Willie Mullins at the gallops at his Closutton headquarters in Carlow. He will bring a formidable 50-strong team to Cheltenham. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

The scale of Willie Mullins’s overarching influence at Cheltenham next week can be gauged in any number of statistical permutations, but few have put (...)

The new-look Darren Clarke shows the fruits of his fitness regime. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

As the star attraction of the night entered the room, tall, tanned and toned, Vinny Fitzpatrick sank his bulging buttocks a little lower in his seat a(...)

Trainer Dermot Weld is aiming for a first success in the Breeders’ Cup in Santa Anita tonight. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dermot Weld is a pioneer of world racing and it would be entirely appropriate were he to secure a first Breeders’ Cup success at Santa Anita tonight (...)

 Ryan Moore riding Found (blue and orange colours)  to victory in the  Prix Marcel Boussac  at Longchamp  in Paris. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Full Mast was named the winner of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp after first past the post Gleneagles was demoted to third by the stewards.H(...)

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(...)

 Australia will run at Leopardstown on Saturday week.  Photograph:  Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Australia has been confirmed as a definite starter in the €1 million QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday week.The presence of Aida(...)

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 (...)

Dermot Weld: Khalid Abdullah’s famous pink and green colours can secure feature race glory when Brooch takes the field in the Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes. Photograph: Donall Farmer

It’s Juddmonte day at York and it could prove something similar at the start of Killarney’s new €400,000 autumn racing festival where Khalid Abdullah(...)

Moment of strewth: Joseph O’Brien acknowledges the crowd after his victory on Australia in the Investec Derby at Epsom racecourse. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Australia might have injected the greatest possible substance into his already stratospheric reputation with a resounding Epsom Derby victory but even(...)

Australia ridden by Joseph O’Brien is likely to start favourite for the Derby. Photograph: Inpho

If the Epsom Derby could be decided on reputation then Australia would virtually be past the most famous finishing post in racing already and Aidan O’(...)