Mendelssohn: will be the top-rated starter in the famous Kentucky Derby at Louisville next month. Photograph: Horsephotos/Getty Images

Mendelssohn is officially top-rated among the contenders for next month’s Kentucky Derby but the man who has given him that rating reckons the hugely(...)

Ryan Moore riding US Navy Flag to win The Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It’s simplistic to boil a season-long battle for the jockeys’ championship down to a single race but the split second it took for Colin Keane to get E(...)

Moonlight Bay ridden by jockey Chris Hayes goes on to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Naas. Photograph:  PA Wire

If Naas on Sunday was an unfamiliar stage for the start of Ireland’s 2017 flat season on turf it chimed with novel popularity for a code traditionally(...)

Colm O’Donoghue after his recent Oaks win at the Curragh. The Co Cork jockey is fancied to land the Topaz Sprint on Baraweez at Galway tonight.

Just one cross-channel-trained horse has ever won the Topaz Mile, and that was 35 years ago, but Baraweez could change that with a vengeance on day t(...)

Pat Smullen aboard Big Break on their way to winning the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden in 2012. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It might be harsh to describe a filly capable of finishing fourth in a classic as having something to prove but Big Break looks to have a lot in her (...)

Chris Hayes romps home on Voleuse De Coeurs to win The Gain Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Just eight days after winning his first Group 1 on La Collina, jockey Chris Hayes had his heart stolen by another filly, Voleuse De Coeurs, who turned(...)