St Mark’s Basilica:  tops the world thoroughbred rankings and is favourite to claim the €1m Irish Champion Stakes. at Leopardstown. Photograph:  Bertrand Guay/AFP/via  Getty Images

The eighth edition of Irish Champions Weekend could see record 10th victories in both of its feature events and yet there’s little or no dispute as to(...)

Wayne Lordan riding Gordon Lord Byron to victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot last year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Qipco Champion Stakes has proved a notably difficult target for Irish-trained horses over the years but both Found and Fascinating Rock will attem(...)

Joseph O’Brien: to ride Ruler of the World on Champions Day, Britain’s richest raceday.

Joseph O’Brien will replace Frankie Dettori on the 2013 Derby winner Ruler of the World in the Champion Stakes at Ascot tomorrow. Dettori had ridden t(...)