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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(...)

Aintree Grand National winner Tiger Roll at the homecoming in Summerhill,  Co Meath. Pictured are trainer Gordon Elliott, Michael O’Leary and his wife Anita with their children Zac and Tiana holding the Cup. Photograph: Óisín Keniry

There was consternation in Irish racing circles last week when Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary announced he will be phasing out his Gigginstow(...)

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(...)

Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll to victory at the 2019 Grand National. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Following the shock news Michael O’Leary will be winding down the hugely successful Gigginstown House Stud operation over the next few years, we look (...)

  Michael O’Leary has announced he will phase out his National Hunt team over the next five years. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Michael O’Leary’s capacity for wrong-footing people is renowned but by any standard the Ryanair boss’s decision to withdraw from racing over the next (...)

Trainer Willie Mullins during day five of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: PA

Willie Mullins was officially crowned Irish champion jumps trainer for the 13th time on the final day of the Punchestown Festival. In each of the pr(...)

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(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins with Burrows Saint after his runner took the BoyleSports Irish Grand National Chase. File photograph: PA Wire

Willie Mullins begins the 2019 Punchestown festival with a 17th Leading Trainer prize at Ireland’s richest National Hunt festival already all but assu(...)

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo will face seven rivals at Punchestown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo will face seven rivals when he bids to follow up in the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup. The seven-year-old provide(...)

  Long-time Irish National ante-post favourite Any Second Now (right) with Derek O’Connor on board, comes ahead of Henry Oliver on Kilfilum Cross to win the  Kim Muir Challenge Cup at Cheltenham.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

He’s faced with the massed ranks of Irish racing’s mightiest teams but Snugsborough Benny may strike a rare blow for the little guy in Easter Monday’s(...)

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