Aidan O’Brien  has eight entries  in traditional Derby trial at weekend. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

With the 2,000 Guineas already secured, Aidan O’Brien now sets his sights on yet more Derby glory and could test many of his ‘blue-riband’ candidates(...)

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(...)

Pat Smullen and Fascinating Rock on the way to winning the So You Think European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh, Co Kildare. Photograph: Inpho

Jockey Michael Hussey was hit with a 14-day ban after finishing runner-up in the Curragh’s mile handicap and admitting he hadn’t seen the winner, Bob(...)

Iveagh Gardens ridden by Niall McCullagh (right) on the way to winning the Canford Cliffs European Breeders Fund Athasi Stakes at Curragh, Co Kildare. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fresh from his Newmarket Guineas double, Ryan Moore could have been forgiven for thinking he’d wandered off the classic trail at a Curragh Bank Holid(...)

Trainer David Wachman  with Ryan Moore after he rode Legatissimo to win The Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ryan Moore returns to the Curragh today on the back of a Newmarket Guineas double that has sealed his new tie-up with the Coolmore Stud. A barnstormi(...)

Annie Power will seek to atone for her crashing fall at Cheltenham with victory in the Mares hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

In the past, Ireland’s National Hunt season has climaxed with some grandstand championship finishes but this Punchestown festival finale isn’t one of(...)

Gleneagles, seen here winning at the Curragh last season, would be Aidan O’Brien’s seventh winner of the 2,000 Guineas if he prevails at Newmarket. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

As the National Hunt season ends, the classic campaign starts with a weekend vengeance at Newmarket where Aidan O’Brien will pursue a seventh Qipco 2(...)

Ruby Walsh on board Faugheen comes home to win the Champion Hurdle on Day Four of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

A snappy sobriquet seems almost mandatory for modern sporting superstars and Faugheen’s “The Machine” just about sums up a devastating Punchestown (...)

Faugheen: “A rather plain-looking ex-pointer, who has yet to fully capture the public imagination.” Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

He’s a near-unbackable favourite to take his unbeaten career record to a perfect 10 out of 10 at Punchestown today and yet an argument can be made th(...)

Nichols Canyon, ridden by Ruby Walsh, leads Parlour Games over the last fence in the The World Famous Just Eat Novices Hurdle Race at Aintree Racecourse last month. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images.

Anyone requiring a reminder of the vice-like grip Willie Mullins exerts on National Hunt racing right now could get it with a vengeance on Day Four o(...)