Having been mentioned in some of the earliest texts from the island, horse racing is certainly an important part of Irish culture and society and it is among the most watched sports in the country. It is also a very popular category in sports betting sites. Internationally, Ireland is among the best producers, trainers and riders of Thoroughbred horses, which are specially bred for racing.
Johnny Murtagh is better placed than most to assess what it takes to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
El Astronaute is back on his travels to try to play up monthly winnings as the valuable Tote Rockingham Handicap takes centre stage on day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival at the Curragh.