Faugheen is already a 1-8 favourite with Paddy Power to make a winning start to the  new season in the €85,000 Grade One Stan James Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The veteran Thousand Stars secured Willie Mullins a first Grade One of the new winter campaign in Paris on Saturday, and it is the champion trainer’s (...)

Aidan O’Brien: ‘There is a good chance we will go for the Championships.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s Australian runners failed to hit the bullseye during Melbourne’s spring carnival, but Ireland’s top flat trainer could have his fir(...)

 Free Eagle ridden by Pat Smullen (left) wins the Prince of Wales Stakes during Royal Ascot 2015. Photo:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ireland’s winter jumps campaign continues to gather momentum but Dermot Weld’s is looking ahead to one of this country’s top-rated flat stars, Free(...)

Willie Mullins: with the full might of  Mullins’s all-conquering team set to be unleashed the issue of competition in the top pattern events is likely to produce further debate. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fears that Don Cossack’s short-odds rout of only three opponents in the National Hunt season’s opening Grade One may be a sign of things to come this(...)

Henry De Bromhead: Home Farm is one of three Henry De Bromhead entries for the Grade Two Tote Fortria Chase at Navan

Arctic Fire could get to step out of the shadows of some famous stable companions in Sunday’s Grade Two Lismullen Hurdle at Navan. The Willie Mullins(...)

 Prince of Penzance, ridden by Australian jockey Michelle Payne, winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington, Australia. Photograph: EPA/Dan Himbrechts 1:30

As the first woman to ride a Melbourne Cup winner, and on a 100-1 outsider Prince Of Penzance to boot, Michelle Payne was the feel-good story at Flemi(...)

Jockey Tony McCoy enters the parade ring aboard Carlingford Lough after winning the Hennessy Gold Cup during the Hennessy Gold Cup Day at Leopardstown in February. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Last season’s Hennessy Gold Cup hero Carlingford Lough is likely to make his first start of this campaign in Sunday’s Lismullen Hurdle at Navan. It wi(...)

 Troy Parkinson riding Excess Knowledge   at Altona Beach  in Melbourne. Excess Knowledge will be one of two horse in the Melbourne Cup for trainer Gai Waterhouse. Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty

Racing relishes a whiff of sulphur, a touch of nod-and-wink roguery to add to its colourful pot. But when the Melbourne Cup is run in the early hours (...)

Frankie Dettori: has made 11 attempts at the Melbourne Cup, coming closest to winning in 1999. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It is 22 years since Frankie Dettori saw first-hand how the Irish ex-jumper Vintage Crop transformed the Melbourne Cup, and the jockey will hope Will(...)

Found ridden by Ryan Moore (L) edges out Golden Horn ridden by Lanfranco Dettorito win the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty

The Aidan O’Brien-Ryan Moore team saved European blushes at the 2015 Breeders Cup with a victory for Found in the $3 million Turf over the Derby and A(...)