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(...)

Kevin Manning on Trading Leather with trainer Jim Bolger and family members after winning  the Irish Derby last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Trading Leather hasn’t been able to win since his landmark Irish Derby success last year but jockey Kevin Manning believes the Jim Bolger-trained sta(...)

Mango Diva ridden by Ryan Moore (second right) on the way to winning the Kilboy Estate Stakes from second placed Lahinch Classics ridden by Wayne Lordan  at the Curragh. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

It cost Ryan Moore a one-day suspension for his use of the whip but the English raider Mango Diva secured an exciting Group Two success at the Currag(...)

Luca Cumani  has turned to Kevin Manning’s vast local knowledge for Volume today and that could tip things towards a fifth Irish classic win for the Newmarket trainer. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Taghrooda’s absence from today’s Darley Irish Oaks means no overwhelming Curragh classic favourite, something which in turn could provoke contradicto(...)

Ebanoran (right), with Declan McDonogh on board, beats Fascinating Rock and Pat Smullen in the Derrinstown Stud Stakes but lost the race in the stewards’ room.

Declan McDonogh’s only previous Epsom Derby ride was on an unconsidered 50/1 shot but the former champion jockey goes into this Saturday’s blue-riban(...)

Richard Hughes: has picked up the spare ride on Marco Botti’s Al Thakhira.

Not for the first time at the Curragh, Classic action over the track will be hugely influenced by what falls on it and a soggy Etihad Airways Irish 1(...)

Trainer Adian O’Brien and his son Joseph after Magician’s victory in yesterday’s Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O’Brien plans to follow a tried and tested route with Magician after the dual Group One winner left it late to claim the High Chaparral European(...)

Magician wins last year’s Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh and returns there today for the Mooresbridge Stakes.

Presumption can be dangerous but it will be a major shock if Magician can’t cast an emphatic spell over his rivals at the Curragh today. Last y(...)

 Declan McDonogh: “He might run well in the Gladness Stakes (at the Curragh next month) or something like that.”  Photograph: Inpho

Kingsbarns could finish only third as Qewy made all of the running to spring a surprise in the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown yesterday. (...)

Bracelet, ridden by Joseph O’Brien (left), wins the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes yesterday.

Bracelet appears the latest likely Classic candidate off the Ballydoyle production line after making a winning return in the Leopardstown 1,000(...)