O’Gorman: Davy should get praise, not criticism

There’s a chance Davy Fitzgerald will decide his time in the south-east is up if Wexford exit the hurling Championship this evening.

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Micro Manage looks a bit special

Who would want to be a handicapper with a horse like Willie Mullins’ Micro Manage around?

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Could Madhmoon spoil Ballydoyle’s Derby party?

It was 100-30 the field yesterday for next Saturday’s Epsom Derby and that tells you all you need to know about the open nature of this Classic.

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Elliott now faces acid test

When Gordon Elliott heard that Michael O’Leary was pulling the plug on the enormously successful Gigginstown House Stud operation, he’d have been forgiven ...

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Hermosa tests our patience

Watching Aidan O’Brien’s Hermosa land last Sunday’s 1000 Guineas at Newmarket was a bitter pill to swallow.

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You just have to stand back and admire Un De Sceaux

If Giant’s Causeway was the iron horse of flat racing then it is no exaggeration to describe Un De Sceaux as the National Hunt equivalent.

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Best still to come from O'Brien's Magical

Breed the best to the best and hope for the best is an ideology that has been knocking around racing for years.

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No way the DRF will ever be run on any sort of quick surface again

It is interesting to contrast the influence last year’s Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown had on Cheltenham, compared to this year’s renewal.

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Ruby at his very best on Klassical Dream

Well sad little people duly emerged from their burrows to have a go from the safety of social media at Ruby Walsh, after Benie Des Dieux had fallen at the last in ...

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Sir Erec can justify the hype in Cheltenhams' Triumph Hurdle

THE rain-softened surface is a massive plus for Sir Erec and he is fancied to justify plenty of hype in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham today.

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Veteran Faugheen can upstage young guns

On a card that offers little cause for optimism at Cheltenham this afternoon, Faugheen is fancied to turn back the clock and land the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle. ...

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Battleover could have rivals waving white flag

The Gordon Elliott-trained Battleoverdoyen gets the nap to retain his unbeaten record in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

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Mullins trio poised to make Ruby’s Tuesday

It won’t come as a galloping shock should Cheltenham produce results this week that are impossible to explain.

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IHRB whip up another storm

Why, oh why, has the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board felt it necessary to tamper with the rules

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Can Percy defy his prep and prove Kelly a genius?

Seriously, can Presenting Percy actually win the Cheltenham Gold Cup off an utterly unorthodox preparation?

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Racing TV decision has turned out to be a disastrous mistake

It really is difficult to understand just why Racing TV bothers with Irish racing.

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Don’t rely too heavily on Mullins at the Festival

For years the hardest place in the world to tip a winner was Cheltenham. For years the hardest place in the world to back a winner was Cheltenham.

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Dream not to be underestimated

He was a long way removed from being the most impressive winner at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown last weekend, but there was something about Willie ...

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Willie Mullins cause for concern has been increasing since the turn of the year

These are worrying times for Willie Mullins, with plenty of evidence to suggest many of his horses are performing well below their capabilities, says Pat Keane.

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Battleoverdoyen sure to win plenty of wars

You cannot do what this horse has done in such a short time and not be regarded as potentially top class, writes Pat Keane.

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Racing TV off to a less than satisfactory start, but things can only get better

Racing TV covered its first Irish race meetings on Tuesday, Fairyhouse, and Tramore, and one has to say, it was a less than satisfactory start, writes Pat Keane.

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Worse Cheltenham ante-post wagers than Le Richebourg at 12-1

There seems little doubt that some stage in the near future the Irish National Hunt trainers’ championship will be a three-cornered battle, with Joseph O’Brien ...

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Fairyhouse stewards should have called inquiry

How could the stewards fail to inquire into the performance of Ilikedwayurthinkin, who finished fifth in a modest handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse last Saturday?

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Top jockeys at the top of their form

Paul Townend four winners, Ruby Walsh three and Rachael Blackmore two, the fascinating characters who largely dominated last Sunday’s racing in Ireland - at ...

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Samcro heading due south at a rate of knots

Is there anyone left who actually believes Samcro remains a live possibility for the Champion Hurdle, asks Pate Keane

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Write Ruby Walsh off at your peril

Ruby Walsh produced a brilliant ride on Easy Game in Navan last Sunday, silencing the gutless social media critics who were quick to write him off as he struggled ...

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Be grateful for small mercies

I’ve given off-course bookmakers plenty of stick over the years, because, it seems to me, they often operate on the basis only mugs need apply and regular ...

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Samcro unlikely to be a Champion Hurdler

As a massive Samcro fan, from the first day he set foot on a racecourse, I will be surprised should he be good enough to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in ...

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