Kevin Prendergast: Madhmoon can shine at Irish Derby

He describes himself as “hanging in there”, but as a keen golfer, who also enjoys fishing and shooting game, the soon-to-be 87-year-old Kevin Prendergast is doing a little more than that.

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Blue Point completes remarkable Royal Ascot double

Blue Point clung on grimly to complete a remarkable Royal Ascot double in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

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Stradivarius defends Gold Cup to give Dettori remarkable fourth successive victory

Stradivarius successfully defended his Gold Cup crown to provide Frankie Dettori with a remarkable fourth successive victory on day three of Royal Ascot.

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Willie Mullins absent from Royal Ascot following 'small procedure'

Champion Irish National Hunt trainer Willie Mullins is missing from Royal Ascot this week through ill health.

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Stoute's Crystal Ocean outbattles O'Brien's Magical

Crystal Ocean graduated to Group One class as he lifted the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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Bold move pays off as Circus Maximus wins St James's Palace Stakes

Circus Maximus showed his adaptability when dropping back in trip to land the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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Phoenix can confirm Irish 2000 Guineas form

With the Queen Anne, the St James’s Palace Stakes, the King’s Stand Stakes and the Coventry all on one card, day one of Royal Ascot can claim to be the best day’s racing of the entire year, and the renewed rivalry of Irish 2000 Guineas first and second, Phoenix Of Spain and Too Darn Hot, in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes sets the tone for a fabulous five days at the Berkshire track.

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Revenge on the menu as extravaganza kicks off with a mighty bang

Some say pleasure deferred is pleasure enhanced but that is very much not the case when it comes to Royal Ascot.

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Ballydoyle arsenal looks primed to conquer Royal Ascot again

Few people outside racing fully realise Aidan O’Brien is Ireland’s greatest living sportsman and that Royal Ascot is his playground.

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The Daragh Ó Conchúir interview: A horse whisperer says his goodbyes

Corky Browne left Carrigtwohill for a life in racing, working with legendary trainer Fred Winter, in England, before forging a glorious partnership with five-time champion trainer Nicky Henderson. Browne announced his retirement, at 77, last week, ending a 62-year association with the sport.

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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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Irish aim for big points haul at Nations Cup of Poland

This weekend Ireland’s show jumping team face their second of four Nations Cup qualifiers when they travel to the Baltic venue of Sopot for the Nations Cup of Poland.

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Sunday Sovereign the star turn at Tipperary

Sunday Sovereign was the star turn at Tipperary, the youngster enhancing his reputation with another deeply impressive display.

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Robert Havlin reatins Mehdaayih mount in Oaks at Epsom

Robert Havlin retains the ride Mehdaayih as she faces 13 rivals in Friday's Investec Oaks at Epsom.

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Fabre hoping Guineas hero King can reign again in French Derby

Andre Fabre has high hopes Persian King can join an elite list to have won both the French 2000 Guineas and French Derby on Sunday.

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Aidan O’Brien willing to wager Sir Dragonet is Epsom bound

Aidan O’Brien believes Sir Dragonet is more likely to head for the Investec Derby than the French equivalent.

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Appleby not yet ruling out Derby date with Duty

Charlie Appleby will delay his decision over Line Of Duty’s possible participation in next month’s Investec Derby.

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Bank on Benie in champion hurdle

The National Hunt season that has just finished was a very strange one. At times it felt like the season would never get going as we waited and waited for the skies to open. For us in racing, they never really did, but hopefully for the flat season ahead they won’t open now.

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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 for immediately checking if it was April 1.

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Too Darn Hot puts Derby credentials on the line

John Gosden expects to have a clear idea of whether Too Darn Hot is a realistic Derby contender after he runs in York’s Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes today.

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Nobody is irreplaceable, the show will go on…

I had no inkling that it was going to happen, but I must say I wasn’t entirely surprised to learn of Michael O’Leary’s decision to phase out his Gigginstown operation.

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O’Leary drops bombshell he will phase out National Hunt team

The racing world was rocked yesterday after Michael O’Leary announced he will phase out his National Hunt team over the next five years.

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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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'Nothing will replace race riding for me': Champion jockey Pat Smullen retires on medical advice

Nine-time Irish flat champion jockey Pat Smullen has retired from racing on medical advice.

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Before you start to go backwards, get off the pitch

How do you know when it’s over? In sport, every sportsperson has to keep trying to improve. Someone sets a standard - for me that was AP McCoy - and that was the level you had to try to achieve. When he retired, all of a sudden you realise you had to try to stay ahead of the younger jockeys coming up behind you.

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Ruby’s sudden exit a reminder how we let greatness pass us by

It can’t have just been me who appreciated Lionel Messi that little bit more on Wednesday evening.

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Unowhatimeanharry regains Punchestown Champion Stayers title

Unowhatimeanharry repeated his win of two years ago in the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.

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Ruby Walsh hopes to remain part of Willie Mullins' team

Ruby Walsh hopes to continue to play a part for Willie Mullins' stable after he stunned the racing world when announcing his retirement from the saddle at Punchestown.

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Ruby Walsh retires from racing after 'a remarkable and brilliant career'

The 39-year-old from Co Kildare made the announcement today after he won the Punchestown Gold Cup riding Kemboy

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Breen takes battle to Shanghai

Shane Breen will be hoping for a repeat of his form a fortnight ago when lining out in Shanghai this week for the latest round of the Global Champions League.

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Delta Work to ensure good start to week for punters

There is a great card to get the 2019 Punchestown festival underway and Delta Work can ensure a good start to a long week for punters by taking the Grade 1 Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase.

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Dream can cap great season with another win

I have some great rides to look forward on the opening day of the Punchestown festival, it’s a brilliant week and I can’t wait for it to get underway.

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Winters in double form

Trainer Mick Winters took the honours on Cork’s Easter Monday card, completing a double with Littlestickarubarb and Osca Loca.

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National wait over for Mullins as Burrows leads home 1-2-3

There are few races of any significance which do not adorn Willie Mullins’ CV and, after yesterday’s Boylesports Irish Grand National, there is one less.

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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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Voix Du Reve primed for Ryanair take-off

The whole of Ireland is basking in beautiful sunshine but I’m doing a rain dance. It’s getting warm and dry now, and Fairyhouse is drying up and Punchestown are pouring water on the course to beat the band. Let me be a spoilsport, I hope this weather breaks. I want it to rain.

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Austrian School can get back to winning ways

It’s a case of quantity over quality in Britain this afternoon with the bulk of the ITV4 action coming from Musselburgh, where the feature race is the Queen’s Cup Stakes.

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Zarandi can continue Weld’s hot streak

Tommy Lyons Three days of action in Cork, with Flat racing today, National Hunt tomorrow, and National Hunt with a bent towards the point to point fields on Monday.

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‘You start to ride a winner or two and you start to get the bug again’

The Flat season is not long under way but already, Mark Gallagher is making a claim to providing one of the outstanding narratives of the campaign.

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Too Darn Hot Guineas call to be made early next week

John Gosden has revealed a decision on Too Darn Hot’s participation in the Qipco 2000 Guineas could be made early next week.

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‘There is nothing more fun than having a winner. But there are plenty of aspects you can enjoy along with that’

Henry de Bromhead is putting his shoulder to the wheel as racing looks to attract new owners and followers but for now, the Co Waterford trainer, who has already been among the winners at Aintree this week, is looking forward to Valseur Lido taking part in today’s Grand National.

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Tiger Roll may find he has a lion’s heart today

Tiger Roll has been called both a “little rat” by his owner Michael O’Leary, and “lion-hearted” by jockey Davy Russell — but the latter quality will be needed if he is to emulate the legendary Red Rum and win back-to-back Grand Nationals at Aintree today.

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Harty still loving National buzz 50 years after Highland fling

“When he hit that hill, it was like he was doing what he was bred to do.”

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Elliott confirms Russell for Tiger Roll in Grand National

Gordon Elliott has confirmed riding plans for all 13 of his intended Randox Health Grand National runners.

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Breaken can get the weekend off to a flyer

This weekend’s national hunt action takes place tomorrow and Willie has five runners to look forward to. He starts with Breaken, a recruit from France, where he ran on the flat three times and once over hurdles.

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Call looking to weave magic in Topham

Ross O’Sullivan is looking forward to running Call It Magic at Aintree again after the horse appeared to relish the unique fences in the Becher Chase.

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Annamix comes good to give Townend maiden century

For the third time in seven runnings, trainer Willie Mullins took the Suir Valley Chase at Clonmel, and on this occasion it was the Paul Townend-ridden Acapella Bourgeois who prevailed, leading home stable-companions Yorkhill and Polidam.

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Auxerre on course for tilt at Lincoln

Godolphin’s lightly-raced performer Auxerre is among 56 horses left in at the five-day stage for the Unibet Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday.

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Gold Cup hero Photo laps up attention at homecoming parade

Al Boum Photo was given a hero’s welcome as the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup winner paraded through the village of Leighlinbridge on Monday evening.

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Racing’s quiet man set for fond farewell

Noel Fehily retires as a professional jump jockey today, having enjoyed a scintillating career. The 43-year-old explains why he’s getting out now and doing so with no regrets

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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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Fehily can sign off with a winner on Get In The Queue

Noel Fehily brings down the curtain on a fine career today and the man from Dunmanway can bow out in style by steering Get In the Queue to victory in the Goffs UK Spring Sale Bumper at Newbury.

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Amorous rabbits have narrow escape at Dundalk racecourse

The bunnies were getting hot and heavy at Dundalk racecourse.

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'The hope is to ride again' - Smullen

Pat Smullen still hopes to make a return to the saddle after he completes his recovery from cancer treatment.

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Declan Lavery has 10-day Cheltenham ban quashed on appeal

Declan Lavery has had his 10-day riding ban quashed following an appeal heard by an independent disciplinary panel at the headquarters of the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday.

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From Eden looks all set to follow up last week’s success

For two meetings so close to Cheltenham, Gowran Park and Naas host two decent cards this weekend. The Kilkenny venue is first up and From Eden can follow up last week’s success when he lines up for the second division of the Xenon Security Handicap Hurdle.

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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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Call Me can lord it in Imperial Cup

Horses for courses will be one of the themes of Cheltenham Festival week with history consistently showing the importance of course form when it comes to the four most magical days in the racing calendar.

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Saint poised to deliver

As has become fairly traditional for me at this stage, Willie has left me on the side-lines the weekend before Cheltenham.

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Tom O’Connor: ‘We’re only picking them out of lucky bags. You never know’

It wasn’t just the connections of Lilshane that were smiling when the 11-year-old pulled away to win the veterans chase at Navan on Saturday by six lengths.

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