Minding ridden by Ryan Moore wins The QIPCO 1000 Guineas  at Newmarket. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

Somehow is likely to start favourite to give Aidan O’Brien a fifth win in Cheshire Oaks at Chester but it is the search for a potential top-notch Der(...)

Apple’s Jade ridden by Bryan Cooper clears the last on the way to winning the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle during day five of the Punchestown Festival. Photo:  Brian Lawless/PA

Punchestown officials have ruled out stretching Ireland’s National Hunt festival to six days despite last week’s record-breaking attendance figures. (...)

Aidan O’Brien: rates Air Force Blue as best two year old he has ever handled. Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Air Force Blue faces a date with destiny in today’s QIPCO 2, 000 Guineas at Newmarket with the season’s first classic apparently at his mercy. The c(...)

Pleascach, who was runner-up at Navan, winning the Taggersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh last year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Two future Group One winners emerged from the 2015 Irish Stallion Farms Salsabil Stakes and Curragh trainer Patrick Prendergast is hoping his star fil(...)

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen (second right) goes on to win The P. W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown.  Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Harzand isn’t wasting time establishing his reputation as a potential top-notch performer and followed a well-worn path to future top-level glory by (...)

Trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Pat Smullen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is debatable how relevant to Epsom in June ground conditions that a Grand National contender might baulk at will ultimately prove to be although th(...)

Captain Joy ridden by Pat Smullen (left) wins the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes  at Lingfield. Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

Champion jockey Pat Smullen is already boasting a 33 per cent winning average this season, something the more mathematically-minded among 10,000 thir(...)

Trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Pat Smullen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The old saying that pace makes the race got swamped at the Curragh yesterday when ground made Found look ordinary in her first start of 2016. Last se(...)

Sruthan, ridden by Chris Hayes, wins The Tote Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Paul Deegan saddled a memorable one-two in the Tote Irish Lincolnshire as Sruthan led home stablemate Aussie Valentine. The latter, better fancied in(...)

Aidan O’Brien: Air Force Blue and Minding are among a large team of O’Brien stars due to gallop at the track after racing at the Curragh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s 2016 turf campaign gets underway at the Curragh on Sunday with Aidan O’Brien using the opportunity to work some of his top classic hopes. (...)