Zawraq and Pat Smullen. Dermot Weld had dangled the idea of next weekend’s Irish Guineas as a possible target for Sheikh Hamdan’s colt, but the owner’s spokesman has indicated Zawraq will go straight for the Derby

Dermot Weld’s exciting colt Zawraq may have run only twice but he looks like being a major Derby player at Epsom in three weeks.Meanwhile his stable (...)

Preparations for the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show get under way at the RDS in Ballsbridge yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

There has been a great focus on anniversaries in recent months but one notable one passed without much fanfare earlier this year. The first Dublin Ho(...)

In the summer of 1955, Jackie Kennedy and her husband visited Ireland and went to the races at the Curragh. She later recalled the drive down from (...)

John Oxx: his Tarziyna is fancied to win at Sligo tonight.

John Oxx will have two shots at Group One Royal Ascot glory with My Titania and Saddler’s Rock but before that Tarziyna should get the Curragh trainer(...)

Dermot Weld sets Edelmira a major Oaks task in tomorrow’s Group Three feature at Cork. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Dermot Weld sets Edelmira a major ‘Oaks’ task in tomorrow’s Group Three feature at Cork but victory could set her up for an attempt at Classic glory a(...)

Australia ridden by Joseph O’Brien is likely to start favourite for the Derby. Photograph: Inpho

If the Epsom Derby could be decided on reputation then Australia would virtually be past the most famous finishing post in racing already and Aidan O’(...)

Ruby Walsh: rides Diakali as trainer pursues a remarkable fifth win in the race. Photograph: Inpho

Epsom will be the international focus today, and California Chrome’s triple crown attempt will concentrate minds on tonight’s Belmont Stakes in New Y(...)

Ebanoran (right), with Declan McDonogh on board, beats Fascinating Rock and Pat Smullen in the Derrinstown Stud Stakes but lost the race in the stewards’ room.

Declan McDonogh’s only previous Epsom Derby ride was on an unconsidered 50/1 shot but the former champion jockey goes into this Saturday’s blue-riban(...)

 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome with jockey Victor Espinoza up trains at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Victory for California Chrome in next Saturday’s Belmont Stakes will mean a Triple Crown, a spot in American sporting history, and, surest bet of all,(...)

Ebanoran (right) drifts across Fascinating Rock’s line during the Derrinstown Derby trial. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ebanoran’s 16 to 1 Epsom Derby odds might suggest he faces an uphill task against Australia & Co in 10 days but the fact he will be only John Oxx(...)