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This artist rendering provided by the European Southern Observatory shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. Photograph: European Southern Observatory/AP

Ireland has opened talks to become part of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the international organisation that runs the biggest telescopes in(...)

Minding has two recent victories over 10 furlongs including the Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes (above). Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Just two fillies, Snow Fairy and The Fugue, have won the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes in two decades but bookmakers appear to believe the fairer sex w(...)

Ryan Moore (R) partnered Aidan O’Brien’s Churchill to victory in the opening race at Royal Ascot on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

Ryan Moore enjoyed a day to remember as Twilight Son emerged victorious after a thrilling climax to the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Henry (...)

André Fabre: the Cloth Of Stars trainer combined with jockey Mickael Barzalona to win the Epsom Derby with Pour Moi five years ago. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Prodigious analysis of what is widely regarded as the most open Epsom Derby in years could lead to the conclusion that nothing can win the world’s gr(...)

Aidan O’Brien:  Prix du Jockey Club an option instead of Epsom  for The Gurkha. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Although Bondi Beach heads a team of 11 running under the Aidan O’Brien banner in Ireland this weekend, the champion trainer’s Sunday focus will be re(...)

Jason Maguire, who won the 2011 Grand National on Ballabriggs, has retired. Photograph: Getty

Grand National-winning jockey Jason Maguire has announced his retirement from the saddle. The news does not come as a surprise as he has not ridden c(...)

Trainer Aiden O’Brien. It is 20 years since Urubande became Aidan O’Brien’s first Cheltenham festival winner. Photograph: INPHO

It is 20 years since Urubande became Aidan O’Brien’s first Cheltenham festival winner, and Aspen Colorado could earn the chance to try and secure anot(...)

Big Ben strikes in the new year on January 1st in London – or is it? Photograph: Getty Images

Do you know what time it is? Not approximately, but exactly what time it is? Timing for the first dong of the new year will ultimately come from super(...)

Jockey Joseph O’Brien was aboard Air Force Blue for two of his four wins in 2016. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Joseph O’Brien is predicting big things from Air Force Blue in 2016. A winner of four of his five starts at two for Aidan O’Brien, with O’ Brien jnr i(...)

Gleneagles has a favourable draw in stall five of the 10 runners next to American Pharoah. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Gleneagles is rated a 20/1 outsider in some US betting forecasts for Saturday night’s $5 million (€4.5 million) Breeders’ Cup Classic, a race that co(...)

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