Charles “Lal” Burke:  a gentleman with a warm smile, a great voice and a talent for picking winners

Charles “Lal” Burke, the only son of Flor and Tess Burke, passed away peacefully on October 19th, and was the last of a generation of Burkes responsib(...)

Pierre-Charles Boudot, left in purple silks, rides Order of Australia to win the Breeders Cup Mile at Keeneland. Photograph: AP

Dermot Weld joined an exclusive club when Tarnawa swept to Breeders Cup glory in the $4 million Turf at Keeneland on Saturday night. On a programme w(...)

Serpentine could be supplemented for next week’s Arc. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The star filly Love could be joined by her Derby winning stable companion Serpentine when Aidan O’Brien pursues a third success in this Sunday’s Prix (...)

3 Churchfields, The K Club, Straffan, Co Kildare

The impact of coronavirus has forced everyone to rethink how they work, live and spend their leisure time. And an interesting knock-on effect appears (...)

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

The seventh Irish Champions Weekend will be like no other when staged behind closed doors but it is set to be boosted by the presence of the world’s t(...)

French-owned Arcangues and jockey Jerry Bailey beat Bertrando in the 1993 Breeders Cup. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/Getty/AFP

The Breeders Cup is racing’s version of the Ryder Cup. It’s different in that it is annual but similar in how the rivalry only works if the Americans (...)

Ken Condon pictured with Romanised at the Curragh in July. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Curragh trainer Ken Condon has added the bargain buy two-year-old Laws Of Indices to his roster of Group One hopefuls for September. Condon’s older s(...)

 Nijinsky, ridden by Lester Piggott, wins the 1970 Epsom Derby, recording the fastest finishing time in over 60 years. Photograph: Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Getty Images

You don’t have to smell or touch to be in the presence of greatness, it can be witnessed and savoured from afar; and, in the year of 1970, as weeks an(...)

Ryan Moore on Love wins the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Longines Irish Champions Weekend in the Curragh Racecourse, Kildare in September 2019. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Two of Ireland’s biggest September fixtures, the Longines Irish Champions Weekend and the Listowel Harvest Festival, will be staged behind closed door(...)

Vincent O’Brien was the visionary who changed racing in Ireland and around the world. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The simplest gauge of Vincent O’Brien’s impact on the sport of racing, and the bloodstock industry behind it, is how his influence is stamped all over(...)

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