|Posted on 22 July, 2017 at 0:00||comments (0)|
"That man should be made a saint. Words can't describe how amazing he was, and still is, for me.”
“The only standard is the highest level of protection. Nothing less than the highest level is adequate”
IT WOULD be wron...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 16 May, 2017 at 6:40||comments (0)|
AROUND Kilkenny, if the names Shefflin, Cody and Holden come in conversation, the likelihood is that hurling will be the topic, with Henry, Brian and Joey having captained the Noresiders to All-Ireland success at the highest level, Henry considered one of the best to ever play the game and Brian possibly the greatest manager of a sports team this country has seen.
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|Posted on 5 May, 2017 at 11:40||comments (0)|
OISÍN MURPHY seems to have been around a long time but then he was so young when he shot to prominence. He handled that meteoric rise remarkably well, showing a maturity way beyond his years and being extremely comfortable dealing with media interest.
The Killarney native has coped just as well with the setbacks that inevitably come in racing too. He possesses a keen understanding ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 21 April, 2017 at 10:25||comments (0)|
IRISH Grand National-winning jockey Robbie Power says that the updated Non-Trier Rule means that jockeys will be riding for punters and stewards rather than horses and their connections, and admits that riders will have to be harder than they would like and risk the futures of young horses, to avoid falling foul of the regulation.
Robbie Power and Our Duke are led in last Monday a...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 14 April, 2017 at 11:25||comments (0)|
IT IS another of those quintessential national hunt stories that captures the very essence of jump racing.
“Katie has done a great job with him; you have to hand it to her... She's with him every day; she knows the horse, the horse knows her and that has to be a help” (Photos: Caroline Norris)
It starts...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 21 March, 2017 at 8:45||comments (0)|
THE congratulations cards are wedged above the fireplace, battling each other for a good posi. Room is tight, particularly with the plaque as winning jockey of the Champion Bumper at Punchestown in April taking centre stage.
It isn’t exactly Auteuil on the dressing table in the corner either. More testaments to success abound. If you weren't aware initially, you would know within seconds of walking into the sitting room that Jamie Codd is prime-time in his...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 14 March, 2017 at 20:00||comments (0)|
"This wasn’t meant to be no sad song. We’ve heard too much of that before."
- Paul Brady, The Island
“I’d be a lot worse if it happened to me in a car crash” (Photos are stills from an ITV RacingRead Full Post »
|Posted on 12 March, 2017 at 11:30||comments (0)|
HE WELCOMES you at the front door, the smoke he exhales more vivid in the zero-degree night.
You not given those up yet?
“For Lent” comes the reply. “So the girls tell me anyway.”
He smiles broadly and ushers you in.
If there is an expectation that Ruby Walsh might be feeling low as a result of the 30-hour-old n...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 9 March, 2017 at 11:10||comments (0)|
BRYAN Cooper seems to have been around a long time but one look at the cherubic face and you are reminded that he is only 23, giving the greater part of 15 years to the best of his contemporaries on both sides of the Irish Sea, Paul Townend excepted.
(Photos: Caroline Norris)
He has packed a remarkable amount into a very short period since riding Rossdara, trained ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 7:55||comments (0)|
RUBY Walsh is one of the greatest jump jockeys the world has ever seen. Everyone has different criteria for judging the best. Even the numbers tell you different things, so it will forever be a subjective conversation.
Walsh’s great friend AP McCoy retired in April 2015, a month short of his 41st birthday, with a mind-boggling total of 4,358 winners in Britain and Ireland. It is a tally no jump jockey will ever surpass. He was British champion in each of the 20 years h...Read Full Post »