Beckwith Star ridden by Adam O’Neil comes home to win the Easyfix Rubber Products Handicap Hurdle at Ballybrit. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Anyone doubting the importance of luck needed only look at Kate Harrington’s charmed victory on Modem in the Galway festival’s opening day highlight a(...)

Clearing a fence at last year’s Galway Races. The world famous festival begins on Monday. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Galway racetrack officials say they have received assurances there will be no interference to the running of meetings during construction on a €500 m(...)

Richard Hughes was second in the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2007. Photograph: Getty.

Richard Hughes, the champion jockey, will get a final chance to win the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes just eight days before he retires (...)

Pat Smullen celebrates winning the Darley Irish Oaks. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Pat Smullen will attempt to continue his run of Group One success on Snow Sky in Saturday’s King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot but Irel(...)

Pat Smullen and Covert Love won the Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Photograph: Inpho

Covert Love gave Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer an early wedding present with his first Classic triumph in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Pat Sm(...)

Trainer Dermot Weld: will be hoping Brooch bounces back with a victory at the Curragh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dank’s 2013 Kilboy Estate Stakes victory was a prelude to Group One success and if there’s a future top-flight winner in Sunday’s Curragh feature it c(...)

Aidan O’Brien’s Cougar Mountain (right) was a fast-finishing third to Solow in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Aidan O’Brien has a history of upsetting Derby winners in the Coral Eclipse and this time possesses an unknown factor in Sandown’s Group One highlight(...)

Suits You ridden by Cristian Demuro (purple and white) gets the better of Ryan Moore and Ballydoyle to win the  Chesham Stakes at  Royal Ascot. Photo: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Undrafted won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes for Frankie Dettori and American trainer Wesley Ward. Ward is no stranger to success at the big meeting but (...)

Pat Smullen will be on board Mustajeeb in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: Reuters.

Australians have got used to Dermot Weld upsetting their Melbourne Cup prejudices over the decades but they may have to get their heads around the le(...)

Free Eagle ridden by jockey Pat Smullen (left) wins the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (British Champions Series) ahead of The Grey Gatsby ridden by jockey Jamie Spencer on day two of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Photo: David Davies/PA

Dermot Weld has had winners in big races all over the world, from America to Australia and from Cheltenham to Galway, but few have given him greater p(...)