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The tradition of summer racing at Bellewstown dates back centuries. File photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bellewstown July Festival Background: Bellewstown Racecourse, on the Hill of Crockafotha in Co Meath, is beautifully situated in a rural setting with(...)

Aidan O’Brien: top trainer will once again have a formidable team of horses bidding for top prizes at Royal Ascot.  Photograph:  Steve Parsons/PA

Aidan O’Brien is hot favourite to be crowned top trainer for a tenth time at Royal Ascot this week although his two sons, Joseph and Donnacha, will h(...)

 Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins after winning The BoyleSports Irish Grand National with Burrows Saint. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Willie Mullins filled another glaring gap on his glittering CV when Burrows Saint and Ruby Walsh led home a famous 1-2-3 for the champion trainer in E(...)

Gordon Elliott gives instructions to jockeys during the stable visit to his yard at Cullentra House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

As the superstar mare Apple’s Jade cantered ahead of a long line of 42 stable companions on Tuesday morning her trainer Gordon Elliott was asked if al(...)

A horse is washed down after the Holycross Maiden Hurdle at Thurles Racecourse in Co Tipperary on Thursday. Photograph: PA Wire

With just over four weeks to go to the start of the Cheltenham Festival, horse racing in Britain was thrown into turmoil on Thursday after confirmatio(...)

Davy Russell on Delta Work claimed the Drinmore Novice Steeplechase from Barry Geraghty on Le Richebourg at Fairyhouse earlier this month. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team produce five of the seven runners for Leopardstown’s Grade One novice highlight on Saturday although it is Del(...)

 Defi Bleu ridden by Davy Russell at Navan Racecourse. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Defi Bleu looks to have a good chance of following in some illustrious hoof-prints by winning the Grade Two feature on the final day of Limerick’s Chr(...)

Johnny Sexton during the Leinster captain’s run, at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Friday. Photograph: ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Call it an information era, a media generation, the time of technology, or whatever you like, but much of our current period can still be boiled down (...)

Roger Varian: his Realtra ended a run of three wins in a row in the seven furlong for Dermot Weld a year ago. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ken Condon’s Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Romanised is set to have one more run in 2018, with a return to France for Longchamp’s Prix de La Foret a like(...)

Frankie Dettori riding Lah Ti Dar easily wins The British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes at York on Thursday. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Should Battaash bring his ‘A-Game’ to Friday’s Nunthorpe Stakes it could be a case of blink and you’ll miss the fastest horse in the world. A total (...)

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