Make a Challenge wins at the Curragh on Sunday and has been marked up as 9-2 second favourite behind 4-1 market leader Advertise. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Denis Hogan’s four-year-old into take chance in Saturday’s Group One Qipco renewal

Down Royal officials believe it’s unlikely their biggest meeting of the year will be significantly affected in the event of no-deal.

November Festival begins the day after Britain is due to leave EU

Irish rugby players really do look like their mother still buys their clothes. To a man they exude respectability, responsibility and reasonableness. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby doesn’t produce mavericks, possibly because it distrusts individuality

 William Buick riding Pinatubo to win the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh  on September 15th. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Joseph O’Brien’s Red Tea favourite for Canadian Grade One

Down Royal Racecourse. Photograph: Inpho

Horses travelling from Britain told to take Liverpool-Belfast ferry route amid uncertainty

 Trainer Willie Mullins. Buildmeupbuttercup is already a general 5-1 favourite to give the Irishman back-to-back wins in Saturday’s Emirates English Cesarewitch. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Buildmeupbuttercup could be joined by Great White Shark and Stratum at Newmarket

Horse Racing Ireland’s Brian Kavanagh says he wasn’t surprised by Minister Donohue’s cautious approach. Photograph: Inpho

Minister for Finance again allocated €80 million to the Horse and Greyhound Fund

 William Buick riding Pinatubo win The Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Emphatic National Stakes winner now primed for Darley Dewhurst Stakes

Mick McCarthy: Why isn’t he appreciated more in Ireland? Is it the gruff Yorkshire accent and  ways– or is it the lasting  legacy of his famous Saipan rift with Roy Keane. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Both as a player and a manager, Barnsley native has given his best for the Republic

Pierre-Charles Boudot riding Waldgeist celebrates after winning the 2019 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Photo: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Getty Images

Frankie Dettori’s mount came in second after being pipped just metres short of the line

Hermosa returns to Newmarket’s Rowley Mile, where she won the 1,000 Guineas in the Spring, for Saturday’s Sun Chariot Stakes. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Shattered Love allowance could prove decisive in Gowran feature

Enable  ridden by Frankie Dettori wins The Darley Yorkshire Stakes during  the Yorkshire Ebor Festival. Photograph:   Nigel French/PA

Unexposed French Derby winner Sottsass looks the big danger

Ryan Moore and Japan, left, en route to winning the Juddmonte International Stakes at York in August: the parnetship is set to be renewed for Sunday’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ballydoyle also line up Anthony Van Dyck and Magical to halt Enable’s hat-trick bid

Brian Cooper: could return to action at Clonmel on Thursday. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Gold Cup-winning jockey looking forward to Nolan link

 Frankie Dettori and Enable will bid  to complete a remarkable hat-trick of Prix de l’arc de Triomphe victories  at Longchamp. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Enable odds on for unprecedented Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hat-trick

Donnacha O’Brien on board Innisfree comes home to win the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh Autumn Festival in Co Kildare on Sunday.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jockey is 10th to win Beresford Stakes at the Curragh for his father, trainer Aidan O’Brien

Druim Samhraidh understood to have tested positive for anabolic steroid after winning at Ballinrobe

 Andrew Slattery (green and red) guides Kastasa to victory in the Petingo Handicap over ‘Irish Champions Weekend’ at the Curragh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Davy Russell returns to action with five Navan rides

Colin Keane on Siskin  who  was able to overcome unsuitable soft ground and beat off Monarch Of Egypt in the  the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

O’Brien triple-handed as he bids to maintain proud record in Beresford Stakes

Shane Stokes guides Albigna to victory in the Arlie Stud Stakes at the Curragh during June’s Irish Derby festival. Jessica Harrington’s filly is set to contest  Sunday’s  CL Weld Park Stakes at HQ. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

John Hammond, trainer Of Montjeu, announces his retirement

 William Buick riding Pinatubo to victory in the The Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on ‘Irish Champions Weekend’. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Official ratings gives prestige boost to Champions Weekend

Davy  Russell:  “All is good and it looks like, without being certain, I’m aiming to be back on Saturday at Navan.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Popular jockey has not ridden in the last 50 days in a bid to recover from a number of niggles

The main Irish challenger for the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes  appears to be Ger Lyons’s unbeaten star Siskin. File photograph: Inpho

Most successful handler in history of renewal enters four for prestigious Group One race

Colin Keane guides Siskin to victory in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Colin Keane bids to extend title race lead at Fairyhouse on Saturday with 5-1 colt

Dundalk racecourse. A new Polytrack won’t be in place until  next summer.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Addition of 50 tonnes of fibre over the summer have improved the track

Billy Lee wins the Paddy Power Minstrel Stakes on Romanised at the Curragh Racecourse, Co. Kildare in July 2019. Photograph: Inpho

Breeders Cup in California ruled out for Ken Condon-trained star

Colin Keane (blue and white) riding Buffer Zone to win the Bold Lad Handicap  at the Curragh’s “champions weekend”. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Credenza is top rated for Gowran feature at sole Irish weekend card

Siskin en-route to victory under Colin Keane at the Curragh in June. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish star heads for the Middle Park over six after missing Curragh clash with Pinatubo

Chris Hayes is among a number of jockeys who have appeared in front of a panel and received a six-day ban on the same day. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Jockeys found guilty to be handed suspensions on the same day in a bid to speed up the process

The Group One Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes: Ryan Moore on Fairyland (blue&brown) wins ahead of Donnacha O’Brien on So Perfect. Photograph: James  Crombie/Inpho

Brian Kavanagh realistic but happy with crowds at Curragh HQ track on Sunday

Pinatubo ridden by William Buick. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Appleby-trained colt cut to 6-4 for the Guineas after thrilling nine-length rout

AP McCoy hugs Pat Smullen in the parade ring after Quizzical wins the Pat Smullen Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

More than €1.3m raised as Search for a Song gives Dermot Weld an eighth Irish Leger win

Magical leads home 1-2-3 for Aidan O’Brien in Ireland’s highest rated race

The Eric McNamara-trained Black Scorpion looks an intriguing option for  the Guinness Kerry National in Listowel. Photograph: Inpho

Reserve system once again can play a significant role in a major handicap prize

 Ryan Moore onboard Magical   at the Curragh. Magical is tipped to triumph in the Irish Champion Stakes. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien prepares to tackle Champions Weekend with strength in depth

Aidan O’Brien: Ireland’s champion trainer has six of the 11 hopefuls left in the world’s oldest classic.   Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The impressive Great Voltigeur winner Logician is generally evens to repel the Ballydoyle challenge

Jessica Harrington: “I’ll talk to connections before Sunday, but it’ll be one of them taking her chance, probably Albigna.” Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Albigna more likely to carry the Niarchos family colours in juvenile fillies highlight than Alpine Star

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board  has said  no formal briefings on the whip will  be carried out at Leopardstown and the Curragh this weekend. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Up Helly Aa to make just his fourth career start in the Listowel Stakes

Trainer Aidan O’Brien and  Magical. “She is a very good filly.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

English star Laurens will be back to defend her crown in the Coolmore Matron

Romanised will take his chance on Sunday in the Prix Du Moulin in Paris. Photograph: Inpho

Irish runners Romanised and Circus Maximus fly the flag in Sunday’s Prix du Moulin

Joseph O’Brien: “I’ve no doubt it’s going to be a huge success. This year has seen great progress. It’ll be among the best facilities in the world if it’s not already.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Richmond Stakes third Royal Dornoch bids to break duck at Gowran

Ferdy Murphy: the popular trainer has died, aged 70,  following a long battle with cancer. Photograph: Pete Norton/Getty Images

High-profile festival’s final day clashes with Kerry’s appearance in Croke Park final

Chris Hayes again picked up a six-day ban  after it was judged he had used his whip above shoulder height at Roscommon last month. Photograph: Inpho

Six jockeys each get six-day bans for use of the whip under controversial new regulations

Jockey Oisín Murphy on Roaring Lion after winning the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in 2018. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

€1.25m Irish Champion Stakes will now start over two hours earlier at 4.15pm

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt  isn’t dealing with ‘Time To Go Joe’ headlines, not least because we already know he’s going after the World Cup. But there’s no getting away from how ardour has cooled. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Worship of head coach has come a long way from the Messianic heights of last November

Over 120 riders have breached new rules since they were introduced in April

Longclaw will be bidding for glory in Kentucky with Jamie Spencer on board.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Two year old maiden Longclaw lines up in the Gainesway Juvenile Stakes

Denis Hogan: the Tipperary-based trainer was cleared of any blame but  was however ordered to pay €1,000 towards the costs of the investigation. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

BHA guideline is for stand-down period starting from date of positive sample

Jockey Chris Hayes with trainer Kevin Prendergast after Awtaad’s victory in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh in 2016.  Photograph:  Paul Mohan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Fellow senior jockeys Heffernan and Manning also ‘sent on’ over their whip use

The case is believed to be the first time a race horse has tested positive for an anabolic steroid in Ireland. Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Vet accepts responsibility for Turbine being administered drug by mistake

Friday evening fixtures have been a key element to the Curragh’s ‘Summer Sounds’ programme which features post-race concerts. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

No Group One races likely to be run at headquarters on Fridays next year

Japan (near side) ridden by Ryan Moore wins The Juddmonte International Stakes ahead of Crystal Ocean. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

However, International Stakes winner could end up facing Elarqam again

Brian Fenton and Jack Barry in action last year. If Kerry can covertly ‘cute hoor’ their way to a 38th title, denying Dublin history in the process, it would make for perhaps their sweetest win of all. Photograph: Inpho

One thing the Kerry players certainly won’t lack facing into Sunday is belief they can win

 Colin Keane riding Mustajeer (right) to victory in the  The Sky Bet Ebor at York in England. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

In form trainer on course for most successful season after Mustajeer lands Ebor at York

Rachel Blackmore on board True Self. Donnacha O’Brien teams up with the Willie Mullins-trained   six-year-old mare for the Ebor. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

No IHRB action taken over Some Neck’s Galway Plate withdrawal

Mark Walsh on Espoir D’Allen winning  the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham back in March. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

JP McManus-owned horse suffered accident at trainer Gavin Cromwell’s yard earlier this month

Aidan O’Brien: victory for either Japan or Circus Maximus  would represent  a record-equalling sixth win overall in the race for champions trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Beating an in-form Crystal Ocean would be a big milestone for O’Brien’s three-year-old

Co Wicklow trainer admits ‘error of judgment’ after providing misleading information to an official

Potential total exposure for Irish racing interests estimated at close to €750k

 Callum Hudson-Odoi: reports suggest the 18-year-old is being offered a  new deal worth up to €200,000 a week to reject Bayern Munich’s advances and remain at Chelsea. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Putting youngsters into such a specialised environment hardly comes without problems

The first and second floors of the Aga Khan stand will be open to the public at the  Phoenix Stakes meeting this Friday evening. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Unbeaten Ger Lyons-trained star Siskin a notable contender in this year’s renewal

Frankie Dettori won his 12th Group One of the season at Deauville. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Advertise lands Prix Maurice de Gheest with Aidan O’Brien’s pair both out of the frame

 Aidan O’Brien pitches both Le Brivido   and So Perfect   into the €380,000 Prix Maurice de Gheest over six and a half furlongs. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Le Brivido and So Perfect fly Ballydoyle flag in Prix Maurice de Gheest

 Theinval under jockey  Jeremiah McGrath riding  clear  to win The Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle at Aintree in 2015. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Nicky Henderson makes rare raid on Ballybrit with Theinval

Lever du Soleil and Licklighter. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Horse trying a mile and a half for first time but she should be well suited

 Robbie Power on Tudor City in action during the the Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap. Photograph: James Crombie

Robbie Power times challenge to perfection at Ballybrit

Trainer Gordon Elliott’s main hope of finally breaking his Galway Hurdle duck looks to be Chosen Mate. Photograph: PA

Irish Leger hero Wicklow Brave has second start over fences in Grade Three novice chase

Trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Luke Dempsey celebrate winning the Galway Plate with Borice. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Trainer wins race for third time in four years as English rider Bryony Frost has to settle for second

 Rachael Blackmore teams up with the lightweight hope Poker Party for the Tote Galway Plate. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Authorities hope prize money boost can help increase dwindling crowd numbers

Colin Keane on Saltonstall (red and  black silks) goes clear to win the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap on day two of the Galway festival at Ballybrit. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jockey enjoys double to extend championship lead on horse bought for €44k

Donnacha O’Brien at the Curragh Racecourse, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Veteran Baraweez set for 11th Galway Festival start but best days may be behind him

Jody Townend on Great White Shark  on the way to winning the The Connacht Hotel  Handicap on the opening night of thr Galway Races. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jockey makes spectacular return from serious injury on Great White Shark

Tipperary’s John McGrath celebrates after their All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Wexford at  Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

TV View: After all the talk of hurling modernity, it’s looking like an old-school final

Trainer Willie Mullins:  Odds are  already as short as 2-7 that he will once again land the festival’s coveted leading trainer award. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Trainer’s son aboard Legal Spin chasing elusive prize in day one feature at Ballybrit

 Frankie Dettori on  Enable celebrates after winning The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: Getty Images

Dermot Weld is hoping that Shekhem will be his best hope in Monday's Connacht Hotel Handicap

 Seamie Heffernan riding Anthony Van Dyck to victory in  The Investec Derby  at Epsom in June. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

O’Brien star bidding to become 13th Irish -trained winner of Ascot feature

The Galway Racing Festival: last year’s total attendance fell   to 132,691. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Brian Kavanagh believes boost in betting ring turnover can be maintained at event

The Curragh’s new chief executive said the board is united about plans for the racecourse. File photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Future success hinges on venue being ‘racecourse of the community’, says Pat Keogh

 Frankie Dettori celebrates winning The Kerrygold Irish Oaks on Star Catcher. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dettori pilots Star Catcher home in feature race at the Curragh

 Shane Lowry celebrates with the Claret Jug on the 18th green after the final round at Royal Portrush. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Irishman thrives on mental challenge on final day of British Open at Portrush

 Jockey Colin Keane: he has slipped seamlessly into the retired Pat Smullen’s role as Ireland’s “go-to” rider. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Eight Irish Oaks winners in last decade have been trained overseas

Frankie Dettori: colourful Italian jockey will prove a major draw to racing fans  when he appears at Killarney. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Italian jockey set to bid for fifth Irish Oaks on Star Catcher this Saturday

The Curragh’s latest classic date is this Saturday’s €400,000 Kerrygold Irish Oaks. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Osborne still optimistic about the future of beleaguered €81m facility

Derek McGrath: ‘I knew what I was getting into.’ File photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘If we failed . . . it was to integrate behind a shared vision for what we want the Curragh to be’

Aidan O’Brien is hoping Japan can claim glory at Longchamp. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Trainer could finish weekend with two more Group One winning three-year-olds

Aidan O’Brien has four runners in the July Cup at Newmarket. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Speak In Colours another Irish contender at Newmarket while Wisdom Mind goes to Pontefract

Thoroughbreds are pampered to a level many humans might envy, but they are  not pets. File photograph: Wikicommons

A randy thoroughbred can be intimidating in every way, a hazard to themselves and others

Frankie Dettori riding Enable to win the Coral Eclipse at Sandown Park on Saturday. Last week the British Horseracing Authority announced it was cutting 20 fixtures from next year’s programme. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Racecourses’ ability to top up prize money may come under pressure, says HRI boss

Frankie Dettori aboard Enable after winning the Coral Eclipse at Sandown Park on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Irish handler Dermot Weld tries first time hood on Masaff in Roscommon Listed feature

Enable begins her bid for a record third Arc success in Saturday’s Coral Eclipse at Sandown with Frankie Dettori on board. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

John Gosden’s star odds-on to see off Magical again as she begins her bid for Arc hat-trick

Jockey Frankie Dettori,  Sheikh Mohammed  and  Princes Haya after winning the Boylesports Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh in May 2005. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

New Approach, the world’s top-rated three-year-old in 2008, raced in the colours of Princess Haya

Blenheim Palace will join  Cape Of Good Hope in  a bid  for the $1 million Belmont Derby in New York. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Colin Keane odds on favourite to regain jockeys’ title from Donnacha O’Brien

Ronan Whelan begins a six-day ban by missing out at Bellewstown on Wednesday after falling foul of the rules. Photograph: Inpho

No whip inquiries at Derby festival indicates bedding-in period now over, claims regulator

Sovereign and Pádraig Beggy win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire

Despite expensive revamp, 12,000 attendance less than half four years ago

Sovereign and Pádraig Beggy win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby  at the  Curragh. Photograph:  PA Wire

Trainer Aidan O’Brien wins Curragh race for the 13th time with 33-1 outsider

Seamie Heffernan rides Anthony Van Dyck to victory in the Derby Stakes on the second day of the Epsom Derby Festival. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

Monarch of Egypt returns to action for first time since April in Railway Stakes

Trainer Kevin Prendergast: he is looking for a first win in Ireland’s richest race.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien chasing his 13th Derby victory at revamped Curragh

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday is scheduled for 5.20 – just 20 minutes after the start of the Kildare-Tyrone clash at nearby Newbridge.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Option of delaying throw-in to 7pm ruled out due to complications over Mayo-Armagh game

Frankie Dettori: has two rides scheduled for the Curragh on Friday. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Royal Ascot’s top rider will have to overcome Oaks runner-up Pink Dogwood in feature

Chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland Brian Kavanagh: “the investment in the Curragh is for the long term”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Attendance could be affected by football qualifier between Kildare and Tyrone at Newbridge

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