Brian O'connor

669 results

 Shane Lowry celebrates with the Claret Jug on the 18th green after the final round at Royal Portrush. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

A catastrophic piece of scheduling meant that for the purposes of TV criticism there was no one else left to watch a great Irish sporting story unfold(...)

 Jockey Colin Keane: he has slipped seamlessly into the retired Pat Smullen’s role as Ireland’s “go-to” rider. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The first 75 days of the new Curragh have been tumultuous so a potential first classic success for Colin Keane in Saturday’s Kerrygold Irish Oaks migh(...)

Frankie Dettori: colourful Italian jockey will prove a major draw to racing fans  when he appears at Killarney. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Frankie Dettori starts his midsummer Irish sojourn in Killarney on Wednesday evening and it could culminate in the Italian superstar riding a tenth Cu(...)

The Curragh’s latest classic date is this Saturday’s €400,000 Kerrygold Irish Oaks. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Sheikh Mohammed’s representative on the Curragh board has said the vision for Irish racing’s revamped HQ to be a world class facility has been consist(...)

Derek McGrath: ‘I knew what I was getting into.’ File photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The departing Curragh boss has suggested a lack of unity exists within racing’s top echelons about the best long-term future for Ireland’s most famous(...)

Aidan O’Brien has four runners in the July Cup at Newmarket. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

A record-equalling fifth Darley July Cup is in Aidan O’Brien’s sights and Ten Sovereigns is set to lead his challenge on Saturday’s highlight at Newma(...)

Frankie Dettori riding Enable to win the Coral Eclipse at Sandown Park on Saturday. Last week the British Horseracing Authority announced it was cutting 20 fixtures from next year’s programme. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Irish racing’s top official maintains it is too early to quantify the potential financial impact on the sport here of UK betting shop closures, althou(...)

Frankie Dettori aboard Enable after winning the Coral Eclipse at Sandown Park on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Frankie Dettori’s stunning Group One summer has extended to a seventh top-flight success of the season on Too Darn Hot at Deauville on Sunday. Last y(...)

Blenheim Palace will join  Cape Of Good Hope in  a bid  for the $1 million Belmont Derby in New York. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien is on the verge of a 25th Grade One success in the USA and will have a couple of opportunities to reach the landmark at Belmont’s Stars (...)

Ronan Whelan begins a six-day ban by missing out at Bellewstown on Wednesday after falling foul of the rules. Photograph: Inpho

There is “growing unease” among Ireland’s professional jockeys about potential longer-term repercussions from the whip-rule changes that came into for(...)

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