Wild Illusion to skip Ascot, and will instead wait for the Curragh’s Juddmonte

Chris Hayes on board Madhmoon celebrates winning the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes  at Leopardstown Racecourse last year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rachael Blackmore returns to action at Downpatrick after month-long recovery

Ger Lyons: “I’d rather win a Phoenix than be second in a Coventry on bad ground”

Exciting unbeaten colt may miss Coventry Stakes and target Phoenix option

A view of the new Aga Khan stand at the Curragh. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Authorities confirm problem won’t be fixed in time for the Irish Derby on June 29th

Currently Dundalk is Ireland’s sole all-weather facility. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Naas, Gowran Park and Tipperary have expressed interest in a new artificial track

A decision on Dundalk’s new all-weather surface is expected within the next two weeks. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Switch from controversial polytrack unlikely to be completed until summer of 2020

Aidan O’Brien’s Magna Grecia is set to miss Royal Ascot with a hamstring injury. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

English 2,000 Guineas star pulled a hamstring in disappointing Curragh showing

Gareth Southgate: this looks a decent England team with decent individuals led by a patently decent manager. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

It’s mean-spirited to hate the idea of sporting success boosting a troubled nation

 Seamie Heffernan riding Anthony Van Dyck  wins The Investec Derby Stakes at Epsom.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Epsom hero Anthony Van Dyck 15-8 favourite to give O’Brien 13th Irish Derby win

Anthony Van Dyck and Séamie Heffernan take the Epsom Derby in a thrilling finish. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA

Anthony Van Dyck earns trainer Aidan O’Brien a record-equalling seventh win in the Classic

Jockey Frankie Dettori (right) celebrates winning the Investec Oaks on Anapurna during Ladies Day of the 2019 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom. Photograph:  John Walton/PA

Aidan O’Brien with seven in Derby after missing out in Friday's Oaks and Coronation Cup

Saturday’s Derby will be  Madhmoon’s first time racing past a mile. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Veteran trainer says colt winning the Epsom classic would cap off his 56-year career

 Donnacha O’Brien riding Sir Dragonet win The MBNA Chester Vase Stakes at Chester  in early May. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Irish Leger hero Wicklow brave makes chasing debut at Ballinrobe

Hermosa and Ryan Moore on the way to winning the  Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire

Curragh boss refuses to provide specific daily attendance figures for three-day festival

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Aga Khan officially open the new facilities and the Aga Khan Grandstand during day two of the Curragh Spring Festival. Photograph:  PA Wire

State invested €36m toward redevelopment of Kildare track

 Frankie Dettori riding Private Secretary to victory in the The British Stallion Studs EBF Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on Friday in Chichester, England. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

New grandstand at HQ to be officially opened on Sunday by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar

Frankie Dettori and Too Darn Hot could team up at the Curragh on Saturday. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Trainer Gosden to make final decision on his champion juvenile bidding for Irish Guineas

 Chris Hayes on Baladiya wins the Walsh Associates Architects Maiden at Leopardstown Racecourse. Hayes was referred on after a fourth breach of the new rules when winning the Blue Wind Stakes on Tarnawa at Naas earlier this month.   Photograph: PA

Whip cases spike to 102 offences in six weeks with 40 suspensions

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