Pat Smullen

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 Curragh Racecourse: Sunday saw an official crowd of 4,100, a figure that trumped the attendance for the Group One Phoenix Stakes in August, which was less than 3,000.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

More free-admission days could feature at the Curragh in 2020 after track officials were delighted with crowd levels for Sunday’s fixture at Irish rac(...)

 William Buick riding Pinatubo to victory in the The Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on ‘Irish Champions Weekend’. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Irish flat racing’s showpiece event got a prestige boost with official confirmation that Pinatubo put up the best juvenile performance seen for quarte(...)

A match programme from the recent All-Ireland ladies final. The Irish Football Programme Club organise regular fairs around the country while also hosting a Facebook page which enables collectors to source material. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

When the final whistle blew on the recent All-Ireland football final replay, and history was made as Dublin became the first team to win the Sam Magui(...)

Pinatubo ridden by William Buick. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Appropriately on Irish Champions Weekend, Pinatubo put up one of the great two-year-old performances at the Curragh on Sunday. Aidan O’Brien landed a(...)

AP McCoy hugs Pat Smullen in the parade ring after Quizzical wins the Pat Smullen Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The unfortunate circumstances Pat Smullen is facing somehow seemed to produce a perfect synchronicity on Sunday at the Curragh. Ordinarily the nine-t(...)

The Curragh’s new chief executive said the board is united about plans for the racecourse. File photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

The Curragh’s new chief executive has said Irish racing’s under-fire flagship facility will work only if the local community view it as their racecour(...)

 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(...)

Pat Smullen: “We just have to wait and see how things go, and my priority is to get healthy and well again.” James Crombie

Pat Smullen still hopes to make a return to the saddle after he completes his recovery from cancer treatment. The nine-time Irish champion jockey, ba(...)

Frankie Dettori is twice a Derby winner on board Authorized in 2007 and Golden Horn in 2015. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Frankie Dettori will ride Hazapour for Dermot Weld and the Aga Khan in Saturday week’s Investec Derby. The Italian star - twice a Derby winner on boa(...)

Davy Russell after winning the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase with Tiger Roll during Grand National Day of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Davy Russell continued a glorious autumn to his career by steering Tiger Roll to a thrilling victory in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. (...)

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