Aidan O'brien

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At Dundalk 10 days ago the Aidan O’Brien-trained Music Box was suspended from racing for 42 days under the “non-trier” rules after finishing third to her stable companion, Asking. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It would be much easier if racehorses could talk. Then we could find out directly if they were trying to win. But since there’s even less chance of th(...)

Jockey  Ryan Moore. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ryan Moore makes his first appearance of the year in Ireland this weekend with a dozen rides for Aidan O’Brien between Leopardstown and Naas. The top(...)

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 –(...)

Moonlight Bay ridden by jockey Chris Hayes goes on to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Naas. Photograph:  PA Wire

If Naas on Sunday was an unfamiliar stage for the start of Ireland’s 2017 flat season on turf it chimed with novel popularity for a code traditionally(...)

Highland Reel:  “When he gets in the lead in these mile and a half races he is difficult to stop,” says Ryan Moore. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

 The start of Ireland’s 2017 turf flat campaign is, as usual, wedged between Cheltenham and the start of Grand National season. But it’s not just(...)

 Highland Reel ridden by  Seamus Heffernan wins the Longines Turf race at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships last year. Photograph: Sean M Haffey/Getty Images

Ireland’s flat season on turf will start at Naas on Sunday, although Aidan O’Brien is set to get his 2017 campaign under way the day before with a po(...)

Trainer Gordon Elliott at his  stables in Longwood, Co Meath: he  is an odds-on favourite to dethrone Willie Mullins as Ireland’s champion trainer later this season. Photograph: PA Photo

It’s one of Cheltenham’s least valuable races but it’s the one Gordon Elliott says he most wants to win. And in the context of one of the most unlikel(...)

Gordon Elliott can round off a great Easter period by taking another big pot at Fairyhouse

A major fancy for the 2012 Triumph, Shadow Catcher was a major disappointment there,(...)

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