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

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive has refused to be drawn on what a satisfactory attendance will be for Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at(...)

 Anthony Van Dyck winning the Derby at Epsom  on June 1st. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Curragh authorities are examining if further steps can be taken to encourage greater international participation in future in the Dubai Duty Free (...)

 Seamie Heffernan riding Anthony Van Dyck to victory in  The Investec Derby Stakes at Epsom. O’Brien’s runner will bid for a double in the  Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Anthony Van Dyck headlines Aidan O’Brien’s six contenders for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday. The Investec Derby winner, (...)

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

English trainer Harry Dunlop is hopeful Frankie Dettori will ride Knight To Behold in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Dunlop’s unlikely to b(...)

Capri, ridden by Seamie Heffernan (left) before winning the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire

Plans for the 2018 Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby to be run at the Curragh are unchanged although racing officials will examine the possibility of expan(...)

 Waldgeist (red) finished runner-up to  Brametot  in the The Qipco Prix Du Jockey Club  at Chantilly in France last month. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Much of the focus on the run in to Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby has revolved around off-course logistics but legendary French trainer Andre(...)

Jockey Padraig Beggy winning the Epsom Derby on Wings of Eagles. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Saturday’s shock 40-1 Epsom Derby winner, Wings of Eagles, is rated the joint-lowest winner of racing’s “Blue-Riband” race since the turn of the mille(...)

Pat Smullen on Harzand winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Harzand’s dramatic Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby success was a 25th Group 1 career victory for Pat Smullen, although the champion jockey’s “standby” sta(...)

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen winning the  Investec Derby at Epsom. Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters/Livepicy

There are only three races left for a horse to earn a free pass into the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby under the Curragh’s ‘Win and You’re In’ initiativ(...)

Jack Hobbs’ jockey William Buick is aiming to break his duck in the Irish Derby. Photograph: Getty Images

It is 20 years since Sheikh Mohammed tasted Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby success but in Jack Hobbs the ruler of Dubai has an odds-on favourite to secur(...)

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