Aidan O’Brien: rates Air Force Blue as best two year old he has ever handled. Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Air Force Blue faces a date with destiny in today’s QIPCO 2, 000 Guineas at Newmarket with the season’s first classic apparently at his mercy. The c(...)

Trainer Aidan O’Brien: his team have hit the ground running so far this season with eight winners in Ireland already. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Coolmore will be Aidan O’Brien’s first runner on the flat in Britain this year when she puts her classic credentials on the line at Newmarket on Tues(...)

Harzand ridden by Pat Smullen pn the way to victory at Leopardstown. Photograph: PA

Harzand advertised his Classic potential with victory in the P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown. Despite taking a big rise in grad(...)

Captain Joy ridden by Pat Smullen (left) wins the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes  at Lingfield. Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

Champion jockey Pat Smullen is already boasting a 33 per cent winning average this season, something the more mathematically-minded among 10,000 thir(...)

Trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Pat Smullen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The old saying that pace makes the race got swamped at the Curragh yesterday when ground made Found look ordinary in her first start of 2016. Last se(...)

Aidan O’Brien: Air Force Blue and Minding are among a large team of O’Brien stars due to gallop at the track after racing at the Curragh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s 2016 turf campaign gets underway at the Curragh on Sunday with Aidan O’Brien using the opportunity to work some of his top classic hopes. (...)

Pat Smullen: “The atmosphere at Cheltenham is unbelievable, very special, and  is something the flat lacks a bit. ” Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ireland’s champion flat jockey Pat Smullen is set to again try and secure Cheltenham glory next week when he teams up with Dermot Weld’s First Figaro(...)

Ryan Moore and Highland Reel won the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin. Photograph: Getty

Dermot Weld’s Free Eagle was bitterly disappointing as A Shin Hikari (38-1) produced a brilliant front-running display to claim the LONGINES Hong Kong(...)

Pat Smullen aboard Free Eagle wins the Prince of Wales Stakes during Royal Ascot this summer. Photograph: Getty Images

Pat Smullen is set to have two shots at putting a final Group One seal on a vintage 2015 for Ireland’s champion jockey in Hong Kong on Sunday. Champi(...)

The racecourse dominance exerted by the country’s top National Hunt trainers Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott extended to the Horse Racing Ireland an(...)