Free Eagle, ridden by Pat Smullen to win the Prince of Wales Stakes’s at Royal Ascot in June, now has the Irish Champion Stakes in sight after a summer break. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Providing perfect ground conditions for all concerned will be a major challenge for Leopardstown’s authorities, but Free Eagle’s trainer Dermot Weld r(...)

Trainer Jim Bolger is directing Sanus Per Aquam  towards Group 1 glory at the Curragh on Champions Weekend. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Sanus Per Aquam lost his unbeaten record at long odds-on in last month’s Tyros Stakes but is still on course to bid for Group 1 glory over Champions w(...)

British athletes Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe during the Olympic Games in Moscow, 1980. Photograph: Getty Images

Sebastian Coe’s ascension to the IAAF presidency got me thinking about his old sparring partner Steve Ovett. Even 35 years after those titanic Moscow (...)

Found ridden by Seamie Heffernan up on the way to winning the Kilfrush Stud Royal Whip Stakes (Group Three)  at the Curragh.   Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

The Curragh has one more fixture before it hosts the second leg of the second ‘Champions Weekend’ in three weeks time, a potential date for Herald The(...)

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has already won the Galileo Futurity Stakes at Curragh nine times. Photograph: PA.

The Curragh’s Galileo Futurity Stakes boasts a roll-of-honour to compare with most races, boasting some of the best through the hands of Jim Bolger a(...)

Seamie Heffernan guides  Fields of Athenry to victory in  the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown. Donnacha O’Brien will be on board today at York.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Victory for Fields Of Athenry in York’s Ebor will take Aidan O’Brien past €3 million in prizemoney in Britain this season and confirm the colt as a pr(...)

 Golden Horn:  unbeaten superstar whose three year old campaign to date sees him rated on a par with the legendary pair of Sea The Stars and Frankel. Photograph:  Julian Herbert/PA

Relying on the weather to play ball can be a joyless task and wet conditions at York threaten to knock on the head racing’s most eagerly-anticipated c(...)

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh: serves as one of the vice-chairmen of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Photograph: Inpho

Hopes for greater global harmonisation of racing’s interference rules are unlikely to be realised anytime soon according to Horse Racing Ireland’s c(...)

Peter O’Sullevan: a man who understood the pull racing can generate, from the meanest backstreet betting shop to the most gilded of chateau. Photograph: Tony Harris/PA Wire

Sir Peter O’Sullevan’s first words were to the point – “Yes, Brian, I can see where you’re coming from on this, but, frankly, what you’re saying is co(...)

Good ground could send the David Wachman trained Most Beautiful to the Curragh for a tilt at the Phoenix Stakes next Sunday. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Most Beautiful could attempt to continue David Wachman’s run of Group 1 success in this Sunday’s Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh, Europe’s (...)