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 Yutaka Take riding  Deep Impact before  the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2006. The Japanese favourite  fluffed his lines by finishing only third. Those at Longchamp that day recall stunned Japanese fans weeping as they left the grandstand. Photograph:  Alain Benainous/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

This weekend 15 years ago 22 million Japanese viewers tuned in to watch the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. That’s almost 20 per cent of Japan’s pop(...)

Forever rolling: Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards. Photograph: Cewzan Grayson/PA Wire
In a Word ... longevity

“Well, when you’re sitting there in your silk upholstered chair / Talkin’ to some rich folk that you know / Well, I hope you won’t see me in my ragged(...)

Trainer Ger Lyons runs Sacred Bridge at Naas in the €300,000  Ballyhane Stakes on Monday. Photograph:  PA Wire

The second €300,000 Ballyhane Stakes takes place at Naas on bank holiday Monday with every chance of it supplying another lucrative success for one of(...)

 Manuel Franco and Tiz the Law win the Belmont Stakes in June. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Irish jockey James Graham is set for just his second Kentucky Derby ride in what will be the most skewed renewal of America’s most famous race on Satu(...)

A photograph released by North Korea on Sunday shows rocket launchers firing during a test of weapons in an undisclosed location in North Korea on Saturday. Photograph: KCNA/KNS/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration played down concerns about North Korea’s weekend missile test which has raised questions about Pyongyang’s commitment to denu(...)

Trade was mixed on Thursday as markets prepared for the long Easter weekend. Photograph: Reuters

Trade was mixed on Thursday as markets prepared to shut down for the long Easter weekend. DUBLIN Insulation specialist Kingspan rose 1.85 per cent t(...)

Marge Simpson: the blue-haired great American mom who has nurtured her family of Homer, Bart, Lisa and baby Maggie

Good morning America, Happy Fourth of July. While smug Europeans may smile on indulgently, apparently oblivious as to how demented their fans have bee(...)

Governor Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, is named after his Sligo grandfather Richard Michael Cawley, a Chicago bus driver, with whom he was “especially close”. Photograph: Mark Makela/The New York Times

One Capitol Hill staffer recalls a question asked at a table quiz in Washington a few years ago: who is the only member of Congress to have cut turf i(...)