Arctic Skipper, ridden by Andrew Lynch, leads the field home to win the he Paddy Power Shops 10.30am Sunday Service Maiden Hurdle at Naas. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A Naas fixture billed as ‘Cheltenham Trial Day’ was lit up by sparkling Grade Two success for Mallowney, a horse not even entered for the festival in(...)

 Lord Mayor Christy Burke with previous lord mayors Eibhlin Byrne and Oisín Quinn at the Mansion House event. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It has been 300 years since Dublin’s Mansion House, the home of the city’s Lord Mayor, was bought for a song at just £3,500.Even in today’s money – b(...)

Trainer Henry de Bromhead.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Racing is holding its breath for Sprinter Sacre’s proposed return to action in this Saturday’s Grade 1 feature at Ascot but the forecast soft ground (...)

Trainer Mouse Morris: looks like allowing First Lieutenant a chance to score across the channel. Photograph: INPHO

Just one Irish trained horse has won Wetherby’s Charlie Hall Chase in the last thirty three years but First Lieutenant looks like getting the opportun(...)

 Yuichi Fukunaga celebrates riding Just A Way to victory in the Dubai Duty Free during the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse in March. If he stays he could win Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s not difficult to argue the single most impressive performance of 2014 so far has been Taghrooda’s King George last July. And since Tapestry sub(...)

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(...)

 Queen Elizabeth  visits Crumlin Road Gaol with Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (left)  and  First Minister Peter Robinson. Photograph:  Paul Faith - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

In the one speech she made during her three-day visit to Northern Ireland, Queen Elizabeth focused on the theme of reconciliation and of her hope t(...)

Bantry House: auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull said they hoped to raise about €1 million from the sale of the house’s contents, which include paintings, furniture, books and French tapestries. Photograph: Lyon & Turnbull /PA Wire

The contents of Bantry House in west Cork – one of Ireland’s best-known stately homes – will be sold at auction this autumn. One of Scotland’s leadin(...)

Winner Leading Light ridden by Joseph O’Brien celebrate their victory in the Gold Cup during Day Three of the 2014 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Hot favourite Leading Light narrowly denied the Queen’s defending champion Estimate in a pulsating climax to the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.Last year’s Q(...)

Ebanoran (right) drifts across Fascinating Rock’s line during the Derrinstown Derby trial. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ebanoran’s 16 to 1 Epsom Derby odds might suggest he faces an uphill task against Australia & Co in 10 days but the fact he will be only John Oxx(...)