Denis O’Brien surely had plenty on his mind as he joined Alex Ferguson in the directors’ box at Old Trafford last Sunday for Manchester United’s demol(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett. Photograph: Frank Miller

A property firm co-owned by Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett reported accumulated profits of more than €1.1 million last year.The Fine Gael TD for Dún Lao(...)

Ruby Walsh guides Vautour to victory in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. But Walsh will not be aboard at Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day as he will be at Kempton. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Rarely has a horse brought as stratospheric a reputation to Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day as Vautour will for Friday’s Grade One feature where the (...)

Jamie Spencer has been champion jockey in both Ireland and Britain and has won 33 Group races worldwide. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Trade Storm’s odds always indicated a neat fairytale-finale for Jamie Spencer in Hong Kong over the weekend was a long-shot. In contrast the odds abou(...)

Dermot Smurfit: “For Powerflute, it is a big deal. This deal fundamentally doubles our Ebidta (a measure of cashflow) from €20 million to €40 million.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dermot Smurfit had been chasing the deal for some time before his speciality listed packaging group Powerflute finally acquired Corenso, an internatio(...)

Ryan Moore and Adelaide en route to success in the Cox Plate at the weekend. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

Magician is set to lead a select Irish raiding party on this week’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita and will join a select group if he can record back-to(...)

John Magnier: Coolmore tactics in Australia similar to those deployed in Tipperary. photograph: lorraine o’sullivan

It turned into a right old Irish ding-dong in the end in the battle between giant mining company Anglo American and John Magnier’s Coolmore horse-bree(...)

Coolmore Australia principal Tom Magnier: led campaign against proposed coalmine. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

The Magnier family’s Coolmore stud has won a bitter three-year battle against plans to develop a coalmine beside its stud farm in the scenic Hunter Va(...)

Joseph O’Brien: to ride Ruler of the World on Champions Day, Britain’s richest raceday.

Joseph O’Brien will replace Frankie Dettori on the 2013 Derby winner Ruler of the World in the Champion Stakes at Ascot tomorrow. Dettori had ridden t(...)

St Nicholas Abbey in a driving finish, ridden by Joseph O’Brien, surges to the finish line to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf during the 2011 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs, Kentucky, in 2011. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

It is less than three years since Joseph O’Brien burst on to racing’s international stage with St Nicholas Abbey’s Breeders’ Cup success, the sound(...)