Daragh Ó Conchúir
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Renaissance Roger

Posted on 13 March, 2017 at 0:10

“Do you think you’ll ever get outta here?”


Red sighs.

“Yeah. One day, when I’ve got a long, white beard and two or three marbles rolling around upstairs, they’ll let me out.”

“Tell you where I’d go. Zihuatanejo.”


“Zihuatanejo. It’s in Mexico. A little place on the Pacific Ocean. You know what the Mexic...

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Ruby on the rise

Posted on 12 March, 2017 at 11:30

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 expectat...

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Cooper's Choice

Posted on 9 March, 2017 at 11:10

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 i...

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"You don't know how good any of them are going to be until they get broke up and come back" - Ruby Walsh

Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 7:55

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...

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Lynam's Power grid

Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 11:50

WHERE to start with Eddie Lynam’s season? The norm is to go with the beginning, isn’t it?

“When I was standing at the parade ring on Guineas day at Newmarket I was a bit taken aback. He walked into the parade ring and he got applauded” - Sole Power earned more plaudits when he won a second consecutive Ki...

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Outsider Lynam crashes the party

Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 11:30

WHEN Sole Power blitzed a high class field in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York’s Ebor meeting last August at the eye-popping price of 100/1, his trainer Edward Lynam was catapulted into the limelight. “A typical Dub” as he describes himself, he dealt with it all readily.

Sole Power and Johnny Murtagh enter the winner's...

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The Walsh wonders

Posted on 24 February, 2017 at 11:45

IN HORSE racing, breeding carries as much weight for the human protagonists as the equine ones. Being a Mullins, Carberry or Taaffe is like having Sadler’s Wells blood in you.

RACING MAD: Ted Jnr, Ted Snr, Katie, Helen, Jennifer and Ruby (Photos by Caroline Norris)

The Walsh clan is another example.

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Any Second Now looks special but Labaik a potential fly in the ointment at Naas

Posted on 24 February, 2017 at 8:00

A FIELD of seven have been declared for the Grade 2 Paddy Power Onside App Novice Hurdle headed by the Ted Walsh-trained Any Second Now, who will look to extend his unbeaten on Paddy Power Festival Trial’s Day at Naas Racecourse on Sunday.

Walsh expressed surprise with the manner in which JP McManus's son of Oscar won his maiden hurdle on his racecourse debut in Navan in December and with an SP of 66/1, he wasn't the only one.

He stepped up on that wh...

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Taking CARE of business

Posted on 13 February, 2017 at 8:05

SERENDIPTIOUS is how Patrick Ryan describes the sequence of events that saw Carol Nolan tell her interviewers at Horse Racing Ireland that the absence of training, education and support structures from the organisation’s activities was a glaring omission given its remit.

Nolan had come from a retail background with th...

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Irish spend 22m euro at Cheltenham Festival

Posted on 13 February, 2017 at 7:15

AN ECONOMIC Impact Analysis has revealed that people visiting from Ireland spent €22.3m (£19.23m) at the Cheltenham Festival last March, when taking in travel, accommodation, tickets and the all-embracing category of entertainment.

The study was carried out by the Centre for Contemporary Accounting Research at the University of Gloucestershire on behalf of Cheltenham Racecourse, based on 810 completed questionnair responses from people who attended the March jambo...

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