Mick Kinane

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Flat jockey Fran Berry has retired from the saddle with immediate effect.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Flat jockey Fran Berry has retired from the saddle with immediate effect. The 38-year-old suffered spinal injuries in a fall at Wolverhampton in Janu(...)

Royal Marine ridden by Oisín Murphy wins the Gary Reid Memorial British EBF Maiden Stakes during day three of the 2018 William Hill St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse on Friday. Photograph:  Tim Goode/PA Wire

Oisín Murphy doesn’t mind selfies. He’s used to them. He is after all probably the hottest young jockey in Europe right now. But it’s nothing to do wi(...)

Tony Hanlon has been head gardener at Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare,  for more than 30 years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times
30 years a-growing in Kildare

Tony Hanlon, the head gardener for more than 30 years at Killashee Hotel in Kildare is a quiet, stocky figure with compassionate eyes and sh(...)

Colin Keane:  steered Gobi Desert to victory in the Listed Legacy Stakes at Navan.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There may be lies, damned lies and statistics but Colin Keane’s sole success at Navan on Sunday indicates the final four weeks of Ireland’s 2017 flat (...)

Frankie Dettori: bidding to equal Mick Kinane’s record of seven wins in Irish Champion Stakes. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

If ‘Irish Champions Weekend’ shapes as if it is likely to be dominated by Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle team, then Frankie Dettori is set to add some vi(...)

Colin Keane riding Golden Spell to victory at the Curragh. The 23-year-old  champion jockey contender will pilot  Gold Spinner in Galway’s day two feature. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It’s four years since Colin Keane first emerged as a jockey to follow by winning the Galway festival’s day two feature – and victory on Gold Spinner (...)

Ryan Moore on Minding: her most electrifying display came when overcoming trouble on soft ground in the Oaks at Epsom. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

History shows it takes an exceptional three-year-old filly to win the QIPCO Irish Champion Stake. This bodes well for Aidan O’Brien’s chances of a re(...)

Minding has two recent victories over 10 furlongs including the Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes (above). Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Just two fillies, Snow Fairy and The Fugue, have won the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes in two decades but bookmakers appear to believe the fairer sex w(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi: rather than standards slipping, it is in fact the rising median which only makes it all the harder for even exceptional talent to stand out. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images.

Nostalgia can make liars of us all and sporting nostalgia is a particularly seductive invitation to believe what we want. That it’s relatively harmle(...)

Pat Smullen on Harzand winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Harzand’s dramatic Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby success was a 25th Group 1 career victory for Pat Smullen, although the champion jockey’s “standby” sta(...)

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