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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Samcro ruled out of Festival

Samcro has been ruled out of a return to the Cheltenham Festival next week by trainer Gordon Elliott.

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Irish eyes focused as second opportunity knocks in Qatar

Qatar stays in focus this week with a second successive five-star fixture in Doha following on from last weekend’s opening round of the Global Champions Tour.

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‘Special’ Percy is a dream come true for Reynolds

Owner Philip Reynolds is “counting down the days” to the Cheltenham Festival as he eyes Magners Gold Cup glory with Presenting Percy.

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Off The Beaten Track: ‘I like the young horses and working with the raw material’

A pre-trainer is the underage coach of horse racing, responsible for getting youngsters comfortable with a bridle, bit and saddle, making them comfortable rides, ironing out any kinks.

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Versatility and achievement of Tiger Roll takes some beating

Tiger Roll is fast becoming one of the most popular racehorses in the land. While being bred for the flat and winning an Aintree Grand National is not unique – the last multiple victor of the Liverpool feature more than 40 years ago, Red Rum was a dead-heat winner on his debut over five furlongs – but the versatility and sheer breadth of achievement of the Gigginstown House Stud-owned and Gordon Elliott-trained nine-year-old takes some beating.

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Henderson Open Day: Tough challenge for Buveur D’Air to complete hat-trick

Buveur D’Air will have to raise his game again if he is to land a record-equalling third consecutive Unibet Champion Hurdle, according to trainer Nicky Henderson.

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Cancer fight makes Kennedy appreciate success all the more

Paddy Kennedy is easy to spot in the café where we’ve agreed to meet in Kildare - the puffy red Jessica Harrington Racing jacket the clear giveaway.

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Killultagh Vic looks poised to run a big race

Despite the small field, today’s Red Mills Chase at Gowran is a fascinating contest and I’m hopeful Killultagh Vic will run a big race.

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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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Why is Ireland so unconcerned about jiggery pokery in sport?

The 2015 Melbourne Cup was one of the most memorable in the history of “the race that stops a nation”.

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Never-say-die attitude serving McGrath well in injury-hit career

He never sat on a racehorse until arriving at the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) in Kildare as a 15-year-old but six years later, Jerry McGrath was soaking in the euphoric glow of riding a winner for one of the most successful national hunt trainers of all time at Cheltenham.

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Jockeys' finances vulnerable to lengthy shutdown of British racing

The UK's Professional Jockeys Association fears a racing shutdown of longer than a week may quickly begin to have severe financial consequences for some of its members.

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Equine flu forces six-day shutdown for British racing

There will be no racing in Britain until February 13 at the earliest, the British Horseracing Authority has announced.

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Johne Murphy converts sporting passion from Thomond Park back to the track

Johne Murphy is best known on these shores as a Munster rugby player who also had a very successful stint with Leicester in England, having learned the game at Newbridge College, Naas, and Lansdowne.

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Arvico Bleu can make all in Thurles opener

Trust Arvico Bleu to put his experience to good use in the Templemore Beginners Chase, which opens today’s seven-race card in Thurles.

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Speed gene identifies horses’ best race length

A “speed gene” can be used to identify whether racehorses are better suited to short, middle or long distance races.

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