Jockey James Doyle gives  Sea Of Class a kiss after winning the after winning the  Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh. photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

English trainer William Haggas claims first Irish Classic at the Curragh

Ryan Moore riding Magic Wand to win the Ribblesdale Stakes on day 3 of Royal Ascot in June. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Champion trainer has 40th Curragh classic success in sights on Saturday afternoon

“For any anti-doping programme, any form of notice is less than ideal.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

But regulatory body indicates it will sign up, and says stiffer penalties likely for steroid use

‘Everyone is walking around with a bookmaker in their pocket in terms of their phone’

A statement added: “The panel concluded that there were, on the evidence, a number ofother realistic possibilities for the source of any such information.” Photograph: Getty

Willie Mullins’s vet had been accused of passing on inside information to his brother

James Doyle riding Sea of Class at Newbury Racecourse. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Former Irish Leger hero Wicklow Brave lines up in Killarney

Trainer Aidan O’Brien is hoping to secure his sixth Irish Oaks title in Kildare this weekend. Photographer:  Michael Reaves/Getty

Aidan O’Brien aims to maintain successful run in Curragh classics

 A spectator on horseback waves a French flag as the pack rides during the eighth stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France  between Dreux and Amiens, northern France. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty

Evidence suggests we might even cheer meat-covered robots if we really want to

Patrick Mullins pictured with his father Willie. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

28-year-old moved on to 546 after Queen Boulevard’s win at Sligo

Issues over jurisdiction have caused delays in implementing industry-wide measures

Faugheen pictured at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins’s vet accused of passing on information to his brother on Faugheen injury

Aidan O’Brien with Kew Gardens, who bids for Group One glory at Longchamp on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer aiming to land July Cup at Newmarket followed by Longchamp success

Joseph O’Brien to give derby winner ‘a little mid-season freshen up’ at Ebor festival

The Curragh Racecourse, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Crucial feedback expected in time for HRI board meeting on July 23rd

Latrobe and Donnacha O’Brien (centre) win the Group One Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby from Rostropovich (left) and Saxon Warrior (right) during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival at the Curragh, Co Kildare. Photograph: Inpho

Joseph and Donnacha O’Brien combine with Latrobe to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

Donnacha O’Brien celebrates winning The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby with trainer and brother Joseph O’Brien. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Latrobe wins Derby on a famous day for the O’Brien family at the Curragh

Donnacha O’Brien riding Saxon Warrior celebrates as they win  the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ryan Moore aims to complete classic collection with first Irish Derby

Donnacha O’Brien rides Forever Together to victory in the Investec Oaks at at Epsom Downs in June. Photograph: Getty Images

Oaks Winner’s Task eased with Coronet running in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in France

Frankie Dettori: legendary Italian always proves a hugely popular visitor to the Curragh. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Italian superstar has won nine Irish classics during his outstanding career

Ryan Moore celebrates winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Merchant Navy at Royal Ascot. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

John Gosden’s Coronet set to travel to Curragh for Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes

Mickelson got caught on camera with his competitive flies open. An elite sportsman in pursuit of the one big prize that has eluded him through a gilded career saw his chances of victory disappearing down the green. Instinct took over. Photograph: Getty Images

What Mickelson did proved golfers are as prone to the same human impulses as others

Aidan O’Brien’s Saxon Warrior is a 1-2 favourite to win the Irish Derby. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer confident Japanese-bred colt to follow in Capri’s footsteps and prevail at Curragh

 Adam Kirby riding Harry Angel win The Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York in May. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Dermot Weld aiming to bridge 18-year gap with Ulster Derby victory

Colm O’Donoghue celebrates winning the 4.20 Coronation Stakes on Alpha Centauri with the trophy and trainer Jessica Harrington at Royal Ascot. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

Alpha Centauri lived up to favourite tag in breaking track record in Coronation Stakes

Frankie Dettori celebrates as Stradivarius takes the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

Hunting Horn and Magic Wand give Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore a Thursday double

A view of the start of the  Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot on Thursday. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Sands of Mali is a major Commonwealth Cup contender

Expert Eye’s  jockey James McDonald celebrates winning the  Jersey Stakes with trainer Michael Stoute  at Royal Action. Photograph: Reuters

Poet’s Word And Expert Eye take trainer to 77 winners after been tied with the late Henry Cecil on 75

James Doyle and Big Orange (left) beating  Ryan Moore on Order Of St George to win the Ascot Gold in  June 2017. Photograph:  Getty Images

It’s uncertain how Stradivarius will relish the last half mile of the Ascot Gold Cup

Ruby Walsh and AP McCoy at day one of Ascot yesterday. Photograph: Andrew boyers/reuters

Kew Gardens looks like Aidan O’Brien’s best chance of a sixth Vase victory

Frankie Dettori guides Without Parole to victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Willie Mullins scores with Lagostovegas, likely bound for Melbourne Cup

Aidan O’Brien:  has 12 of the 23 Irish starters on Day One with runners in every race bar the marathon Ascot Stakes. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien pitches a dozen runners at Day One of British racing’s showpiece

Carlow fans in Croke Park for the Leinster semi-final against Laois. Turlough O’Brien believes  improving the fortunes of the football team will inject some much needed pride and self-confidence into the county. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Counties in Ireland usually associated with a stereotype linked to their GAA fortunes

Aidan O’Brien: Happily is a 4-1 second favourite for the €1 million Prix De Diane.Photograph: Inpho

Filly drawn in stall three, champion trainer confirms Saxon Warrior for Irish Derby

Colm O’Donoghue and Alpha Centauri win the Irish 1,000 Guineas in May. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Jessica Harrington’s Alpha Centauri among favourites for Group One Coronation Stakes

Happily (R) is bidding for French Oaks glory on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Filly second-favourite for Chantilly Classic, rare June jumps meeting at Punchestown

 Donnacha O’Brien riding Saxon Warrior (right) to win the Qipco 2,000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket in May. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Teenager is odds-on for jockey’s title at Royal Ascot after taking tally of Irish winners to 29

 Davy Russell celebrates after riding Tiger Roll to victory during the Grand National at Aintree.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Champion jockey back in the saddle on Kaiser Black in the Tote Connacht National

This World Cup effectively gives    President Vladimir Putin another nod and wink that his actions don’t have repercussions beyond the token. Photograph:    Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Allowing Russia to be hosts helps normalise its outrageous actions over the last decade

A 2015 amendment to the Industrial Relations Act means training yards no longer quality for working hours exemptions allowed for agricultural workplaces.

Horse Racing Ireland gives stable staff breaks for the busiest time of racing year

Dermot Weld: has saddled 17 Royal Ascot winners during his career.  Photograph: ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

No regrets over Irish 2,000 Guineas as powerful colt takes break until Goodwood

Trainer Willie Mullins. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer, who has reached the 3,000 winners mark, can call on Paul Townend for Auteuil

Triple Crown hopeful Justify trains on the track at Belmont Park racetrack. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Tipperary's Fozzy Stack flies Irish flag at Belmont Stakes with Alexios Komnenos

Trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Donnacha O’Brien celebrate after winning the Investec Oaks  at Epsom last Friday. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

O’Brien’s older brother Joseph was crowned back-to-back champion in 2012 and 2013

William Buick riding Masar wins the Investec Derby at Epsom. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Top trainer urges tracks to ‘put racing first’ in context of fighting at British courses

William Buick celebrates on Masar after winning the Derby at Epsom  on June 2nd. Photograph:  Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Godolphin appears to backtrack on its initial impulse that Masar would run in Irish Derby

 Paolo Guerrero: Peru’s captain was cleared last week to play at the World Cup   despite a 14-month ban for a positive cocaine test. Photograph: Raul Sifuentes/LatinContent/Getty Images

WADA should target resources on scourge of actual performance enhancing drugs

 William Buick riding Masar celebrates winning the Investec Derby race on Derby Day at Epsom. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Godolphin celebrate breakthrough Epsom Derby success glory

Masar and William Buick take the Epsom Derby. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

No excuses for Aidan O’Brien as Appleby and Buick combine for famous Classic victory

 Donnacha O’Brien riding Saxon Warrior celebrates victory in the  Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

O’Brien bidding for record-equalling seventh Epsom ‘Blue Riband’ triumph

Ryan Moore: will be on board Rostropovich in Sunday’s Prix Du Jockey Club at Chantilly.   Photo: PA Wire

Dee Stakes winner gets positive low draw for Chantilly Classic

 Donnacha O’Brien celebrates after winning the Investec Oaks on  Forever Together at the  Derby Festival at Epsom. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien gets perfect eve of Derby boost with seventh Oaks success

Aidan O’Brien, Jimmy O’Sullivan (Fethard Community Heritage Centre) and Joseph O’Brien as the latter presented his 2017  Melbourne Cup for  display during  the Fethard Horse County Experience which was launched on Monday. Photograph: Joe Kenny

Dettori positive about Hazapour’s Epsom Derby chances following Curragh visit

 Donnacha O’Brien on  Saxon Warrior celebrates winning the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse on May 5th, 2018 at Newmarket, United Kingdom. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Victory will equal the all-time record currently shared by a trio of legendary names – Fred Darling, John Porter and Robert Robson

Seamus Heffernan on Lancaster Bomber wins the Tattersalls Gold Cup race at the Curragh. Photograph:  Peter Mooney/Inpho

Champion trainer suffers rare Curragh Guineas blank as Could It Be Love places third

Winning trainer Jessica Harrington with Alpha Centauri  after the filly’s victory in the the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Trainer wins 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh with grey filly and targets Royal Ascot

Romanised ridden by jockey Shane Foley on the way to winning the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas  at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire

Ken Condon’s 25-1 shot denies Aidan O’Brien at the Curragh

Jockey Ryan Moore will be on board favourite Happily for  trainer Aiden O’Brien in the 1,000 Guineas on Sunday.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Jim Crowley aiming for first classic success on English raider

Nicky Hartery: the new chairman of Horse Racing Ireland has been appointed on a five-year term. Photograph: Eric Luke

Appointment of the experienced businessman welcomed by Minister Creed

Frankie Dettori is twice a Derby winner on board Authorized in 2007 and Golden Horn in 2015. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Hazapour is a general 14-1 shot for racing’s ‘Blue Riband’ won by Dermot Weld in 2016

Faugheen:  was an odds-on favourite to defend his Champion Hurdle crown in 2016. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Tim Brennan is alleged to have given inside information to his brother in order for him to bet against Faugheen

Ger Fox  celebrates winning the Irish Grand National on Rouge Angel in 2016. Photograph: DonallFarmer/Inpho

Irish Grand National-winning Jockey served over five months of a ban for a positive cocaine test

Faugheen jumps the last on their way to winning the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Tim Brennan accused of telling his brother about injury to Faugheen before Cheltenham

 Sioux Nation ridden by Ryan Moore comes home to win The Goffs Lacken Stakes at Naas Racecourse. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Jessica Harrington has one-two in Fillies’ Sprint with Servalan already priced for Albany

Jockeys consulted after horses slipped on bend into straight

 Ryan Moore riding Rhododendron to victory in the  The Dubai Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in  2016. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Djakadam chasing history for Mullins in French Gold Cup

Gordon Elliott: “Contrary to uninformed and malicious speculation there was nothing more to it than that. The yard was never shut down.”

'The yard was never shut down. We were never prevented from running horses'

The land adjacent to Leopardstown racecourse has been valued at €79 million. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Trainer Ger Lyons confirms his split with Sheikh Fahad’s Qatar operation

TP Burns won half a dozen Irish classics in all, the last of which was the Kevin Prendergast trained Pidget in the 1972 St Leger. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

He was an integral part of Vincent O’Brien’s team throughout legendary trainer’s career

Saxon Warrior, ridden by Donnacha O’Brien, winning the   2000 Guineas at Newmarket on  May 5th. Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire

O’Brien predicts ‘an awful lot of improvement to come’ from Guineas hero

Aidan O’Brien: “It could have been that his run on very heavy ground at Leopardstown took a bit more out of him than we thought.” Photograph: Getty Images

Willie Mullins can make it two from two on flat in Killarney

Gordon Elliott felt the time was right to give some of his horses a short break. Photograph: Inpho

‘We’ll be rearing to go again in the middle of the week, probably at Punchestown’

Saxon Warrior ridden by Donnacha O’Brien wins the Qipco 2,000 Guineas Stakes  at Newmarket. Photograph by Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Ryan Moore will travel to Paris but Derby considerations are to the fore

Artists’ impression of the Curragh Racecourse development plan. File image: Handout/Curragh Racecourse

Building at €72m racecourse redevelopment on schedule to finish around Christmas

Ryan Moore wins at Newmarket on  US Navy Flag. Europe’s champion juvenile of 2017 is one of 15 left in the €600,000 Poule d’Essai Des Poulains. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie McCreery hopes Leopardstown ground will be good enough for Mary Tudor

Saxon Warrior partnered by Donnacha O’Brien takes the Newmarket 2,000 Guineas. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

Aidan O’Brien declares three as he bids to extend Chester Vase streak to six-in-a-row

 Sean Levey and Billesdon Brook en-route to Newmarket success. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Hannon’s 66-1 heroine would be fourth horse to complete Newmarket-Curragh double

Sean Levey riding Billesdon Brook (L) celebrates winning The Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket.  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Jockey who spent nine years at Ballydoyle delivers 66-1 winner Billesdon Brook

Gustav Klimt: The Galileo colt won impressively at Leopardstown three weeks ago and has topped the 2,000 Guineas betting since. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Top trainer saddles both likely favourites Gustav Klimt and Saxon Warrior

Kentucky Derby hopefuls, Ryan Moore  and  Aidan O’Brien:  Mendelssohn is one of the favourites for the 20-runner “Run for the Roses”. Photograph: PA

Good start from stall 14 could be crucial to big Irish hope in Lousville

 Colm O’Donoghue riding Torcedor in the Dubai Golden Mile  at Meydan. The horse finished last but Jessica Harrington attributes the poor run to the travelling involved in getting to the UAE. Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images)

O’Brien sends two-year-old The Irish Rover to Ascot

 Mendelssohn with Ryan Moore up wins the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar Race Track. Photograph:  Horsephotos/Getty Images)

Aidan O’Brien’s Irish hope draws stall 14 for Saturday night’s ‘Run for the Roses’

Aidan O’Brien with Ryan Moore and Mendelsshon at the Curragh last August. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien rated 14-1 to pull off historic classic hat-trick in the United States

David Mullins on Bellshill (left) clears the last ahead of Patrick Mullins on Djakadam in last Wednesday’s Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Trainer may target France’s richest jumps prize with dual Cheltenham runner-up

 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of his team’s Uefa Europa League semi-final against Atlético Madrid, at the Emirates Stadium in London, Britain. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Tipping Point: Arsene Wenger’s departure underlines increasingly obvious trend

Trainer Willie Mullins, jockey David Mullins and owner Rich Ricci celebrate after winning the Ladbrokes  Champion Stayers Hurdle  with Faugheen at Punchestown on Thursday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Organisers will look at ‘pros and minuses’ of moving dates as record 35,958 attend final day

 Ryan Moore and  Mendelssohn win the UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse  last year. Coolmore’s number one rider Moore will team up with Mendelssohn in Kentucky Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s champion trainer can make history in American racing’s most famous prize, the Kentucky Derby

Davy Russell on board Apple’s Jade (left) and Robbie Power on board Supasundae at Leopardstown Racecourse. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins-Gordon Elliott rivalry set to dominate final day at Punchestown

Antey ridden by Katie Walsh (second right, green cap) gets up to win the  Novice Hurdle during day four of the Punchestown Festival 2018 in Co Kildare. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Jessica Harrington’s 7-1 winner interrupted ongoing Willie Mullins-Gordon Elliott saga

Robbie Power riding Supasundae clear the last to win in the Betdaq  Champion Hurdle at Punchestown  on Friday, after Samcro’s dramatic fall. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jockey retiring after thrilling win on Willie Mullins-trained Antey at Punchestown

Noel Fehily onboard Special Tiara celebrates winning the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park. Photograph: Inpho

Daryl Jacob rides De Bromhead star for the first time

Jack Kennedy and  Samcro on the way to victory in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins ready to take on Elliott superstar with five runners including Melon

 David Mullins on his way to winning the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle with Faugheen at Punchestown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Footpad puts in another faultless jumping display in Ryanair Novice Chase

Paul Townend on Footpad clears the last on the way to winning the Racing Post Novice Steeplechase at Leopardstown at the Christmas festival. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Footpad heavy favourite to complete unbeaten novice chase season in Ryanair Chase

David Mullins on Bellshill (left0 clears the last ahead of Patrick Mullins on Djakadam on the way to winning the  Coral Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Paul Townend bounces back from horror show to ride hat-trick at Punchestown

Al Bourm Photo ridden by jockey Paul Townend (right) collides with Finian’s Oscar ridden by jockey Robbie Power (left) during day one of the Punchestown Festival. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

IHRB will examine level of detail released in future stewards’ inquiry reports

Edwulf is ridden by Derek O’Connor  to take the Unibet Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last February. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Top point-to-point rider aiming to beat professionals aboard Edwulf and land Gold Cup

Road To Respect comes back in trip and takes his chance at three miles. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Next Destination better than bare form and primed to put Cheltenham run behind him

Al Boum Photo, ridden by  Paul Townend (right), collides with Finian’s Oscar, ridden by  Robbie Power,  during day one of the Punchestown Festival in Co  Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Jockey suddenly veers off at final fence on Al Boum Photo during novice chase at Festival

Just Wait And See ridden by  Billy Gleeson  on the way to winning the Kildare Hunt Club Fr Seán Breen Memorial Chase For The Ladies Perpetual Cup during day one of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: PA

Patrick Mullins completes opening day double on Kalum River

Douvan could give Willie Mullins a valuable prize in the €275,000 Boylesports Champion Chase. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Champion trainer’s former star in good shape to claim the festival’s first major pot

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