Dermot Weld: “He got balloted out of the Fred Winter and he won nicely at Leopardstown since so could represent us well.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dermot Weld knows better than most how difficult it can be to win the Chester Cup but his Zafayan is among a trio of Irish hopefuls taking their chan(...)

Pobscoil Chorca Dhuibhne celebrate their Hogan Cup win. Photograph: Inpho

Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne (Kerry) 1-12 Roscommon CBS (Roscommon) 2-5 FIVE late unanswered points were the key to Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne retaini(...)

Ryan Moore: could be set to assume a prominent role for Ballydoyle in 2015. Photograph: Inpho

Ryan Moore makes a quick return to Ireland to ride Aidan O’Brien’s classic entry War Envoy at Dundalk on Wednesday evening and one bookmaking firm isn(...)

Richard Hughes celebrates Sole Power’s victory in the  Al Qouz Sprint  during the Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

Sole Power won the Al Quoz Sprint at the fifth attempt with a customary late surge in the five-furlong Group One at the World Cup meeting in Dubai.Ric(...)

Sole Power enjoyed a career best season in 2014 when Richard Hughes rode him to win the Kings Stand Stakes and the Nunthorpe. Photograph: Inpho

Sole Power will have Richard Hughes on his back when he attempts to win Meydan’s Al Quoz Sprint at the fifth attempt on this Saturday’s Dubai World Cu(...)

British champion jockey Richard Hughes reacts after recieving his 2014 trophy at Doncaster Racecourse last November. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Richard Hughes described the new initiative to crown a champion jockey between the Guineas meeting in May and the Qipco British Champions Day in Octob(...)

 Richard Hughes celebrates winning the champion flat jockey award for a third straight season  in 2014. Photograph:   John Giles/PA

Richard Hughes will retire from riding at the end of the Flat campaign before embarking upon a training career in 2016.The 42-year-old Irish-born jock(...)

Trainer John Moore poses with Joao Moreira as the winning jockey  kisses his wife Tasciana Moreira after partnering  Designs on Rome to win The Longines Hong Kong Cup  at Sha Tin. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Irish stars Gordon Lord Byron and Sole Power were out of luck in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint, which was won by Aerovelocity.Gordon Lord Byron fared (...)

Frankie Dettori is set to renew his partnership with Qatar Prix Foy winner Ruler Of The World in the Arc while Joseph O’Brien rides Chicquita. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Just half-a-dozen Irish trained horses have ever won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and hopes of an addition to that most exclusive of lists this Sunda(...)

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(...)