Air Force Blue ridden by Ryan Moore wins The Dubai Dewhurst Stakes during day two of the Dubai Future Champions Festival at Newmarket. Photograph: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Air Force Blue, the even money favourite for this season’s 2,000 Guineas, has been confirmed Europe’s champion two year old for 2015. The triple-Grou(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: “What the hell do you people want?” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

1“You know, I’ve been very busy climbing to the top of this greasy IAAF pole. But now I’m here, I’m going to shed this Tory politico disguise, cut do(...)

Jockey Joseph O’Brien was aboard Air Force Blue for two of his four wins in 2016. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Joseph O’Brien is predicting big things from Air Force Blue in 2016. A winner of four of his five starts at two for Aidan O’Brien, with O’ Brien jnr i(...)

Barry Geraghty on Minella Foru celebrates winning The Paddy Power Steeplechase. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Eddie Harty has a single bullet left to fire at Leopardstown’s Christmas festival and State Of Origin has a lot to live up to on Tuesday after Minell(...)

Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn celebrates winning The Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Fears the late defection of Gleneagles from September’s QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes might impact on the drama quota within the ‘Irish Champions Weeken(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins after winning the race Navan Novice Hurdle with Bellshill. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

  Willie Mullins will no doubt be the Christmas headline act again but with just a dozen days to the start of the holiday action no trainer is ap(...)

Edwulf ridden by Mikey Fograty falls at the last while leading The Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Steeplechase at Navan. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Bellshill gave Willie Mullins his fourth win in the last five renewals of the Navan Novice Hurdle with a clear-cut victory at the Co Meath track. A G(...)

Ryan Moore and Highland Reel won the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin. Photograph: Getty

Dermot Weld’s Free Eagle was bitterly disappointing as A Shin Hikari (38-1) produced a brilliant front-running display to claim the LONGINES Hong Kong(...)

Pat Smullen aboard Free Eagle wins the Prince of Wales Stakes during Royal Ascot this summer. Photograph: Getty Images

Pat Smullen is set to have two shots at putting a final Group One seal on a vintage 2015 for Ireland’s champion jockey in Hong Kong on Sunday. Champi(...)

Trainer Gordon Elliott with Don Cossack at his Cullentra House yard in Longwood, Co Meath. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Most elite trainers project a public persona, maybe even cultivate it. Dermot Weld is noted for a certain patrician loftiness, Aidan O’Brien for veeri(...)