William Buick riding Golden Horn (left)) winning the Dante Stakes from Jack Hobbs at York. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The only certainty about the prelude to this year’s Epsom Derby is that it seems to be set in a twilight zone where there is no certainty. It is a pl(...)

 King Edward VIII, formerly Edward, Prince of Wales, making his first radio broadcast to the world on the 1st March 1936. Newly released  files show that IRA volunteers tried to kidnap the Prince of Wales in 1922 in an attempt to have a death sentence commuted. Photograph: PA

IRA volunteers tried to kidnap the Prince of Wales in an attempt to have a death sentence commuted, the military pensions archives which have been rel(...)

After the referendum defeat, Alex Salmond said it was time for a new leader who could now take the devolution process forward. Photograph: PA 1:47

For Scottish leader Alex Salmond, the journey started with tales from his granddad about repelling the English invaders in the 14th century. It ended (...)

 Kevin Manning riding Trading Leather to win The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at Curragh last year. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Aidan O’Brien and Jim Bolger already know what it takes to win the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and both Irish trainers look set to tar(...)

Trainer John Gosden says the Irish Classic is a logical next step for Taghrooda. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia pulled off the Epsom-Curragh Derby double and it looks like Taghrooda is on course to attempt a similar Classic feat in Saturday week’s Darl(...)

Aidan O’Brien:  insisted the brilliant Epsom Derby winner won’t be risked on home soil if ground conditions turn soft. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The weather looks like cooperating enough with the Curragh to allow Australia fulfil his role as headline act for Saturday’s €1.25 million Dubai Dut(...)

Ryan Moore riding The Grey Gatsby (left) wins The Betfred Dante Stakes at York. Photgraph: Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Derby dreams in England and France remain alive for the first three horses home in the Dante Stakes at York as The Grey Gatsby beat off Arod and True (...)

The IOC, United Nations and Sochi 2014 flags fly in front of national flags in the Coastal Athlete’s Village at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photograph: Reuters

It’s apt that possibly the most powerful single image in sport – Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics – isn’t(...)

Lady Valerie Goulding of the Central Remedial Clinic: her charity work was recognised in 1977 when taoiseach Jack Lynch appointed her to the Seanad

Lady Valerie Goulding, mother of Central Remedial Clinic chairman Hamilton Goulding, was a founder and later the major driving force behind the clini(...)

A friend will not, on principle, ever refer to the Aviva stadium in Dublin as other than Lansdowne Road. An avid (sorry) Ireland rugby fan and nationa(...)