Diamond Jubilee winner Slade Power is an 11-4 favourite for the July Cup at Newmarket. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/inpho

It’s not unknown for a Group 1 sprint to end in a dead-heat and that would be the ideal July Cup result this Saturday for the Eddie Lynam team whose s(...)

At the Fox Covert Stables, on the Curragh, Co Kildare, trainer Johnny Murtagh reveals his fancy for the forthcoming July Cup to be Slade Power. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Johnny Murtagh rode more than 100 Group One winners during a legendary riding career and could attempt to record an official first top-flight success(...)

Richard Hughes is led into the winner’s enclosure at Royal Ascot aboard speedball sprinter Sole Power. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Kingman’s brilliant St James’s Palace Stakes rout on his first Royal Ascot appearance may have been the Day One headline act but Ireland’s sprint sta(...)

Sole Power ridden by Richard Hughes stretches away from the field to win the King’s Stand Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Sole Power’s devastating acceleration came to the fore once again as the brilliant sprinter secured back-to-back victories in the King’s Stand Stakes (...)

Taghrooda, ridden by Paul Hanagan, wins the Oaks during Ladies Day at the Epsom Derby Festival. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

John Gosden reckons today’s Derby will be solo-show for Australia and if Aidan O’Brien’s blue-riband favourite wins with the same aplomb that Gosden’(...)

Simenon will again be ridden by Richard Hughes in the Japan Cup after the partnership’s creditable fourth in the Melbourne Cup earlier this month. Photograph: PA Wire

Willie Mullins’s weekend reach extends from Kilkenny to Ascot, and on to Tokyo where Simenon will fly the Irish flag in the €4.1 million Japan Cup.It(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins

It is 30 years since Ireland’s Stanerra memorably landed the Japan Cup and Simenon is on course to become just the eighth Irish-trained horse ever to (...)

Fiorente wins the Melbourne Cup from  Red Cadeaux, with  Irish-trained Simenon (left) back in fourth. Photograph: Mal Fairclough/AP

Simenon secured over €176,000 for finishing fourth in yesterday morning’s Melbourne Cup and Willie Mullins is now pondering the possibility of taking (...)

Willie Mullins’ Simenon during a trackwork at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

It’s 10 years since Willie Mullins’s first attempt to win the Melbourne Cup provoked “Irish joke” headlines Down Under but the master-trainer hopes he(...)

Richard Hughes crossesthe finish line atop Chriselliam to win the Juvenile Fillies Turf during the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Favourite Royal Delta ran out of steam to be thwarted in her bid to win the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff for a third consecutive time as Beholder(...)