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Bangkok, a 33/1 shot for the Derby, can continue the excellent start to the season of King Power Racing and Silvestre de Sousa and put himself in the frame for Epsom by winning the Bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown Park 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.
Willie Mullins expects Paul Townend to keep the ride on Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo when he bids to follow up at Punchestown next week.
Willie Mullins buried his Irish Grand National hoodoo in emphatic fashion as the Ruby Walsh-ridden Burrows Saint (6/1 favourite) led home a remarkable 1-2-3 for the Closutton maestro in the €500,000 Fairyhouse showpiece yesterday.
Willie Mullins smashed his BoyleSports Irish Grand National hoodoo as Burrows Saint led home a one-two-three for the trainer in the marathon handicap chase at Fairyhouse.
Punters to Fairyhouse have been blessed with another day of sun as thousands turn out for the Irish Grand National today.
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.
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).
Voix Du Reve proved the star of the opening day Fairyhouse show as he provided Willie Mullins with back-to-back wins in the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase at Fairyhouse.
It was a day for the history books as the Fairyhouse Easter Festival kicked off at the Co Meath course today, as Rachael Blackmore won her first Grade One race on Irish soil.
In Flat racing, there are jockeys who do well enough domestically to win a Derby or a title and, indeed, hold their own in most circumstances. But there is also an altogether more rarified level, where demand for a rider's services is of a more inter-continental nature.
A lot of people like listening to Ted Walsh because of his impatience for pandering. For me, though, it is the light dancing in his eyes and the energy that fills him with animation when he is reminiscing about the horses and riders of yore that brings the greatest joy.
As many as 25,000 racegoers are expected to descend onto Fairyhouse racecourse this Easter weekend.
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).
"I hope to break even at the track today, I need the money." (Joe Frisco, American actor, dancer and comedian (1889-1958)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tiger Roll's Grand National triumph seemed like the ideal Irish sporting victory. The central combination of four larger-than-life characters resulted in a perfect storm which lent the moment a kind of supreme emotional rightness.
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.
Well, my woeful betting record in the Grand National continued last week, but no-one can begrudge Tiger Roll's connections his historic victory.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Brendan Powell, the rider of 1988 Grand National hero Rhyme 'N' Reason, has announced his retirement from the training ranks.
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.
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.
Making the familiar trot down Summerhill's sloped main street to Shaw's Bar, Tiger Roll looked to have all the energy in the world just 24 hours after his ferocious, history making Grand National finish.
Louise Magee, the groom who led Tiger Roll out to Grand National glory, may not have slept for two nights but she still feels like she has been on a holiday.
Cimeara showed plenty of class and battling qualities to win the Noblesse Stakes at Cork yesterday.
As Tiger Roll, the first horse to win back-to-back Grand Nationals in 45 years, paraded in trainer Gordon Elliott's home town of Summerhill, Co Meath, yesterday, 24 hours after conquering Aintree for a second time, the most oft-asked question was: "Next year?"
As he waited for Tiger Roll to make his way from the course to the winner's enclosure, Michael O'Leary, the horse's owner and boss of Ryanair, was wearing a grin of total contentment. With his arms aloft, he was marking a significant moment: he was making history. Or rather his horse was. The mount that took the race by storm last year had, with a supreme confidence that almost bordered on ease, negotiated his way to victory again.
The Classic dream is still alive for the Lavery team and jockey Robbie Colgan after Lady Kaya turned the Group Three Ballylinch Stud 'Priory Belle' 1,000 Guineas Trial into a procession at Leopardstown yesterday.
Owner Michael O'Leary has reiterated Tiger Roll is "very unlikely" to bid for a third Randox Health Grand National next April following his historic second triumph at Aintree on Saturday.
The spirit of Red Rum returned to Aintree yesterday as Tiger Roll, the 4/1 favourite, became the first horse for 45 years to win the Grand National two years in succession, romping to a two-and-three-quarter-length victory.
Michael O'Leary made headlines last year after delaying his Ryanair flight home to accommodate the winning jockey, Davy Russell, after Tiger Roll's maiden victory in the iconic steeplechase.
There could soon be a new statue on display at the home of Michael O'Leary after Tiger Roll became the first horse since the mighty Red Rum to win back-to-back renewals of the Randox Health Grand National.
Michael O'Leary and Gordon Elliott have suggested the excess weight that Tiger Roll would be forced to carry may scupper the nine-year-old's attempt to emulate Red Rum further by claiming a third Grand National at Aintree next year.
Irish trainer Gordon Elliott made history today as he claimed his third Garnd National victory and the second with Tiger Roll. Interviewed afterwards, the Co. Meath trainer dedicated the win to his late uncle Willie and to winning jockey Davy Russell's mother who both passed away in the last year.
Tiger Roll, trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Davy Russell, has become the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win two Grand Nationals.
Mark Walsh has been confirmed as the rider of Anibale Fly in this afternoon's Randox Health Grand National.
The Herald racing correspondent Niall Cronin will describe the action as 19 Irish horses bid for Grand National glory. Can Tiger Roll add another amazing chapter to his illustrious career.
The 2019 edition of the Aintree Grand National is upon us. Our expert team will hopefully help find the winner among the 40 runners.
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.
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.
It's less than a month since Paul Townend won the Gold Cup on Al Boum Photo, but it would be no surprise if he got an even bigger buzz when Cadmium, an 8-1 shot, led from pillar to post over the National fences to win the Randox Health Topham Chase yesterday.
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.
Barry Geraghty will miss his ride on Anibale Fly in the Randox Health Grand National after suffering a broken leg in a fall from Peregrine Run in the Topham Chase at Aintree on Friday.
Cadmium led his rivals a merry dance in making nearly every yard of the running over the Grand National fences in the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase at Aintree.
Min made amends for a narrow defeat 12 months ago with an authoritative success in the JLT Chase at Aintree.
Jack Kennedy gave Felix Desjy an excellent front-running ride to win the Betway Top Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.
Supasundae banished Jessica Harrington's fears that history might be about to repeat itself as he instead ensured she outdid her close friend Nicky Henderson in the Betway Aintree Hurdle.
With Just A Par added to the field after the late defection of Mall Dini, here's the up to date guide to the runners for Saturday's Grand National
Top Wood battled back gamely to beat Burning Ambition in the Randox Health Foxhunters' Chase over the Grand National fences, to give rider Tabitha Worsley a victory to remember at Aintree.
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.
Henry De Bromhead is putting the finishing touches to a formidable Aintree team as the Waterford trainer strives to continue his record-breaking season.
Gordon Elliott has confirmed riding plans for all 13 of his intended Randox Health Grand National runners.
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.
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.
Last year's winner Tiger Roll features among 69 horses left in Saturday's Randox Health Grand National at Aintree following the confirmation stage.
Thunder Snow became the first dual winner of the Dubai World Cup in a pulsating renewal of the Meydan showpiece.
Willie Mullins won the Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase at Limerick for the fifth time in six years as Burrows Saint saw off stablemate Robin Des Foret.
If the medicinal properties of the spring water which filters down through the Lomond Hills in Kinross-shire were supposed to be able to cure Robert the Bruce of leprosy, then propelling Lake View Lad to victory in next Saturday's Randox Health Grand National should be a mere formality.
Is it really two years since Derek Fox experienced the day of days, urging the relentless galloper One For Arthur into the lead jumping the final fence in the Aintree Grand National and maintaining the momentum all the way to the line for a memorable victory in the most famous national hunt race on the planet?
Racehorses are to be fitted with high-tech devices, similar to the fitness and activity trackers sported by humans, as part of a groundbreaking attempt by scientists to improve horse welfare.
Magic Wand leads a five-strong team into battle for Aidan O'Brien on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan.
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.
I read a story this week about an Australian man who won the lottery twice, having accidentally bought two tickets for the same draw, using identical numbers.
Gold Cup-winning jockey Paul Townend recorded his maiden 100th winner of the season in Ireland as the well-touted Annamix scored for the first time at Clonmel.
Gold Cup-winning jockey Paul Townend recorded his maiden 100th winner of the season in Ireland as the well-touted Annamix scored for the first time at Clonmel.
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.
Karawaan ran out a decisive winner of the €100,000 Tote Irish Lincolnshire as the Irish Flat season kicked off at Naas.
Normandel held the late charge of Hand On Heart to win a thrilling Express Stakes and bring up a terrific 5,341/1 treble for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning at Naas.
Amaulino struck for Keith Watson in the Toalsbet.com Ulster National at Downpatrick - fulfilling a long-term plan for the French-bred gelding.
The flat season gets under way at Naas today and what a fantastic job Tom Ryan, Dermot Cantillon and their team at the Tipper Road track have done in picking up the slack during the Curragh's redevelopment.
Noel Fehily ended a long and illustrious career in the best possible fashion as Get In The Queue ran out a ready winner of the Goffs UK Spring Sale Bumper at Newbury.
Noel Fehily, a byword for reliability in the saddle, has his last ride before hanging up his boots when he partners Get In The Queue, the red-hot favourite, in the bumper at Newbury today.
"Pat Fox has it on his hurl and is motoring well now... but here comes Joe Rabbitte hot on his tail... I've seen it all now, a Rabbitte chasing a Fox around Croke Park!" (Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh)
Some of the earliest known horse races took place at the Curragh, a few of which involved the Celts with their chariots - and it won't be long until we see the crowds back at Irish racing HQ to keep the ancient tradition going.
A familiar face will be seen in a rather more unfamiliar role at Naas for the opening day of the Irish Flat season on Sunday, as Ruby Walsh takes the ride on Castletownshend in the Kildare Post & Kildare Now Maiden.
Gold Cup hero Paul Townend returned to home ground in style yesterday, landing the UCC Don't Step On The Crest Handicap Hurdle in Cork on Ronald Pump for Matthew Smith.
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.