Pictured  in Loughrea, Co Galway is  Michael Burke (MD, Chanelle Group). Photograph: Michael Dillon

There’s no mistaking Michael Burke’s Loughrea roots. The vet who has built the largest indigenous pharmaceuticals manufacturing group in Ireland has t(...)

Min is the current favourite for the Supreme Novices’ hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph: Inpho

Ante-post favourite Min heads a mammoth initial entry of 18 horses for Willie Mullins in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festiva(...)

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(...)

Dermot Weld’s Dont Tell No One won on hurdling debut at Fairyhouse after an 883-day absence. Photograph: Inpho

Dont Tell No One defied an 883-day absence to make a successful start to his career over jumps in the Happy New Year Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse. The(...)

Jockey Adrian Heskin after competing in The Cardinal Capital Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Covering the races at Leopardstown at Christmas always feels a bit like staring in a Samuel Beckett play, except it’s Bono not Godot that has folk wai(...)

Davy Russell riding Sir Des Champ who, along with Don Poli, looks set to fly the Mullins flag in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins says he views the upcoming Christmas action as a vital barometer of his horses’ progress but the champion trainer will hope the Lexus C(...)

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(...)

 Chris Hayes riding Sole Power to victory  in  The Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh in  September. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Eddie Lynam is keeping his fingers crossed Sole Power can make it fourth-time lucky in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on Sunday. The multip(...)

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(...)