St Mark’s Basilica landed the French 2,000 Guineas on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

9-4 shot produced in style to score under 47-year-old Spanish rider Ioritz Mendizabal

Kevin Manning has travelled to France to ride Poetic Flare in Sunday’s French 2,000 Guineas. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Poetic Flare and Mother Earth both in action at Longchamp on Sunday

 Colin Keane on board Siskin comes home to win ahead of Seamus Heffernan on board Lope Y Fernandez in The Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh in June 2020. Photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s colt faces major task against favourite Palace Pier in Lockinge Stakes

Kevin Manning riding Poetic Flare (cenre) to win the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Poetic Flare looking to complete first English-French 2,000 Guineas double in 80 years

Jockey Séamus Heffernan will ride Aidan O’Brien’s Amhran Na Bhfiann in the closing race of the Killarney card on Tuesday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Epsom Derby third has upcoming entries in Coronation Cup and Ascot Gold Cup

Trainer Jessica Harrington has been fined €3,500 and banned from attending a racecourse for two weeks after breaching Covid-19 protocols at the Aintree Grand. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Trainer changed travel plans and didn’t stay in ‘Irish bubble’ during Grand National meeting

Colin Keane onboard Siskin comes home to win ahead of Séamus Heffernan and  Lope Y Fernandez in the 2020 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s horse faces odds-on favourite Palace Pier at Newbury on Saturday

Could the Galway Festival host a summer pilot event? Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Limited numbers of spectators could attend the Galway Festival if Government allow

Kevin Manning aboard Mac Swiney (right) wins the Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes last year.

Jim Bolger’s Epsom contender lines out against seven rivals in Leopardstown renewal

A view of the National Stadium in Tokyo. ahead of the Olympic Games. Photo: Getty Images

At least $15 billion has been spent on Tokyo Games already, most of it public money

Champion trainer Willie Mullins (right) with his wife Jackie and son, champion amateur jockey Patrick Mullins, at Punchestown Racing Festival, on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Champion trainer likely to opt for Al Boum Photo for Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris

Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Mother Earth to win the Qipco 1,000 Guineas  at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Frankie Dettori storms home at Newmarket on Ballydoyle’s second string

Declan McDonagh on Thunder Moon celebrates winning The Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on September 13th, 2020. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former champion jockey looks to continue success as a trainer in Qipco 2,000 Guineas

Honeysuckle capped off a remarkable season with victory in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Henry de Bromhead’s star rounds off season to remember under Rachael Blackmore

Henry de Bromhead fires a three-strong team in the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle at Punchestown - with the peerless Honeysuckle at the forefront. Photo: David Davies/Jockey Club/PA Wire

Rachael Blackmore could team up for victory again with Henry De Bromhead’s mare

Rachael Blackmore on Bob Olinger celebrates winning the Ballymore at Cheltenham. Photo: Mark Cranham/Inpho

Harry Cobden described the Honysuckle’s stable companion as ‘a freak’ at Cheltenham

Patrick Mullins (left) and Klassical Dream celebrate winning the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers’ Hurdle with groom Eilish Byrne during day three of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

299-1 five-timer puts trainer on 13 wins as Klassical Dream and Energumene strike

Danny Mullins on Flooring Porter celebrates after winning at Cheltenham. Photograph: Inpho

The horse was bought by a four man syndicate after seeing him for sale on Facebook

 Paul Townend on Energumene wins the  Irish Arkle at the Dublin Racing Festival. photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champion trainer targets six-in-a-row in Thursday’s Grade One race at Punchestown

Sam Twiston-Davies on Clan Des Obeaux jumps ahead of Paul Townend on Al Boum Photo during the the Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul Nicholls’s gamble in supplementing two-time King George winner pays off

Ruby Walsh on Kemboy comes home to win ahead of Paul Townend and  Al Boum Photo in the 2019 running of the Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Decision to supplement Clan Des Obeaux into Ladbrokes Gold Cup is telling

Vanillier under jockey Mark Walsh on the way to winning the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph: Dan Abraham/Inpho

Jockey hoping Vanillier can complete big festival double at Punchestown

Danny Mullins on Colreevy comes home to win the Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Steeplechase ahead of Paul Townend on Monkfish on the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mare ends her racing career in fine style with Grade One glory at Punchestown

Rachael Blackmore on Allaho comes home to win the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph: Francesca Altoft/Inpho

Champion has first-dibs on powerful Willie Mullins team as he bids to hold off Blackmore’s jockeys’ title bid

Envoi Allen ridden by Davy Russell on the way to winning the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) at Cheltenham in 2020. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Rachael Blackmore could make up ground on Paul Townend in jockeys’ championship

Rachael Blackmore on board Somptueux. Photo: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Eight National Hunt fixtures will be restricted

Rachael Blackmore celebrates her Grand National win on Minella Times. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

It’s been a fine season for Irish racing, but the sport needs competition on both sides of the sea

Paul Townend will be reunited with Monkfish at Punchestown. Photograph: Francesca Altoft/Inpho

Irish rider now a heavy favourite for champion jockey ahead of Rachael Blackmore

Trainer Henry De Bromheald with Gold Cup winner Minella Indo and Champion Hurdle winner Honeysuckle at his yard in Waterford ahead of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho/PaA

Waterford trainer still pinching himself after rewriting racing’s history books

 Rachael Blackmore celebrates  another highlight of a truly remarkable campaign by becoming the first woman to win the Grand National at Aintree. Photograph: David Davies/Jockey Club/PA

High-flying De Bromhead targeting another big prize on day of England’s ‘jumps finale’

Seamie Heffernan aboard Santiago wins the 2020 Irish Derby. File photograph: Inpho

Classic champion set to turn out in Group 3 Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan on Sunday

Jack Kennedy  celebrates  Minella Indo’s   Cheltenham Gold Cup  success at Cheltenham.  Photograph:  Michael Steele/PA

De Bromhead’s charge favourite to complete Gold Cup double next week

Rachel Blackmore: will continue her pursuit of the jockeys’ championship at the Punchestown festival.Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Decision will be left until later but Mullins optimistic champion jockey will be available

Davy Russell celebrates after winning the 2019 Grand National on Tiger Roll. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Jockey could have ride on Envoi Allen as he makes comeback from serious back injury

Trainer Stephen Mahon is set to appear before an Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Referrals Committee. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Controversial Co Galway trainer had his licence suspended by IHRB last week

Rachael Blackmore celebrates winning the Grand National on Minella Times. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/PA

Win on Minella Times at Aintree caps a fine season which has transformed the sport

US heavyweight boxer Joe Louis is presented with the Legion of Merit medal in 1945 in recognition of ‘exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services’ during his tour of army camps and hospitals. Photograph: Getty Images

Former champions Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson both died on April 12th

Rachael Blackmore and trainer Henry De Bromhead celebrate with the trophy after winning the Randox Grand National Handicap Chase  at Aintree Racecourse. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

National winner has momentum to catch Townend in race to be champion jockey

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

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