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A brand new breed of big players in town

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
The death last month of Tom Foley, the trainer forever associated with the great Danoli, evoked images of a different place and time.
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‘Two years ago I had given up on the dream of winning even one Gold Cup’ - Willie Mullins on verge of historic hat-trick

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
He is already the most successful trainer in Cheltenham Festival history – and should Al Boum Photo provide Willie Mullins with a third successive Gold Cup, his name will be added to an even more elite list.
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Nicholls team set for more success with ‘Rainyday’

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
A lot of fuss can be made when a trainer books a family member to ride their horse, and it left me wondering whether it makes any difference to the strike-rate.
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Life-changing incident sent Conor O’Dwyer on road where journey proved as vital as destination

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
Life has taught Conor O’Dwyer not to test life’s limits but to respect them. It is an attribute that has steeled him since the day, nearly 50 years ago now, when he first sat atop a pony and felt he belonged.
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Unexposed Castle Oliver ready to excel in Leinster National

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
There is no calm before the storm of Cheltenham with a cracking weekend of Irish racing teeing things up perfectly for next week’s extravaganza.
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Chacun Pour Soi can finally annex the Champion Chase for us

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
I’ve always thought of self-pity, in a sporting sense, as a very narcissistic pursuit. You can stay staring at the water or you can turn around, walk away and get on with it. Usually I’m very good at getting on with it but I will admit though that after the news that I wouldn’t be able to ride in Cheltenham this year, I did struggle to move on straight away.
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‘We were nearly out of jump racing. But we stayed, we knew he was something special’

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
Twenty years, when you say it like that it may be hard to believe for some. But read it and weep – it’s been two decades since foot-and-mouth disease first postponed, and then cancelled, the Cheltenham Festival and robbed one of the great hurdlers the chance at history.
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‘Willie is hard when he has to be. Hard but fair but loyal to you and you can’t buy loyalty’ – Mullins’ head scout

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
The question has barely hit the air when Harold Kirk swiftly responds with “trust and loyalty” as the traits which have helped Willie Mullins to scale unprecedented heights in the jumps game.
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Top 10 Cheltenham duels

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
Ireland raiders always evoke plenty of patriotism and the battle between Arkle, fondly known as ‘Himself’, and the English hero Mill House was the stuff of legend.
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‘I was always of the opinion that, if you go, you go and try to win the big one’ - Noel Meade on a different Cheltenham

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 21:30
HE THINKS it was Edward O’Grady he bumped into, but can’t be entirely certain. So much adrenaline went coursing through Noel Meade’s chest as he stood on the grass in front of the grandstand, time and memory just got lost in the maelstrom.
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Blow for Willie Mullins as lameness rules Energumene out of Cheltenham clash with Shishkin

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 12:32
The clash of the Cheltenham Festival is no more after Energumene was ruled out of his mouth-watering meeting with Shishkin after suffering a setback.
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‘I’m human and I’d be sick to see any of my horses win without me’ – Patrick Mullins

Thu, 11/03/2021 - 22:29
Patrick Mullins has admitted he will be “sick” if any of the horses he would have expected to ride at next week’s Cheltenham Festival go on to win with another jockey on board.
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'Appalling behaviour', 'poor judgment' and 'a lack of respect': The full IHRB statement on the Rob James case

Thu, 11/03/2021 - 18:21
The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board have released the full findings of last Wednesday's hearing into the Rob James disciplinary case.
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Foster lifts spirits at Cullentra with first win in interim role

Thu, 11/03/2021 - 03:30
Denise Foster saddled her first winner since taking over at Cullentra Stables while Gordon Elliott serves his suspension when Defi Bleu took yesterday’s beginners’ chase at Wexford.
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Rob James has riders licence suspended after IHRB hearing over dead horse video

Wed, 10/03/2021 - 23:24
Amateur jockey Rob James has had his riders licence suspended for 12 months, with the final eight months of that suspended, following his Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board hearing after the emergence of a video that surfaced of him sitting on top of a dead horse.
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False start for Denise Foster as she takes Gordon Elliott reins

Wed, 10/03/2021 - 03:30
Denise Foster had to settle for third when sending out her first runner from the Gordon Elliott yard at Clonmel yesterday.
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Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board conclude Rob James investigation with hearing set for Wednesday

Tue, 09/03/2021 - 20:17
A referral hearing into a video of Irish amateur jockey Rob James sitting on a dead horse will take place on Wednesday, after the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board concluded its investigation.
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David Coleman: In the end, beleaguered trainer Gordon Elliott owned his mistake. And that sets a great example for our kids

Tue, 09/03/2021 - 18:00
A lot of column inches in the papers, over the weekend, were dedicated to Gordon Elliott, the horse racing trainer who was pictured sitting on a dead horse. What struck me about the Elliott story was the way in which a cohort of people were quick to excoriate him. While his own actions were disrespectful and distasteful, the reactions of others, especially on social media platforms, were judgemental, harsh and punitive. This was “cancel culture” in action. One mistake was, apparently, inexcusable and unforgivable. One mistake was, apparently, enough to eradicate any and all good that Elliott may have also done in his life to date.
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'An absence of respect' and 'appalling bad taste': The IHRB's full statement on the Gordon Elliott case

Mon, 08/03/2021 - 22:46
The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board have released the full findings of last Friday's hearing into the Gordon Elliott disciplinary case.
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'Staff members had to be picked up off the floor' - Davy Russell on 'heartbreaking' scenes at Gordon Elliott's yard

Mon, 08/03/2021 - 10:48
Top jockey Davy Russell says that staff members of Gordon Elliott had to 'literally had to be picked up off the floor' after the trainer's horses were transferred from his yard following his ban from the sport.
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