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

Trainer Dermot Weld: ‘It is quick but there is some rain forecast in the middle of the week and any little bit that comes will be welcome.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Despite good to firm ground conditions at present colt ‘will take his chance anyway’

Donnacha O’Brien riding Sir Dragonet win the MBNA Chester Vase Stakes at Chester Racecourse on May 8th in Chester, England. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer says Derby favourite could bypass Epsom and line up for Prix Du Jockey Club

 Le Brivido winning at Ascot in 2017. Ryan Moore  has opted for him  over I Can Fly in Saturday’s Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Photograph: Getty Images

Naas to host ‘Royal Ascot trials day’ on Sunday, and Ryan Moore will travels over for half a dozen Ballydoyle rides

Champion trainer Willie Mullins sends multiple runners to France this weekend in the hope of landing elusive renewals. Photograph: Lazlo Geczo/Inpho

Top handler sends five out in pursuit of French jump racing’s blue riband event in Paris on Sunday

Gordon Elliott is keen to  acknowledge Michael O’Leary’s role in his remarkable rise to prominence over the last dozen years. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ryanair chief executive’s huge contribution to racing praised by HRI chief executive

 The Jockey Club Gold Cup day, at Belmont Park, New York. Photograph: Getty Images

Jim Gorman: ‘If everything goes well over there he’ll then go for the Ascot Gold Cup’

  Michael O’Leary has announced he will phase out his National Hunt team over the next five years. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

For many the question will be why O’Leary has decided to leave the sport?

Michael O’Leary and Gordon Elliott celebrate Tiger Roll’s 2019 Aintree Grand National success. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Stud owner confirms they are running down string over the next ‘four or five’ years

Horse Racing Ireland said traceability systems introduced this year would help improve the monitoring of thoroughbreds in this country. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Stud farm of Andrew Lloyd Webber says treatment of thoroughbred it once owned ‘terribly sad’

Chris Hayes on Madhmoon wins the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown in September. “You’d imagine ten furlongs will be no problem to him. As for the next two we’ll find out on Derby day.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jockey relieved any ban won’t stop him riding Madhmoon in Epsom Derby

Broome and Donnacha O’Brien win the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown. Photo: PA Wire

Aidan O’Brien lands a Ballydoyle 1-2-3 in Sunday’s Derrinstown Trial

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

Generally favourable reaction to facelift as facility opens in front of 3,650 racegoers

The refurbished Curragh Racecourse with its centrepiece – the new stand. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Racecourse must mean more than something to stare at as we whizz past on the M7

Aidan O’Brien: champion trainer sends a formidable nine-strong team to the Curragh.  Photograph: Tom Beary

First opportunity for paying public to enjoy new facilities at redeveloped Curragh

Hermosa ridden by jockey Wayne Lordan wins the Qipco 1000 Guineas to complete the English Guineas double for Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Sheila Lavery denied dream Classic debut as Lady Kaya just pipped for 1,000 Guineas

Davy Russell and Buveur D’Air  winning the Betdaq  Champion Hurdle during day four of the Punchestown Festival at Punchestown.   Photograph: PA

Jockey steps up to replace unfortunate peer Walsh who suffered a broken leg

The Grade One Mares Hurdle looks an ideal opportunity for Benie Des Dieux to rebound from her final flight fall (above) at Cheltenham in March. Photograph: Inpho

Aidan O’Brien targets a 10th 2,000 Guineas success at Newmarket on Saturday

 Barry Geraghty riding Buveur D’Air (left) wins the  The  Champion Hurdle  from Melon  at Cheltenham last year. Melon was runner-up again this March, this time to Espoir D’Allen. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

City Island can maintain his impressive record over flights in novice hurdle

Richard Johnson in second place on Defi Du Seuil trails eventual winner Robbie Power on Chacun Pour Soi in The Ryanair Novice Steeplechase. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ruby Walsh had been due to ride the rare young talent until his retirement on Wednesday

Barry Geraghty on board Defi Du Seuil clears the last on the way to winningthe JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Philip Hobbs' raider could take wide open feature Thursday at Punchestown

 Ruby Walsh riding Kemboy  clear  to win The Coral Punchestown Gold Cup from Al Boum Photo and Paul Townend. Walsh then announced his immediate retirement from race riding at Punchestown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins’s runner provides Ruby Walsh with perfect retirement cue

Jockey Ruby Walsh after winning The Punchestown Gold Cup with Kemboy and announcing his retirement alongside his daughters and father Ted. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jockey dismounts for final time after leading Kemboy to Punchestown Gold Cup glory

The final cost of the Curragh racecourse redevelopment is expected to come in just under €81 million. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Budget overrun at Kildare track will not involve extra funding from the State

  Paul Townend on Al Boum Photo celebrates victory in the  Cheltenham Gold Cup  on March 15th, 2019.   Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Minella Indo gets chance to prove his shock 50-1 Cheltenham success was no fluke

Paul Townend on his way to winning The BoyleSports Champion Steeplechase onboard Un de Sceaux. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Klassical Dream takes Champion Hurdle while Delta Work cruises to Champion Chase

Ruby Walsh (centre): ‘I’d love to get off one in Punchestown, pull the saddle off and tell Willie [Mullins] that I won’t be out for the next one.’ Photograph: PA Wire

Klassical Dream bids to become fourth since 1990 to complete festival double

Trainer Willie Mullins with Burrows Saint after his runner took the BoyleSports Irish Grand National Chase. File photograph: PA Wire

Min and stable companion Un De Sceaux look to dominate Day One feature renewal

John Horan: recent comments by the GAA president about it being clear where the organisation would stand if a Border poll comes maybe shouldn’t be a surprise. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

For its own sake the GAA needs to maintain its instincts for neutrality on divisive issues

Irish racing’s regulatory body tender for four-year commercial package

Young spectators find a high vantage point to watch the proceedings at a packed Punchestown. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

New Curragh could profit from emulating successful policy of home of Irish jump racing

 Ruby Walsh on Royal Caviar leads over the last from Davy Russell on Some Plan in the 2017 Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Walsh, Russell and Geraghty can continue for years with advances in conditioning

Trainers have expressed concern over the track at Dundalk Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish Racehorse Trainers Association comment after track received ‘highly satisfactory’ report

Rashaan and Davy Russell jumping the last to win the Keelings  Hurdle during day two of the Fairyhouse Easter festival at Ratoath, Co Meath.  Photograph: PA

Jett completes Jessica Harrington double on Irish National Day

Ruby Walsh on Burrows Saint  celebrates winning the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.  Photograph:  PA

Champion trainer notches up a famous 1-2-3 on the big occasion at Fairyhouse

 Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins after winning The BoyleSports Irish Grand National with Burrows Saint. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ruby Walsh steers home favourite as Mullins completes a 1-2-3 in Fairyhouse feature

Runners taking part in the   Badwater Ultramarathon  in Death Valley in 54 degree summer heat. Photograph: Getty Images

Ironman devotees have low pain thresholds when it comes to having the mickey taken a little

  Long-time Irish National ante-post favourite Any Second Now (right) with Derek O’Connor on board, comes ahead of Henry Oliver on Kilfilum Cross to win the  Kim Muir Challenge Cup at Cheltenham.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Cusack’s contender is proven on quick going and looks on the right side of the weights

Rachael Blackmore celebrates winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle, her first Grade One success on Irish soil, with Honeysuckle at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Honeysuckle wins Irish Stallion Farms Mares Novice Hurdle but Mind’s Eye dumps Blackmore

Gordon Elliott’s Jury Duty (above), along with the Willie Mullins-trained Burrows Saint, and Any Second Now is favoured by the Irish Grand National big-race sponsors. Photograph: Inpho

First high-profile test of new whip rules at Irish Grand National

Noel Fehily onboard Eglantine Du Seuil (left) clears the last ahead of Gavin Sheehan onboard Indefatigable to win the National Hunt Breeders   Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at  Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Inpho

Rachel Blackmore targets first domestic Grade One success on Honeysuckle

John Oxx with  QIPCO 1,000 Guineas contender Skitter Scatter  at Currabeg Stables. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Curragh trainer’s new recruit Skitter Scatter on course for 1,000 Guineas bid at Newmarket

Willie Mullins: “I’d like to hopefully one day win one. My father was lucky enough to win the Irish National four times. That’s sort of something I would be conscious of.”

Pairofbrowneyes and Isleofhopendreams among the top trainer’s selection

Trainer Ted Walsh and his wife Helen celebrate Any Second Now’s  victory in the Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham  with  jockey Derek O’Connor. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Any Second Now 8-1 favourite for €500,000 Irish National

Dundalk racecourse “There are horses running here almost week in, week out. There are absolutely no welfare concerns,”said Dundalk track chief executive Jim Martin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Chief executive confirms resurfacing contract is out to tender

Up For Review ridden by Danny Mullins (centre) before sustaining its fatal injury in  the   Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase at Aintree. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Prioritising animal welfare is increasingly seen as key to sport’s long-term wellbeing

Concerns have been raised that Dundalk racecourse’s  12-year-old Polytrack is too fast and that horses are returning stiff and sore after racing.  Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainers say 12-year-old Polytrack is too fast, leading to horses returning stiff and sore

Jockey Seán Flanagan is set for three rides at Ireland’s sole weekend jumps card at Tramore on Sunday. File photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Jockey chases rare Irish success in Ayr after Mall Dini’s injury denied him a shot at Aintree

Winx’s career is due to finish in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal  Randwick. If she wins, it will be a 33rd win in a row for Winx and a staggering 25th Group One success. Photograph:  Bob Barker/AFP/Getty Images

Curtain set to come down on Winx’s extraordinary career in Australia

A view of the new stand at the Curragh Racecourse. The 10,500 square metre stand caters for up to 6,000 people inside its four levels while its surrounds can cope with over 10,000.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Final cost is still unknown but Irish racing now boasts a spectacular new showpiece

Seán Doyle’s Crosshue Boy returns to Ayr after victory in the novice handicap chase there last year. File photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Seán Doyle’s runner well placed to be first to bring home Ayr showpiece title in 150 years

 Trainer Gordon Elliott and owner Michael O’Leary escort Tiger Roll through Summerhill village, Co Meath, after he retained the  Aintree Grand National title. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Tout Est Permis set to lead Gigginstown’s Irish Grand National team on Easter Monday

Rory McIlroy will make a fifth attempt to complete the career grand slam at this year’s US Masters. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Even the most ambivalent can’t deny that a career grand slam would be unparalleled

 Tiger Roll ridden by Davy Russell en route to winning the  Grand National Handicap Chase at Aintree. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Bookmakers make champion 10-1 to complete a hat-trick back at Aintree

Willie Mullins’ horse Up For Review died during the Grand National on Saturday. Photo: Inpho

‘You cannot remove all risk from our sport,’ says Aintree spokesperson after the race

 Jockey Davy Russell pours water over the head of Tiger Roll after winning the Grand National. Photograph:   Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Owner targets possible fifth Cheltenham success as perfect signing off for popular chaser

Jockey Davy Russell celebrates winning the  Grand National on   Tiger Roll for a second year at Aintree. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell triumph yet again to lead home Irish 1-2-3 at Aintree

Keith Donoghue with Grand National favourite Tiger Roll at Gordon Ellliott’s yard at Cullentra, Co Meath. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Walsh’s in-form pick showed his stamina by winning last year’s four-miler at Cheltenham

Supasundae ridden by jockey Robbie Power on the way to winning the Betway Aintree Hurdle  at Aintree Racecourse. Photograph: Nigel French/PA Wire

Mullins’s superstar Faugheen pulled up at Aintree with irregular heartbeat

Chris Hayes celebrates victory on Madhmoon in the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown in September. He will be on board Tarnawa at the venue for Dermot Weld today. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jockeys have been critical of new IHRB rule restricting them to nine strokes per race

Gordon Elliott: will have a formidable team assembled for the big race  at Aintree. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Tiger Roll hot favourite to emulate legendary Red Rum and win back-to-back races

Friday week’s new Brexit deadline means the transportation of horses to and from Ireland to this week’s Aintree Grand National festival goes ahead as normal. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Racing’s ruling body anxiously awaiting Westminster decision on Brexit

Donal McInerney on Auvergnat loses his whip on the way to winning the Paddy Power Steeplechase at Leopardstown in December. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Chief executive defends IHRB’s decision to restrict number of strokes to eight

Presenting Percy winning the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran in January. It has been discovered  he has sclerosis in his near hind-leg. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Former Gold Cup favourite could return to action next season

 Paul Townend on Al Boum   celebrates victory in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup on Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15th. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Introducing eight-strike limit rule ‘shows lack of enlightened thinking’, says jockeys

Paul Hanagan: he will be on Calvados Spirit at Naas

Aidan O’Brien’s one time highly-rated Derby hope Amedeo Modigliani has just his third ever start in the Devoy Stakes

 Paul Townend and Willie Mullins celebrate with the Gold Cup after Al Boum Photo’s victory at Cheltenham. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Mullins confirms Cheltenham winner will line up for Coral Gold Cup

Trainer Willie Mullins during St Patrick’s Thursday of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

Trainer says bans for amateur jockeys were to appease animal welfare groups

The veteran former Welsh National hero Raz De Maree. The 14-year-old is famous for plugging on at the end of marathon races. Photograph: Getty Images

Three Irish-trained hopes will take part in what is seen as one of the most gruelling stamina tests

 Rachael Blackmore, riding Minella Indo, clears the last hurdle to win The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Rachael Blackmore lands first Grade One on 50-1 shot Minella Indo in Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle

Irish jockey Paul Townend rides Al Boum Photo to win the Gold Cup on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Trainer wins Blue Riband for first time as jockey banishes memory of infamous blunder

Presenting Percy wins the  RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Favourite has not raced over fences in a year giving Paul Nicholls a shout of fifth success

Mark Walsh riding Sir Erec clears the last jump to win the Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 3rd. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

JP McManus’s star juvenile has overcome a stone bruise and could dominate the field

Barry Geraghty onboard Sire Du Berlais comes home ahead of Tobefair to win the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Noel Fehily rides 50-1 winner and announces his imminent retirement after festival

 Jockey Bryony Frost celebrates after victory on  Frodon in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Frodon is first woman to ride Grade One winner over jumps at Cheltenham festival

Galway trainer Pat Kelly. Success at Cheltenham for the last three years from a small stable in the west of Ireland has seen Kelly regularly accused of genius. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The mystery around Galway trainer Pat Kelly has produced tales of near-mystic powers of horsemanship

Kilbricken Storm won last year’s Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham over three miles on soft ground last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Faugheen bids to make history by recording a Champion-Stayers double

 Aidan Coleman guiding Paisley Park to victory in   The Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January. “The form is there. It’s the best English form. He has improved with every run.”  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Cork jockey won his first Grade One on the popular Andrew Gemmell-owned star

Bryony Frost: will  carry home  hopes as Frodon’s course pedigree makes him the most likely English-trained winner of the Ryanair Chase. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Monalee should be approaching his career peak while Frodon leads English prospects

Jockey Nico de Boinville kisses Altior after the race. Photo: Paul Harding/PA Wire

Nico De Boinville’s mount came under pressure over the last but won out in the end

Tiger Roll ridden by jockey Keith Donoghue goes over a water jump in the Glenfarclas Chase during Ladies Day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photo: Paul Harding/PA Wire

Keith Donoghue guides the Grand National winner home to give Gordon Elliott first win

The final race of the opening day at Cheltenham saw a number of riding bans handed out. Photgraph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Declan Lavery suspended for 10 days over ride on Jerrysback due to welfare rules

Reigning two-mile champion odds-on to retain his Champion Chase crown

 Jamie Codd riding Envoi Allen to victory in the Matheson I.N.H. Flat Race at Leopardstown in February.  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Predictions of future Gold Cup glory have been made about Elliott’s unbeaten star

 Keith Donoghue riding Tiger Roll clear of the last to win The Glenfarclas Steeple Chase at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Grand National winner has already secured legendary status among his connections

Patrick Mullins pictured with  Ballyward at Cheltenham  on Monday. The horse was put down after a fall in the final race on Tuesday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

9-4 favourite fell in the closing National Hunt Chase on opening day

Runners and riders compete in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase during the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph:  Nigel French/PA Wire

Card would be run off in its entirety on Saturday and clash with Six Nations finale

Mark Walsh celebrates victory on Espoir D’Allen in the Champion Hurdle during the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

JP McManus’s horse claims unprecedented eighth success in the race under Mark Walsh

 Rachael Blackmore on A Plus Tard celebrates after winning the   Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

A Plus Tard’s win one of four for Irish horses on opening of Cheltenham festival

Barry Geraghty kisses the  Champion Hurdle trophy  after winning the race with Buveur D’air in 2018. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Twenty years on from festival debut, the veteran jockey is still at top of racing game

Paul Townend guiding Laurina to victory in last year’s mares’ novice hurldle at Cheltenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins’s mare set for Cheltenham day one showdown with Apple’s Jade

 The Willie Mullins-trained Benie Des Dieux leading  horses on the all-weather gallop in the centre of  Cheltenham racecourse. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Champion trainer is 10-1 to saddle four or more winners on festival’s opening day

Champion Hurdle contender Laurina on the gallops at Cheltenham racecourse on Sunday. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Predicted wind gusts of up to 80km/h on Day Two of festival a worrying reminder of 2008

Jack Kennedy celebrates Samcro’s win in the  Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The gifted 19-year-old jockey will partner popular Apple’s Jade in the Champion Hurdle

Davy Russell: most people’s favourite for leading jockey prize. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Michael Duignan, Phillip Reynolds, Darragh Ó Sé and more have their say

Brian Kavanagh: he rejected suggestions of possible structural issues with the new stands at  the Curragh. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland hopes to have new all-weather track in place by 2021

 Davy Russell riding Presenting Percy clear over the last to win The John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle  at Gowran Park  in Kilkenny, Ireland. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer Kelly schooling his star over fences the ‘wrong’ way round at Galway

If Western Australia lives up to his official 110 rating, Ryan Moore (pictured) should prove hard to beat. Photograph: Bryan Keane

Ballydoyle’s number one saddles two rides for O’Brien in rearranged midweek fixture

The JP McManus-owned  Jezki will not be travelling to Cheltenham this year. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Espoir D’Allen gets Champion Hurdle green light but owner takes out three contenders

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