Noel Meade believes Road to Riches is a ‘stupid price’ for Saturday’s Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer Noel Meade believes Road To Riches is a “stupid price” for Saturday’s Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Having struck twice at the highest leve(...)

Don Cossack: A 9/4 favourite to become just the sixth Irish-trained winner of Kempton’s King George VI Chase. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

 Organising Christmas is a headache for most but spare a logistical thought for trainer Gordon Elliott and his team of 20 St Stephens Day runners(...)

Consistent: Don Cossack and jockey Bryan Cooper clear a fence on the way to winning this year’s Ladbrokes Ireland Kinloch Brae Steeplechase in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s a decade since Tom Taaffe saddled the last Irish-trained King George VI Chase winner, Kicking King. It’s half a century since Taaffe’s father, Pa(...)

‘And then, after a bit, all went quiet. Except for the raucous starlings, and the sobbing of the middle-aged man in the schoolyard.’ Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Mornings at Mount Prospect NS in Clontarf were a noisy affair as mothers and minders engaged in chatter and natter, and kids ran amok. Such was the di(...)

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(...)

Epsom Derby Winner Golden Horn (left) with trainer John Gosden and second placed Jack Hobb.  Photo:  Paul Harding/PA

Golden Horn has been added to Sunday’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, with owner Anthony Oppenheimer stumping up the €120,000 fee as ex(...)

Frankie Dettori partnered the brilliant Golden Horn to victory in the Eclipse at Sandown. Photograph: Getty

Derby hero Golden Horn stretched his unbeaten record to five with a superb all-the-way victory in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. John Gosden’s colt was(...)

Kauto Star stands next to a statue of itself in the parade ring at Kempton Park racecourse last year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Kauto Star has been put down after suffering pelvis and neck injuries in a fall in a paddock. During a glittering career with champion trainer Paul Ni(...)

Ruby Walsh in action on Vautour at Cheltenham. “Mrs Susannah Ricci owns them all so it’s a decision that doesn’t have to be made until the last minute.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ruby Walsh will leave it as late as possible before making a decision on his St Stephen’s Day destination.Two of Willie Mullins’ stable stars, Champag(...)

 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(...)