Dermot Weld

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 Ryan Moore on Highland Reel. The Aidan O’Brien-trained horse will attempt to repeat his 2015 victory in the mile and a half Vase in Hong Kong.  Photograph: Getty Images

A fairytale finale for Highland Reel in Hong Kong on Sunday could provide the perfect seal on Aidan O’Brien’s record-breaking 2017 Group One campaign.(...)

Pat Smullen onboard Eziyra wins the 2016 European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at the Galway Festival. Photograph: Inpho

Dermot Weld is contemplating giving Eziyra a shot at Group One glory in Hong Kong next month. The Aga Khan owned filly is among the Irish entries for(...)

Trainer Joseph O’Brien holds the Melbourne Cup trophy  after his horse Rekindling won race seven  at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Ireland’s Melbourne Cup pioneer Dermot Weld has acclaimed Joseph O’Brien’s success with Rekindling in “the race that stops a nation” as a “wonderful (...)

 Trainer Joseph O’Brien and jockey Corey Brown pose for photographs after winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Photograph: PA

Joseph O’Brien can recall his father, Aidan, advising him to “never let school get in the way of your education.” In the early hours of Tuesday morni(...)

Colin Keane at Naas celebrating his 100th winner of the year on board Warnaq. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Colin Keane put a perfect seal on his first champion jockey title by reaching 100 winners on the final day of the 2017 flat campaign at Naas on Sunday(...)

 Max Dynamite  rolling  in  sand  at Werribee racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph:   Michael Dodge/Getty Images

A record six Irish-trained hopefuls will line up for “the race that stops a nation” when the Emirates Melbourne Cup is run in the early hours of Tuesd(...)

Tony Hanlon has been head gardener at Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare,  for more than 30 years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times
30 years a-growing in Kildare

Tony Hanlon, the head gardener for more than 30 years at Killashee Hotel in Kildare is a quiet, stocky figure with compassionate eyes and sh(...)

 William Buick celebrates  Ribchester’s victory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal  Ascot in June Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Godolphin team has confirmed the four-time Group One-winning miler Ribchester will stand as a stallion in 2018 at Sheikh Mohammed’s Kildangan Stu(...)

Jockey Colin Keane has a lead of four over Pat Smullen coming into the Fairyhouse showdown. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The battle for the jockeys championship moves to Tuesday’s rescheduled Fairyhouse fixture where Colin Keane could secure a potentially decisive edge. (...)

Pat Smullen: will miss Leopardstown’s last fixture of the campaign on Saturday due to suspension. Photograph: Inpho

Pat Smullen unearthed a classic prospect for 2018 with Contingent’s sparkling debut at Leopardstown on Sunday and in the process perhaps revived his p(...)

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