Apple’s Jade made a winning return to action at Navan. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Gordon Elliott’s star mare romps to victory but Identity Thief loses life in same race

Delta Work ridden by Davy Russell (left) beats Niven ridden by Jamie Moore to win the Porter & Co Beginners Chase at Down Royal last week. Photograph:   PA Wire

Doctor Phoenix could get conditions to suit in Fortria Chase at Navan

Footpad:  had a perfect five-from-five novice campaign last season that included victory in the Arkle at Cheltenham.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Elliott’s popular mare Apple’s Jade bids to repeat Lismullen Hurdle victory at Navan

The Cliffsofmoher, left, pulls up lame during the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph: Andy Brownbill/AP

Trainer hoping for a better experience on Saturday with Latrobe at Flemington Park

  Ruby Walsh celebrates on Footpad after winning the   Arkle  Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in March. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

English trainer Whittington planning an Irish raid with Saint Calvados

Rachael Blackmore: “I’m absolutely delighted with the way it’s gone. I never thought I’d get to 50 winners in a season.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Top rider just 7-1 to become first woman to be crowned Irish champion jockey

Aidan O’Brien:  may send both the Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Could It Be Love and Most Gifted to the Listed Wentworth Stakes.  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

O’Brien’s 1,000 Guineas runner-up Could It Be Love could feature in Listed Wentworth Stakes

Jockey Chris Timmons has received a four-year ban for a positive cocaine test at Ballinrobe in May. Photograph:   Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Meath jockey regrets his action and can appeal the ban after 12 months

Trainer Tony Mullins has been fined £1,000 by British Horseracing Authority. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Panel imposed fine relating to running of Glencairn View back in April

Ryan Moore on Yucatan. The  colt has been the ante-post Melbourne Cup favourite since a spectacular Australian debut in a Caulfield Grade Two last month. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Yucatan set to lead Irishman’s three-pronged assault on ‘race that stops a nation’

Willie Mullins confirmed that Douvan is likely to miss the National Hunt season with a leg injury. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins confirms star chaser has suffered injury to same leg as last season

Jockey  Joel Rosario celebrates after riding Accelerate to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs  in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

Accelerate takes Classic while Enable secures historic win by beating Magical in the Turf

Ryan Moore riding Mendelssohn wins the UAE Derby  in Dubai, UAE. He will be O’Brien’s 18th Breeders Cup Classic starter.

Enable bids to become first Arc winner to double up in Breeders Cup Turf

Joel Rosario rides Jaywalk to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies  at Churchill Downs. Photograph:  Darron Cummings/AP Photo

First day not one to remember for Aidan O’Brien and European raiders

Rachael Blackmore  on Bedrock jumps the last to beat Jack Kennedy on board  Samcro in the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Presseye/Inpho

Mullins has 10 starters in handicap feature on final day of the flat

Frankie Dettori: “Records are there to be broken,” says the jockey of Enable’s chances of Breeders Cup Turf glory. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Dual Arc winner odds on to create some history at Churchill Downs

Willie Mullins with Faugheen at the launch of the  Winter Jumps Season at the champion trainer’s yard at  Closutton, Co Carlow.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Champion trainer makes fastest ever start to a national hunt season with 107 winners already

Road To Respect, ridden by Bryan Cooper, winning  at the  Cheltenham festival last March. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eight of 14 horses left in Saturday’s €140,000 feature at Down Royal are owned by Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary

Mendelssohn with Ryan Moore winning   last year in Del Mar, California.  Photograph:  Horsephotos/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien’s 13 entries include Mendelssohn in Saturday night’s climax to the event, the $6m Classic on dirt

 Samcro, with Jack Kennedy, winning at   Leopardstown in February. He will return to action at Down Royal on Friday. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Dettori set to team up with Weld’s Eziyra in Saturday night’s Breeders Cup Filly & Mare race

Roaring Lion: Europe’s outstanding three-year-old colt of 2018 is the latest to take a tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Classic in Louisville, Kentucky.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Tipping Point: America’s lucrative race on dirt has defeated many a Euro turf runner

Jack Kennedy and Samcro after victory in the 2018 Ballymore at Cheltenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Eddie O’Leary says plans are ground dependent as uncertainty over future of track continues

A unique four-in-a-row in Australia’s all-aged championship event would extend Winx’s winning streak to 29 races and cement her place in Australian sporting folklore. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty  *

Magna Grecia favourite to give Irish trainer ninth win in Doncaster Futurity

A view of racing at Down Royal from May 2017. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye/

Meeting on Wednesday worked through detail of transition of management at track

Ryan Moore will saddle Rostropovich in the  Cox Plate in Melbourne on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s Colt is a 16-1 shot in most ante-post lists for his first run in Australia

Frankie Dettori riding Too Darn Hot celebrates early as they win The Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Dewhurst winner already dominates next year’s classic picture

A general view as racing draws to a close during the Down Royal Festival in 2016. Photo: Kevin Scott/Inpho

Dublin based Merrion Property Group say they are committed to maintaining course

Fernando Alonso: will end his Formula One career at the end of this season. Photograph: Srdjan Suki/EPA

If even drivers think F1 is an engineering bore how tough a sell can it be to the rest of us?

Down Royal  Racecourse, Ireland’s current Racecourse of the Year. Photograph: Kevin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye

Racing’s ruling body has given €1.2 million in capital funding over 15 years

Ryan Moore and Magical lead the field home to win The QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes  during QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot. Photograph: Julian Herbert/PA .

Ballydoyle maestro looking for a 14th Group One success of year in Melbourne

John Gosden: English trainer’s team including Cracksman, Roaring Lion, Stradivarius and the filly Lah Ti Dar represent a potentially crushing display of firepower at Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Capri among a dozen Aidan O’Brien starters at on last big day of English flat season

The lease for the current Down Royal racecourse finishes on December 31st. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Inpho

Racing’s ruling body will meet with the Merrion Property Group next week

Frankie  Dettori celebrates Enable’s victory in the Qatar  Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at  Longchamp. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

Dual-Arc heroine gets green light to bid for glory at Churchill Downs in Kentucky

Road to Respect: was fourth in steeplechasing’s ‘Blue Riband’ last season and sets out on a new campaign in the Irish Daily Star Chase. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Ronnie Wood-owned Sandymount Duke could make his fitness count in day’s feature

 Latrobe and Donnacha O’Brien win The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Melbourne Cup is the next target for Aidan O’Brien’s charge. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer saddles Us And Them and Far Reach in Tuesday’s action at Punchestown

A greater stamina test will be ideal for Capri, last year’s St Leger and Irish Derby winner, who won on very testing ground at Naas in Spring. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Gosden will walk track on Thursday to decide target for Roaring Lion

GAA pitch-side violence Turning a blind eye has conjured the cult of the “hard man”, usually some hero whose talents run from niggling and sledging an opponent to distraction or if that fails blindsiding them with a sly cowardly dig

Tipping Point: Administrative has role in shattering violent delusions in expressions of manhood

 James McDonald  and Yucatan. The colt has been described as”‘the Melbourne Cup winner in waiting”. Photograph: Getty Images

O’Brien’s Yucatan now one of the 10-1 favourites for the Melbourne Cup

Tiger Roll (13) and Davy Russell en-route to victory in the 2018 Grand National. The UK is set to leave the European Union on March 29th, less than a week before the 2019 running. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

Authorities hopeful ‘common sense’ prevails and free movement of horses can continue

 Willie Mullins fields seven runners for the newly-enriched Dubai English Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Anthony Van Dyck flies Ballydoyle flag in vintage Dewhurst Stakes

Ruby Walsh:   will ride in two hurdle races, with Good Thyne Tara in particular appearing to be a leading contender for the Listed Mares Hurdle. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Gordon Elliott-trained Rogue Angel chasing another ‘National’ under Jack Kennedy

Donnacha O’Brien: has claimed five Group One wins this year and is  assured of being crowned champion jockey in Ireland for the first time with 103 winners already in the bag. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Donnacha O’Brien and Heffernan Newmarket-bound as Moore heads ‘Down Under’ for Everest

Irish Bookmakers Association  chief executive Sharon Byrne predicted the betting tax increase will close 300 shops with the loss of 1,500 jobs.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Betting tax increase will result in 1,500 job loses, say Irish Bookmakers Association

  US Navy Flag:  on course to take on Australia’s top sprinters in their own backyard in the early hours of Saturday morning. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

O’Brien’s July Cup winner bids for world’s most valuable turf race worth $13 million

In the middle of a scrum, or at the bottom of a ruck, or with a head-high tackle, there can be a fearful helplessness. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Even those within the sport are struggling to define what constitutes an acceptable level of risk

Franke Dettori riding rides Enable to victory ahead of James Doyle on Sea of Class. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

Gosden Star overcomes interrupted preparation to become eighth dual Arc winner

Frankie Dettori and Enable (L) take the Arc ahead of Sea Of Class (second R). Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

John Gosden’s stunning filly justifies favoritism at Longchamp under Frankie Dettori

Franke Dettori and Enable are favourites to repeat last year’s l’Arc victory, this time back at a rebuilt Longchamp. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien saddles five runners in Prix de l’Arc De Triomphe

 Trainer Willie Mullins:  has six starters at his local Gowran track on Saturday including Ballycase. Photograph: Inpho

Cheltenham winner Balko Des Flos returns to action in Gowran

Ryan Moore riding Thomas Hobson to win The Doncaster Cup Stakes from Max Dynamite  at Doncaster in  September. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Andrea Atzeni will ride for top jumps trainer in French Gold Cup

Kew Gardens ridden by Ryan Moore wins the English  St Leger at Doncaster last month. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

St Leger winner is a general 10-1 shot as race returns to its Longchamp home

Laurens wins the Matron Stakes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Probably favourite inflicted shock defeat on Alpha Centauri in the Matron Stake

In recent years racing’s regulator has endured repeated blows to its reputation when it comes to doping.

New drugs regime must convince public that Irish racing is serious about catching cheats

Fairyland ridden by Donnacha O’Brien (right) wins The Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes during day three of the Cambridgeshire Meeting at Newmarket. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA

Cypress Creek’s victory in Naas four-timer an indirect boost to trainer’s hopes

Unfortunately’s trainer Karl Burke: he  indicated the colt may have one more run in Ascot’s Champion Sprint before retiring to stud.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

English raider completed double for jockey Chris Hayes, who had earlier scored aboard Cedars Of Lebanon

Trainer Aidan O’Brien: said after the Curragh that Mount Everest proclaimed the colt as having a “big massive engine”. Photograph: Inpho

Champion trainer has sights set on 18th victory in historic race

Mendelssohn with Ryan Moore up wins the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar Race Track in November last year  in Del Mar, California. Photograph:  Horsephotos/Getty

The prestige for Aidan O’Brien of finally breaking his duck in America’s most valuable race is possibly even more incalculable tha(...)

  Saxon Warrior won the Beresford Stakes for trainer Aidan O’Brien last year before going on to win the  2000 Guineas  at Newmarket this year. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Mount Everest could lead trainer’s bid for Group Two race at Naas on Sunday

Galway native trained Warendorf to win a point to point at Belclare last March

 Fairyland is one of trainer Aidan O’Brien’s entries in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s juvenile odds-on to win the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes

IHRB puts spike in positive tests down to ‘bad practice’ rather than anything more sinister

Lady Kaya will bid to give Sheila Lavery a maiden Group One success at Newmarket. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Meath trainer runs Breaking Story at Fairyhouse with Robbie Colgan onboard

Dermot Weld’s Curragh winner Kisanga which had a positive test for testosterone. photograph: Inpho

Anti-doping chief reassured despite eight horses being disqualified so far this year

Gordon Lord Byron will race in the Czech Republic for the first time on Saturday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Tom Hogan’s veteran 10-year-old primed for 91st career start across eight countries

Aidan O’Brien’s Sioux Nation could be set for a run at Newbury on Saturday. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Darren Bunyan’s horse came fourth in easy ground at the Curragh

Trainer John ’Shark’ Hanlon. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer’s horse Camlann was disqualified from Galway Festival race after adverse finding for cobalt

Colm O’Donoghue on Alpha Centauri. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Trainers not pointing fingers over leg problems to Saxon Warrior and Alpha Centauri

Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Another clash with Catholic Boy may be on card for race in which Diversify tops betting

  Daniel Tudhope riding Laurens (right) win The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes from Alpha Centauri at Leopardstown Racecourse on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Saxon Warrior and Alpha Centauri suffered career-ending injuries at Leopardstown

Ryan Moore on Flag Of Honour goes clear to win the Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Skitter Scatter provides Prendergast and Whelan with first Group One at the Curragh

Jessica Harrington’s Alpha Centauri (L) has been retired through injury a day after her shock loss to Laurens at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Havana Grey gives trainer Karl Burke a ‘Champions Weekend’ Group One double

 Oisín Murphy riding Roaring Lion (left) gets up to beat Ryan Moore and Saxon Warrior to claim the  Qipco Irish Champion Stakes  at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Alpha Centauri found to be ‘clinically abnormal’ after shock defeat to Laurens

 Roaring Lion: faces the prospect of four Ballydoyle opponents, including Saxon Warrior, around him during Leopardstown’s €1.25 million feature. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Kew Gardens leads O’Brien five-strong team into Doncaster St Leger

Royal Marine ridden by Oisín Murphy wins the Gary Reid Memorial British EBF Maiden Stakes during day three of the 2018 William Hill St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse on Friday. Photograph:  Tim Goode/PA Wire

Young jockey looking to add to brilliant run of Group One successes at Leopardstown

Ryan Moore: faces a busy schedule on Saturday with rides at Doncaster and Leopardstown. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

O’Brien-trained Kew Gardens favourite for world’s oldest classic

Oisin Murphy riding Roaring Lion to win the Juddmonte  International at York  on August 22nd, 2018. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Flag Of Honour at the top of some betting lists for €500,000 Leger at the Curragh

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Saxon Warrior. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Intense Stylist lines up for Listowel sprint handicap under champion jockey Colin Keane

Saxon Warrior and  Roaring Lion at Doncaster last year. Roaring Lion will face French Derby winner Study Of Man at Leopardstown on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Leopardstown confirms free entry for students at first leg of Irish Champions Weekend

Danny Mullins on Riven Light wins the Mile Handicap race at the  Galway  Festival. Photograph: Inpho

Champion trainer also aiming for quick start to Listowel Festival

Jockey Jack Kennedy and owner Michael O’Leary with Samcro after winning the Ballymore Novices Hurdle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Listowel festival’s €200,000 feature tempts O’Leary to enter six in pursuit of four in a row

 Eziyra could be bound for the Breeders Cup Filly & Mare at Churchill Downs in November. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Weld plans to run Bandua in Kentucky Downs this weekend

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has his  first success as a racehorse owner at Roscommon. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Donnacha O’Brien guides 7-4 favourite home in Irish Stallion Farms Auction Race

 Speak In Colours (centre), ridden by Donnacha O’Brien,  wins the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the  Curragh in August. Photograph: Inpho

Limerick celebrates first Grade One race ever run In Munster

Riven Light, with Danny Mullins on board,  wins the  Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap in convincing style at Galway.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Impressive Galway festival winner to take his chances in €770,000 Keeneland Korea Cup

Neville O’Byrne. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

O’Byrne was senior steward of the Turf Club for two years until the end of 2015

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt pictured at Punchestown in 2015. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Donnacha O’Brien takes ride on horse owned by Ireland rugby coach and keen racing fan

Seven positive tests have been returned in Ireland already this year compared to six for the whole of 2017. More cases are currently pending. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Trainers, vets and stable staff to be briefed on the dangers of using prohibited substances

Order of St George: “I’m not sure he’s going to make Champions Weekend,” said O’Brien.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Trainer says if favourite doesn’t run in Irish St Leger he’ll be bound for stud next year

 Concerns have been expressed over the size and suitability of the proposed parade ring in   the redeveloped Curragh. The new facility is scheduled to be officially open in April.  Photo: Handout/Curragh Racecourse

Impressive debut winner Ten Sovereigns entered for Saturday’s Round Tower Stakes

Latrobe. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Joseph O’Brien’s star as low as 10-1 for world’s oldest classic at Doncaster

Roger Varian: his Realtra ended a run of three wins in a row in the seven furlong for Dermot Weld a year ago. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ken Condon to choose between Prix de La Foret & QEII at Ascot

Competitors  start the Ironman challenge In Scotsman’s Bay in Dun Laoghaire last week. Photograph: Peter Cavanagh

Time-consuming pursuit isn’t so much about exercise as an existential cry for help

Aidan O’Brien: “They’re starting to run a bit better.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Anthony Van Dyck leads Ballydoyle 1-2-3 In Futurity

English jockey due back at Curragh on Sunday to ride, among others, 2019 derby favourite Anthony Van Dyck

Alpha Delphini ridden by Graham Lee (right) beats Mabs Cross   after a photo finish to win the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stake  at York Racecourse.  Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

40-1 Alpha Delphini gets photo finish verdict by a nose

Frankie Dettori riding Lah Ti Dar easily wins The British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes at York on Thursday. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Any repetition of his spectacular Goodwood form will result in Grade One triumph

James Doyle riding Sea Of Class (right) to win the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Filly continues remarkable rise with devastating Yorkshire Oaks win

Trainer Mick O’Toole photographed at  Maddenstown  in Co Kildare back in 2011. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Dubliner enjoyed success in both jumps and flat racing including Irish 2,000 Guineas

York Racecourse. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Even without Forever Together, Aidan O’Brien has three in the Group One feature

Oisín Murphy riding Roaring Lion  to win the Juddmonte International Stakes at York Racecourse on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Oisín Murphy rides thre-year-old grey colt to fine finish at York ahead of Poet’s Word

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