Free Eagle ridden by Pat Smullen wins the the KPMG Enterprise Stakes during the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Free Eagle only returned to action at the weekend but the spectacular style of his Group Three Leopardstown rout is prompting Dermot Weld to consider(...)

Owner Michael Owen with  Brown Panther after it won The Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire

A €3.7 million ‘Champions Weekend’ initiative designed to boost Irish racing’s profile surged to ‘PR’ nirvana at the Curragh when Brown Panther carrie(...)

Fiesolana ridden by Billy Lee wins The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes during the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

With the sun shining on Leopardstown, and the crowds having poured in to tee up a perfect ‘Champions Weekend’ inauguration, it seemed a perfect outcom(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Dermot Weld: Ballybrit legend saddles Ebeyina in the listed feature. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dermot Weld can land this evening’s Listed Galway feature with Ebeyina, but even the greatest Ballybrit legend of all might have to make way on centr(...)

Aidan O’Brien: has indicated his course maiden winner Found is 
set 
to be supplemented to the Moyglare field. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Organisers of Champions Weekend are keeping everything crossed that the weather co-operates with Irish racing’s new €3.7 million industry shop window(...)

Trainer Dermot Weld’s seven Leger victories to date put him only behind Vincent O’Brien in the all-time list. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

One of the objectives for racing’s new Champions Weekend is to provide a Group One autumn climax to Ireland’s flat season and a top-flight success in (...)

 Andrea Atzeni: will replace Jamie Spencer as No 1 jockey to ownership superpower, Qatar Racing. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Curragh gets a final chance to iron out any kinks ahead of ‘Champions Weekend’ in a fortnight when tomorrow’s HQ action includes an early interna(...)