Brian O'connor

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Jack Kennedy falls off Hardline during the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As dilemmas go Henry De Bromhead has an enviable one in trying to decide what race A Plus Tard might line up in at the Cheltenham festival in March. (...)

Roaring Bull and Jack Kennedy (blue cap) on the way to winning the Paddy Power Chase  during day two of the Christmas festival at Leopardstown. Photograph:  PA Wire

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary dramatically ‘mugged’ fellow businessman JP McManus to win Friday’s Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown with Roaring Bull. (...)

2019 Punchestown Festival: Richard Johnson  on Defi Du Seuil trails eventual winner Robbie Power on Chacun Pour Soi in The Ryanair Novice Steeplechase. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

It’s been a long wait but eight months after Chacun Pour Soi had the racing world at his feet he returns to action on day two of Leopardstown’s Christ(...)

Blazer  provides good value in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown on Friday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Once again the weight of JP McManus’s challenge is stamped all over Friday’s €200,000 Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown. The renowned owner and busin(...)

Davy Russell: novice Fury Road is among four rides for the former champion jockey

Davy Russell is at Limerick for day two of the Christmas action with Fury Road among four rides for the former champion jockey. Fury Road has to conc(...)

Leopardstown Christmas Festival: Mark Walsh and  Nicky Richards after winning  Paddy’s Rewards Club ‘Sugar Paddy’ Steeplechase with Simply Ned. Photograph: INPHO/Bryan Keane

It is a Christmas curio that the festival’s staple dish doesn’t come from Carlow or the Curragh but Cumbria. For a sixth year in a row the veteran Si(...)

Patrick Mullins onboard Faugheen leaves Jack Kennedy and  Samcro trailing on the way to winning the the Matchbook Betting Exchange Novice Chase at Limerick. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The remarkable Faugheen defied the years in style with a first Grade One success over fences at Limerick on a crammed St Stephen’s Day racing programm(...)

Rachel Blackmore onboard Notebook coming home to win in Leopardstown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Notebook made assumptions of Leopardstown’s St Stephen’s Day feature being a match look very presumptuous indeed as he confirmed once more that jumpin(...)

Harzand, trained by Dermot Weld and with Pat Smullen on board,  wins the Epsom Derby ahead of US Army Idaho in 2016. Photograph: Getty Images

June 4th, 2016: Epsom Derby The Epsom Derby has defined racing for 240 years. Harzand isn’t close to being the best horse on its historic roll of hon(...)

Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the JLT Novices Chase on Black Hercules at the  Cheltenham festival in 2016.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Down Royal’s St Stephen’s Day programme gets guaranteed TV coverage for the first time on Thursday. The sport’s busiest day of the year has tradition(...)

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