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Action from The Connacht Rugby Handicap Hurdle won by WATE AND SEA at the County Mayo venue.

Creek follows up in effortless style

Rae’s Creek and Alton Bay, both winners on the level at the track last time, got off the mark in impressive style in the maiden hurdle action on last night’s card in Ballinrobe.

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Grade One status for Mares’ event

The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival has been raised to Grade One status as part of an overall upgrade to British Jump Pattern and Listed races for the 2014/15 National Hunt season.

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Queen’s horse fails drugs test

A racehorse owned by Queen Elizabeth has tested positive for morphine, a prohibited substance.

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Trainer TOM CLEARY with son jockey RORY, grandson SEAN and groom David Keegan after TRULY DELIGHTFUL won.

Bazaar rises to challenge

Fifth on his debut at the Curragh, Bazaar justified 4/9 favouritism for Aidan and Joseph O’Brien in the Live The Dream With Tote Maiden on last night’s mixed card in Ballinrobe.

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Kid heads Plate weights

Kid Cassidy (11st 10lb), second in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham in 2013 and the only horse to have lowered the colours of Sire De Grugy last season, heads the weights for next week’s thetote.com Galway Plate.

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Stick with Riverside City

Riverside City can provide the answer to an interesting Monroes’ Live Hurdle at Ballinrobe tonight.

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Bracelet, right, with Colm O'Donoghue up, on their way to winning the Darley Irish Oaks. Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Bracelet proves the perfect fit for Oaks

Aidan O’Brien’s Royal Ascot heroine Bracelet fought off stable companion Tapestry and British raider Volume to clinch Classic glory in a thrilling renewal of the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday night.

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Tony McCoy: New all-time record.

McCoy savours finally overtaking Pipe

Tony McCoy finally overtook Martin Pipe on Saturday night after setting a new personal best aboard It’s A Gimme in the Betfred Summer Plate to pass the career total of 4,191 winners recorded by his old ally.

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Mango Diva (Ryan Moore - second right) on the way to winning the Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh yesterday. Picture: PA Wire.

Magical Moore shines again

Ryan Moore and Michael Stoute teamed up for the second year in a row to land the Kilboy Estate Stakes with Mango Diva at the Curragh yesterday.

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Tarfasha team hopeful of a home win in Oaks

Dermot Weld feels being on home soil gives Tarfasha a favourite’s chance in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh today.

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Key Irish racing industry statistics show positive performances for first half of 2014

The Irish horseracing industry statistics for the first half of 2014 showed improvement across many important areas with year-on-year increases in bloodstock sales, racecourse attendances, new owners, Tote turnover and prize-money.

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Newsletter out to deliver

Newsletter bids to get one over the colts when she flies the flag for the fillies in the Jebel Ali Racecourse & Stables Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh today.

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Tapestry could be tailor-made for Irish Oaks

Solving this afternoon’s Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh would have been so easy had the Epsom heroine, Taghrooda, as was widely anticipated, met the engagement.

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Trip concern for Realtra

Richard Fahey has a slight worry that Weatherbys Super Sprint favourite Realtra may not be quite quick enough as his star filly drops back down to the minimum distance at Newbury this afternoon.

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CLOSE CALL: Golden Ticket (Alan Crowe,  near side) just catches He's Our Man  to win the Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle at Killarney. Picture: Healy Racing

Walsh weaves magic on Shield

Shield rounded off a terrific week for Aidan O’Brien, JP McManus and Mark Walsh when cruising to victory in the Dawn Omega Milk Novice Hurdle, as an attendance in excess of 7,000 topped off a very successful festival.

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Initial (Pat Smullen, far side) gets up to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Leopardstown from Hunt (Niall McCullagh, maroon cap), and Rule The Waves (Joseph O'Brien). Picture Caroline Norris

Chance To Dance defies top weight for fourth victory

Chance To Dance is thriving on his racing and he won his fourth race of the campaign, when he defied top weight to win The Nasrullah Handicap at Leopardstown last evening.

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Sizing Europe

Sizing Europe set for surprise return

Trainer Henry de Bromhead has revealed multiple Group One-winning chaser Sizing Europe will return to training in the coming weeks with a view to running in the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park in early October.

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Ana O'Brien with her father Aiden. She will ride Will ride Beyond Brilliance in Irish Oaks.

Landmark Irish Oaks ride for Ana

Ana O’Brien, daughter of all-conquering trainer Aidan and younger sister to Derby-winning rider Joseph, will become the first female jockey to ride in the Darley Irish Oaks tomorrow.

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