Pat Smullen:  Free Eagle will be his priority at the  Longines Irish Champions Weekend. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Free Eagle may be Pat Smullen’s priority at the upcoming Longines Irish Champions Weekend but he reckons forgetting about Forgotten Rules’ Palmerstown(...)

Wayne Lordan on board Gordon Lord Byron. Trainer Tom Hogan reckons his teak-tough performer remains as good as ever. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Ireland’s stalwart sprint stars Sole Power and Gordon Lord Byron are each set for the 52nd starts of their illustrious careers in Haydock’s Betfred(...)

David Wachman: “She is in both races, is on track for Champions Weekend and we will have to see what the owners want to do.” Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Legatissimo is already one of Europe’s busiest and most successful Group One performers in 2015 and the David Wachman-trained filly continues to appea(...)

  Sea Moon, seen here   defeating Oasis Bloom  at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, is John Oxx’s likely choice for a tilt at a fifth Irish St Leger. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

John Oxx will hope headgear can help Auld Brig succeed at Gowran today, but looks like hanging his Champions Weekend hopes on Sea Moon as he pursues a(...)

Gordon Lord Byron is among 19 entries left in the six furlong event. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Tom Hogan’s international stalwart Gordon Lord Byron will tackle Haydock’s Betfred Sprint Cup for the fourth time in his illustrious career this Satu(...)

 The Grey Gatsby edges out Australia in last year’s Irish Champion Stakes, which was ranked 11th on the 2014 World list. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Leopardstown officials are confidently anticipating an attendance hike of at least 10 per cent for Saturday week’s first leg of ‘Longines Champions(...)

Hurricane Fly, one of the greatest hurdlers in the history of jumps racing, has been retired. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The legendary dual-Champion Hurdle winner and world-record Grade 1 scorer Hurricane Fly has been retired. Time was called on the long career of one of(...)

Bocca Baciata ridden by Fran Berry on the way to winning the Dance Design  Stakes at the Curragh yesterday. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Maybe it’s her National Hunt pedigree, but Jessica Harrington could end up swimming against the popular tide by keeping her fingers crossed for a damp(...)

Pat Smullen riding Brooch: the Juddmonte-owned filly lost her unbeaten record in June’s Pretty Polly Stakes. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Dermot Weld looks set to allow Brooch a chance to regain winning form at Group 3 level at the Curragh this Sunday. The Juddmonte-owned filly lost her(...)

Recorder, ridden by Frankie Dettori, seen wining the Acomb Stakes  at York, is a likely contender for the National Stakes during Champions Weekend at the Curragh.  Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

It is pitched as Irish racing’s shop-window to the flat racing world and those behind the €4 million Champions Weekend are hoping Queen Elizabeth II’(...)