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Balko Des Flos and Davy Russell celebrate after winning the Tote.com Galway Plate during day three of the Galway Summer Festival at Galway Racecourse. Photo: PA

Top jockey Davy Russell secured his first Tote Galway Plate success on Wednesday aboard the Michael O’Leary owned Balko Des Flos, providing the Ryanai(...)

The Duchess of Cornwall meeting the stallion Invincible Spirit as she visits the Irish National Stud in Kildare. Photograph:  Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

In the brief battle for the attention of five sporting superstars, it came down to a straight fight between the Duchess of Cornwall and a bucket of ca(...)

Bookmaker William Hill has hailed a 16% surge in online betting revenues since the start of the year thanks to a concerted push including the launch of a new app and website overhaul.  Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire

William Hill has been hit by a slowdown in wagers at its UK betting shops, as punters increasingly choose to place their bets online and as other comp(...)

Sizing John on the way to winning the  Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sizing John’s transformation from Douvan’s punch-bag to champion is one of the stories of the season and he can confirm his new status by completing a(...)

Robbie Power celebrates victory on Our Duke in the IBoylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The only blot on the horizon for the Jessica Harrington-Robbie Power team is the season finishes next week following Our Duke’s superb Boylesports Iri(...)

 Bryan Cooper on Road to Respect pulls ahead of Ruby Walsh on Yorkhill to win the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Steeplechase at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In the process of losing Easter Sunday’s Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse Yorkhill also indicated talent freakish enough to surely keep Willie Mullins (...)

Robbie Power riding Fox Norton clears the last to win The JLT Melling Steeple Chase at Aintree. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

If much of sport is about confidence then Regal Encore is no 66-1 shot for Randox Health Grand National glory with his jockey Robbie Power going into (...)

Empire of Dirt ridden by Jonathan Moore at  Leopardstown Racecourse last year. Horse will run in the Anniversary Hurdle at Aintree. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

One of four Grade One races at the start of Aintree is the Anniversary Hurdle and Gordon Elliott will hope his sole Thursday runner – Empire Of Dirt –(...)

Cause of Causes, pictured here racing at Cheltenham under Jamie Codd, is being lined up by Gordon Elliott for the Grand National. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A decade after bursting to prominence with Silver Birch’s famous Aintree Grand National success, the all-conquering Gordon Elliott now plans to target(...)

  “I’m on cloud 109”: trainer Jessica Harrington celebrates with jockey Robbie Power  after Sizing John’s win in the  Cheltenham Gold Cup.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“It was beginner’s luck,” said Jessica Harrington after her astonishing achievement in winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at her first attempt. N(...)

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