Jockey James Doyle rides Kingman to win the St James’s Palace Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot in June 2014. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Exceptional miler Kingman has been retired to stud, confirmed Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah. The John Gosden-trained colt (...)

Pat Smullen rides Anthem Alexander (left) to victory in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Photograph: Getty.

The potential for Eddie Lynam to wind up an already memorable 2014 campaign with more notable top-flight flourishes gets its first test at Newmarket (...)

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(...)

Joseph O’Brien rides Leading Light to victory in the English St Leger at Doncaster in 2013. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Tomorrow’s Curragh leg of Champions Weekend faces both international and domestic competition from Arc trials day in Longchamp and the start of the 20(...)

St Nicholas Abbey in a driving finish, ridden by Joseph O’Brien, surges to the finish line to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf during the 2011 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs, Kentucky, in 2011. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

It is less than three years since Joseph O’Brien burst on to racing’s international stage with St Nicholas Abbey’s Breeders’ Cup success, the sound(...)

 Trainer Roger Varian: “We want to run – the likelihood is we’re going to run – but we want to be running on decent ground. If I’m happy with the ground I’ll run.” Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Roger Varian reiterated the ground must be suitable for Ladbrokes St Leger favourite Kingston Hill to take his chance in the Classic on Saturday.The D(...)

Barry Geraghty: takes over in the plate today on Flaxen Flare. Photograph: James Crombie

Aidan O’Brien’s focus is on the upcoming Champions Weekend but he won’t be alone in examining with interest how his runner Plinth fares in a rematch w(...)

Kevin Ryan:  Easy decision to supplement his French Derby winner but “everything now depends on the ground”. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

With just three days to Champions Weekend it’s a case of all present and correct as The Grey Gatsby’s €75,000 supplementary into the €1 million Qip(...)

 Dermot Weld: “Hopefully all this fine weather will help get lots of people to go racing this weekend but I will have to wait and see what happens in terms of the ground. I will have very few runners if it is good to firm and if the going at the Curragh is good to firm, then Forgotten Rules won’t run.”

Last Saturday’s run-of-the-mill €71,500 National Hunt card at Navan was worth only a tiny fraction of the upcoming hugely prestigious €3.7 million C(...)