Pat Smullen is heading to Windsor to partner topweight Fascinating Rock in the Winter Hill Stakes. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Pat Smullen takes a day off from the defence of his Irish jockey’s title to partner Fascinating Rock in Windsor’s Group 3 Saturday evening feature,(...)

Zawraq ridden by Pat Smullen comes home to win the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes in April ahead of Endless Drama, which finished second in the Irish Guineas at the weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dermot Weld describes Zawraq’s stamina as a “million dollar question” going into next week’s Epsom Derby, but a positive answer in racing’s ‘blue-rib(...)

Al Kazeem (blue and white cap) and James Doyle on their way to victory in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. Photograph: Inpho

Popular veteran Al Kazeem clinched another Group One prize in a thrilling renewal of the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.The Roger Charlton-traine(...)

James Doyle on Noble Mission comes home to win The Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last year. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It is classic weekend at the Curragh but the Group One focus for race-planners at Irish racing’s HQ on Sunday will be firmly directed on the make-up (...)

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(...)

Australia leads home The Grey Gatsby in The Juddmonte International Stakes at York last month. Photograph: Mike Egertone/PA Wire

Australia will face a maximum of 11 rivals when taking to the track once again in Saturday’s Irish Champion Stakes.The Leopardstown Group One has draw(...)

 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(...)

Jim Bolger and son-in-law jockey Kevin Manning will be heading to Paris on Sunday with Trading Leather.

BRIAN O’CONNORJust six Irish-trained horses have ever won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, including the dual-victor Alleged, and Leading Light is on co(...)

Caponata, who finished second in the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh last month (above),  could still provide the Group One centrepiece to a memorable Leopardstown for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen in the Coolmore Matron Stakes.   Photograph: Inpho

Princess Highway may be an outsider in the feature but Caponata could still provide the Group One centrepiece to a memorable Leopardstown for Dermot W(...)

 William Buick and  The Fugue winning  The  Yorkshire Oaks at York  on August 22nd. Photograph  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

In 2012 Snow Fairy brought to a halt a near-decade of local success in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes and international hopes of landing this Sat(...)