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Aidan O Brien
Aidan O Brien

Hans Holbein looks the value option

Aidan O’Brien is chasing a fourth consecutive Epsom Derby success and, while he may not have a stand-out performer in this afternoon’s feature, the Ballydoyle trainer may be able to extend his record with the strong-staying Hans Holbein.

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Hurricane Fly
Hurricane Fly

Fly jets in for French Champion mission

Willie Mullins reports Hurricane Fly in rude health ahead of the legendary hurdler’s return to his homeland for the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil in Paris tomorrow.

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Baffert living the American dream with Pharoah

American Pharoah faces his date with destiny as he attempts to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, and the first since Affirmed in 1978, in the Belmont Stakes tonight.

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Donnacha O'Brien with father Aidan
Donnacha O'Brien with father Aidan

Donnacha O’Brien passes Saval Beg exam

Kingfisher put himself firmly in the Ascot Gold Cup picture when getting up late in the day to take the Seamus & Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown last night.

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Hans Holbein ridden by Ryan Moore wins The MBNA Chester Vase, during the Boodles Ladies Day of the Boodles May Festival at Chester Racecourse.
Hans Holbein ridden by Ryan Moore wins The MBNA Chester Vase, during the Boodles Ladies Day of the Boodles May Festival at Chester Racecourse.

Take a chance on Hans in a non-vintage renewal

There we were all ready to put up Dermot Weld’s Zawraq as the most likely winner of this afternoon’s Investec Derby at Epsom and the horse goes and suffers a setback.

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Twirl can do punters a turn at Shelbourne

Rising Twirl looks the best bet in tonight’s quarter-final of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks at Shelbourne Park.

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Stephen Molumphy: Captain sensible

Nobody epitomised Waterford hurling’s move from artistry to artisan more than Stephen Molumphy. As the county team under Derek McGrath embrace an order of discipline and style, it’s ironic that the 31-year-old has retired but life finally got in the way

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Zane Keenan takes inspiration from days of ‘72

“It is 43 years now and God knows we’ve waited long enough,” says Frank Keenan, his tone suggesting a wearing thin of patience.

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Enda McEvoy: It is not an equally big match for both sides — Cork simply have to win

The opening of To Kill A Mockingbird, a book Derek McGrath has taught to generations of English scholars at De La Salle secondary school in Waterford, describes how Jem Finch and his sister Scout got the notion to make Boo Radley, their reclusive neighbour, come out.

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Five solutions to the GAA’s timing stuggles

It was at a post-Congress press briefing in February that GAA director general Páraic Duffy admitted time-keeping was an issue for the organisation.

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Damien Hendy looks for Kildare revival

As a loyal Kildare servant, Damien Hendy has become accustomed to criticism.

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Chrissy McKaigue: You do what’s needed

Monaghan. March 3, 2012. A turning point in Chrissy McKaigue’s career.

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Take the points and the goals...

For the record, it took an exceptional save from Colm Callanan to deny Colm Cronin and Dublin a goal last week. But for that denial, we wouldn’t have a replay to preview.

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Dara Ó Cinnéide: Sometimes the scenic route trumps the shorter journey

In one of the many great scenes in the film On The Waterfront, Charlie played by Rod Steiger, tells his younger brother, Terry (Marlon Brando) that he needs to be getting up a bit in the world — "You’re getting on. You’re pushing 30. You know, it’s time to think about getting some ambition," says Charlie.

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Great cutting in Waterford’s rising star of hurling - Austin Gleeson

You might as well admit it. The goal made you sit up and take notice.

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Kerry ready to finish job

Hard as you can for as long as you can — the words printed on a giant Kerry flag tacked to the dressing-room wall in Newbridge last weekend as the players exited for action.

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Cork must play with physicality

Waterford triumphed in the league final so how can Cork gain revenge this weekend?

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Derek McGrath must keep driving Waterford

To me, Derek McGrath has been manager of the year to date. 

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Players unfazed by FAI furore, explains cool Roy Keane

Roy Keane insists that the Fifa/FAI controversy is not impacting in any way on Ireland’s preparations for tomorrow’s friendly against England and next Saturday’s Euro qualifier against Scotland.

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Bohemians stun champions Dundalk

Dundalk 1 Bohemians 2: Dave Mulcahy’s 74th-minute header saw Bohemians end Dundalk’s unbeaten start to the season at Oriel Park last night.

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Cork City set pieces do the damage

Galway United 1 Cork City 3: Cork City secured a crucial win on the road at Eamonn Deacy against Galway United last night as three goals from set pieces saw them gain all three points on the banks of the Corrib.

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Jordan Henderson: I can never really repay debt to Roy Keane

Roy Keane has always had an eye for a player.

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Ireland lose the moral high ground

And so the ‘Hand Of Gaul’ turned into the ‘Hand-Out Of Gaul’.

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Juventus require ultimate defensive solution

Amid all the scandals assailing the sport, Liam Brady is hoping Barcelona and Juventus can provide football with a night to remember in Berlin.

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Messi chasing history as Juventus eye redemption

Spain 4 Italy 0: The scoreline that scarred a nation, and above all, one set of players.

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Gianluigi Buffon - My merciless and bold No 1

Tonight’s Champions League final is a stage for extravagant attacking talents — but for this netminder, the real storyline is between the posts for the Old Lady of Turin, writes Dónal Óg Cusack.

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Trust FAI to restore order

There was a large contingent of second-generation Irish present at Anfield in December 1995 for the Euro play-off against the Netherlands.

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Zack McCall happy to bide time

Ireland’s promising hooker Zack McCall says the World Rugby U-20 Championship is a huge stepping stone for anyone hoping to become a professional rugby player.

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Scott Langley: ‘I was on all fours and blood was just dripping on the dojo floor’

"I woke up with dread. I was constantly vomiting. Most mornings I’d either feel like I was going to vomit or vomit. From the train station to the dojo there were little alleys where I’d nip down and throw up. And it was all just to get in the door.”

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Simon Baker: ‘It’s the same principle: you’ve got to get the ball into the back of the net’

Simon Baker is the founder of the Irish Amputee Football Association and captain of the IAFA’s international team. That team will play the Netherlands, Ukraine and hosts Poland in an international tournament this weekend. He is also the secretary general of the European Amputee Football Federation.

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