Christy Roche

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Aidan O’Brien has described claims about doping in racing as very damaging and unnecessary. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien has backed Irish racing’s drug testing systems and described claims about doping in the sport as very damaging and unnecessary. Commen(...)

Pat Smullen hugs Tony  McCoy  in the parade ring after Quizzical won the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland during   Irish Champions Weekend at the  Curragh in 2019. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tony McCoy struggled to overcome his emotions when paying tribute to Pat Smullen, who died at the age of 43 on Tuesday. Smullen was diagnosed with p(...)

Séamus Heffernan celebrates Highland Reel’s victory in the Longines Turf race at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. Photograph:  Sean M Haffey/Getty Images

It’s not contradictory that Séamus Heffernan is both racing’s most enduring understudy and one of the most successful Irish jockeys of all time. The (...)

Donnacha O’Brien on board Innisfree comes home to win the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh Autumn Festival in Co Kildare on Sunday.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Donnacha O’Brien became the 10th jockey to win Sunday’s Beresford Stakes at the Curragh for his father Aidan when scoring on Innisfree. It was a nint(...)

Limerick Golf Club’s   (from left) Ciaran Vaughan, Michael Redden, Justin Kehoe, Owen O’Brien and Sean Enright celebrating victory in the Barton Shield at Westport Golf Club. Photograph:   Pat Cashman

Limerick remained on course for a famous double when they ended their 43-year wait for AIG Barton Shield glory with a resounding seven-hole victory ov(...)

JP McManus: the wealthy businessman, gambler and racing magnate remains a largely inscrutable figure.   Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

JP McManus is 67 today. Birthday presents are mostly superfluous when you can count your money in billions although the queue to provide them is still(...)

Dublin Bus: A mid-length journey cash fare that cost €1.60 five years ago now costs €2.70, an increase of almost 70 per cent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Photograph: Cyril Byrne Dublin Bus jobs loss. Jan16th-08

There is a guy on my bus route who thinks he is Elvis. Or rather, there is a Dublin Bus driver who occasionally drives a route I sometimes take to wo(...)

 Ruby Walsh riding Vautour  clear from the last to win The Stella Artois 1965 Steeple Chase from Ptit Zig at Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

If first impressions really do count then ante-post odds as short as 5-4 about Douvan winning the Arkle at Cheltenham next March mightn’t be ridiculou(...)

Letters from Private Edward Parry. Parry complained constantly  about Fermoy, Co Cork, where he was sent for training in 1918, in letters home to his wife and family.

Nuns in cahoots with Sinn Féin, drunken women, terrible weather and awful food were among a litany of complaints made by a British soldier stationed i(...)

Charlie Swan is handing in his training licence to concentrate on the bloodstock and sales side of racing. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Charlie Swan is looking to Make A Track giving him the perfect send-off from training in the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran on Thursday.The f(...)

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