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Frankie Dettori and Too Darn Hot could team up at the Curragh on Saturday. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Curragh authorities will keep their fingers crossed Too Darn Hot gets the green light to run in Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas and brings (...)

 Chris Hayes on Baladiya wins the Walsh Associates Architects Maiden at Leopardstown Racecourse. Hayes was referred on after a fourth breach of the new rules when winning the Blue Wind Stakes on Tarnawa at Naas earlier this month.   Photograph: PA

The Irish Jockeys Association (IJA) has warned a very significant problem could be coming down the road with new whip rules introduced six weeks ago. (...)

Trainer Dermot Weld: ‘It is quick but there is some rain forecast in the middle of the week and any little bit that comes will be welcome.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Shelir will put his unbeaten record on the line and try to provide his owner the Aga Khan with a first Irish Guineas success at the Curragh on Saturda(...)

Gordon Elliott is keen to  acknowledge Michael O’Leary’s role in his remarkable rise to prominence over the last dozen years. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Gordon Elliott has conceded Michael O’Leary’s announcement that he’s winding down his involvement with the sport over the next five years came as a sh(...)

Chris Hayes on Madhmoon wins the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown in September. “You’d imagine ten furlongs will be no problem to him. As for the next two we’ll find out on Derby day.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jockey Chris Hayes is facing a minimum six-day ban in an upcoming whip hearing but is happy it won’t interfere with important big race rides that incl(...)

Davy Russell and Buveur D’Air  winning the Betdaq  Champion Hurdle during day four of the Punchestown Festival at Punchestown.   Photograph: PA

The vagaries of a jump jockey’s life were starkly brought home to Mark Walsh after a suspected broken sustained in a fall at Punchestown on Friday mea(...)

The Grade One Mares Hurdle looks an ideal opportunity for Benie Des Dieux to rebound from her final flight fall (above) at Cheltenham in March. Photograph: Inpho

There’s a changing of the seasons with Ireland’s National Hunt campaign winding up at Punchestown and coinciding with the start of the 2019 classic te(...)

Barry Geraghty on board Defi Du Seuil clears the last on the way to winningthe JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If Punchestown’s €300,000 Day Three festival feature appears in one of its periodic dips in quality, a potentially superb main supporting event could (...)

 Ruby Walsh riding Kemboy  clear  to win The Coral Punchestown Gold Cup from Al Boum Photo and Paul Townend. Walsh then announced his immediate retirement from race riding at Punchestown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Rarely if ever can a big-race winner have wound up so sidelined from the spotlight as Kemboy was after Ruby Walsh took his Coral Punchestown Gold Cup (...)

Ruby Walsh (centre): ‘I’d love to get off one in Punchestown, pull the saddle off and tell Willie [Mullins] that I won’t be out for the next one.’ Photograph: PA Wire

It’s 20 years since Ruby Walsh first hit the Grade One bullseye at the Punchestown festival and the renowned rider can mark that anniversary in top-fl(...)

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