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The Jessica Harrington bandwagon rolled into Leopardsdown last night as she saw her Pincheck steam away with the Desmond Stakes, and she will now hope her impressive winner can do the same on Irish Champions Weekend.
The future of Towcester racecourse is up in the air after it was announced the company which owns the track is taking steps to place the business into administration.
Aidan O'Brien is warming up one-time English 1,000 Guineas favourite Clemmie for another crack at Alpha Centauri in next month's Group One Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on the first day of Irish Champions weekend (September 15-16).
Pat Smullen is "on to the next step" of his recovery as he continues to receive treatment for a tumour which was found earlier this year
Liquid Amber returns to action for the first time since the English 1,000 Guineas in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Hurry Harriet Stakes at Gowran this evening.
Jessica Harrington has confirmed that Alpha Centauri is highly likely to stay in training as a four-year-old.
Alpha Centauri continued her fantastic campaign with an impressive victory in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville yesterday.
Making Light booked her Group One ticket as she ran out an impressive winner of the Goffs Platinum Stakes at Cork yesterday. The Dermot Weld-trained filly won a Group Three at Naas at the start of the season, before finishing third at the same level and occupying the same position last time out in Group Two company at the Curragh in May.
It's a massive few days for Irish racing with a host of challengers set for France and America in pursuit of lucrative prizes, but the action on these shores commands respect.
The Shergar Cup takes place at Ascot today and for those readers unfamiliar with the concept, it's basically a competition in which jockeys join teams and compete for their region, similar to golf's Ryder Cup.
Michael Halford has given Platinum Warrior a glowing report as the son of Galileo settles into his American surroundings before a bold bid in tomorrow night's Grade One Secretariat Stakes (10.48) at Arlington Park.
Colm O'Donoghue has enjoyed a thrill-a-minute season aboard Jessica Harrington's superstar filly Alpha Centauri and the Cork jockey is purring with excitement ahead of her French raid at Deauville on Sunday.
All eyes will be on Deauville this Sunday with Jessica Harrington's superstar filly Alpha Centauri set for a mouth-watering duel against Freddy Head's With You in the Prix Jacques le Marois.
When the call arrived, Bertram Allen had a hunch about its purpose, not that any fatalistic foresight could cushion the blow that it delivered.
Chicas Amigas was made to pull out all the stops to justify short-priced favouritism in the feature race at the Curragh yesterday.
English raider Safe Voyage came from the clouds to claim top honours in the Ahonoora Handicap at Galway yesterday.
Chicas Amigas could take advantage of having her sights lowered for the Mongey Communications Race at the Curragh today.
Polydream lunged late to provide trainer Freddy Head with a seventh victory in the LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.
It was a week of fun and festivities for punters around the country as they enjoyed this year's Galway Races.
Gifted Master, a 20/1 shot ridden by 5lb-claiming apprentice Jason Watson, landed one of the biggest handicap sprints of the season yesterday, when he got back up on the line to win the Unibet Stewards Cup on the final day of Glorious Goodwood.
Willie Mullins won his fifth feature race of the Galway Festival as Low Sun found plenty for pressure to give Katie O'Farrell another famous victory in the Galway Shopping Centre Handicap Hurdle.
The Galway Festival is winding down after a hectic period, but Willie Mullins is one man keen to keep the throttle down over the closing two days.
Another day at the Galway Festival, and it was yet another big-race winner for Willie Mullins as Nessun Dorma (14/1) sprung a surprise under an enterprising ride from Billy Lee in the Guinness Premier Handicap.
English trainer Brian Ellison has turned tomorrow's feature "Ahonoora" Premier Handicap (3.55) at Galway into a procession taking the last four renewals, but he may be outdone by one of his former charges this time around.
On the face of it, a four-runner race should be fairly easy to figure out as there's less homework to do on each horse. But finding the likely winner of a race is one thing, making a long-term profit backing them is another. To do that, you've to try find ones which are a bigger price than they should be, which is no easy task.
Limini had to make do with minor honours for the second time at this year's Galway Festival as stable companion Nessun Dorma claimed victory in Friday's Guinness Handicap.
It's the calm after the storm as the action begins to ease into the weekend following the excitement of the Plate and the Hurdle at Ballybrit, but one man who has been on form all week is Willie Mullins - and it can pay to keep him on side.
By their very nature, handicaps are among the most tricky type of race to figure out, with the better horses carrying more weight to give every animal an equal chance.
The #AskTed section of RTE's racing coverage has provided some very light-hearted moments in recent years but Ted Walsh got very excited over a question about the spread of ragwort.
She may be leading the Irish jumps jockeys' championship, but Rachael Blackmore will have to head back to the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) HQ at the Curragh for "one day's tuition on the correct use of the whip".
Willie Mullins confirmed his status as the new 'King of Ballybrit' with his son Patrick the Prince, as Galway Hurdle success for Sharjah (12/1) spearheaded a 295.5/1 treble for the Closutton maestro.
Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day sang: "It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right, I hope you had the time of your life". That sums up my week in Galway so far.
This is the season that has marked Godolphin's return to the top and while Masar's victory in the Derby is unlikely to be bettered, Wild Illusion finally landed one at the highest level in her Classic year when she dictated the Qatar Nassau Stakes from start to finish yesterday.
Connections of Battaash have high hopes of him bouncing back from Royal Ascot disappointment to successfully defend his King George Qatar Stakes title at Goodwood today (3.35).
Sharjah defied top-weight to win the Guinness Galway Hurdle for the father and son team of Willie and Patrick Mullins.
THE richest prize in Irish jumps racing always attracts a stellar cast and this year is no different as 20 go to post – nine of which are owned by JP McManus – for today's €300,000 Galway Hurdle.
President Michael D Higgins has told how he is in fighting form ahead of the upcoming presidential race, where he is seeking a second term in Áras an Uachtaráin.
Mark Enright may have been in the "last-chance saloon" last winter when he decided to end his days as a freelance jockey, but the Limerick rider was left dining at Irish racing's top table last night.
Gordon Elliott's Clarcam defied odds of 33-1 to ran out a facile winner of thetote.com Galway Plate.
WITH top-class horses including Balko Des Flos, Carlingford Lough and Road To Riches on the recent Galway Plate roll of honour, the winner of today’s €250,000 feature will join elite company.
River Light claimed the COLM QUINN BMW Mile Handicap for the second year in succession at the Galway Races after returning from a long layoff to finish powerfully at Ballybrit.
How when everything goes so right, can it end up all wrong? In a race like the Carlton Hotel Handicap, never does it all happen as you plan.
IT'S hard to quantify the benefit of course experience at a track such as Galway and it may pay to follow those who have had success around Ballybrit on the second day of the Festival.
Uradel defied a lengthy absence to deny stablemate Limini in the valuable Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap at Galway.
Ruby Walsh knows better than most not to take anything for granted in the racing game, but it seemed his luck was changing for the better when he made a winning return to race riding on board Lareena at Thurles on March 8.
It was the middle of the seventies, on the twisty road home from Galway to Duninga in Kilkenny and my father and uncle Tony were sitting sheepishly in the back of the car. I'm sure it was still black and white then. Willie had been beaten in the bumper and Tony had lost a hurdle race he should have won. The radio was probably on.
For those who dip in and out of racing, Rachael Blackmore's standing at the head of the Irish jump jockeys' table is ground-breaking news, but it has quickly become the norm.
Ruby Walsh is raring to go ahead of his much-anticipated return from injury at the Galway Festival today as all eyes turn to Ballybrit for their week-long carnival which is expected to attract 150,000 punters over the seven days.
While Willie Mullins has managed to lower the colours of Galway specialist Dermot Weld - 31 times champion trainer - in recent years with back-to-back title wins, both may play second fiddle to Tony Martin on the opening evening.
Poet's Word provided Michael Stoute with a record-breaking sixth success in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes in a spellbinding renewal of the great race at Ascot on Saturday.
Michael Stoute claimed the outright record for the most King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes wins when Poet's Word, the 7/4 second favourite, beat his stable companion, Crystal Ocean, by a hard-fought neck to give him a sixth victory in high summer's middle-distance championship at Ascot yesterday.
It's been argued that the King George (3.40 Ascot) is not the same race as years gone by, but I reckon we have a great contest in store this afternoon, especially in the unlikely event that Cracksman, which is rated 125, makes the final line-up.
With all eyes on the start of the Galway Festival on Monday, it's a quiet weekend on the home front but punters' appetite will be sated by today's seven-race Flat card at Gowran Park.
Jim Bolger and Aidan O'Brien shared the spoils in one of two remarkable dead-heats at Leopardstown where Cimeara and Sizzling couldn't be separated in the Listed Kingdom Of Bahrain Vinnie Roe Stakes.
Everything adds up on the breeding side of things for Goddess to be a potential superstar and Aidan O'Brien's two-year-old filly bids to back up the hype at a top-class Leopardstown card tonight.
Harry Fry is making a bold bid for success on his first trip to Ballybrit next week with Drumcliff one of five possible British raiders out of 58 entries hoping to land the Galway Plate next Wednesday.
Kew Gardens looks likely to lead Aidan O'Brien's charge for a fifth success in Saturday's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Out of luck in Saturday's Oaks with Forever Together, Aidan O'Brien bounced back to land yesterday's feature as Magical belatedly opened her account for the season when making all in the Group Two Kilboy Estate Stakes.
Dawn Hoofer and Ruler Of France are the two standout names in the €30,000 Win Big With Tote Handicap at Ballinrobe this evening.
Newmarket trainer William Haggas will consider a trip to York for his Sea Of Class after her heroics in Saturday's Irish Oaks.
William Haggas won the Darley Irish Oaks with Sea Of Class after the filly was given a beautifully judged, bordering on sensational, waiting ride by James Doyle to put her head in front in the last stride - without using his stick.
Michael Stoute holds the record for most wins in the Irish Oaks at six, but Aidan O'Brien will equal that this evening should one of his three entries win the feature at the Curragh (5.30), which has attracted just seven fillies.
In ancient Greek culture, one of the more interesting figures is Dionysus, who was the god of various things including wine, euphoria and fertility.
Faugheen's vet Tim Brennan has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority after charges were brought against him relating to bets allegedly placed by his brother.
Magic Wand, Forever Together and Sea Of Class all feature in a field of just seven runners for the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh tomorrow.
For Paul Carberry, nothing may ever replace the rush of the Cheltenham roar but, since stepping away from race riding, he's found a new outlet for his talents: show jumping.
The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority has concluded its two-day hearing into whether or not Irish vet Tim Brennan passed on inside information to enable his brother Michael to win a modest amount of money by laying Faugheen for the 2016 Champion Hurdle. A verdict is expected later this week.
A high-profile case involving an Irish vet is due to continue before the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in England today.
The bookies at Killarney were hit for six last night as all but one of the market leaders on the seven-race card won.
It was another Saturday to remember for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore, with US Navy Flag and Kew Gardens providing the formidable combination with a Group One double.
Bella Estrella held off the late lunge of Hence to land the Cairn Rouge Stakes at Killarney yesterday.
Patrick Mullins became the winning-most amateur rider of all time as he overtook the record of 545 winners set by Ted Walsh with victory aboard Queens Boulevard in the Blind Tiger Flat race at Sligo.
Champions among Aidan O'Brien's older horses have been in short supply this season but the trainer may yet have the continent's best sprinter in US Navy Flag: the colt, dropped back to six furlongs for the first time this season, showed Europe's best a clean pair of heels in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket yesterday.
A young Irish jockey has lost her battle with cancer just two days before she was due to get married.
The phrase "nothing is certain, except death and taxes" is usually attributed to one of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, and he did pen something similar in a 1789 letter regarding the new Constitution.
Alpha Centauri may have won "only" the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes by four-and-a-half lengths at Newmarket yesterday, but the grey filly provided racing with a second wow moment of the summer when, going into the Dip with all her rivals already hard at it, jockey Colm O'Donoghue let out an inch of rein.
It's a heavyweight clash between Godolphin and Aidan O'Brien as an impressive opening course of the five-day Killarney July Racing Festival swings into action tomorrow.
Rachael Blackmore is flying high and continues to break the glass ceiling as she's currently leading the jump jockeys' championship.
Exciting prospect Legends Of War, which represents the Roaring Lion connections of Qatar Racing, John Gosden and Oisín Murphy, can provide the highlight on the first day of Newmarket's July meeting by winning a competitive Arqana July Stakes (2.25).
It was a great evening for lady riders at Roscommon last night after they landed five of the seven races at the track.
John Gosden says Cracksman is more likely to have an autumn campaign than run in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Rock-hard underfoot conditions are making life difficult for ground staff and trainers alike this summer with small fields the norm and today's card at Roscommon is no exception.
Mendelssohn finished third on his return to action in the Grade Three Dwyer Stakes over a mile on the dirt in Belmont.
Roaring Lion battled on bravely to beat his old rival Saxon Warrior in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. The two classy three-year-olds had the 10-furlong Group One to themselves and no quarter was given in the closing stages.
Multiple Classic-winning trainer John Dunlop has died at the age of 78. Dunlop saddled two winners of the Derby in Shirley Heights (1978) and Erhaab (1994). He also won the St Leger three times, the 1000 Guineas three times and the Oaks twice, with the 2000 Guineas the only British Classic to elude him.
The Coral Eclipse is the race that allows the Classic generation to take on their elders, and that usually makes for some great storylines as the old take on the young. Youth or experience? The champion or the pretender?
Aidan O'Brien begins his latest bid for world domination tonight as he makes a four-pronged attack on the Stars and Stripes card in Belmont Park.
Connections feel Wicklow Brave's class can help him give weight all-round in the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary today.
Ruby Walsh is "ready to rock" ahead of his long-awaited return to the saddle at the Galway Races later this month (July 30-August 5).
Joseph O'Brien reflected on one the greatest days of his life the morning after saddling Latrobe to claim Irish Derby glory.
How do you stop Aidan O'Brien winning a 13th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby? Put his two sons on the case was the answer, after brothers Joseph and Donnacha combined to beat their father when Latrobe outstayed the Ballydoyle quartet Rostropovich, Saxon Warrior, Delano Roosevelt and The Pentagon, in that order, to lead home an O'Brien 1-2-3-4-5 in Ireland's premier Flat race at the Curragh.
Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together bids to double her Group One tally in the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh today.