Downpatrick and Killarney tips: Opportunity knocks for Insane Bolt

Downpatrick and Killarney tips: Opportunity knocks for Insane Bolt

Gordon Elliott's charge will be helped by the return to handicap company

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Life's not a beach: Laytown cancel 2020 race meeting due to coronavirus concerns

Life's not a beach: Laytown cancel 2020 race meeting due to coronavirus concerns

The Covid-19 pandemic claimed another sporting event today after it announced there will no Laytown Races this year due to ongoing public health and safety concerns.

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Battling win for Make My Heart Fly

Battling win for Make My Heart Fly

Gordon Elliott topped the bill in Roscommon, taking the featured Oran Chase with Make My Heart Fly to complete a double on the card.

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Lovelier sheds her maiden status with late dash for listed success

Lovelier sheds her maiden status with late dash for listed success

Lovelier was the only maiden in the listed Cairn Rouge stakes, but Aidan O’Brien’s filly is a maiden no more as she shed that status with a late dash to glory in the feature at Killarney, where Fozzy Stack continued his brilliant run with an early double, and Joseph O’Brien also added two more to his tally.

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Aidan and Donnacha O’Brien banned from race meetings for two weeks

Aidan and Donnacha O’Brien banned from race meetings for two weeks

The pair were found to have breached coronavirus health screening protocols

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Barry Geraghty's five best rides as a racing great retires

Barry Geraghty's five best rides as a racing great retires

When tasked with listing a top five of rides from a career lasting quarter of a century as a jockey, it’s a racing certainty that there will be a few glaring omissions. Also, the chances are that many of the best feats of horsemanship and persuasion, of winning when he shouldn’t have, occurred away from the bright lights. And then there are the great rides that weren’t winning ones.

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Killarney and Roscommon tips: Thunder Kiss poised to get off the mark

Killarney and Roscommon tips: Thunder Kiss poised to get off the mark

Killarney hosts a particularly good Flat meeting this evening and Thunder Kiss can get off the mark in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies’ Maiden.

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Weekend tips: Leadership Race can record first success on turf

Weekend tips: Leadership Race can record first success on turf

There looks to be some opportunities for punters on tomorrow’s cards at Dundalk and Cork, but today’s card at Leopardstown is typically competitive.

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Ruby Walsh: Paradise gained as Emmet McNamara reaps benefits of these strange times

Ruby Walsh: Paradise gained as Emmet McNamara reaps benefits of these strange times

Last weekend, three of the five Group 1 races on offer across Europe landed on these shores courtesy of Aidan O’Brien’s Oaks and Derby double, with the flawless Love and surprising Serpentine, and Donnacha O’Brien’s Fancy Blue in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Sunday.

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Make A Challenge leaves poor run behind

Make A Challenge leaves poor run behind

Make A Challenge left behind the disappointment of his Greenlands defeat by taking the featured listed Sky Bet Midsummer Sprint Stakes at the Curragh for Joe Doyle and Denis Hogan.

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Kilbeggan and Curragh tips: Arthurian Fame can make winning return to life over obstacles

Kilbeggan and Curragh tips: Arthurian Fame can make winning return to life over obstacles

Arthurian Fame can make a winning return to National Hunt racing in the second division of the Follow Kilbeggan On Instagram Maiden Hurdle.

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Los Andes and Papa Bear maintain Jessica Harrington momentum at Navan

Los Andes and Papa Bear maintain Jessica Harrington momentum at Navan

On a decent card in Navan, Jessica Harrington notched winners 25 and 26 for the season in Ireland, the first of which came in the opener when Los Andes became the stable’s eighth juvenile winner this term.

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Navan tips: Nullifier can make most of better draw

Navan tips: Nullifier can make most of better draw

There is a decent card this afternoon in Navan and Nullifier get the nap to take the Bohermeen Handicap for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane.

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Donnacha O'Brien doubles up with maidens at Gowran Park

Donnacha O'Brien doubles up with maidens at Gowran Park

Donnacha O’Brien, fresh from Classic success in France, won the two juvenile maidens on last night’s card in Gowran, while jockey Gavin Ryan, who has made a great start to association with that stable, was in the plate for one and added another to complete his own double.

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Bellewstown tips: Loudest Whisper in with a shout

Bellewstown tips: Loudest Whisper in with a shout

National Hunt action at Bellewstown gets the day’s racing underway in Ireland and Rachael Blackmore can guide Loudest Whisper to an overdue first success when they contest the second division of the Thanks To The Frontline Workers Handicap.

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Al Boum Photo and Cyrname share top spot in jumps classification

Al Boum Photo and Cyrname share top spot in jumps classification

Al Boum Photo and Cyrname share top billing in this year’s Anglo-Irish Jump Classifications.

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Emmet McNamara’s Derby ride evokes happy memories for Steve Cauthen

Emmet McNamara’s Derby ride evokes happy memories for Steve Cauthen

The Limerick jockey was having just his ninth ride of the season in the Classic.

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Roscommon and Killarney tips: Roving Mission looks poised to take her revenge

Roscommon and Killarney tips: Roving Mission looks poised to take her revenge

Killarney hosts the National Hunt action, with the Grade 3 Boylesports An Riocht Chase the feature, while the day’s action starts in Roscommon, where the listed Lenabane Stakes is the feature on a seven-race Flat card.

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Landmark Derby success again illustrates no Aidan O’Brien runner can ever be dismissed

Landmark Derby success again illustrates no Aidan O’Brien runner can ever be dismissed

In a remarkable year, primarily for the wrong reasons, one of the least remarkable results of 2020 came on Saturday at Epsom when Aidan O’Brien saddled the winner of the Derby.

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Serpentine makes all to give Aidan O’Brien record eighth Derby victory

Serpentine makes all to give Aidan O’Brien record eighth Derby victory

Serpentine sprang a 25-1 surprise as he made all for a famous victory in the Investec Derby at Epsom.

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Russian Emperor the most credible Ballydoyle contender for Epsom Derby delight

Russian Emperor the most credible Ballydoyle contender for Epsom Derby delight

Today's 2020 Investec Derby will be a strange event, devoid of spectators, on-course bookmakers, and the man who could become the most successful trainer in the race’s iconic 240-year history.

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Weekend tips: Tullybeg worth waiting for in Bellewstown finale

Weekend tips: Tullybeg worth waiting for in Bellewstown finale

Four meetings this weekend, three of which are on the level, but the nap comes in the closing race on the National Hunt card at Bellewstown, in the shape of Tullybeg.

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Ruby Walsh: With doubts over leading fancies, Mohican Heights can profit at Epsom

Ruby Walsh: With doubts over leading fancies, Mohican Heights can profit at Epsom

This afternoon the Derby and Oaks at Epsom take centre stage before tomorrow at Chantilly the French equivalents clash with the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

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Patrick Sarsfield defies 15lb hike to land Navan spoils

Patrick Sarsfield defies 15lb hike to land Navan spoils

A 15lb hike up the handicap for a facile success at Leopardstown was not enough to prevent a second success of the season for Patrick Sarsfield, who took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nasrullah Premier Handicap for Joseph O’Brien and Declan McDonogh at Navan yesterday.

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Measured Marquand the latest rider to be 'jocked off' before the big day

Measured Marquand the latest rider to be 'jocked off' before the big day

Jockey Tom Marquand was born five years after the release of the first Jurassic Park movie so at best it’s even-money that the promising 22-year-old rider has seen the film.

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Navan tips: Hazel set to build on debut promise for Donnacha O’Brien

Navan tips: Hazel set to build on debut promise for Donnacha O’Brien

Donnacha O’Brien saddled his first winner on turf when Great House won at Limerick earlier this week and he can double up with Hazel, who can take the opening race on today’s card in Navan.

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Bellewstown and Sligo tips: Gilt-edged opportunity for King Of Stars to make amends

Bellewstown and Sligo tips: Gilt-edged opportunity for King Of Stars to make amends

Two Flat meetings to keep Irish racing fans busy most of the day, and King Of Stars should get punters off to the perfect start by taking the first race at Bellewstown, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

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Know It All gives jockey Ben Coen his biggest success yet

Know It All gives jockey Ben Coen his biggest success yet

Johnny Murtagh’s team is in irresistible form right now and Know It All ran out and impressive winner of the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Fillies’ Stakes at Leopardstown.

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Leopardstown and Tipperary tips: Blackcatblackitten can repel all challengers

Leopardstown and Tipperary tips: Blackcatblackitten can repel all challengers

Another day of 16 Irish races to enjoy, and the nap comes in Leopardstown, where Blackcatblackitten can get the mark in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies’ Maiden.

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Gavin Ryan continues hot streak with superb double at Limerick

Gavin Ryan continues hot streak with superb double at Limerick

Killenaule, Co Tipperary, jockey Gavin Ryan rode a double last week at Fairyhouse and the 20-year-old added two more at Limerick to continue his impressive run.

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The odds are against him but, make no mistake, Sunchart is in it to win it

The odds are against him but, make no mistake, Sunchart is in it to win it

Killenaule has been revelling in the achievements of Rachael Blackmore just as much as those of star hurler, John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer in the Tipperary jersey in the past few years, and the elite jump jockey’s debut in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby today has certainly captured the imagination of her neighbours.

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Weekend tips: Frenetic can prove too quick for opposition in ‘Flier’

Weekend tips: Frenetic can prove too quick for opposition in ‘Flier’

Frenetic looked a colt with great natural speed when winning on debut and he can follow up in the listed Gain First Flier Stakes, the sixth race on today’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby card at the Curragh.

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Ruby Walsh: After this week’s events it’s true to say that the real glory is in living

Ruby Walsh: After this week’s events it’s true to say that the real glory is in living

T here are times when writing something is a hell of a lot easier than saying it, or trying to say it, or just actually finding the words to say it. Be that in finding the words to ask for help or, for me, trying to figure out a way to say publicly what you think with no first-hand experience and when the fear of expressing what you think leads you to feel you shouldn’t voice your opinion.

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Tipperary and Curragh tips: Progressive Shanroe looks ahead of the handicapper

Tipperary and Curragh tips: Progressive Shanroe looks ahead of the handicapper

Two meetings today in Ireland, and the nap comes over the jumps at Tipperary where Shanroe should prove himself well ahead of his handicap mark when contesting the Oola Handicap Hurdle.

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HRI to allow limited number of owners on track next month

HRI to allow limited number of owners on track next month

Owners will be allowed back on Irish racecourses next month, as part of new measures which will ease current strict protocols in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

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Fairyhouse Tips: Musalsal looks set for compensation

Fairyhouse Tips: Musalsal looks set for compensation

Musalsal was unlucky in running on his most recent outing and can gain compensation in the first division of the Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media Handicap, the fourth of eight races today at Fairyhouse.

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Naas tips: Good opportunity for Edward Hopper to get off mark

Naas tips: Good opportunity for Edward Hopper to get off mark

There is a good card in Naas this afternoon and Ger Lyons has found some good opportunities back in maiden company for a couple of highly tried runners.

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Santiago among 10 Ballydoyle hopefuls in Irish Derby

Santiago among 10 Ballydoyle hopefuls in Irish Derby

Royal Ascot hero Santiago is one of 19 horses confirmed for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

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Grand National winner Liam Treadwell dies at 34

Grand National winner Liam Treadwell dies at 34

Liam Treadwell sprang one of the biggest surprises in Grand National history when riding 100-1 outsider Mon Mome to victory in 2009.

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Limerick report: Filon D’oudairies launches return of National Hunt racing in style

Limerick report: Filon D’oudairies launches return of National Hunt racing in style

Limerick hosted the return of National Hunt racing and right away there were familiar colours in the winner’s enclosure as Filon D’oudairies, owned by JP McManus, trained by Joseph O’Brien and ridden by Mark Walsh, made all the running to take the first division of the two-mile maiden hurdle.

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Navan tips: The Blue Panther can make experience count

Navan tips: The Blue Panther can make experience count

The Blue Panther can make it third time lucky when he lines up for the second race, the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden, on today’s card in Navan.

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Johnny Murtagh's Wilderness can defy 6lb penalty in Roscommon

Johnny Murtagh's Wilderness can defy 6lb penalty in Roscommon

Wilderness was an impressive winner on Friday night at Gowran Park and can follow up under the mandatory 6lb penalty when he contests the second division of the roscommonracecourse.ie Handicap.

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Naas and Leopardstown tips: Master Matt can show winning credentials

Naas and Leopardstown tips: Master Matt can show winning credentials

The six-furlong handicap on today’s card in Naas looks particularly competitive, but the nature of the race should suit Master Matt. Trained by shrewd handler Matt Smith, the now four-year-old didn’t enjoy much luck in running last season, but performed very well on a number of occasions, most notably when runner-up to Make A Challenge on soft ground at the Curragh.

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Ruby Walsh: A race every 25 minutes a sure bet to keep TV audience happy

Ruby Walsh: A race every 25 minutes a sure bet to keep TV audience happy

Some are great spectator sports: Rugby, soccer, and the GAA spring to mind. You can sit in a full stadium, soak in the atmosphere, and the action is right in front of you.

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Today's tips: Suitable opportunity for Keats to get off the mark

Today's tips: Suitable opportunity for Keats to get off the mark

Interesting races on both of today’s cards in Ireland, and the nap goes to Keats, who can get off the mark at the third time of asking by taking the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Gowran Park.

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Today's racing tips: extreme distance is likely to suit progressive Technician

Today's racing tips: extreme distance is likely to suit progressive Technician

The each-way players will be out in force to side with Technician in the Ascot Gold Cup, particularly if there is any further softening of the ground to inconvenience odds-on favourite Stradivarius.

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Today's tips: Ouzo can get Hannon off to another flier in opener

Today's tips: Ouzo can get Hannon off to another flier in opener

Richard Hannon took the first race on the opening day of Royal Ascot and can repeat the feat this afternoon by taking the Silver Royal Hunt Cup with Ouzo.

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Royal Ascot tips: Skardu makes plenty of each-way appeal in Queen Anne Stakes

Royal Ascot tips: Skardu makes plenty of each-way appeal in Queen Anne Stakes

Royal Ascot will be unusual viewing, with none of the pomp nor ceremony we associate with it, but there is, as always, top-class racing to enjoy and Skardu makes plenty of each-way appeal at around 16-1 for this afternoon’s Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes.

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Frankie Dettori aiming for normal service at unusual Ascot

Frankie Dettori aiming for normal service at unusual Ascot

There will be plenty of very noticeable differences at Royal Ascot this year with the meeting taking place behind closed doors - but the sight of Frankie Dettori producing fireworks on the track will almost certainly not be one of them.

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Peaceful claims Irish 1,000 Guineas crown at Curragh

Peaceful claims Irish 1,000 Guineas crown at Curragh

Peaceful provided Aidan O’Brien with another Classic victory when running out an impressive winner of the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

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Albigna has plenty going for her in ‘1000’ at Curragh

Albigna has plenty going for her in ‘1000’ at Curragh

Jessica Harrington made the classic breakthrough when Alpha Centauri stormed to victory in the 2018 Irish 1000 Guineas and Albigna, who is also owned by the Niarchos Family, can emulate her former stable companion by taking today’s renewal at the Curragh.

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Ruby Walsh: Jessie can strike a blow for the over 70s

Ruby Walsh: Jessie can strike a blow for the over 70s

Last weekend was all about Newmarket and next week will be all about Royal Ascot, but last night and today the eyes of the racing world were and will be fixed on the Curragh.

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Super Siskin storms to Irish 2,000 Guineas glory

Super Siskin storms to Irish 2,000 Guineas glory

Siskin overcame a troubled passage to ultimately power to victory in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

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Armory can give Aidan O’Brien 12th 2000 Guineas win

Armory can give Aidan O’Brien 12th 2000 Guineas win

A matinee meeting at the Curragh hosts the first Irish classic of the season, the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas, and Armory can give Aidan O’Brien a 12th win in the race.

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Joy for Jessica Harrington in thrilling Navan finales

Joy for Jessica Harrington in thrilling Navan finales

Jessica Harrington’s Ancient Spirit has his own mind but is undoubtedly very talented and he proved so once more when taking the Heritage Stakes under Shane Foley.

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Naas chief Eamonn McEvoy thrilled as racing makes welcome return

Naas chief Eamonn McEvoy thrilled as racing makes welcome return

There was no crowd, no septuagenarians, and working teams stripped to the bare bones, but despite all the protocols in place Irish racing returned with great success yesterday afternoon at Naas.

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Aidan O’Brien's More Beautiful wins first race in Ireland since March

Aidan O’Brien's More Beautiful wins first race in Ireland since March

Winning trainer of the second race, Jessica Harrington, is not permitted on track as the coronavirus protocols employed by Horse Racing Ireland preclude over 70s attending meetings.

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Joseph O'Brien: A lot of the protocols would have been happening in racing yards anyway

Joseph O'Brien: A lot of the protocols would have been happening in racing yards anyway

Joseph O’Brien has backed the stringent protocols in place for a return to horse racing in Ireland.

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Ruby Walsh: Connections need to get the tactics right on Pinatubo

Ruby Walsh: Connections need to get the tactics right on Pinatubo

MONDAY is the D-day for racing here but, unlike last Monday in the UK, at least the racing at Naas kicks off with some bit of quality.

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