O'Brien targets Curragh Guineas double
THERE has been no stopping Aidan O'Brien since the Flat season commenced and the Ballydoyle maestro is eyeing further domination in the Irish Guineas this weekend.
THERE has been no stopping Aidan O'Brien since the Flat season commenced and the Ballydoyle maestro is eyeing further domination in the Irish Guineas this weekend.
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Offaly chiefs have taken radical action to halt their sensational hurling decline with Kevin Martin relieved of his duties as senior boss and Faithful legend Joachim Kelly taking the role on an...
Nothing is more dangerous than a wounded animal and Cork bit back venomously to sensationally stun All-Ireland SHC champions Limerick and blow...
THERE’S an old adage in racing that the best way to make a small fortune is to start with a big one and that’s worth remembering as Gigginstown House Stud owner Michael O’Leary starts his long goodbye before walking away from the game in “four or five years”.
A LOSS of money and loss of interest are the two chief reasons behind Michael O’Leary’s shock decision to gradually pull the plug on his racing ownership over the next “four or five years”.
Leading National Hunt owner Michael O'Leary has shocked the racing world by revealing that he will not purchase any more young horses and is set to gradually phase out his powerful racing team over the next "four or five years".
They may have endured a frustrating Punchestown Festival but Jack Kennedy and Gordon Elliott were back at centre stage with Swingbridge landing last night's €40,000 Killarney National.
The London senior hurlers were thrown into disarray before their Christy Ring Cup tie with Meath when the bag carrying all of their hurls didn't arrive on their Aer Lingus flight from Heathrow.
Owen Mulligan longs for a time when Tyrone and Derry knocked lumps out of each other as the Red Hand legend expects Mickey Harte's side to coast to victory in Sunday's (4.0) Ulster SFC preliminary-...
GAA president John Horan has taken aim at RTÉ and their GAA TV schedule over what he perceives as a strategy which is "driven by numbers".
The outpouring of emotion following Pat Smullen's retirement speaks volumes of the esteem which he is held in by those who know him best.
Chester has been a happy hunting ground for Aidan O'Brien in recent years and the Ballydoyle maestro is triple-handed today as he bids to land his ninth Chester Vase (3.35).
The Kilkenny injury crisis has gone from bad to worse with Brian Cody expected to be without former All-Star defender Joey Holden for...
Patrick Horgan led the way with a scintillating 1-9 tally as Cork stunned All-Ireland champions Limerick and got their Munster SHC campaign back on track with a comprehensive victory in the LIT Gaelic Grounds.
The parade ring is always an interesting place following big festival races and while pleasantries are exchanged between winning and losing connections, Michael O'Leary must have grown tired of being on the wrong end with Willie Mullins.
There's no shortage of action at Naas where another duel is expected between Ger Lyons' Peace Charter and Aidan O'Brien's So Wonderful in tomorrow's Group Three Coolmore Stud Fillies' Sprint Stakes (3.50).
John Kiely has kept faith with 14 of the side which brought Limerick their first All-Ireland SHC crown in 45 years for their Munster opener against Cork in the LIT Gaelic Grounds tomorrow (4.0).
Cork hurling boss John Meyler is hopeful that he will be able to call on Bill Cooper (back spasm) and Alan Cadogan (quad strain) for Sunday's crucial Munster SHC clash against Limerick after both came through training unscathed.
IT wasn't the expected script as Carlow forced reigning Leinster champions Galway to dig deep in Salthill, and Colm Bonnar is expecting a few more surprises from the Barrowsiders.
Galway were pushed to the pin of their collar by a dogged Carlow side before eventually running out six-point winners in their Leinster SHC round-robin opener at Salthill today.
It's hard to know where to look this weekend such is the wealth of quality on offer but another of Aidan O'Brien's Epsom Derby candidates is as good as any place to start.
It's fair to say that Aidan O'Brien's cup is overflowing with Derby candidates and Circus Maximus was the latest to state his Epsom claim when leading home a Ballydoyle 1-2 in the Listed Dee Stakes at Chester yesterday.
Things didn't go to plan for Laois in last year's Joe McDonagh Cup as they flirted with relegation to hurling's third tier and skipper Paddy Purcell is eager to right some wrongs this time around.
Some visions take a little longer to come to fruition than others, but nearly 20 years after the Curragh redevelopment was dreamed up, the gates were opened at the refurbished Kildare track yesterday.
Few have served an apprenticeship quite like that of Paul Townend and the Cork jockey is ready to remain at centre stage as he picks up the mantle as Willie Mullins' number one rider following last week's retirement of Ruby Walsh.
A tingle still goes down Seamus Darby's spine when he thinks about the powerful words which the late Eugene McGee uttered on the eve of Offaly's historic 1982 All-Ireland SFC final defeat of Kerry.
It's a case of the calm after the storm on the final day of the Punchestown Festival with small fields dominating the two Grade Ones at the Kildare track.
Owen Mulligan is regularly asked to compare his inter-county career with Tyrone and his short stint with the London footballers but he always insists "there wasn't much difference".
Davy Russell was supersub extraordinaire as Buveur D'Air (2/1 joint-favourite) bounced back to his very best to land the Punchestown Champion Hurdle on a day when English raiders dominated at the Kildare track.
Kilkenny boss Brian Cody has been dealt a hammer blow with goalkeeper Eoin Murphy set to miss the entire Leinster SHC after being ruled out for a further six weeks with a knee injury.
So many intriguing questions to be answered as the Punchestown Champion Hurdle takes centre stage on day four at the Kildare track.
One icon exited stage left on Wednesday when Ruby Walsh hung up his saddle, but racing may have a new equine superstar in Chacun Pour Soi (3/1) after a scintillating victory in yesterday's Ryanair Novice Chase.
Ruby Walsh has been described as the "Messi of racing" by legendary jockey Tony McCoy after he called time on his glittering career following Kemboy's epic victory in the Punchestown Gold Cup yesterday.
In a golden age of jump jockeys, Ruby Walsh always shone brightest. Racing fans have had the privilege of witnessing some of the finest riders of any generation in recent years, names like McCoy, Geraghty and Russell but Walsh's genius always kept him a step ahead of the pack.
There are no superstars on show during day three of the Punchestown Festival but there are plenty which could shine bright in the near future.
They came to Punchestown contemplating retirement, but Un De Sceaux (11/4) defied Father Time once again, with Willie Mullins' evergreen 11-year-old ripping up the script to land a 10th Grade One triumph.
It's all about the Gold Cup on day two of the Punchestown Festival as Willie Mullins pits three of his leading chasers against each other.
Aidan O'Mahony was never one to shy away from physical combat but even he has been blown away by Dublin's conditioning as they set their gaze on an historic All-Ireland SFC five-in-a-row later this year.
The celebrations following his 12th Irish jumps trainers' championship were still in full flow after last year's record-breaking Punchestown Festival when Willie Mullins set about adding another trophy to his already overflowing collection.
The end of the Irish jumps season is nearly in sight, but not before the five-day Punchestown Festival kicks off, with Min the standing dish today.
It has been a long time coming, 1,134 days and 24 runs to be precise, but 2016 Triumph Hurdle winner Ivanovich Gorbatov (11/1) finally made it back to the winner's enclosure at Fairyhouse yesterday.
Like a fine wine, Ruby Walsh just keeps getting better with age.
Aside from Our Duke's success two years ago, you have to stretch back to Commanche Court's win in 2000 for the last horse to carry more than 11st or more to victory in the Boylesports Irish Grand National (5.0).
There's plenty to whet the appetite before the Irish Grand National, with the €100,000 Grade Two Devenish Chase spicing things up nicely at Fairyhouse before the big one.
THE Irish Grand National is one of the few jumping prizes that has eluded Willie Mullins, and the Closutton maestro will send seven in search of his maiden victory in the €500,000 Fairyhouse showpiece on Monday.
Clare will be without one of their most potent attackers for this year's championship campaign as Keelan Sexton has opted out of the Banner football fold to travel Stateside for the summer.
Opportunity knocks for Aidan Howard at Fairyhouse tomorrow as the Kildare trainer eyes his first Grade One success with Winter Escape in the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase (4.25).
IT'S refreshing when players say what they actually think rather than pre-rehearsed sound bites and survival - even if it means only winning one of their four games - in the Leinster SHC is all that's on the mind of Carlow star Marty 'Mouse' Kavanagh.
The Club Players Association (CPA) could take the nuclear option and propose strike action over what they perceive as "continued inaction" from the GAA's top brass in their efforts to solve the current fixture crisis.
With promotion to Division 1 for 2020 already in the bag, anything less than a spot in the 'Super 8s' come summer will be deemed a failure by Royal legend Trevor Giles.
Paul Nicholls is already eyeing another significant career landmark as a trainer after a spectacular season was capped with his 3,000th jumps winner on British soil at Cheltenham yesterday.
Skardu parachuted his way into the English 2,000 Guineas picture by maintaining his unbeaten streak when coming home strongly to land the Craven Stakes at Newmarket yesterday.
It's been a disastrous campaign for all associated with Samcro but Gordon Elliott's seven-year-old may bid to save his season in the Grade Two Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday.
Lee Keegan has lashed out at drink bans and the attitude towards alcohol in the GAA with the Mayo star insisting that players would be better served if they were shown more trust and leniency.
ARKLE hero Duc Des Genievres leads eight possible runners for Willie Mullins in Sunday's Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse as he bids to follow in the footsteps of subsequent Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo, which landed the spoils last year.
When the text dropped on Lee Keegan's phone informing him of a trial game in late October for anyone hoping to stake a claim on the Mayo squad, he knew things were going to be a little different this year.
DOUBTS linger over the participation of Too Darn Hot in next month's English 2,000 Guineas, with a decision set to be made in the coming days to decide if John Gosden's exciting three-year-old is fit to tackle the first Classic of the season.
If Aaron Gillane's reaction to watching back Limerick's comprehensive league final defeat of Waterford is anything to go by, any side meeting the Treaty should tread carefully.
Winning their first League title in 18 years in last month's Division 1 final in Croke Park was mighty at the time, but just two days later Lee Keegan and Mayo were back "getting our arses kicked" in club action.
Noel Meade has six possibilities for next Monday's BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse but the progressive Tout Est Permis is the one he is most looking forward to.
Such is the way of the world, every bit of information which Joseph O'Brien needs about his horses can be accessed through his mobile phone. And it's hopping from half six every morning.
Carlow have not taken the cumulative 44-week bans to football boss Turlough O'Brien, coach Steven Poacher and stalwart Brendan Murphy lying down and will appeal the suspensions in the coming days.
Westmeath football boss Jack Cooney must plan without Jamie Gonoud and Finbar Coyne for the rest of the year as they begin their rehabilitation from cruciate knee ligament injuries.
Micheal Donoghue has received a significant boost ahead of next month's Leinster SHC with the confirmation that towering attacker Johnny Glynn is set to rejoin the Galway fold in the coming weeks.
Mayo boss James Horan received a massive boost ahead of their assault on the Connacht SFC with ace attacker Cillian O'Connor making a welcome return in club action over the weekend.
John Kiely's Limerick squad is likely to get even stronger, with vice-captain Paul Browne on the comeback trail from a cruciate knee ligament injury and featuring in club action over the weekend.
There were large clouds hanging over the opening round of the Dublin SFC last weekend, but they didn't threaten rain. Instead they threatened the seismic returns of Diarmuid Connolly and Rory O'Carroll to the Dublin football fold.
Donegal's All-Ireland SFC aspirations have been hit with a major blow as Odhran MacNiallais confirmed that he will play no part in Declan Bonner's squad for the summer.
CORK hurling skipper Seamus Harnedy and Kilkenny defender Conor Delaney are available to play in their respective provincial openers after their appeals were upheld at the GAA's Central Appeals Committee (CAC) late on Thursday night.
IT'S not every day of the week that three Classic winners line up on one card but that's the situation today as Latrobe, Flag Of Honour and Romanised are the key players in a stacked Naas meeting.
Al Boum Photo will bid to land a famous Gold Cup double when he heads to the Punchestown Festival and trainer Willie Mullins reports him to be "in great shape" after his exploits at the Cotswolds.
Clare will be without Jamie Shanahan for the Munster SHC after the Banner defender was forced to undergo surgery in recent weeks.
Following the record-breaking feats of Rachael Blackmore and Bryony Frost at last month's Cheltenham Festival, female jockeys jockeys will break new ground when competing for the most valuable ladies' race in Europe at Leopardstown next month.
Douvan could be set for a surprise return at the Punchestown Festival (April 30 to May 4) after Willie Mullins reported the injury-plagued star to be back doing "fast work".
GALWAY star Kieran Molloy admitted he feels "cheated by the GAA" over the fixture fiascos which saw him forced to ignore player welfare and play two high-profile games in quick succession.
Brian Cody has an injury crisis on his hands with Conor Delaney the latest casualty as the Kilkenny boss looks likely to be without a host of big guns for the start of next month's Leinster SHC campaign.
With a pony tail and regular demonstrations of skills that make jaws drop, it's fair to say that Galway and Corofin star Kieran Molloy isn't your stereotypical footballer.
Chelmsford isn't the most exotic location to start a Kentucky Derby bid but Aidan O'Brien will venture there today with U S S Michigan out to book his place in the Race for the Roses.
There was no shortage of heroes for Adrian Mullen growing up in Ballyhale but they don't come much bigger than Henry Shefflin, so to win last month's All-Ireland club SHC title with him at the helm was special.
Frozen Fire is settling into new surroundings in Romania after the 2008 Irish Derby hero made a marathon six-day trip totalling 3,250km by lorry to Cislau where he will continue his career as a stallion.
Most jumps trainers are coming to the end of the season but Joseph O'Brien is only getting started and the dual-purpose Kilkenny trainer is excited with his sizeable Flat contingent ahead of the summer.
The bowls of popcorn were prepared as Louise Magee and husband Gavin sat down with their young family and readied themselves to relive history with tears expected to flow for the evening after watching a repeat of the Aintree Grand National.
Aidan O'Brien will skip Saturday's Greenham Stakes with Ten Sovereigns and his leading English 2,000 Guineas hope will instead wait until next month's Newmarket Classic before pitching up against Too Darn Hot.
Galway hurling boss Micheál Donoghue has been handed another injury headache ahead of next month's Leinster SHC after ace attacker Conor Cooney limped out of club action yesterday.
When it's put to last year's London hurling captain Brian Regan that entering the lottery should have been his next port of call after surviving seven minutes without his heart beating, his response is that he feels like he has "already won the lotto".
It won't attract the national attention that its significance warrants, but in the early hours of Monday morning Dubliner Becky Lynch will do something few, aside from 'The Man' herself, ever thought possible.
Barry Geraghty will miss today's Aintree Grand National (5.15) ride on Anibale Fly, with the Meath jockey facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after breaking his leg in two place at the Liverpool track yesterday.
It was only at the final whistle following Mayo's Division 1 league final defeat of Kerry that Jason Doherty could appreciate the enormity of it all.
A snapshot of the last 20 runnings of the Randox Health Grand National (5.15) highlights the scale of the task facing Gordon Elliott's reigning champion Tiger Roll at Aintree today in the world's greatest steeplechase.
The world's greatest steeplechase may be taking place across the Irish Sea at Aintree today but much focus on these shores will be on the level with a smashing Flat card at Leopardstown.
Rory O'Connor was in such disbelief when called into the Wexford senior hurling by Davy Fitzgerald as a Leaving Certificate student that he text back thinking it was a school mate playing a prank.
Despite helping Mayo to Division 1 league success with another solid display of free-taking, Jason Doherty is expecting "a chat" with Cillian O'Connor as the talismanic attacker closes in on a return.
They may be finely-tuned athletes but like the majority of people, inter-county players the length and breadth of the country regularly use the most basic things for motivation. Take Rory O'Connor and Wexford as a prime example.
Any hopes of Kemboy claiming Gold Cup honours were quickly dashed when unseating at the first fence in last month's blue riband but compensation may await in the Betway Bowl (2.50) as Aintree's Grand National meeting kicks off in style today.
Brian Cody has been hit with a double blow ahead of next month's Leinster SHC as Cillian Buckley and James Maher are unlikely to play any part for Kilkenny in the round-robin series.
On the day the Club Players Association (CPA) warned that putting any further distance between county players and their club would be "the beginning of the end" for the GAA, one of hurling's rising stars Rory O'Connor said that he expects players to be paid by the time he finishes up at inter-county level.
Henry De Bromhead is putting the finishing touches to a formidable Aintree team as the Waterford trainer strives to continue his record-breaking season.
Limerick sit atop the hurling ladder as they head into the summer chasing back-to-back All-Irelands and John Kiely's side dominate the league's best 15 after ending a 22-year wait to land the Allianz HL Division 1 crown.
Willie Mullins may be sending a select team to this week's National meeting at Aintree but the Closutton maestro has a star-studded trio in Thursday's Aintree Hurdle.
Expectations are often shaped by experience and there was little fear of Henry de Bromhead getting carried away with the complex demands of life as a trainer after his first official day.
It's becoming increasingly obvious that it will take something special to deny Limerick's chase for back-to-back All-Ireland titles as their aura of invincibility continues to grow.
Mayo boss James Horan has made sweeping changes for tomorrow's Allianz FL Division 1 final against Kerry in Croke Park (4.0) with former Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan and veteran defender Keith Higgins among those recalled.
The situation which Meath's Shane McEntee finds himself in is not uncommon at club level, but it's rare that your father is also your inter-county manager.
Given Dublin’s league dominance under Jim Gavin – they have won five of the last six Allianz FL Division 1 titles and this is the first final they haven’t contested under his watch – there’s an unusual feel to tomorrow’s Croke Park duel between Mayo and Kerry.
Willie Mullins has farmed tomorrow's Grade Three Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase (4.05) at Limerick with four of the last five winners, including subsequent Grade One scorer Kemboy 12 months ago.
One of the iconic images of the 2018 championship was the fury in Andy McEntee's eyes after Meath's controversial All-Ireland SFC Qualifier exit to Tyrone last June.
He may be just 27, but it's a sign of the seismic changes which have taken place in Kerry's ranks when Paul Murphy must scramble to name team-mates who are his elders.
All-Ireland champions Limerick will have the assistance of Tony Óg Regan for 2019 after the former Galway hurler was confirmed as their new performance psychology coach, replacing Caroline Currid.
The geographical difficulties of being a Mayo footballer based in Dublin become a reality for Chris Barrett when he is staring at the ceiling in the early hours of the morning.
Few saw it coming when Stephen Rochford parted ways as Mayo boss, and even fewer envisaged that he would resurface as a coach with Donegal, but Declan Bonner's men are already reaping the rewards.
There are few enigmas in racing quite like Yorkhill but Willie Mullins will be hoping that reacquainting the nine-year-old with Ruby Walsh can strike the right chord on his seasonal return at Clonmel today.
Having flirted with relegation in recent years, James Horan's second coming combined with last summer's early championship exit has helped re-energise Mayo as they set their gaze on Sunday's League decider.
Kevin McLoughlin's contribution of 2-2 proved the difference as Mayo edged out Monaghan in Elverys McHale Park today to seal their place in the Division One final.