Sports Speak:

 

"Riding him is like driving a Rolls Royce"

- Charlie Swan heaps praise on AIB Festival Hurdle winner Istabraq.

"Our experts tell us that for the moment blood tests in Alpine skiing are not reliable"

- The International Ski Federation complicating the already complex issue of drugs in sport.

"When I was appointed to the job by a margin of about 30-16, I realised that I wasn't going into a totally straightforward situation."

- Galway manager John O'Mahony on taking the reins of the All-Ireland champions.