Growl can roar home in Stewards' Cup
Minding heads for Glorious Goodwood in search of her sixth Group One, and it should be a formality.
Minding heads for Glorious Goodwood in search of her sixth Group One, and it should be a formality.
Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh will strive to cap what has been a memorable week in the west for them when they tackle the Ladbrokes Hurdle with...
As ever, revellers rolling into Ballybrit tonight for the weekend finale will be welcomed by a trying card.
An animated Ruby Walsh returned to scenes of pandemonium in the parade ring after producing the sort of masterclass with which he is synonymous to plunder his first Guinness Galway Hurdle and in...
Tony Martin will saddle a trio of live contenders in his quest to become the first trainer in nearly 70 years to plunder three successive Guinness Galway Hurdle triumphs.
Donagh Meyler conjured a devastating late surge out of Lord Scoundrel to seize his chance on the big stage and emerge victorious in a pulsating climax to the thetote.com Galway Plate.
It is simply impossible to overstate JT McNamara's loss to the racing community.
Two years after a barnstorming triumph that announced his true potential to the world, Road To Riches returns for a second tilt at thetote.com Galway Plate.
Andy Slattery is fast shedding his tag as the man who produced Faugheen after Creggs Pipes bravely made all in the Colm Quinn BMW Mile to secure him a second win of the season in a major Flat handicap.
A perpetual light that had been a constant source of inspiration for most of 20 years was quenched with the news of JT McNamara's passing yesterday.
A year after being carried out on his shield in a thrilling ding-dong battle with Hint Of A Tint, Baraweez returns to his beloved Galway for another stab at the €120,000 Colm Quinn BMW Mile.
Pyromaniac has been cleared to run in Thursday's €300,000 Guinness Galway Hurdle after connections won a High Court stay on the horse's 42-day ban pending a judicial review of the Turf Club's...
Joe Murphy had never even spoken to Barry Browne until last Sunday night, but they combined to devastating effect yesterday to plunder a famous triumph with Swamp Fox in the €80,000 feature on day one of the Galway Festival.
Brian Ellison has been one of the more sharp-eyed British raiders at Ballybrit in recent times and tonight he takes sole responsibility for plundering an historic win in the Connacht Hotel Qualified Riders' Handicap with Always Resolute.
Once again, then, day one at the Galway Festival will get under way almost as a sideshow to an unfolding circus in the big ring.
As has become the norm, the field for the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes leaves a little to be desired.
Gowran Park will today host the old Wexford fixture that traditionally constitutes the calm before the Ballybrit storm.
Pyromaniac will not be permitted to line up at Galway next week after the Turf Club's appeals body essentially backed the Killarney stewards' finding that the horse did not run on its merits.
A quartet of live contenders from Jim Bolger's resurgent stable will descend on Down Royal tonight, including none other than his Irish Derby third, Stellar Mass.
David Wachman's team has recently emerged from a period in the doldrums and he can confirm the stable's return to form by plundering tonight's Naas feature with Most Beautiful.
The Galway Plate has recently become the preserve of the rich and famous, but Colin Bowe is looking forward to pitching Shantou Flyer in against the big guns in the €220,000 feature.
Kevin Prendergast and Chris Hayes are trusted with tonight's nap vote when they combine for Taqaseem on a mundane Flat spread at Ballinrobe.
It will be interesting to see how the Turf Club's appeals body rules on the Pyromaniac "non-trier" case later this week.
Dandy Nicholls' stalwart Sovereign Debt is fancied to make a successful Curragh raid in tomorrow's Minstrel Stakes.
Raging hot favourite Even Song will spearhead a four-strong delegation charged with enhancing Aidan O'Brien's excellent Darley Irish Oaks record.
Graham Lee resumed winning ways on his return at Chester last week after being laid low with a mystery virus.
David Mullins's persistence was rewarded at Killarney yesterday when he galvanised a renewed burst out of Kennedys Mor to thwart Black Benny.
Ravished returns to the scene of his finest hour when he strives to secure back-to-back wins in Kilbeggan's Midlands National.
Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh has welcomed a generally improved set of six-month industry statistics, but the jumps scene continues to struggle for any stability.
Tony Martin has confirmed that he will appeal the Killarney stewards' decision to sanction him under the non-triers rule in relation to Pyromaniac's performance on Tuesday night.
Killarney's July festival concludes today with a decent jumps spread and Willie Mullins's Penhill is the nap vote.
Erlkonig returns to the scene of his finest hour when he strives to retain the €15,375 win prize that he plundered a year ago in tonight's Killarney feature.
Even Song is long odds-on to plunder a fifth Darley Irish Oaks for Aidan O'Brien, but two supplementary entries add to the sense that Saturday's Classic may not be quite a formality.
As statements of intent go, Robbie McNamara's double at Cork on Friday night was fairly resounding. McNamara had been insistent for some time that he would start his training career with a bang. He is a determined individual, and resolved to make an impression from the get-go.
A massive field of 13 tackles the Listed feature on day one of Killarney's marquee July festival, but it might be all about Earring.
Alice Springs stormed to a landmark Falmouth Stakes triumph to complete a 23.5/1 Newmarket double for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore.
Willie Mullins is responsible for the three highest-rated runners in the Kevin McManus Grimes Hurdle, a race that can be a useful pointer to the Guinness Galway Hurdle.
York's John Smith's Cup doesn't get the attention that it used to since the July Cup was switched to a Saturday, but it is well worth a second look today.
Housesofparliament thrust himself into the St Leger picture by forging home late in yesterday's Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket.
Robbie McNamara will look begin his training career with a flourish when he sends four runners to this evening's jumps spread at Cork.
Gavin Cromwell has been among the winners on the Flat at both Leopardstown and the Curragh recently, and the impressive Co Meath-based handler could collect with his only runner at the Foxrock track tonight.
Charles O'Brien has described his uncle Phonsie, brother of his legendary father Vincent and himself a successful trainer, as a "terrific man" ahead of his funeral tomorrow.
Aidan O'Brien will warm up for a busy weekend on the Group One scene by saddling three contenders on the opening day of the July Festival at Newmarket.
In the end, confirmation that Kieren Fallon's long, illustrious and often tumultuous career has lurched to its conclusion as a result of a battle with depression made sense.
Ger Lyons sends a decent team to Roscommon tonight and is tipped to depart with one of the western venue's marquee events courtesy of Chemical Charge in the Lenebane Stakes.
It might be the height of an enjoyable and pretty diverse Flat season, but we're going to fleetingly switch focus to the domestic jumps scene.
Five years after his fifth Coral Eclipse Stakes success, Aidan O'Brien will strive to plunder the most valuable race ever held at Sandown with The Gurkha.
Gordon Elliott enjoys a healthy lead over Willie Mullins in the early salvos of the jump season and he can extend that advantage by dominating the final leg of Bellewstown's three-day festival.
Straight Of Zanzibar returns to Bellewstown tonight in a bid to recapture the €10,455 winner's prize that he plundered in the featured Dore & Co Handicap two years ago.
Dermot Weld and Karl Thornton have both had a winner disqualified by a Turf Club referrals committee following positive bloods tests.
Bellewstown's unique charms will be unveiled for the first time this year when its annual quintet of race days kicks off with a mixed card.
Jarlath Fahey couldn't be accused of a lack of ambition with Jennies Jewel, and his bold outlook could yet see a French Group One complement her incredible Royal Ascot success.
Young Curragh handler Johnny Feane continues to impress and he can again get among the winners at Fairyhouse tonight with Swish.
Jet Setting's Irish 1,000 Guineas defeat of Minding looks more impressive with every passing day and Adrian Keatley is confident that she will prove her Royal Ascot disappointment to be a mere blip.
Minding produced yet another thoroughly professional display to become the first Oaks winner to follow up in the Curragh's Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes.
Harzand has already achieved the distinction of ending Dermot Weld's quest to secure victory in the sport's definitive Classic at Epsom.
It isn't unusual for a late call to be made on the participation of the Derby hero in the Irish version, and Dermot Weld will today make a final decision on Harzand fulfilling its brief as tonight's star attraction.
The mighty Minding will tomorrow endeavour to secure an historic triumph in the Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes.
Dermot Weld has issued a cautiously upbeat appraisal of Harzand's participation in tomorrow's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby after his Epsom victor appeared among nine final declarations for the €1.5m Classic.
Kevin Prendergast and Chris Hayes can combine with their Irish 2,000 Guineas-winning patron Hamdan Al Maktoum to take the finale with Mutadaffeq on the opening leg of the Curragh's three-day Derby festival.
Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby has been dealt a hammer blow with Aidan O'Brien revealing that the odds-on favourite US Army Ranger will miss the Curragh Classic.
Willie Mullins has yet to get off the mark for the Flat season but is napped to do so with Buzz Off Barroso at Leopardstown tonight.
The insatiable Dermot Weld-Pat Smullen axis can continue its rampaging form by plundering the Oaks trial at Naas tonight with Discipline.
If the betting is anything to go by, the likelihood of Aidan O'Brien feasting on a 12th success in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby is increasing with every passing minute.
It is maybe a mark of how habitual Irish trainers' success in racing's elite echelons has become that their incredible exploits at Royal Ascot went largely unheralded.
Setting up as a jumps trainer is a daunting prospect for any aspiring handler these days but Andrew McNamara has done well with his small band of runners to date.
Andy Oliver's Palmones landed a significant gamble at Gowran Park yesterday but the most popular winner of the day was undoubtedly Arch Sting.
It's Magners Ulster Derby day at Down Royal and Aidan O'Brien can warm up for next week's real thing at the Curragh by triumphing with Lieutenant General.
The curtain comes down on a memorable Royal Ascot with another intriguing spread.
Aidan O'Brien took his Royal Ascot tally to five with a massive 577/1 double, although yesterday ultimately belonged to Dougie Costello.
It hardly seems plausible that a rags-to-riches fairytale that featured a £12,600 reject execute one of the sport's most audacious feats of giant-slaying to win a Classic could get better after being sold by its syndicate owners for £1.3m.
Order of St George produced a superlative turn of foot for Ryan Moore to stamp its authority all over a messy edition of the Gold Cup on a memorable afternoon for Aidan O'Brien at Royal Ascot.
Mick Halford secured a memorable first success at Royal Ascot when Portage ground out a brave win in yesterday's Hunt Cup.
A pair of gallant near misses has left asterisks on Willie Mullins's assaults on two of Flat racing's most prestigious events and the jumps impresario merges those separate strands at Royal Ascot today when he sends Max Dynamite into battle in the Gold Cup.
Royal Ascot got underway yesterday with a wonderful fusion of international flavour and A Shin Hikari will bring the house down if he adds to that by winning today's Prince Of Wales's Stakes.
An unforeseen quirk of the way that Irish racing has evolved is the manner in which the roles of the Flat and jump scenes have been so startlingly reversed.
Dermot Weld's runners have been on fire recently and Munaashid can extend their insatiable form at Roscommon tonight.
Curragh handler Michael O'Callaghan is enjoying an excellent campaign and he is trusted to deliver today's nap vote when he saddles Bainne in Navan's six-furlong handicap.
With Epsom behind us and Royal Ascot around the corner, this is one of those rare Saturdays in Britain that lacks a marquee event.
Ken Condon has won with two of his last three runners and is expected to enhance that ratio with his sole representative at Leopardstown tonight.
Sourcing Group One milers is a pursuit that tries even Aidan O'Brien at times, so it is a testament to Ger Lyons' acumen that he will head for Royal Ascot on Tuesday with two contenders for the ultimate stallion-making division.
Paddy Twomey will be thrust into the limelight next week when his once-raced Curragh winner Van Der Decken sports Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin blue for a first time in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Epsom Derby heroes Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen are trusted to dominate this afternoon's Fairyhouse card with Raymonda and Kidd Malibu.
An already massively successful 2016 Cheltenham Festival for Irish trainers looks poised to retrospectively become a record-breaking one after it emerged that Josies Orders is likely to be awarded the cross-country chase.
Joseph O'Brien won't have to wait long for his first winner in his new guise as a trainer operating from his father Aidan's original base on Carriganog Hill.
An already vibrant Flat season was further illuminated when Harzand led home an Irish 1-2-3 en route to a thoroughly decisive Investec Derby coup for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen.
Investec Derbys simply don't come any more open-looking than todays'.
Aidan O'Brien last year came the closest he has ever done to winning the Prix du Jockey Club with runner-up Highland Reel.
Just as attention will turn to the Derby at Epsom, runners will be breaking from the stalls for the first race on a decent spread at the Curragh.
Ger Lyons sends a decent quartet of runners to Listowel tomorrow for the first leg of its two-day spread and is expected to make the long journey pay with a brace.
Last year's emphatic Irish St Leger victor Order Of St George returns to action at Leopardstown tonight ahead of a tilt at the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
Fresh from her shock defeat to Jet Setting at the Curragh, Minding today looks like starting at odds-on to atone for that narrow setback by securing Epsom Oaks glory under Ryan Moore.
A year after Qualify swooped to thwart Legatissimo in the Oaks to give Colm O'Donoghue his fourth Classic victory, things are a bit more balanced in the career of the Buttevant, Co Cork native.
A fairytale that began with a £12,600 purchase and led to Curragh Classic glory looks sure to end even more happily after connections revealed that Jet Setting will be offered for public auction on the eve of the big Royal Ascot meeting.
Ruby Walsh will have his first Irish rides of the new season at Punchestown tonight.
A big weekend for Aidan O'Brien, who is preparing a concerted assault on three Classics and four Group Ones, will take on even more significance as it marks the end of a fruitful joint enterprise with his son Joseph.
Awtaad wasn't short of advocates ahead of Saturday's Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas, but few would have predicted that he would win with so much panache.
Jet Setting, a £12,600 cast-off, prompted scenes of rare euphoria at the Curragh with a determined defeat of Coolmore's Minding to secure a first Group One for Adrian Keatley and Shane Foley in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas.
Minding will unexpectedly get the chance to complement her stunning 1,000 Guineas triumph and become just the third filly to follow up in the Irish version tomorrow.
At its romantic best, racing has a knack of random unpredictability, but history would suggest that the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas is downright two-dimensional.
Eddie Lynham's decision to scratch Sole Power from this afternoon's Temple Stakes at Haydock might augur well for Mecca's Angel.
A week that has yielded a second Ayr treble in the space of a month might yet get better for Adrian Keatley.
Galileo Gold and Air Force Blue remain on course to clash for a second time after both were among eight declared for tomorrow's Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas.
The incredible depth to Aidan O'Brien's battalion of three-year-old fillies is illustrated by his sensational 1,000 Guineas heroine Minding spearheading a 10-strong Ballydoyle entry in the Investec Oaks.
Don Cossack and Faugheen have emerged as the highest rated jumpers in training for a second year.
Hugo Palmer has confessed to being "terrified" by the fact that Galileo Gold seems to be a better horse ahead of Saturday's Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas than it was prior to its emphatic win in the original version at Newmarket.
A typically diverse weekend of Irish summer racing is spearheaded tomorrow by a Navan Flat card that features last year's luckless St Leger runner-up Bondi Beach.
Ger Lyons vies for Group One glory with Endless Drama in today's Lockinge Stakes.
The prospect of just a second Irish-trained Lockinge Stakes victory since the Newbury contest achieved Grade One status rests with Ger Lyons' Endless Drama.
A Dante Stakes won by a horse that had been taken out of the Derby and saw the Classic favourite capitulate yesterday served only to muddy the Epsom waters further.
Eddie Harty and Davy Russell have already been among the winners this season and they can combine to collect with Buck Dancing in the featured chase at Kilbeggan tonight.
York will host the final major Derby trial tomorrow when Michael Stoute's Classic favourite Midterm tackles the Dante Stakes under Pat Smullen.
Kieren Fallon cut a relaxed figure yesterday morning as he spoke about his fledging partnership with the impressive young Curragh handler Michael O'Callaghan.