The Grey Gatsby edges out Australia in last year’s Irish Champion Stakes, which was ranked 11th on the 2014 World list. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Leopardstown officials are confidently anticipating an attendance hike of at least 10 per cent for Saturday week’s first leg of ‘Longines Champions(...)

“The evidence was clear on paper and we could repeatedly prove it, but people wanted to see it demonstrated step by step through the lifecycle of the horse.” Donal Ryan, with Emmeline Hill and Jim Bolger. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was pilloried for his use of the phrase “unknown unknowns” during a press briefing in 2002. In fact, th(...)

Bocca Baciata ridden by Fran Berry on the way to winning the Dance Design  Stakes at the Curragh yesterday. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Maybe it’s her National Hunt pedigree, but Jessica Harrington could end up swimming against the popular tide by keeping her fingers crossed for a damp(...)

Wayne Lordan will be hoping to land the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh on board Fit For The Job for owner JP McManus. Photograph: James Crombie

JP McManus is renowned as one of National Hunt racing’s most powerful owners but his increasing influence on the flat can be further advertised sho(...)

Pat Smullen riding Brooch: the Juddmonte-owned filly lost her unbeaten record in June’s Pretty Polly Stakes. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Dermot Weld looks set to allow Brooch a chance to regain winning form at Group 3 level at the Curragh this Sunday. The Juddmonte-owned filly lost her(...)

Recorder, ridden by Frankie Dettori, seen wining the Acomb Stakes  at York, is a likely contender for the National Stakes during Champions Weekend at the Curragh.  Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

It is pitched as Irish racing’s shop-window to the flat racing world and those behind the €4 million Champions Weekend are hoping Queen Elizabeth II’(...)

Free Eagle, ridden by Pat Smullen to win the Prince of Wales Stakes’s at Royal Ascot in June, now has the Irish Champion Stakes in sight after a summer break. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Providing perfect ground conditions for all concerned will be a major challenge for Leopardstown’s authorities, but Free Eagle’s trainer Dermot Weld r(...)

Trainer Jim Bolger is directing Sanus Per Aquam  towards Group 1 glory at the Curragh on Champions Weekend. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Sanus Per Aquam lost his unbeaten record at long odds-on in last month’s Tyros Stakes but is still on course to bid for Group 1 glory over Champions w(...)

Found ridden by Seamie Heffernan up on the way to winning the Kilfrush Stud Royal Whip Stakes (Group Three)  at the Curragh.   Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

The Curragh has one more fixture before it hosts the second leg of the second ‘Champions Weekend’ in three weeks time, a potential date for Herald The(...)

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has already won the Galileo Futurity Stakes at Curragh nine times. Photograph: PA.

The Curragh’s Galileo Futurity Stakes boasts a roll-of-honour to compare with most races, boasting some of the best through the hands of Jim Bolger a(...)