William Buick on Native Trail winning at the Curragh. Ante-post odds of as low as 1-3 about Native Trail suggest racegoers may witness a Classic coronation rather than a contest. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rachael Blackmore teams up with Kemboy in the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil in Paris

Trainer Kieran Cotter. 	Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer penalised on back of stable inspection of his premises in February of last year

William Buick on Native Trail comes home to win in the 2021 Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh in September 2021. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After losing unbeaten record to stablemate, English raider is odds-on favourite

The HRI director of equine welfare has spoken of the regulated nature of the horse meat trade. Photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Government figures show that 3,000 thoroughbreds slaughtered for meat since 2020

Peter Matthews to step down after 40 years with Turf Club and IHRB

Dermot Weld: ‘We decided a while ago we’d go for the Curragh and we’ve stuck to our plan. It looks like being a good renewal of the race. She wants nice ground which I think it will be at the weekend.’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Famed Curragh trainer’s charge favourite for Sunday’s Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas

Wimbledon: decided to ban Russian and Belarusian tennis players. Photograph: Joe Toth/ AFP

Doubling down on individual rights and freedoms is best policy in the face of fascists

The Goffs Lacken Stakes: Leigh Roche wins on Twilight Jet. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Curragh trainer is in pursuit of a maiden Group 1 career victory

Modern Games with William Buick wins the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar Race Track on November 5th, 2021. Photograph: Horsephotos/Getty

Trainer will have a clean sweep of Europe’s major 2,000 Guineas prizes in his sights

Cachet will try to emulate Special Duty in 2010 and complete the English-French Guineas double. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Poule D’Essai des Pouliches – the French 1,000 Guineas – is ‘off’ at 2.15pm on Sunday

Trainer Patrick Hayes was found to have brought racing into disrepute by an IHRB referrals panel. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A thoroughbred in the county Kildare trainer’s care found in an ‘emaciated state’

Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho is a part owner of the Michael O’Callaghan-trained Olivia Maralda, which is  set to make her debut at Naas on Sunday. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Brazilian footballer is the part owner of €450k filly Olivia Maralda

Aidan O’Brien runs The Algarve in Wednesday’s Musidora Stakes at York. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer looking to add to his Oaks team on day one of the Dante meeting on Wednesday

Trainer Fozzy Stack runs  Hermana Estrella in the French 1,000 Guineas at Longchamp on Sunday. Photograph:  Caroline Norris/Inpho

Trainer has entered filly in French 1,000 Guineas at Longchamp

Dermot Weld has a number of options for Search for a Song. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dual Irish St Leger winner could go to York or Leopardstown on Friday

Aidan O’Brien’s Stone Age has been made favourite for the Epsom Derby by a number of bookmakers. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer looking to get off the mark in Group One contests at Newbury on Saturday

James Doyle celebrates on Cachet after winning the Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes  at Newmarket. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Sixteen-to-1 outsider helps jockey complete famous double after 2,000 Guineas win on Coroebus

Paul Townend onboard State Man comes home to win the Champion Novice Hurdle in Punchestown. Photograph: Tom Maher/Inpho

Willie Mullins reached 201 winners for the season with a 71/1 four-timer on Friday

Honeysuckle ridden by jockey Rachael Blackmore wins the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle on day four of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

A crowd of just under 41,000 cheered home jockey Rachael Blackmore on star mare

Ryan Moore on Point Lonsdale  winning  at the August Festival of Racing at the Curragh in 2021. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Epatante looks to have an ideal Grade 1 opportunity in the Coolmore Mares Hurdle at Punchestown

Honeyscuckle is all but unbackable to complete hurdling’s festival championship hat-trick for a second year in a row. Photograph: Inpho

National Hunt racing’s poster-partnership unbeaten in 15 ahead of Champion Hurdle

Klassical Dream ridden by jockey Paul Townend on their way to winning the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Robbie Power denied a fairytale result on the day he announced his retirement

Patrick Mullins on Klassical Dream. Photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Klassical Dream tops betting to become first back-to-back scorer since Queveaga

Allaho and Paul Townend leave the field in their wake on the way to winning the Gold Cup at Punchestown yesterday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Triumph on day two of festival secures Grade One hat-trick for Willie Mullins

Jockey Jack Kennedy and trainer Gordon Elliott celebrate winning onboard Mighty Potter. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mighty Potter upset the Mullins applecart with win in the Champion Novice Hurdle

Willie Mullins’s Allaho is favourite to beat a field with three Cheltenham Gold Cup victories between them. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Should the main contenders take each other on it could set it up for a late pounce

Chacun Pour Soi is a formidable proposition in the featured William Hill Champion Chase. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins spreading his net wider with representatives in all eight races on day one

Rachael Blackmore will try to maintain her unbeaten partnership with Honeysuckle later in the week. Photograph: Getty Images

The closest title battle this week could be among the conditional jockeys

Trainer Willie Mullins. Photograph: Tom Maher/Inpho

Punchestown likely to underline the competitive quandary at the heart of the sport

Search for a Song winning at the Curragh last year. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Search For A Song has her first start since finishing fourth in Prix Royal Oak in October

Suann says a high-priority should be the installation of CCTV in sampling units at every racecourse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Examination of practices recommends provision of more funding and resources

Paul Townend on Allaho clears the last and goes on to win the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer currently has eight of the favourites in the 12 Group One races at festival

Brian Hayes onboard Easy Game comes home to win. Photograph: Tom Maher/Inpho

Suspected heart attack before decisive jump but Janidil emerges unscathed from own fall

Paddy O’Hanlon on Lord Lariat celebrates winning The BoyleSports Irish Grand National. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rachael Blackmore comes in last on Full Time Score as all riders arrive unscathed

Rachael Blackmore is the biggest name in her fifth Irish Grand National. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP )

Rachael Blackmore seeks her first crown at the fifth time of asking at Fairyhouse meet

 Ricky Doyle celebrates winning the Irish Grand National with Freewheelin Dylan, a 150-1 shot, at Fairyhouse  last year. Photograph; Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Fairyhouse highlight has served up so many memories over 150 years

Galopin Des Champs ridden by Paul Townened clears the last on the way to winning the BoyleSports Gold Cup Novice Chase at Fairyhouse Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA W

Willie Mullins sees reassurance that the talented novice is quickly learning on the job

Rachael Blackmore is back in action again in the Irish Grand Nationl. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Irish jockey back in action on Easter Monday aboard De Bromhead’s Full Time Score

Fifa president Gianni Infantino with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani at the draw for the 2022 World Cup earlier this month in Doha. Photograph: Getty Images

Just like the 2018 World Cup, flags will wave in Qatar, and billions will tune in

 Noble Yeats ridden by jockey Sam Waley-Cohen takes the water-jump during the Grand National victory at Aintree on Saturday.  Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

Willie Mullins tips hat to his nephew as jockey Waley-Cohen bows out on a fairytale high

Noble Yeats ridden by jockey Sam Waley-Cohen wins the Grand National at Aintree. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA

Sent off at 50-1, few would’ve expected Emmet Mullins’ charge to strike in Aintree

Winning trainer Gordon Elliott celebrates winning the Cross Country Chase with  Delta Work at Cheltenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Meath-based trainer has a record-equalling fourth Grand National in his sights

Mark Walsh riding Fakir D’Oudairies clear the last to complete back-to-back victories in The Marsh Chase at Aintree. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

O’Brien has made no secret of how much he likes the three year old colt

 Jack Kennedy on Delta Work celebrates  winning the Glenfarclas Chase at the  Cheltenham Festival. Elliott’s star now bids for Grand National glory at Aintree. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Trainer also runs highly-fancied Escaria Ten and last year’s fifth Farclas as he bids to join select group of four-time winners

 Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham. Jack Kennedy on Delta Work (right) with Davy Russell on Tiger Roll. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Horse provoked remarkable scenes at Cheltenham when booed after beating Tiger Roll

Jim Bolger’s claim about doping in the sport shocked racing but what have we learned

Ryan Moore on Glounthaune comes home to win at the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at the Curragh in Co Kildare on April 17th, 2021. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s colt Glounthaune to run in Saturday’s Ballylinch 1,000 guineas

Bob Olinger and  Rachael Blackmore go past faller Galopin Des Champs and unseated jockey  Paul Townend on their way to winning the Turners Novice Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire for the Jockey Club

Trainer not ruling out another battle against Galopin Des Champs at Punchestown

Jockey Ronan Whelan on A Case of You on the way to winning the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on Saturday during the  Dubai World Cup event. Photograph:  Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images

Trainer Ado McGuinness secures near €800k first prize with Al Quoz Sprint win

Paul Townend on Galopin Des Champs falls at the last during the Turners Chase at Cheltenham. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Willie Mullins believes performance shows a horse that could stay further

Paul Townend greets  Willie Mullins after winning the  Champion Chase on Energumene at Cheltenham. It was one of a record 10 winners for the top trainer. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

Top trainer warns quality of the racing must not be diluted if Jockey Club opt to extend meeting in 2024s

Hugh Morgan on Young Dev wins the Ladbrokes   Novice Steeplechase at Navan Racecourse in February last year. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Horse is among four Irish hopefuls in post-Cheltenham highlight at Uttoxeter

Jockey Rachael Blackmore kisses the Gold Cup as she celebrates after winning the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on  A Plus Tard. Photograph:   David Davies/PA Wire for the Jockey Club

Henry de Bromhead secures back-to-back Gold Cups as Irish trainers win all seven races on final day

Paul Townend on Vauban (left) approach the finish line  to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle race during day four of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Trainer enjoys 1,518-1 five-timer to secure a record 10 wins for the week

Adrian Maguire (right)  on Cool Ground edges ahead of The Fellow (left) to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1992. Photograph: Gary M Prior/Allsport

Man often labelled best jockey never to be champion is now retired for 20 years

Davy Russell and Fil Dor win the   the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle during the  Christmas festival at Leopardstown. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Eric Bloodaxe an attractive each-way prospect in the Albert Bartlett

Danny Mullins on Flooring Porter and winning connections celebrate after the emphatic victory in the Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gavin Cromwell’s charge produces his best when it matters under a flawless ride from Danny Mullins

 Paul Townend rode Al Boum Photo to win the Gold Cup in 2019. Photograph:  Glyn KIRK / AFP

Rachael Blackmore has Gold Cup score to settle as she rides De Bromhead’s A Plus Tard

Paul Townend on Allaho take the last fence on the way to winning the Ryanair Chase during day three of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jockey had earlier been thrown from Galopin Des Champs at final fence with victory in sight

 Jack Kennedy on Samcro in 2018, when the horse was the next big thing in Irish racing. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Former Cheltenham star has not lived up to hype and could be pipped here by Agusta Gold

 Paul Townend riding Galopin Des Champs clear the last to win The Ladbrokes Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Two of the four runners are already first and second favourites for the Gold Cup - in 2023

Richard Johnson riding Thyme Hill clear the last to win The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2019. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Cheltenham: Sceptics might be persuaded to believe none of the 10 runners can win

Jockey Danny Mullins celebrates after riding Flooring Porter to victory in the stayers hurdle on Day Three of last year’s Cheltenham Festival. File photograph: Getty

Trainer Gavin Cromwell hopeful champion can settle to repeat success in 2022 renewal

Energumene ridden by Paul Townend (left) after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase alongside owner Tony Bloom and trainer Willie Mullins  at Cheltenham.  Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire for the Jockey Club

Townend capitalises on Shishkin’s difficulties as adaptability proves key on shifting ground

Journey With Me and jockey Rachael Blackmore fall in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle during day two of the Cheltenham Festival. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Tiger Roll finishes second on the final start of his career at Cheltenham

Tiger Roll won the Grand National in 2018 and 2019 as well as five winners at the Cheltenham Festival making him one one of the most prolific National Hunt racehorses ever. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Getty Images

Victory in the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase to spark immediate retirement

Trainer Nicky Henderson parades Cheltenham favourite Shishkin during a stable visit at Seven Barrows in England earlier this year. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

English star a rare talent and very much the one to beat in the day two feature

Jockey Nico de Boinville onboard Constitution Hill comes home to win the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Henderson’s novice sets course record as home trainers land first blows on opening day

Jockey Rachael Blackmore on Honeysuckle. Photograph: Adrian Dennis via Getty

Horse trained by Henry de Bromhead becomes first mare to win back to back

Rachael Blackmore and Honeysuckle are set to team up once more at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Mare’s manager Peter Molony carries plenty of family history in the champion contest

Honeysuckle and  Rachael Blackmore pass the winning post to win the  Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival  on March 16th, 2021. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

It'll be reassuring for Honeysuckle and Blackmore to do what they've always done

Nicky Henderson’s Constitution Hill will attempt to turn the table on fancied Irish runners. File photograph: Getty

Mullins, Elliott and De Bromhead back with classy strings in pursuit of festival success

  Rachael Blackmore and  Honeysuckle on their way to winning The Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown Racecourse in  February   2022. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Henry De Bromhead’s unbeaten mare is odds-on to retain Champion Hurdle crown

Tiger Roll will look to ride off into the sunset with a win in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase. Photograph:  Tom Jenkins/Getty Images

A race-by-race guide to the runners seeking to maintain Irish dominance at the festival

Henry de Bromhead at his yard in Waterford with Honeysuckle and Minella Indo.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Last year’s phenomenal success was surely a once-off – but stable has shown signs of returning to form in time for Cheltenham

Rich Ricci. Photograph: Getty Images

Rich Ricci, Daragh Ó Sé, Paddy Power, Andrew McNamara, Michael Duignan and Willie Penrose give their predictions

Davy Russell celebrates after winning the Savill’s Steeplechas on Galvin at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. They will be reunited next week as they bid to  claim the  Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork jockey to partner Galvin in Gold Cup while fit-again Power will be on board reigning champion Minella Indo

The meeting has started on soft ground for the last three years. File photograph: Getty

When watering in the past, officials have aimed to start festival on good to soft going

Fakir D’Oudairies will not be running at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

JP McManus likely to have 30 runners in the Cotswolds despite Fakir D’oudairies absence

Trainer Enda Bolger is confident that Prengarde remains on track to take on Tiger Roll in Cheltenham’s Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase next week. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer not concerned after French specialist failed to impress in hurdles race in Naas

From May, weighroom saunas, traditionally a vital tool in allowing jockeys to lose weight, will close permanently in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

IHRB say evidence on dehydration before racing no longer supports practice

Al Boum Photo ridden by Paul Roche at  Willie Mullins’s yard at Closutton in  Bagenalstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Over 120 horses will take the opportunity between Monday and Tuesday

A former useful handicap hurdler, Edwardstone has looked a different proposition over the bigger obstacles and is among a select group of home favourites in the Cheltenham betting. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

2020 Epsom winner Serpentine exported to race in Australia confrims Joseph O’Brien

Rachael Blackmore will ride Champion Hurdle winner Honeysuckle among an enviable book of mounts at Cheltenham. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Last year’s leading jockey at the festival has two rides over fences at Navan

Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan has called for a full independent inquiry into the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board in today’s hearing in the Seanad. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Paul Gavan says recent press coverage raises serious questions for Irish racing regulator

Paul Townend and Galopin Des Champs clear the last before  going on to win the Ballymaloe Relish Beginners’ Steeplechase at the Leopardstown Christmas festival. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins’s young chaser holds 164 rating but Henry de Bromhead confident over his charge

Trainer Henry de Bromhead and jockey  Rachael Blackmore check the ground at Leopardstown during the Christmas festival. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Track hosts back-to-back meetings on Sunday and Monday and Cheltenham schooling

For years major gambling corporations exploited a wild west regulatory climate to make vast profits. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Outright ban on gambling advertising not likely any time soon but there’s no long-term guarantee

On Sunday an IHRB spokesman said the regulator is not aware of any legal proceedings being taken against it.  Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Michael O'Leary says Tiger Roll will be retired after Cross-County race at Cheltenham

Princess Zoe: Tony Mullins charge will join Johnny Murtagh’s Irish Leger hero Sonnyboyliston, as well as Baron Samedi from Joseph O’Brien’s team in contesting the $2.5 million Longines Red Sea Turf Handicap in Riyadh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Three Irish contenders among those vying for a near-two mile contest worth $2.5m

Patrick Mullins on Facile Vega during the visit to Willie Mullins’s yard at Closutton. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The most successful trainer in festival history with 78 winners says nerves hit in build-up

Trainer Gavin Cromwell is hoping the ground is not too soft for Darver Star at Navan on Wednesday. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Darver Star also likely to be in the shake up for Tuesday’s feature on rescheduled card

Michael Halford: ‘The Oireachtas tribunal was on. The IHRB are acting on their suggested things. I personally believe they’re doing a good job and there is nothing to suggest otherwise.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Chairman of trainers’s association says there’s ‘no evidence’ to suggest doping taking place

The IHRB has rejected any claim of singling Mahon out over his allegations of doping in the sport. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy

Body rejects any claim of singling Mahon out over his allegations of doping in the sport

Muggier bets have been made than backing a green-wash at Cheltenham. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Balance of winners has tilted Ireland’s way for a nation used to being the underdog

The Navan card featuring the Grade 2 BetVictor Boyne Hurdle will now take place on Tuesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

11mms of overnight rain plus more forecast right up until race time leads to the decision

Mark Walsh on Fakir D’oudairies on his way to winning the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse Winter Racing Festival, Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co Meath, in 2019. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Joseph O’Brien-trained horse could become first Irish winner of race since in 1996

Four times a runner-up at Cheltenham, Melon can end a long drought in today’s Red Mills Chase. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gordon Elliott’s five-year-old is something of a ‘dark horse’ to dethrone Honeysuckle

Michael O’Leary remains unhappy with  Tiger Roll’s handicap mark.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Michael O’Leary claims and rating given to runner is behind the decision

Trainer Noel Meade has launched an appeal over the decision to ban him under ‘non-trier’ rules. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Meade, Moran and rider Sean Flanagan all banned after failure to aim for optimal finish

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