Dermot Weld: “Hopefully all this fine weather will help get lots of people to go racing this weekend but I will have to wait and see what happens in terms of the ground. I will have very few runners if it is good to firm and if the going at the Curragh is good to firm, then Forgotten Rules won’t run.”

Last Saturday’s run-of-the-mill €71,500 National Hunt card at Navan was worth only a tiny fraction of the upcoming hugely prestigious €3.7 million C(...)

Johnny Murtagh, riding Chicquita, celebrates winning the Irish Oaks at the Curragh last year, the filly’s last run. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The €6 million record breaking filly Chicquita is on course to make her debut for Aidan O’Brien at the Curragh over Champions Weekend, but the trainer(...)

Mareek (right) lands the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York in May.

There isn’t a Group One race at the Curragh this weekend but there’s no shortage of proven Group One winners including the Gold Cup hero Leading Ligh(...)

Slade Power:  win will complete remarkable big-race strike-rate for Eddie Lynam. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Eddie Lynam brought four horses to Royal Ascot and if Slade Power can justify all the expectations around him and win a first Group One in today’s Dia(...)

The Tom Hogan-trained Gordon Lord Byron (Craig Williams) lands the $1 million George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill in Sydney on Saturday. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Prince De Beauchene will finally get his chance at Aintree Grand National glory this Saturday but Willie Mullins (...)

 Sole Power gallops on the all-weather track yesterday in preparation for tomorrow’s  Hong Kong International. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Making bookies richer may not be a hugely popular policy but Eddie Lynam will be a happy man if his two-pronged attack on tomorrow morning’s Hong Kong(...)

Kevin Manning and Dawn Approach winning the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May will be in action in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot today. photograph: alan crowhurst/getty images

Classic heroes Dawn Approach and Ruler Of The World head a team of 17 Irish-trained horses into the near €4 million “Champions Day” beano which has it(...)

Gordon Lord Byron, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, wins the Betfred Sprint Cup  at Haydock.

Gordon Lord Byron will get his shot at a million in Saturday’s Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes when flat racing’s romantic lead takes on some of Euro(...)

A lot of sentiment and a touch of history will revolve around Riposte’s classic ambitions in Saturday evening’s Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh.Suppl(...)

Fr Ger Fitzgerald blesses the coffin of Josef Pavelka, who was buried at Drumcliff cemetery yesterday following Mass at Ennis Cathedral. Photograph: Eamon Ward

The 10am funeral Mass of Josef Pavelka (58), a Czech national who had been intermittently sleeping in public toilets in Ennis, Co Clare, and wh(...)