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Cracksman will wear blinkers on his final outing in tomorrow's Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot as his John Gosden stablemate Roaring Lion steps back in trip for the other big race, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Chaos was sparked yesterday when it was announced that racing would no longer operate at Down Royal from 2019 onwards with the future of the Co Down track now in doubt.
Ruby Walsh scored his first win since returning from injury as My Sister Sarah claimed the two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle at Punchestown.
The Flat season may be drawing to a close but Aidan O'Brien is showing no sign of slowing down as he finalises his team for Champions Weekend at Ascot on Saturday.
Much has changed since Michael Hourigan began his training career with a handful of horses at the back of the family pub in Rathkeale, but his love of the game remains.
Brazos turned on the style to run out a clear-cut winner of the Irish Cesarewitch for trainer John Murphy and jockey Shane Foley at Navan.
Spider Web reeled in Na Trachtalai Abu in the final strides to snatch victory in the JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster Grand National at Limerick.
Galway Hurdle winner Sharjah heads a formidable team of seven from the Willie Mullins stable bidding for honours in the Irish Cesarewitch at Navan.
The Christian calendar, or Gregorian calendar as it's also known, is the most widely used calendar in the world today and the one we all recognise - although there's still a few places such as Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Iran which use other traditional calendars.
There's something to sate the appetite of all racing fans on one of the busiest weekends of the calendar with attention switched between Australia, Newmarket, Navan and Limerick.
A no-deal Brexit threatens to have an immediate impact on next year’s Randox Health Grand National with Irish runners potentially barred from returning home after taking part in the race.
Aidan O'Brien brings a formidable battalion to Newmarket today as the Ballydoyle maestro goes in search of another Group One success in the Fillies' Mile (3.35).
Some of the gloss has been taken off Saturday's Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket with Aidan O'Brien ruling Ten Sovereigns out of a mouthwatering duel with John Gosden's Too Darn Hot.
A wonder horse on the track, and a super sire off it, Frankel is such a paragon that he even manages to be a "considerate" lover to the elite mares assisting him in his conquest of the bloodstock world.
Penny Jane overcame a nightmare passage in the Guinness Handicap chase to give Gordon Elliott a double at Galway.
It was a case of another day, another double for Rachael Blackmore at Tipperary as she made it four wins in the space of two days at the venue.
Prolific winner Rashaan is the star attraction at Galway today.
Other careers were flirted with but when she began to skip Shakespearean acting classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London to go to the races at Goodwood, Sarah Lynam knew she was destined for a life surrounded by horses.
Noel Meade sent out a double at Roscommon last Monday and the Castletown, Co Meath trainer may repeat the feat today at Tipperary with Moyross and First Approach.
If the French racing authorities wanted to kick-start the new era for their revamped Longchamp with a Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe par excellence then they got it when Enable and Sea Of Class fought out an epic finish to the great race on its homecoming.
Dermot Weld won the Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes for a remarkable 12th time since 1983 when Yulong Gold Fairy took the Group Three honours at Tipperary yesterday.
William Haggas, the Newmarket trainer who has already won the Derby and the Oaks, attempts to add Europe's great autumn all-age championship contest, the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp today, with his exceptional filly Sea Of Class.
Enable repelled the late charge of Sea Of Class to successfully defend her crown in a sensational running of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp.
In Victorian times, some of the more respectable homes were built with lengthy, straight driveways meaning the dwelling could be seen from the main road.
We've a couple of decent jumps races at Gowran Park today, and I'm hoping to get a double-figure price about the Willie Mullins-trained Hey Little Boy in the Grade B Kilkenny Racing Festival Handicap Hurdle (3.05) under Danny Mullins.
Enable will break from stall six when she defends her crown in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.
A businessman who forked out an eye-watering €3.2m for a racehorse said it was "love at first sight" following the incredible purchase.
Former jockey Freddy Tylicki enjoyed his first winner as an owner when Mary Salome opened her account at Cork.
Flag Of Honour was one of three withdrawals from Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at the second forfeit stage for the Longchamp showpiece, but Aidan O'Brien still has five options headed by Doncaster winner Kew Gardens and Capri.
Chris Hayes has known only one boss since breaking into race riding as a teenager and 15 years after arriving in Kevin Prendergast's Curragh yard, the pair are still going strong.
Sea Of Class is set to take on last year's winner Enable after trainer William Haggas confirmed the Irish Oaks heroine will be added to the field for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at tomorrow's supplementary stage.
Aidan O'Brien is looking forward to further progress from Breeders' Cup Classic contender Mendelssohn following his big effort to finish third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Saturday night.
Just as he dominated proceedings at Newmarket on Saturday, Aidan O'Brien proved virtually unstoppable at Naas yesterday.
Donnacha O'Brien may be living on borrowed time as a jockey and he rides as though he knows it. He seized every opportunity at Newmarket yesterday to complete a Group-race treble in little more than an hour, a run that included the card's two Group One events.
Mount Everest bids to extend Aidan O'Brien's phenomenal record in the Beresford Stakes at Naas today. The Ballydoyle maestro has saddled 17 previous winners of the prestigious juvenile contest, including each of the last seven.
His generosity is the stuff of legend, but JP McManus is hardly Robin Hood reborn: he doesn't quite steal from the rich and give to the poor.
Well, the results are in, and it's there in black and white in front of me: females are less reliable then males. You heard it here first folks.
Ryan Moore is clocking up plenty of frequent-flyer miles these days and it will be another busy weekend for the 35-year-old between mounts at Belmont Park and Naas, some 3,150 miles apart.
It's another big weekend for Aidan O'Brien as Ten Sovereigns (4/6 favourite) bids to maintain his unbeaten record and provide him with a sixth Group One Middle Park Stakes winner tomorrow at Newmarket.
Cardini should be on everyone's menu today at Newmarket where Aidan O'Brien's youngster can prove his proximity to the exciting Too Darn Hot at Doncaster last time was no fluke when he runs in the featured Tattersalls Stakes.
Aidan O'Brien is making an all-out assault on Sunday's lucrative Naas card where the €400,000 prize fund is headed by the Group Two Beresford Stakes, a race in which the Ballydoyle maestro is bidding for an eighth successive triumph and an astonishing 18th in total.
Rarely has there been an outpouring of emotion like that which greeted the victory of Skitter Scatter in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Champions Weekend.
John Gosden reports last year's heroine Enable and three-time Group One winner Cracksman are in rude health ahead of next week's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
Abbey Magic completed a double for Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore with victory in the Baroneracing.com Handicap Chase at Navan yesterday.
Sheila Lavery is unsure how Breaking Story will fare when he comes back in distance for the Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse.
Fozzy Stack toasted one of the biggest successes of his fledgling training career at Ayr on Saturday but he had to endure an agonising seven-minute wait before his Son Of Rest was declared winner of the Ayr Gold Cup in a dead-heat.
The Ayr Gold Cup returned to Scotland after an enforced switch to Haydock last year and it did so with one of the most dramatic and memorable renewals in its long history. The judge spent five minutes trying to separate Son Of Rest and Baron Bolt, who finished four lengths in front of their 23 opponents, before declaring the first dead heat in the history of a race that was first staged in 1804.
It would be unheard of for casual supporters to get an all-access pass to events behind closed doors with an inter-county GAA squad but racing is a little different and trainer Eoin Griffin has a novel idea to attract more owners.
John 'Shark' Hanlon will appeal the 18-month suspended suspension of his training licence handed down after his Galway Festival winner Camlann tested positive for elevated levels of cobalt at Ballybrit on August 2.
Ruby Walsh sat down for an interview with Eamon Dunphy at a Dublin event promoting Paddy Power's 30th birthday and he opened up on his remarkable career.
Former Gold Cup third Road To Riches could return to Cheltenham this autumn after changing hands at Doncaster yesterday.
Former Gold Cup third Road To Riches could return to Cheltenham this autumn after changing hands at Doncaster on Wednesday.
Patrick Prendergast is resisting the temptation to send Moyglare winner Skitter Scatter to the Breeders' Cup and will put his brilliant filly away for the rest of the season with a crack at next year's English 1,000 Guineas on her agenda.
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe remains on the cards for Capri despite a disappointing display in the Prix Foy at Longchamp on Sunday as Aidan O'Brien begins to finalise his team for the French showpiece.
It's 13 years since Aidan O'Brien went a season without an Irish Classic success and he left it late to keep his remarkable record in tact, as Flag Of Honour (2/1 favourite) led from pillar to post in the Group One Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh yesterday.
The racing world was left reeling yesterday as Jessica Harrington's superstar filly Alpha Centauri and Aidan O'Brien's English 2,000 Guineas hero Saxon Warrior were both forced into early retirement.
Were it not for the emotional victory of Skitter Scatter and the jubilant scenes that followed her Moyglare success yesterday, Irish Champions Weekend would have passed without the fanfare that its illustrious billing commands.
Flag Of Honour made it a Leger double over the weekend for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore with an all-the-way win in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh.
Latrobe will bid for his second Classic success of the season in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh this afternoon.
Charlie Appleby is looking forward to seeing Quorto test his Classic credentials in the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh. The Godolphin runner faces six rivals in this seven-furlong Group One, including the Aidan O'Brien-trained Tyros, and Futurity Stakes winner Anthony Van Dyck.
All the money was for Lah Ti Dar before the St Leger, a gamble that accelerated after a brilliant performance by Too Darn Hot, her half-brother, in the Champagne Stakes, but the pink colours of Andrew Lloyd-Webber were denied a memorable double as Kew Gardens outstayed John Gosden's filly to give Aidan O'Brien his sixth win in the British season's final Classic.
Kew Gardens gave Aidan O'Brien a sixth success in the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster in holding off the late challenge of favourite Lah Ti Dar.
We all love to complain in this country when a British personality or media outlet claims an Irish person as one of their own.
There's no doubting that Alpha Centauri is the star turn as €4.6m Irish Champions Weekend kicks into gear but there's plenty more for punters to get their teeth stuck into on the opening day at Leopardstown.
Latrobe bids to make history and become the first horse in 64 years to claim the Irish Derby/Irish St Leger double in the same year with four Group One prizes up for decision at the Curragh tomorrow.
Given what he has achieved in the past year, it's crazy to think that the high-flying Oisin Murphy was still waiting for his maiden Group One success 12 months ago.
Willie Mullins showed his versatility on the Flat by sending out Thomas Hobson and Max Dynamite to finish 1-2 for leading owner Rich Ricci in the Doncaster Cup and it's next stop Melbourne for both.
Lah Ti Dar is the new favourite for tomorrow's English St Leger as John Gosden's unbeaten filly takes on the boys in the season's final Classic at Doncaster.
Jessica Harrington reports her superstar filly Alpha Centauri to have "thrived" in recent weeks as she looks to make it five Group One victories in succession in tomorrow's Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.
Snow Falcon clung on grimly to claim top honours in a thrilling renewal of the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel.
All eyes will be on Listowel today as the Kerry National (4.20) takes centre stage at the Harvest Festival where Gordon Elliott's Jury Duty bids to defy top-weight in the €200,000 contest under Robbie Power.
Joseph O'Brien shocked the world last year when the rookie became the youngest winning trainer of the Melbourne Cup with Rekindling, and his Irish Derby hero Latrobe could make the trip Down Under for this year's renewal in November.
When Saxon Warrior sluiced up in the English 2000 Guineas in May to maintain his unbeaten run of four wins from four it would have been long odds about Aidan O'Brien's Classic winner not getting his head in front in his next quartet of runs.
Joe Schmidt has brought unprecedented success to Irish rugby as international coach and the 52-year-old now has his eyes set on conquering the racing game on Champions Weekend at Leopardstown.
Line of reason can rediscover the winning trail with victory in the feature event at Leicester today.
It's Saturday - the night before the race. Ellie Mac was the first one to bed. She lay down in her stable by the River Feale and slept to the soothing sounds of water flowing over stone.
Thirty minutes into a riveting conversation with John Joe Walsh, the veteran Cork trainer chuckles "don't write too much s**t about me now", as he reflects on his remarkable 56-year training career.
The opening day of Listowel belonged to Paul Townend as the Cork jockey booted home a brilliant 88/1 four-timer.
The Tin Man hit the jackpot at the third time of asking in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock. Red-hot favourite Harry Angel burst out of the stalls without a problem this time after his mishap at Royal Ascot, but may have used up too much gas too soon, as despite having a break on all the field bar outsider Hey Jonesy, he was treading water inside the final furlong.
Battle Of Jericho narrowly denied the popular Gordon Lord Byron in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race at Navan. Only three went to post, and it proved once more a big field is not always needed to produce an exciting race.
British and Irish raiders Forest Ranger and Riven Light both finished down the field as last year's winner London Town destroyed his rivals in the Keeneland Korea Cup in Seoul.
In the November 4, 1967 edition of the Irish Independent, the 'Capt. Keen' racing column tipped the three-year-old Be Friendly in the Vernon's November Sprint Cup, a horse owned at the time by the late great racing commentator Peter O'Sullevan.
As punters from all over the country begin to make their way to the seven-day Listowel Harvest Festival tomorrow, it traditionally signals that the evenings are getting a little shorter and the air a bit chillier as the focus begins to shift back to the jumps game.
The much-anticipated return of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Enable will be anything but a cakewalk, with John Gosden's brilliant filly set to take on Michael Stoute's King George runner-up Crystal Ocean at Kempton tomorrow.
Aidan O'Brien has issued a positive bulletin ahead of next Saturday's St Leger with the Ballydoyle maestro outlining that he "always thought Doncaster would suit" Kew Gardens ahead of the English Classic.
The list of achievements which are absent from Willie Mullins' incredible training CV are getting smaller and smaller and 'miracle horse' Riven Light bids to complete another remarkable feat for the Closutton maestro in Korea on Sunday.
Jim Bolger sends a strong team to Roscommon this evening, with the 98-rated Copia Verborum appearing the best of these in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race.
The flamboyant horse trainer and gambler Mick O'Toole, who has died aged 86, had notable successes in training Davy Lad to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1977 and Dickens Hill to win the Irish 2000 Guineas, in 1979.
Known to the taxman as Michael Lee Aday, the American singer famous to you and me as Meat Loaf, once sang that "two out of three ain't bad".
There's an increasing trend this season of English trainers plundering some of Ireland's most valuable Flat prizes and the raiding party holds a small but select hand on Tote Irish Cambridgeshire day.
Mark Johnston is considering giving Dark Vision his first start since being purchased by Godolphin in the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on September 16.
Some jockeys are synonymous with certain horses - like Ruby Walsh and Kauto Star - and Oisín Murphy has forged a relationship with John Gosden's Roaring Lion which has seen him catapulted into racing's headlines.
Alpha Centauri may be setting a strong pace in the race to become this year's Cartier Horse of the Year, but Jessica Harrington's filly cannot rest on her laurels as both Roaring Lion and Poet's Word are, metaphorically, clipping her heels as racing slips into its autumn season.
Aidan O'Brien will send Mendelssohn straight to the Breeders' Cup Classic in November after completing his preparations when second in the Grade One Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday night.
Anthony Van Dyck was cut to 10/1 for next year's Epsom Derby after he led home stablemates Christmas and Mohawk to give Aidan O'Brien a 1-2-3 in yesterday's Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes at the Curragh.
Muntahaa led home stablemate Weekender to provide John Gosden with a one-two in the Sky Bet Ebor at York.It has been quite a week for the Clarehaven handler, having seen Roaring Lion dominate his rivals in Wednesday's Juddmonte International before star stayer Stradivarius landed a £1million bonus with victory in the Lonsdale Cup on Friday.