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’(...)

Free Eagle, ridden by Pat Smullen to win the Prince of Wales Stakes’s at Royal Ascot in June, now has the Irish Champion Stakes in sight after a summer break. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Providing perfect ground conditions for all concerned will be a major challenge for Leopardstown’s authorities, but Free Eagle’s trainer Dermot Weld r(...)

Trainer Jim Bolger is directing Sanus Per Aquam  towards Group 1 glory at the Curragh on Champions Weekend. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Sanus Per Aquam lost his unbeaten record at long odds-on in last month’s Tyros Stakes but is still on course to bid for Group 1 glory over Champions w(...)

British athletes Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe during the Olympic Games in Moscow, 1980. Photograph: Getty Images

Sebastian Coe’s ascension to the IAAF presidency got me thinking about his old sparring partner Steve Ovett. Even 35 years after those titanic Moscow (...)

Found ridden by Seamie Heffernan up on the way to winning the Kilfrush Stud Royal Whip Stakes (Group Three)  at the Curragh.   Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

The Curragh has one more fixture before it hosts the second leg of the second ‘Champions Weekend’ in three weeks time, a potential date for Herald The(...)

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has already won the Galileo Futurity Stakes at Curragh nine times. Photograph: PA.

The Curragh’s Galileo Futurity Stakes boasts a roll-of-honour to compare with most races, boasting some of the best through the hands of Jim Bolger a(...)

Seamie Heffernan guides  Fields of Athenry to victory in  the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown. Donnacha O’Brien will be on board today at York.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Victory for Fields Of Athenry in York’s Ebor will take Aidan O’Brien past €3 million in prizemoney in Britain this season and confirm the colt as a pr(...)