Jockey Rachael Blackmore celebrates with the trophy after winning the Randox Grand National at Aintree. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Trainer Henry de Bromhead enjoys a one-two as Irish horses complete clean sweep

Magic Of Light (left) pushed Tiger Roll all the way last time and won’t have to deal with the 2019 winner this time. Photo: Paul Elliss/Getty Images

Much focus will also be on Rachael Blackmore when she rides Minella Times

Jockey Patrick Mullins on Livelovelaugh on their way winning the Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase race on Ladies Day at the Grand National Festival at Aintree. Photo: Peter Powell/EPA

Just six Irish-trained horses lined up on Friday at Aintree but made presence felt

Secret Reprieve ridden by Adam Wedge goes on to win the Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase at Chepstow Racecourse on January 9th, 2021 in Chepstow, Wales. Photograph: David Davies/Getty Images

Patrick Mullins, riding Burrows Saint, has chance to claim rare father-and-son triumph

Jockey Ricky Doyle celebrates after winning the Boylesports Irish Grand National  with Freewheelin Dylan at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jockey Ricky Doyle wins big race at Fairyhouse for local trainer Dermot McLoughlin

Seán Flanagan onboard Jeff Kidder clears the last to win the Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Juvenile Hurdle. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jockey to undergo further scans this week on foot injury

Tom Scudamore riding Cloth Cap clear the last to win The Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury last November. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jonjo O’Neill-trained horse the 4-1 shot to take Tiger Roll’s title on Saturday

Rory McIlroy weighs up his options on the 10th hole at Augusta in the final round in 2011. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty

McIlroy looks like a player desperately in need of enjoyment on a golf course again

Home By The Lee could be the answer in the Irish Grand National. Photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Latest Exhibition looks to have a serious job on his hands to defy top weight on Monday

Latest Exhibition (left) is the favourite and top weight for the Irish Grand National. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Fairyhouse highlight will be more functional than usual but remains highly competitive

Jockey Paul Townend talking to trainer Willie Mullins at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday before the jockey injured a foot in a fall, ruling him out of the Irish Grand national on Monday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Bargain buy Skyace helps Jody McGarvey enjoy dream day at Fairyhouse

Tiger Roll will run at Aintree instead of in the Irish Grand National. Photograph: Francesca Altoft/Inpho

Latest Exhibition will now carry top weight in Easter Monday’s feature at Fairyhouse

Grassroots arm of racing to resume in a limited format next month

Jody Townend on Princess Zoe wins the Kildare Village Ladies’ Derby Handicapat the Curragh last July. photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tony Mullins’s mare has a series of ambitious targets in the upcoming flat season

Latest Exhibition ridden by Bryan Cooper (left) is challenged by Longhouse Poet ridden by JJ Codd during the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Willie Mullins and owners have until Friday to make up their minds

Fairyhouse has put in place special protocols in order to be able to have 30 runners in the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Special protocols will be in place to avoid congestion in the parade ring on Easter Monday

Jockey Hollie Doyle will take the mount on Ado McGuinness’s Harry’s Bar a Lingfield on Good Friday. Photograph: Mike Egerton/Getty Images

Co Dublin trainer has the sole Irish contender at All-Weather Championships Final meeting

 Horse Racing Ireland  chief executive Brian Kavanagh. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland confident that protocols that have allowed racecourse meetings go ahead can be followed

Nathan Crosse on All Class wins The Navan Members’ Handicap (Div 1) at Navan on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Navan win of David Dunne’s All Class referred after horse was backed from 66-1 to 9-2

Mogul will bid for more Group 1 glory in Dubai. Photograph: Peter Parks/Getty/AFP

Mogul leads the charge at Meydan as attention turns to the fledgling 2021 flat season

Chatham Street Lad will tackle three miles at Limerick on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Mick Winters’ nine-year-old to tackle three miles for the first time at Limerick

Jockey Jack Kennedy celebrates winning the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup on Minella Indo ahead of A Plus Tard and Rachael Blackmore (right) during day four of the Cheltenham Festival. Photo: David Davies/Jockey Club

HRI chief Brian Kavanagh says focus should be on quality horses wherever they’re from

First-placed jockey Jack Kennedy on Minella Indo (C), third-placed jockey Paul Townend on Al Boum Photo (L) and second-placed jockey Rachael Blackmore on A Plus Tard react after the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner will potentially take a crack at Punchestown Gold Cup

Rachael Blackmore: celebrates a JCB Triumph Hurdle victory on  Quilixios that helped her to the leading jockey title at Cheltenham after a phenomenal week. Photograph: Dan Abraham/Inpho

Cheltenham hero faces hectic weekend with eight rides at Thurles and Downpatrick

 Aidan O’Brien  and Ryan Moore have a busy day on Sunday at the Curragh as the flat season commences.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ryan Moore with four rides for Aidan O’Brien as flat season starts on Sunday

Henry de Bromhead celebrates after  Minella Indo’s win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Dan Abraham/Inpho

Jack Kennedy brings home Minella Indo ahead of Rachael Blackmore on A Plus Tard

Gordon Elliott with Simon McGonagle at Elliott’s Cullentra House stables. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cullentra House head man receives two-month ban for dead horse photo

Jack Kennedy on Zanahiyr winning the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 26th, 2020. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Debate over which Grade 1 winner is superior may be settled at JCB Triumph Hurdle

  Rachael Blackmore riding A Plus Tard clear the last to win the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham Racecourse in March  2019. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

First woman to win Champion Hurdle could also become first woman to claim Gold Cup

  Paul Townend riding Al Boum Photo  to win The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15th, 2019. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Racing just one area of shrewd businessman’s life in which he has enjoyed success

Flooring Porter ridden by Danny Mullins on their way to winning the Stayers’ Hurdle on day three of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: PA

Jockey Danny Mullins steps in and finally gets his first Cheltenham Festival winner

A Cheltenham Festival winner remains the prized target for Mister Fisher. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/PA Wire

Thursday’s Parnell Mares Novice Hurdle looks to be the most open in its history

Envoi Allen has a roll around after arriving at Prestbury Park ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. Photo: Francesca Altoft/Inpho

Curragh trainer Conor O’Dwyer says change of scene shouldn’t impact horse too much

Paisley Park will bid to regain his crown in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Andrew Gemmell's horse looking to join exclusive group by regaining feature on day three

Aidan Coleman riding Put The Kettle On clears on the way to winning the Champion Chase during day two of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: PA

Henry de Bromhead’s brilliant Cheltenham Festival continues on St Patrick’s day

Tiger Roll ridden by Keith Donoghue on their way to winning the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire for the Jockey Club

Six of seven Irish winners on St Patrick’s Day as Rachael Blackmore’s dream week continues

Chacun Pour Soi is an odds-on favourite for the Champion Chase on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Two-mile feature has eluded trainer so far but Wednesday’s favourite looks worthy

Tiger Roll is bidding for a fifth victory at Cheltenham. Photograph: Francesca Altoft/Inpho

Four-time Festival winner has plenty to prove again with no National bid in 2021

Monkfish can extend his unbeaten run over fences on Wednesday. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Bob Olinger leads Ballymore market with Sir Gerhard and Kilcuit to clash in the Bumper

Jack Kennedy celebrates after riding Black Tears to win the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle during day one of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/PA Wire

Denise Foster-trained horse one of five Irish winners on opening day of Cheltenham

Rachael Blackmore celebrates  on Honeysuckle after victory in the Unibet  Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph:  Michael Steele/PA Wire

‘This was never even a dream for me, it was so far from what I thought can happen in my life’

Rachael Blackmore wins the  Irish Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle at Leopardstown during the Dubli Racing Festival. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Battle with fellow mare and reigning champion Epatante could give racing the lift it needs

Willie Mullins (right) and Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse on the gallops on Monday. Photograph:   David Davies/PA Wire

The Willie Mullins-trained horse will race for the first time outside of France at Cheltenham

Appreciate It enjoys a roll at Cheltenham on Monday ahead of the start of this year’s festival. Photograph: Francesca Altoft/Inpho

The record Irish haul of 19 winners in 2017 could come under threat over the next four days

Horses that were from Gordon Elliott’s stables on the gallops at Cheltenham Racecourse ahead of the Cheltenham Festival which starts on Tuesday. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Festival will be very different this year with just 166 key personnel travelling over

During racing the up to 30 Irish jockeys travelling from this country will be kept separate from their cross-channel colleagues in different weighrooms. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Just 170 visitors, including jockeys, will be largely confined to an ‘Irish bubble’

Limerick faces a 4pm Saturday inspection ahead of Sunday’s meeting. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Priority for jockeys will be to emerge unscathed before the trip to Cheltenham

 Rachael Blackmore after victory on Honeysuckle in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham lasat March. Photograph:  Tom Jenkins/Getty Images

Unbeaten Honeysuckle and A Plus Tard among rides in top races for top jockey

Gordon Elliott: BHA has banned him   from saddling runners at Cheltenham, but  Foster has stepped in to assume the licence at Cullentra  where Elliott is still allowed to live and work. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

BHA satisfied with “clarity” over Elliott’s current role at Cullentra House yard

Rachael Blackmore urges Honeysuckle on to win the Mares Hurdle race at last year’s    Cheltenham  Racing Festival in Gloucestershire. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Getty Images

Honeysuckle and Willie Mullins pair Appreciate It and Concertista seen as hard to beat

Coleman celebrates as he rides Paisley Park to victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle in 2019. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Cork jockey has eyes on some of the biggest prizes including Champion Hurdle

Amateur jockey has been suspended for 12 months with the last eight suspended. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Last eight months of 12-month suspension are suspended for amateur jockey after referral hearing

 Maxine O’Sullivan celebrates It Came to Pass’s  victory in the Foxhunters Chase at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

It Came To Pass recorded a stunning 66-1 success in last year’s Foxhunters Chase

 Rob James celebrates winning the   Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase on Milan Native at last year’s Cheltenham festival. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Amateur rider apologised for his ‘stupidity’ after 2016 came to light last week

Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Strict protocols in place for festival including ‘Irish Zone’ for visitors

Gordon Elliott: The standard of care provided to the over 200 horses at his  yard was praised in evidence at Friday’s IHRB referrals committee hearing. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA

Trainer’s final runner before his ban begins, Top Bandit, pipped by a nose at Leopardstown

Max Flamingo ridden by Denis O’Regan goes on to win The Donohoe Marquees Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Repeated criticism of the ground for being too quick prompts authorities’ concern

Jack Kennedy on Zanahiyr wins The Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Veteran Co Meath trainer will take over at Cullentra stables on Monday morning

Gordon Elliott said, after the IHRB meeting: “With my position in the sport I have great privileges and great responsibility. I did not live up to that responsibility.” Photograph: Simon Marper/PA Wire

Regulator suspends half of one-year ban over photograph of trainer sitting on dead horse

Hugh Morgan on Young Dev won at Navan despite braking  a stirrup at the first fence. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘No irons’ success a fortnight ago all but wrapped up ride of the year honours

Gordon Elliott’s horses will be able to run at Cheltemham under a new trainer. Photograph: Simon Marper/PA Wire

Trainer Denise Foster expected to take over the license at Elliott’s Co Meath yard

Charles and Cathal Byrnes pictured with Light Brigade at Naas last weekend. Photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Fellow Co Limerick trainer enjoys Dundalk success with Byrnes’s Thosedaysaregone

Gordon Elliott is facing a regulatory hearing on Friday as to whether or not he has damaged the reputation of racing. Photograph: PA

Dreadful and crass behaviour by trainer and jockey has damaged public trust in the sport

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has announced it will convene on Friday to “hear evidence and consider an investigation relating to Mr Gordon Elliott”. Photograph: PA

Trainer will learn if he faces a ban from the sport on Friday

Rob Jamesrode the Gordon Elliott trained, and Michael O’Leary owned, Milan Native to win the Kim Muir Challenge Cup at last year’s Cheltenham festival. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Video delivers another hugely embarrassing blow to image of horseracing

The British Horseracing Authority has banned Gordon Elliott from running horses in Britain pending the outcome of an investiagtion into a  photograph showing him sitting on a dead horse on his gallops. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Forthcoming Cheltenham festival ramps up pressure for hearing to take place over photograph

Trainer Gordon Elliott has said he will spend the rest of his life paying for a moment of madness. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer admits he will spend the rest of his life regretting the error he made

Gordon Elliott rode 46 winners on the racecourse and almost 200 in point-to-points during his career as a jockey. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Irish trainer’s public reputation has suffered damage that could potentially be irreversible

Patrick Mullins onboard Sharjah after winning the Matheson Hurdle at Leopardstown Racecourse. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

BHA’s ban on amateurs sees number of Irish riders missing out on the festival

Gordon Elliott is ‘co-operating fully’ with an investigation by the IRHB. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish trainer ‘co-operating fully’ with IHRB investigation into photograph

Race goers watch the action at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 10, 2020 in Cheltenham, England. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Racing journalist Brian O’Connor looks back on the ‘glorified Petri dish’ that was Cheltenham 2020

Rachael Blackmore: has been the busiest jump jockey in the country this campaign with over 450 rides already.  She has   four more rides scheduled at Fairyhouse on Saturday.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Intriguing ongoing battle with Townend for championship will be subplot at Fairyhouse

Wednesday’s Punchestown card has been postponed due to course conditions following heavy rain. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Hopes remain for cards at Thurles and refixed Gowran Park meeting

 Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

PAC hears 2019 liquidation of security transit company a ‘very unfortunate event’ for racing body

Ahead of next month’s Cheltenham festival - Kemboy, Kilcruit, Monkfish and Min at Willie Mullins’ stables in Closutton. Photograph: PA

Festival will be an unfortunate anniversary for some rather than a joyous exhibition

The Joe Schmidt regime with Ireland is looking better and better as time goes on. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Pushing aside the old dog for the promise of something fresh can often backfire

Tiger Roll ridden by Keith Donoghue jumps the last in the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan racecourse. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gordon Elliott-trained 11-year-old tailed off in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan on Sunday

 Track work ahead of the 2021 Saudi Cup  at the King Abdulaziz racecourse outside  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

Four Irish-trained runners feature on undercard at the King Abdulaziz racecourse outside Riyadh in programme worth $30.5m

Jamie Codd on Envoi Allen celebrates winning the 2019 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

British amateurs have not been able to compete since last month because of Covid-19 restrictions

Trainer Charles Byrnes has been unsuccessful in his appeal against the decision of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board’s referrals committee to suspend his licence for six months and fine him. File photograph: PA

‘If we get evidence we will certainly follow it up. But at this stage the case is closed’

Charles Byrnes was unsuccessful in his appeal against a six-month ban. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Trainer suspended for six months after horse tesed positive for banned substance in 2018

Owner Michael O’Leary at the Tiger Roll homecoming in Summerhill, Co Meath after the 2019 Grand National win at Aintree. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Back-to-back winner will carry his biggest weight in race if owner decides to run him

Dundalk Racecourse. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board give no time frame for conclusion to investigation

Trainer Colin Bowe: “There comes a point where you go beyond that, and you’re beyond the point of no return.”Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Trainer Colin Bowe says recent removal of exemption for point-to-point threatens to have a massive impact on section of racing

The Punchestown Festival takes place from April 27th to May 1st. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Courses have been named as county centres for Covid-19 jabs

A woman looks at an electric board last Friday showing the number of days until the start of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo. Photograph: Hiro Komae/AP

Tipping Point: Proposed Olympic Games in Japan pose an ethical dilemma for many countries

Al Boum Photo is bidding for a third Gold Cup crown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul Nicholls labels Champion Chase favourite Chacun Pour Soi ‘nearly unbeatable’

Packed grandstands at the Galway  Racing Festival in  Ballybrit. Similar scenes are very unlikely  this year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Brian Kavanagh says slim chance of any change in restrictions until at least autumn

Too often in the past racing has left itself open to claims that its regulatory instincts are light-touch and amount  to little more than a figleaf.  Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA

Plans for improved out-of-competition testing and lifetime traceability bring promise of fundamental change

Thurles Racecourse in Co Tipperary on Thursday. Naas is waiting to see if snow will fall before deciding on a Saturday card. File photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Overnight snow could mean track joins Newbury and Warwick, both cancelled on Friday

Leopardstown is the only course in the country with CCTV for integrity purposes. File photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Oversight body signals lifetime traceability and out-of-competition testing for thoroughbreds

Trainer Willie Mullins celebrates winning the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup with Kemboy at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Nine wins from 15 races at the Dublin Racing Festival shows strength of trainer’s team

Trainer Charles Byrnes is appealing a six-month suspension. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Video conference hears almost two hours of evidence in Viking Hoard case

Davy Russell will hold on to the ride on Envoi Allen if he get back in time for Cheltenham. Last year they combined to win the  Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the meeting for trainer Gordon Elliott. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jockey back riding on the gallops after almost four months out with serious neck injury

The Australian Open gets underway on Monday. Photograph: Jack Thomas/Getty

Tennis has not had a good pandemic - there is a lot riding on this month’s tournament

Mark Walsh on Off You Go wins The Gaelic Plant Hire Leopardstown Handicap Steeplechase. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer saddled the JP McManus owned Off You Go to win at the Dublin Racing Festival

Trainer Willie Mullins celebrates winning The Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup with Kemboy. Photograph: Inpho

The champion trainer won nine of the 15 races up for grabs during the weekend

Rachael Blackmore celebrates winning the Irish Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle. Photograph: Inpho

Rachael Blackmore rides star mare to victory on opening day of the Dublin Racing Festival

Rachael Blackmore on Honeysuckle celebrates winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse. File photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Top jockey to partner Honeysuckle and Minella Indo in feature renewals at festival

Willie Mullins has the hottest favourite over the two days, star two-miler Chacun Pour Soi in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Dublin Chase. File photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Top handler takes 60 mounts to Leopardstown, double that of great rival Gordon Elliott

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