Benjamin Franklin famously proclaimed that "nothing is certain except death and taxes", but victory for Envoi Allen (1/2 favourite) is another one of life's guarantees at present as Gordon Elliott's brilliant seven-year-old stretched his unbeaten streak to 12 victories.
Irish horses will be permitted to run in Britain, including at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival in March, without incurring substantial VAT costs as a result of Brexit provided that trainers/owners avail of a "temporary admission procedure".
It was one of the first winters where there has been any hint of discontent in Kilkenny hurling circles and had it been a different year with more time to stew in the off-season, perhaps there would be a different face at the helm with the Cats.
IT'S been a remarkable jumps season thus far for Ronan McNally with victory in the Troytown Chase among nine winners already on the board, but the small Armagh trainer bids to create history at Fairyhouse tomorrow.
Clare trainer Brian McMahon has been hit with a €1,000 fine and banned from attending any Irish race track for three months after breaching quarantine restrictions when returning from the UK and falsifying documentation to attend a behind closed doors race meeting.
There is only major Cheltenham Festival prize that has eluded Willie Mullins throughout his glittering training career and the pressure is on Chacun Pour Soi (5/4 favourite) to rewrite history in this year's Champion Chase as he features among 31 entries for the prestigious Grade One.
IT is often said that all one needs to succeed in America is a dollar and a dream, and Irish jumps jockey Ger Galligan is a prime example after a chance meeting with a bloodstock agent saw him head to the States for a trial eight years ago before carving out a career across the Atlantic Ocean.
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