Aidan O’Brien: top trainer will once again have a formidable team of horses bidding for top prizes at Royal Ascot.  Photograph:  Steve Parsons/PA

Aidan O’Brien is hot favourite to be crowned top trainer for a tenth time at Royal Ascot this week although his two sons, Joseph and Donnacha, will h(...)

Wayne Lordan partners Iridessa to victory in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Iridessa was a surprise winner of the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket. Joseph O’Brien’s youngster made a big impression when making a winning debut(...)

Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Mendelssohn will continue his route to November’s Breeders Cup Classic by taking in Saturday week’s Grade One Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park in (...)

Advertise (centre) ridden by Frankie Dettori on the way to winning the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Alpha Centauri continued her fantastic campaign with an impressive victory in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville. Jessica Harrington’s filly has(...)

 Donnacha O’Brien riding Saxon Warrior to victory in the  Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Saxon Warrior heads a field of 12 declared for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday. The brilliant winner of the 2000 Guineas i(...)

Aidan O’Brien:  has 12 of the 23 Irish starters on Day One with runners in every race bar the marathon Ascot Stakes. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ken Condon and Shane Foley will hope Romanised can again beat the odds by giving them a first Royal Ascot success when British racing’s showpiece star(...)

Winx:  is a 1-7 favourite to match the legendary Black Caviar’s 25-race unbeaten streak when he lines up in the  $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Sydney. Photograph: Mark Evans/Getty

Curragh trainer Ken Condon is keeping his fingers crossed Success Days can shoot down Australian racing’s greatest star, Winx, in Sydney this Saturday(...)

Shane McGowan:  The Pogues’ Fairytale is now 30 years old. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I had forgotten the singer Dan Fogelberg was no longer with us until noticing that today is the 10th anniversary of his premature death. But on a happ(...)

RTÉ Contempo Quartet

SUNDAY 17th, SEPTEMBER CLASSICAL Elisaveta Blumina (piano)  Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, noon, Adm free, hughlane.ie Dublin-based, St Peters(...)