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(...)

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh: serves as one of the vice-chairmen of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Photograph: Inpho

Hopes for greater global harmonisation of racing’s interference rules are unlikely to be realised anytime soon according to Horse Racing Ireland’s c(...)

A local resident moves debris from near his damaged home after Cyclone Pam hit Port Vila, the capital city of  Vanuatu. Photograph: UNICEF Pacific/Handout via Reuters. 0:59

The first aid teams to reach Vanuatu on Sunday encountered widespread devastation and authorities declared a state of emergency after a “monster” cycl(...)

Song Zhengqiong, holding her daughter, cries in front of her damaged house after the  earthquake at Longmen village in Lushan county. Reuters/Jason Lee

Rescue workers struggled along narrow roads, many of them blocked by landslides, to reach villages devastated by a powerful ea(...)