At the Fox Covert Stables, on the Curragh, Co Kildare, trainer Johnny Murtagh reveals his fancy for the forthcoming July Cup to be Slade Power. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Johnny Murtagh rode more than 100 Group One winners during a legendary riding career and could attempt to record an official first top-flight success(...)

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(...)

Sole Power ridden by Richard Hughes stretches away from the field to win the King’s Stand Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Sole Power’s devastating acceleration came to the fore once again as the brilliant sprinter secured back-to-back victories in the King’s Stand Stakes (...)

Sole Power (Johnny Murtagh) lands last year’s King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Eddie Lynam has his fingers firmly crossed that his sprint stars Sole Power and Slade Power get to Royal Ascot in top shape next week where a momento(...)

Aer Lingus regional operator Stobart Air has also taken on a second franchise service for UK carrier Flybe. Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times

Aer Lingus regional operator Stobart Air is recruiting former Ryanair and BMI Baby directors to its management and board in a shake-u(...)

A special moment for Johnny Murtagh as he wins his first Irish Derby at the Curragh on the John Oxx-trained Sinndar in 2000. photograph: john cogill/pa

One of the greatest riding careers in Irish racing history ended with Johnny Murtagh’s announcement yesterday that he i(...)

 Johnny Murtagh, pictured here  celebrating his victory  on Novellist in the  The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last July, will retire from  riding to concentrate on his training career. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Multiple Group One-winning jockey Johnny Murtagh has announced he is to retire from race-riding to concentrate on his training career. Cr(...)

Ruby Walsh pops Arvika Ligeonniere over the last on their way to victory in yesterday’s John Durkan Memorial Chase. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Modern digital communication means the 10,000kms between Punchestown and Hong Kong was no barrier to Willie Mullins watching Arvika Ligeonniere win ye(...)

 Sole Power gallops on the all-weather track yesterday in preparation for tomorrow’s  Hong Kong International. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Making bookies richer may not be a hugely popular policy but Eddie Lynam will be a happy man if his two-pronged attack on tomorrow morning’s Hong Kong(...)

Simenon will again be ridden by Richard Hughes in the Japan Cup after the partnership’s creditable fourth in the Melbourne Cup earlier this month. Photograph: PA Wire

Willie Mullins’s weekend reach extends from Kilkenny to Ascot, and on to Tokyo where Simenon will fly the Irish flag in the €4.1 million Japan Cup.It(...)