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

Donnacha O’Brien aboard Latrobe wins The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Photograph: Inpho

Irish Derby winner Latrobe and English 2,000 Guineas victor Saxon Warrior to take chance in feature

Ballinrobe fixture was abandoned after three races when safety concerns about the ground were expressed to the stewards.

On-the-spot rearrangement of races rather than cancelling meetings now under review

 Mendelssohn with Ryan Moore up wins the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar Race Track in Del Mar, California. Photo by Horsephotos/Getty Images

O’Brien runner a 16-1 outsider behind the hot even-money favourite Good Magic

Flat racing at Ballinrobe will continue next year.

Last week’s abandonment at the Mayo track categorised as ‘an isolated incident’

 Fleet Review, with Ryan Moore up, on their way to winning the Dubai Duty Free Jumeirah Creekside Dash Stakes from  Intelligence Cross, left, and third place Ardhoomey, right at the Curragh. Photograph:  Matt Browne/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Ryan Moore on board Fleet Review for champion trainer

Aubrey McMahon onboard Uradel comes home to win the Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap at Ballybrit on Monday. Paul Townend will be up in Saturday’s feature. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jarlath Farley's Dream Walker has Sunday festival feature hat-trick in sights

Calie Du Mesnil ridden by David Mullins (centre) on the way to winning the Guinness Novice Hurdle at Galway. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Cheltenham festival winner one of four Mullins runners in €100,000 feature

Sharjah ridden by Patrick Mullins following their victory in the Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap (Grade A) during day four of the Galway Summer Festival at Galway Racecourse. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sharjah defied top-weight to romp home at 12-1 on a grey and rainy day at Ballybrit

Rachael Blackmore was the first woman ever to win the conditional jockey’s title and she will be bidding for success in Ireland’s most lucrative hurdle race at Ballybrit. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

JP McManus has a staggering nine of the 20 runners in Thursday's €300,000 feature

Jockey Mark Enright celebrates  Clarcam’s  victory in theTote.com Galway Plate at Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Reserve system again under focus after Patricks Park gets into big race

 Trainer Richard Hannon has booked Tom Marquandat to ride the shock 66-1 Newmarket 1,000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook at Goodwood. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

A return to top form would see Ryan Moore’s charge hard to beat

Noel Meade: ground conditions are immaterial for his big-race hope,  the notably versatile Snow Falcon, a high-class staying hurdler. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpo

Controversial later start for one of the week’s feature races in a bid to boost attendance figure

Danny Mullins on Riven Light wins the the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap on day two of the Galway Racing Festival at Ballybrit. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins’s horse defies massive weight and poor draw to triumph after nine months out

 Silvestre De Sousa riding Dark Vision (second left) to win The Qatar Vintage Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Without Parole and Expert Eye top the betting in a less than vintage renewal

Whats The Story (R) ridden by Callum Rodriguez wins The Betfred Home of Goals Galore Apprentice Handicap Stakes at Doncaster Racecourse last November. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Scottish raider aims to bridge 39-year cross-channel gap in Colm Quinn BMW Mile

Jessica Harrington Torcedor goes in the  Qatar Goodwood Cup on Tuesday. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s Idaho also tackles Goodwood Cup on opening day

Uradel ridden by Aubrey McMahon wins The Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap during day one of the Galway Summer Festival at Galway Racecourse. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ruby Walsh marked his return to the track by riding the first winner of the festival

Willie Mullins with son, Patrick. The  28-year-old rider is again bidding to win Galway’s traditional amateur highlight, this time on Limini. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dermot Weld admits his ‘days of dominance are gone’ at Ballybrit

 Wayne Lordan riding Hydrangea (L) to win The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes from Winter  at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan  Crowhurst/Getty Images

Hydrangea and Rostropovich ready to lead somewhat uncertain Ballydoyle challenge

 Racing at Ballybrit during  the Galway Festival.  It is Irish racing’s best-attended meeting yet it’s far from the best racing. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Big showcase meetings are often more about the social side than the actual racing

Declan McDonogh celebrates with Riven Light after winning on day two of the  Galway Festival in 2017. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former champion jockey will be firing bullets at Galway for the ‘King of Ballybrit’

 Ruby Walsh: he can pick from Willie Mullins’s large Plate entry. Photograph: Getty Images

Bookmakers reckon O’Leary’s best chance may lie with Calino Dairy

The new policy has been signed up to by HRI, the IHRB and the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Goffs, Tattersalls, Goresbridge Sales and associations representing owners and trainers.

Pleased CEO Brian Kavanagh says “It’s better to get it right than to get it quick”

“We’ll see what the lads (owners) want to do but we’ve been happy with him since France,” O’Brien said. “That’s the way we’re thinking at the moment and we’ll see what this week will bring.”

William Buick on board Crystal Ocean as Stoute chases record

Terzetto, ridden by Colm O’Donoghue (right), wins the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap  at the Curragh  on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Horse Racing Ireland board to examine new anti-doping policy on Monday

Sea of Class ridden by James Doyle wins the Darley Irish Oaks  at Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Racing: Ryan Moore pulls a rabbit out of the hat on Magical in Kilboy Estate Stakes

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

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