Martin Garcia (top) rides Bayern to victory past Victor Espinoza on California Chrome (bottom) and Jamie Spencer on Toast of New York. Photograph: Jae C Hong/AP

Santa Anita is only 20 miles from Hollywood but just a nose prevented Jamie Spencer from securing a perfect movie-style ending to his career in the ea(...)

Champion jockey Pat Smullen (right) with champion apprentice Colin Keane during racing at Leopardstown. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dermot Weld hailed Pat Smullen as the “professional’s professional” as the rider picked up his seventh Irish champion flat jockeys’ title at Leopardst(...)

 Pale Mimosa (centre, yellow cap) wins The Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup at York in August. Photograph: Getty Images.

With a maiden century of winners under his belt, and a seventh jockeys title long since secured, Pat Smullen gets to relish the final date of Ireland(...)

Free Eagle under Pat Smullen coasts home to victory in the Group Three KPMG Enterprise Stakes at Leopardstown last month. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The two most inexperienced horses due to appear at Ascot’s €5 million “Champions Day” bonanza today are trained by Dermot Weld. The scale of the task(...)

Pat Smullen: attempts to add a top-rank pattern success to a rewarding season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

Pat Smullen will aim to put a Group One sheen on an already hugely-successful 2014 when Ireland’s champion jockey-elect travels to Newmarket today for(...)

Pat Smullen rides Anthem Alexander (left) to victory in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Photograph: Getty.

The potential for Eddie Lynam to wind up an already memorable 2014 campaign with more notable top-flight flourishes gets its first test at Newmarket (...)

Pat Smullen: “It’s a good achievement and I’m delighted with it.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pat Smullen reached 100 winners in a season for the first time as Brooch denied British raider Regardez in the feature Denny Cordell Lavarack & La(...)

Free Eagle ridden by Pat Smullen wins the the KPMG Enterprise Stakes during the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Free Eagle only returned to action at the weekend but the spectacular style of his Group Three Leopardstown rout is prompting Dermot Weld to consider(...)

Fiesolana ridden by Billy Lee wins The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes during the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

With the sun shining on Leopardstown, and the crowds having poured in to tee up a perfect ‘Champions Weekend’ inauguration, it seemed a perfect outcom(...)

Trainer Dermot Weld’s seven Leger victories to date put him only behind Vincent O’Brien in the all-time list. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

One of the objectives for racing’s new Champions Weekend is to provide a Group One autumn climax to Ireland’s flat season and a top-flight success in (...)