Tarasha is joint-second favourite for Saturday’s  Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell organisation looks to have a firm grip on Saturday evening’s Darley Irish Oaks with the hot-favourite Taghrooda backed up by (...)

Paul Hanagan rides  Taghrooda to take the the Investec Oaks at Epsom in June, Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Taghrooda is unlikely to wind up quite as overwhelming a favourite for the Darley Irish Oaks as Australia was for last month’s Irish Derby but John G(...)

Slade Power ridden by Wayne Lordan wins the Darley July Cup  at Newmarket. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

The Irish-trained Slade Power successfully followed up his Royal Ascot triumph with a dominant display in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.Eddie Lynam(...)

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(...)

My Titania with Declan McDonagh up takes the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at Leopardstown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Early indications in Sea The Stars’ burgeoning stallion career are that his fillies are to be reckoned with. So it would be entirely appropriate if h(...)

The Fugue ridden by William Buick on their way to victory in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes aat Royal Ascot.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

The Fugue produced a minor shock in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot as she floored red-hot favourite Treve.Always ideally placed by Willia(...)

Richard Hughes is led into the winner’s enclosure at Royal Ascot aboard speedball sprinter Sole Power. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Kingman’s brilliant St James’s Palace Stakes rout on his first Royal Ascot appearance may have been the Day One headline act but Ireland’s sprint sta(...)

Kingman (nearest camera) is edged out by Night of Thunder (right) in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. The pair renew rivalry at Royal Ascot today. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Bookmakers can hardly be accused of generosity in going just 9/1 about Irish-trained horses repeating last year’s remarkable four-timer on day one of(...)

Taghrooda, ridden by Paul Hanagan, wins the Oaks during Ladies Day at the Epsom Derby Festival. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

John Gosden reckons today’s Derby will be solo-show for Australia and if Aidan O’Brien’s blue-riband favourite wins with the same aplomb that Gosden’(...)