Conor McNamara will ride Internal Transfer for his father Eric in Wednesday’s Guinness Kerry National at Listowel. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Trainer’s son Conor takes the ride for €150k highlight of Listowel festival

A race horse is sprayed with water to cool it down following a race at Warwick. Photograph: David Davies/Getty Images

No-deal scenario could result in designated border inspections

Kevin Brouder will take the ride on Doctor Duffy in Wednesday’s Kerry National. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kevin Brouder takes ride on Listowel favourite before eight-week ban begins

83 owners attended Monday’s fixtures at Fairyhouse, pictured,and Listowel. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

83 owners reportedly attended Monday’s meetings at Fairyhouse and Listowel

Horse owners can return to Fairyhouse from Monday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Owners will attend Listowel and Fairyhouse as part of relaxed Covid-19 restrictions

Racing continues behind closed doors at Navan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ronan McNally-trained horse was backed in from 20-1 and won comfortably at 6-4

Jockeys, officials and stable staff show their respect in a minute’s silence for the recently passed Pat Smullen at Naas racecourse: Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Race was won by much-mourned jockey in 2014 as he completed his first century of winners

Sizing John has been forced to retire after sustaining a career-ending injury on Thursday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Crowds of 90,000 would normally flood the north Kerry town for the week-long run

Pat Smullen has died aged 43 after battling cancer. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Nine-times champion jockey claimed Epsom-Irish Derby double during brilliant career

A view of Leopardstown  during Irish Champions Weekend. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Racing’s ruling body will prioritise getting owners back into racecourses

IHRB chief security officer Chris Gordon was awarded €300k and full costs in the case

Champions Weekend took place at the Curragh on Sunday. Photo: Inpho

The 20-year-old rode in two races at the Curragh on Sunday

Jockeys walk to the spectator-free parade ring for the opening race during day two of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Curragh Racecourse last weekend. Photo: PA Wire

HRI chief executive says it’s important if numbers are for spectators or all personnel

Mogul in action in the Longines Irish Champions Weekend, Leopardstown Racecourse, in 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

O’Brien says plenty of options for Mogul including Champion Stakes or Hong Kong

Dermot Weld with Search For Song after his victory at the Curragh. Photograph: PA

Search For Song delivers at the Curragh as Donnacha O’Brien lands another Group One

Magical (L) saw off Ghaiyyath at Leopardstown. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Across the Irish sea Joseph O’Brien saddles Galileo Chrome to St Leger win at Doncaster

Ghaiyyath ridden by jockey William Buick (second left) on the way to winning the Juddmonte International Stakes  at York Racecourse on August 19th. Photograph: David Davies/Pool/Getty Images

Shane Crosse misses chance to ride Galileo Chrome after testing positive for Covid-19

Shane Crosse tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shane Crosse (18), who was asymptomatic, was stood down from riding at Limerick

Shane Crosse with Plough Boy in the parade ring after winning at Fairyhouse in June. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

18-year-old is the first rider in Ireland to test positive and will miss Champions Weekend

Frankie Dettori will ride Irish Derby winner Santiago for trainer Aidan O’Brien in Saturday’s St Leger at Doncaster. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer and jockey have each won the oldest Classic six times

Jockey William Buick celebrates after winning the Juddmonte International Stakes  on Ghaiyyath at York in August. Photograph:  David Davies/Getty Images)

The world’s top-rated racehorse will provide headline act to Irish Champions Weekend

Jockey Kevin Brouder pictured during the Galway Festival back in July. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jockey Kevin Brouder admits to acquiring admission wristband for passenger

Ghaiyyath ridden by jockey William Buick on the way to winning the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on August 19th. Photograph: David Davies/Getty Images

World’s top-rated racehorse is one of 13 entries for Saturday’s Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown

 Frankie Dettori riding Enable on their way to winning the Unibet September Stakes at Kempton Park Racecourse on Saturday in Sunbury, England. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Irish Champion Stakes value falls 40% to €750,000 due to impact of coronavirus crisis

Ryan Moore will be able to take up ride on Circus Maximus after  decision to relax quarantine restrictions for jockeys. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Saturday morning gallop will decide if Ghaiyyath goes to Irish Champion Stakes

 Manuel Franco and Tiz the Law win the Belmont Stakes in June. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Irish rider James Graham will be on outsider Major Fed

French-owned Arcangues and jockey Jerry Bailey beat Bertrando in the 1993 Breeders Cup. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/Getty/AFP

133-1 French shot silences the crowd at Santa Anita after a shock for the ages on the dirt

Colin Keane on Siskin comes home to win the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas. Photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Veteran Spanish jockey Ioritz Mendizabal to take the ride as Colin Keane stays home

Coolmore Stud’s number one jockey Ryan Moore has been in isolation in Ireland since last Saturday ahead of the Irish Champions Weekend. Photograph:  David Davies/Getty Images

Ryan Moore is already in isolation in Ireland ahead of flat racing showpiece

Lope Y Fernandez (right) came home third behind Siskin in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh in June. Photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Gordon Lord Byron in 2013 is the only Irish victory in the race in almost half a century

Serena Williams is bidding for a 24th Grand Slam title. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

23 Grand Slams could become 24 as the best of them all cements status into statistical fact

Ken Condon pictured with Romanised at the Curragh in July. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Two-year-old prospect made just €8,000 through the sales ring as a yearling

 Ruby Walsh after winning  the  2019 Irish Grand National on Burrows Saint at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Running Ireland’s most valuable steeplechase behind closed doors would not have felt right

This year’s Punchestown Festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Getty

AIR say smaller courses in a better position to cope when operating behind closed doors

Pattern performer Roaring Lion took the Irish Champion Stakes under Oisín Murphy in 2018. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Qatar’s Qipco pulled their backing in April having sponsored the race for last six years

A jockey takes a break where the bookmakers normally pitch at Down Royal. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

Limited number of bookies have been allowed back on British tracks since last week

A spectator wearing a protective mask watches the French elite men’s time trial championship in Grand Champ last weekend. Thousands of fans will congregate on the roads to watch the Tour de France. Photograph: Getty Images

Tipping Point: Thousands will fill the roads for an event that’s a symbol of France

Séamus Heffernan  on Chief Little Hawk (left) holds off Chris Hayes on Monaasib to win the Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes at Naas on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jockey completed 5,277-1 treble after landing Ballyhane Stakes for Aidan O’Brien

Devious Company (right) is one of three cross-channel raiders lining up in the inaugural €320,000 EBF Ballyhane Stakes at Naas on Sunday. Photograph: David Davies/Pool via Getty Images

Filly that cost just €9,500 going for €150,000 first prize in inaugural EBF Ballyhane Stakes

Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Tattersalls’ September sale also moved to England

 Ryan Moore riding Love  in The Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse on June 7th in Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Killarney and Leopardstown race cards likely to be unaffected by Storm Ellen

Ghaiyyath, ridden by jockey William Buick, on the way to winning the Juddmonte International Stakes at the Ebor Festival at York Racecourse in England. Photograph: David Davies – Pool/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien’s Magical finishes runner-up in a Group One for sixth time in her career

Racegoers leave Aintree after the 1997 Grand National was postponed due to a bomb scare. Photograph: Inpho/Allsport

Brian O’Connor had the best seat in the house for his first Grand National - until the phone rang

Magical, ridden by Wayne Lordan, wins The Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Five-year-old mare looking to make it a record seven wins in the race for her trainer

Magical winning the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the  Curragh under jockey  Wayne Lordan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer looking for another York victory to break deadlock with Michael Stoute

Waterford huddle before their Airtricity League game against Shelbourne at an empty Tolka Park. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Words need to match actions but return to some sort of normal can boost morale

A general view of the course at last week’s Goodwood Festival. Photo: Edward Whitaker/PA Wire

There was no luck for Irish-trained horses in Group One races in France and Germany

Trainer Johnny Murtagh has Know It All running in France on Sunday. Photo: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

Know It All will take her chance in the Prix Rothschild over a mile at Deauville

Goodwood was expecting to welcome back 5,000 fans on Saturday before the UK government did a u-turn. Photo: Edward Whitaker/PA Wire

Announcement expected next week on potential move to phase four of lifting restrictions

Daniel Mullins falls from Canardier on the horse’s last run at Cheltenham. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins’ hopeful has run just three times in the last 14 months with two falls

Eventual race winner Patrick Mullins on Aramon jumps alongside JJ Slevin on Fair Mountain during the Galway Hurdle. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jockey took the race for the second time in his career on his father’s 7-1 shot

Galvin ridden by Aubry McMahon. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Galway preview: Galvin heads trainer’s handful of runners in Tote Galway Plate

 Colin Keane onboard Siskin comes home to win ahead of Seamus Heffernan onboard Lope Y Fernandez in The Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecourse last month. Photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Ger Lyons’s star lines up against selection of elite miler talent in Goodwood highlight

Gavin Ryan on Saltonstall (right) inches out Tom Madden on Njord to win the Colm Quinn BMW Mile for the second year running at Galway on Tuesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer Ado McGuinness enjoys back-to-back success in Tuesday’s feature race

Trainer Sheila Lavery runs Magnetic North in the Colm Quinn BMW Mile at Galway on Tuesday evening. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Sheila Lavery’s charge has advantage of stamina for tough finish at Ballybrit

 Séamie Heffernan wins the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Santiago (left). The Aidan O’Brien-trained  three-year-old takes on Stradivarius in Tuesday’s Goodwood Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish Derby winner looking to stop champion stayer taking a fourth Goodwood Cup

Trainer Ado McGuinness watches the second race from an empty grandstand on the opening day of the Galway Racinf Festival. Photograph: James Combie/Inpho

Organisers of week-long festival prepare for seven-figure hit without the usual crowds

Galway prepares for a week of racing without racegoers at Ballybrit. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Top handler Willie Mullins out to be leading light at Ballybrit for a fifth straight year

A jockey sits where the bookmakers would usually set up at Down Royal. File photograph: Inpho

Irish bookmakers haven’t operated since March due to the coronavirus pandemic

Frankie Dettori riding Enable celebrates after winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot Racecourse on July 27th, 2019. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Frankie Dettori will try to equal Lester Piggott’s seven King George victories

 Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland: ‘We will watch with interest what goes on at that trial in Goodwood.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Races remain behind closed doors as Goodwood plans pilot event with 5,000 crowd

Huge crowds gather each year for the Epsom Derby. Photo: David M. Benett/Getty Images for Investec

Brian O’Connor: The constant undulations and the history make Epsom a special place

Hunters Call  has been entered in the Galway Hurdle. Photograph: Getty Images

Hunters Call and Fair Mountain among 38 entries for next week’s big race at Ballybrit

Enable,  ridden by Frankie Dettori, wins the Darley Yorkshire Stakes in August, 2019. Photograph: Nigel French/PA Wire

John Gosden’s star Enable will face challenge from six horses trained by Aidan O’Brien

Even So and jockey Colin Keane wins the Juddmonte Irish Oaks (Group 1) from Cayenne Pepper (Red Cap) at Curragh Racecourse. Photo: PA Wire

Even So’s victory means trainer tied 2-2 with Aidan O’Brien for Curragh classics this year

Even So and jockey Colin Keane wins the Juddmonte Irish Oaks at the Curragh Racecourse. Photograph: PA

Trainer confirms his status as a major new figure at elite level with this latest victory

Jessica Harrington: the trainer will have high hopes for ante-post favourite Cayenne Pepper’s chances in the Juddmonte Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

On her Guineas effort, Joseph O’Brien’s New York Girl is right in the mix

Runners and riders in the Ireland Thanks You Handicap at Dundalk Racecourse last weekend. Photograph: PA

Financial report for first half of the year has seen an unprecedented slide in some figures

Action from the 2019 Laytown Races. This year’s event, scheduled for September 1st, has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Organising make decision due to concerns over social distancing at famous meeting

Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien pictured at the Curragh for the 2,000 Guineas in June. Photograph:  Caroline Norris/Inpho

Case involving Aidan and Donnacha O’Brien at Curragh an ‘unfortunate’ incident says IHRB

Barry Geraghty celebrates winning onboard Sire Du Berlais at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The 40-year-old leaves with a Grand National and 43 Cheltenham winners to his name

 Frankie Dettori: will be aiming to add the July Darley Cup  to his glittering big race CV when he rides Sceptical in the Group One feature at Newmarket.   Photograph: David Davies/PA

Top jockey aiming to to add Darley July Cup at Newmarket to his famous CV

Vincent O’Brien was the visionary who changed racing in Ireland and around the world. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He was the visionary upon whose giant shoulders today’s industry stands

Enable (R) and Japan can’t reel in Ghaiyyath in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. Photograph: Mark Cranham/Getty/AFP

Aidan O’Brien’s Japan third as William Buick delivers a fine ride in Coral-Eclipse

Fancy Blue has won the French Oaks at Chantilly to give trainer Donnacha O’Brien a first Classic win. File photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish raiders dominate Sunday's race at Chantilly and fill the first three places

Serpentine and Emmet McNamara stretch them out in the Epsom Derby. Photograph: George Selwyn/PA

Trainer lands record eighth win in Classic as Emmet McNamara catches them sleeping

Ryan Moore will ride Mogul for Aidan O’Brien in the Epsom Derby, one of his six entries as he looks to become the most successful trainer in the 240-year  history of the race. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There is a mouthwatering weekend of Classic action ahead in both England and France

Pierre-Charles Boudot celebrates winning the Arc on Waldgeist in 2019. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Donnacha O’Brien snaps up Pierre-Charles Boudot for Fancy Blue’s French Oaks bid

Jessica Harrington and trainers aged over 70 can return to the racetrack from Wednesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland’s ban on over 70s from attending racecourses is lifted on Wednesday

Aidan O’Brien may switch Armoury  to Chantilly in a bid to win a first French Derby on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Four Classics will be held in 24 hours between Epsom and Chantilly

Dundalk racecourse in Co Louth. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Process will include examination of international betting trends from March race

Novak Djokovic with the trophy after his Wimbledon victory in 2019. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty

Tournament insurance in SW19 has proved savvy but sport’s reputation has taken a hit

Santiago and Seamie Heffernan after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at Curragh Racecourse. Photo: PA Wire

Trainer is looking to make it an eighth win in the big race after Irish Derby success

Santiago wins the Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘Whirring’ sound emanating from roof of stand could be heard across Derby weekend

Santiago (L) won the Irish Derby at the Curragh under Seamie Heffernan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Favourite digs in to deny Tiger Moth with Ballydoyle accounting for first four home

Séamus Heffernan celebrates Highland Reel’s victory in the Longines Turf race at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. Photograph:  Sean M Haffey/Getty Images

Jockey going for a fourth Irish Derby win and this time with the top pick of Aidan’s O’Brien’s horses

Jessica Harrington could become the first woman to train an Irish Derby winner with Golden Maze in Saturday’s race at the Curragh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jessica Harrington bidding to become first woman to train winner in race’s 154-year history

Rachael Blackmore will ride trainer Emmet Mullins’s King Of The Throne in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Jockey will partner outsider King Of The Throne at the Curragh on Saturday

Shane Crosse onboard Crossfirehurricane (3) comes home to win the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh last week. Photo: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Unbeaten US-bred colt was an impressive winner of the Gallinule Stakes this month

Trainer Emmet Mullins has been fined and banned from all racecourses for three months for breaching Covid-19 protocols. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer was seen in Leopardstown enclosure last week despite being denied entry

The USA side applaud the crowd following their defeat to England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

Rugby has always had core support in the US, what it lacked was the focus of a pro league

Ryan Moore wins on Mogul in last year’s KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Coronavirus situation means the two big races take place within a week of each other

Sceptical won last time out at Naas. Photo: Caroline Norris/Inpho

At Naas, Make A Challenge could give Denis Hogan a dream day

Santiago, ridden by Ryan Moore, wins the Queens Vase during Day Four of Royal Ascot. Photo: Edward Whitaker/Pool via Getty Images

High hopes of potential shot at Stayers crown in 2021 for 100-30 Queen’s Vase winner

Tom Marquand takes the ride on Jessica Harrington’s Millisle on Friday. Photograph: Megan Ridgwell/Getty

Anthony Van Dyck and Elarqam set to lock horns in Group Two company on Friday

Betting shops in Ireland remain closed. Photograph: Matt Alexander/PA

Confusion has reigned this week after shops reopened only to be told to close a day later

Stradivarius storms home under Frankie Dettori to take the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Photograph:  Edward Whitaker/Getty

Odds-on favourite steals the show at Ascot as Battleground impresses for Aidan O’Brien

Frankie Dettori riding Stradivarius celebrates winning the Gold Cup in 2018. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

But trainer’s main concern is avoiding soft ground at Ascot for historic hat-trick bid

Lord North ridden by James Doyle wins the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes during day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo: Edward Whitaker/PA Wire

Russian Emperor did bring some joy for Aidan O’Brien with a win on day two

Japan ridden by jockey Ryan Moore comes home to win the King Edward VII Stakes during day four of Royal Ascot last year. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA

Win for Aidan O’Brien’s horse would set up clash with Enable and Ghaiyyath in Eclipse

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