Uncertainty about the composition of any overseas challenge means Aidan O’Brien is odds-on to bridge a six year gap since the last of his record seven(...)

Rain Goddess ridden by Ryan Moore (centre) wins the Snow Fairy Stakes during Tipperary Crystal Race Day at Curragh Racecourse on Sunday. Photograph: PA Wire

The Curragh’s final card prior to its “Irish Champions Weekend” date in a fortnight inevitably contained a sense of prelude but Aidan O’Brien continue(...)

Permian ridden by  William Buick wins the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. The Godolphin charge won’t be appearing in the Irish Derby. Photograph:   John Walton/PA

 A resurgent Godolphin took its Coolmore Stud rival to the wire at Royal Ascot but a Dubai Duty Irish Derby head-to-head between racing’s great s(...)

Willie Penrose (Labour TD) Bet Of Meeting Yorkhill in the JLT is my banker. He comes to himself at this time of year with a bit of good ground. Lay(...)

A Shin Hikari comes to Royal Ascot after a 10-length success at Chantilly last month. Photograph:  Getty Images

A Shin Hikari is not the most original choice for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes but he certainly appears the one to beat in the feature event on day tw(...)

Anamba, seen here winning at Leopardstown last September,  won the Owenstown Stud Stakes on Sunday.Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Racing’s rhythm meant Sunday’s Naas action drummed to a Royal Ascot beat but despite a Listed race double the rumbling road towards the most open Inve(...)

Thanks to Katie Taylor, things are looking up for Ireland at the Olympics.   Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

“It’s like déjà vu all over again” is a quote attributed to the famous American baseball player and coach Yogi Berra and, for everyone looking back wi(...)

Jim Bolger: will continue to be one of Godolphin’s three trainers in Ireland.  Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Sheikh Mohammed’s plans for a new streamlined Godolphin bloodstock operation will have no impact on his Irish racing interests with the ruler of Duba(...)

Willie McCreery: trainer said Devonshire has been a warrior all year without winning. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Willie McCreery is keen to find Devonshire an opportunity to get her head in front before the season is out following another good effort in defeat at(...)

Wayne Lordan will be hoping to land the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh on board Fit For The Job for owner JP McManus. Photograph: James Crombie

JP McManus is renowned as one of National Hunt racing’s most powerful owners but his increasing influence on the flat can be further advertised sho(...)

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