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(...)

Ghaiyyath ridden by jockey William Buick (second left) on the way to winning the Juddmonte International Stakes  at York Racecourse on August 19th. Photograph: David Davies/Pool/Getty Images

The seventh Irish Champions Weekend takes place in the grim circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic – although, from a racing point of view, it can (...)

Shane Crosse tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

No extra testing for coronavirus is planned for Irish Champions Weekend after star apprentice Shane Crosse became the first jockey to test positive fo(...)

 Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland: ‘We will watch with interest what goes on at that trial in Goodwood.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is refusing to put any date on when the public could be allowed to go racing again, describing the situation as largely out(...)

 William Buick riding Pinatubo win The Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Enable’s attempt at an Arc hat-trick ended in anticlimax but racing’s newest superstar Pinatubo is odds-on to end his two-year-old season unbeaten in (...)

 Colin Keane riding Mustajeer (right) to victory in the  The Sky Bet Ebor at York in England. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Having landed Europe’s richest handicap with Mustajeer on Saturday, Ger Lyons is considering his options in terms of testing Siskin’s classic potentia(...)

Decorated Knight ridden by Andrea Atzeni became the sixth overseas winner in a row of the Irish Champion Stakes during day one of the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh has rejected any suggestion momentum behind Irish Champions Weekend may have stalled and stresse(...)