Australia gets a kiss from Joseph O’Brien after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby during day two the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival at Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare, Ireland. Photograph: PA Wire

Dual Derby winner Australia has been retired to stud, said a Coolmore representative.In a shock announcement, time has been called on the racing caree(...)

Ryan Moore aboard The Grey Gatsby comes home to take the Champion Stakes just ahead of Australia, ridden by Joseph O’Brien. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The first chapter of the inaugural Champions Weekend got a finish for the ages with The Grey Gatsby’s dramatic defeat of Australia in Saturday evening(...)

Australia day: Joseph O’Brien rides Champions Stakes favourite Australia to victory in The Juddmonte International Stakes at York in  August 2014. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Champions Weekend has been built and it only remains to be seen if they will come. But what can already be said ahead of kick-off at Leopardstown tod(...)

Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O’Brien: goes into ‘Champions Weekend’ battle with some serious artillery.

Part of the aim of ‘Champions Weekend’ is to bring Europe’s elite to compete in Ireland but those raiders aiming to scoop any of the Group One prizes(...)

Leopardstown are expecting a big crowd at its ‘Champions Weekend’ meeting.

The final push of a near six-month promotion campaign is underway for the upcoming ‘Champions Weekend’ with Horse Racing Ireland estimating a final c(...)

Sea The Stars wins the 2009 running of  the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

Leopardstown’s authorities are ultimately aiming at Christmas festival-type crowds for their segment of the new “Champions Weekend” formula which is (...)

 Ruby Walsh and Hurricane Fly (right) battle  with Danny Mullins and  Our Connor on their way to winning  the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown yesterday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A dire piece of work last week had Willie Mullins fearing Hurricane Fly might be finished. And when the great horse was passed by Our Conor at the fin(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins at Leopardstown yesterday.

As if Hurricane Fly’s Irish Champion Hurdle four-in-a- row isn’t enough, Willie Mullins now has a remarkable 10th Hennessy Gold Cup in his sights with(...)

Mary Hampson, from Coventry in England cheers home Hurricane Fly on the final day of the Leopardstown festival in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It has been a testing week for members of the Come Home Sober syndicate. To see their horse win once at the Leopardstown festival might have been cons(...)

Trainer Paul Nicholls with Big Buck’s ridden by Daryl Jacob (left)  and Solar Impulse  after excercising    at Exeter yesterday.

Big Buck’s took an important step ahead of his eagerly-anticipated return to action with a gallop before racing at Exeter yesterday.The champion stayi(...)