Highland Reel:  “When he gets in the lead in these mile and a half races he is difficult to stop,” says Ryan Moore. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ryan Moore hopeful of a big run from Highland Reel in Sheema Classic

Cause of Causes, pictured here racing at Cheltenham under Jamie Codd, is being lined up by Gordon Elliott for the Grand National. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Meath trainer still playing down chances of denying Mullins 10 championships in row

 Highland Reel ridden by  Seamus Heffernan wins the Longines Turf race at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships last year. Photograph: Sean M Haffey/Getty Images

Highland Reel is second favourite to Postponed for Sheema Classic

Ruby Walsh on Yorkhill and trainer Willie Mullins celebrate winning the 1.30 JLT Novices’  Chase Action at Cheltenham. Photograph: Reuters

British racing continues to licks its wounds after losing out 19-9 to the Irish in Cheltenham’s ‘BetBright Cup’

Jockey Robbie Power celebrates after his winning ride on Sizing John in the  Gold Cup Chase  at Cheltenham Racecourse. Henry De Bromhead, the horse’s former trainer,  congratulated Sizing John’s new trainer Jessica Harrington on her success. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Trainer says he is taking ‘a lot of positives’ from horse he trained until last summer

Jockey Robbie Power (centre) celebrates with trainer Jessica Harrington after his winning ride on Sizing John in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Jessica Harrington becomes third woman ever to train winner of coveted title

Paul Townend celebrates his win aboard Penhill  in the  Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

A total of 19 wins from 28 races shows strength at the top end of the sport in Ireland

Sizing John ridden by Robbie Power jumps ahead of Djakadam on the way to winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jessica Harrington’s horse wins Gold Cup to cap most successful ever Festival for Ireland

 Robbie Power celebrates winning the  Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on Sizing John. Photograph:  Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Irish horse is first to complete Irish and Cheltenham double since Imperial Call in 1996

Djakadam, with Ruby Walsh up, jumps the last ahead of Outlander, with Davy Russell up, on their way to winning The John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Steeplechase last December. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Willie Mullins can back up remarkable Thursday haul by finally scoring the ultimate prize

Rich Ricci: “The Gold Cup is what you always have in mind.” Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Colourful American owner reckons Djakadam offers his best chance to win Gold Cup

Nina Carberry’s pregnancy means Jamie Codd is on board On the Fringe in the Foxhunters. Photograph: Inpho

Katie Walsh will do her best to douse the sentiment on board Wonderful Charm

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins celebrate after Nichols Canyon’s win in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth Livepic

Resurgent Willie Mullins-Ruby Walsh team bounces back to form with 179-1 four-timer

Owner Michael O’Leary  celebrates with trainer Noel Meade after Road To Respect won the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Irish-trained horses won the first six races before Kim Muir win for queen’s horse

Jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins celebrate receiving trophies after winning the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle on Let’s Dance to complete a four-timer on day three of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Ruby Walsh becomes first jockey to win four races on one day at festival

JP McManus’s racing manager Frank Berry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Racing manager is man of few words but the reputation he has earned speak volumes

 Barry Geraghty riding Unowhatimeanharry  to win The JLT Long Walk Hurdle Race at Ascot last December. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

JP McManus-owned horse has the stamina to win Cheltenham Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle

Jockey Bryan Cooper. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ruby Walsh can get his first winner of the week on Yorkhill in the opening JLT

 Special Tiara ridden by Noel Fehily jumps the last before going on to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase during Ladies Day at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Harry Trump/Getty Images

Willie Mullins confirmed that his horse was found to be lame behind following race

Jamie Codd celebrates winning the Weatherbys Champion Bumper on Fayonagh to secure a double on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Irish trainer increases his lead with Cause of Causes also landing Cross-Country

Gail Carlisle riding Douvan  on the gallops at Cheltenham racecourse last year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ex-work rider won’t be the last to be blown away by horse, but she will always be the first

Bleu Et Rouge, with Barry Geraghty up, right, leads Tombstone, with Bryan Cooper up, over the last on their way to winning the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown in February 2016. Photograph:   Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images

Alpha Des Obeaux looks to have quality to land relatively ordinary RSA renewal

Unbeaten Douvan ridden by Ruby Walsh  jumps the last to win The BoyleSports Tied Cottage Steeplechase  at Punchestown in February. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bigger picture sees Mullins superstar following in odds-on footsteps of Flyingbolt

Arkle winner Altior was the only winning favourite on the opening day at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Arkle winner Altior (1-4) was only successful favourite on opening day at Cheltenham

Buveur D’Air, ridden by Noel Fehily, jumps the last before going on to win the Stan     James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday. Photograph:  Harry Trump/Getty Images

Nicky Henderson hails team effort as Noel Fehily ensures Champion Hurdle success

Jack Kennedy gave 25/1 Labaik a brilliant ride to hand Gordon Elliott the first of his three opening day winners at Cheltenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Lands 1,988-1 hat-trick, Willie Mullins has no first day winner for first time since 2008

Ruby Walsh riding Limini (centre, pink), with Ruby Walsh on board, on the way to winning The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Race at the Cheltenham festival last year. Photograph: Getty Images.

Ireland’s champion trainer can rally from turbulent season back off track at home

Jockey Rugby Walsh with trainer Willie Mullins out on the gallops on Monday morning. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Irish Leger hero Wicklow Brave is huge price for Cheltenham festival feature

Monksfield and Tommy Kinane (left) make a mistake at the final flight of the 1977 Champion Hurdle to let Night Nurse (right) snatch victory

Tommy Kinane still thinks Monksfield should have won battle with Night Nurse in 1977 epic

Andrew Lynch: hoping for wins this week at Cheltenham. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cheltenham-winning jockey’s return from injury blighted by suspension after chase

Owner Rich Ricci: he said the decision to run his star mares Limini and Vroum Vroum Mag against each other at Cheltenham was “straightforward”

Move to skip Champion Hurdle with Vroum Vroum Mag sees Ricci lose hat-trick chance

Trainer Gordon Elliott at his  stables in Longwood, Co Meath: he  is an odds-on favourite to dethrone Willie Mullins as Ireland’s champion trainer later this season. Photograph: PA Photo

Meath-based trainer’s meteoric rise from humble beginnings continues

David Mullins in action with  Brain Power  at Punchestown last April. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Grand National winner now aiming to record his first win at the Cheltenham Festival

Vroum Vroum Mag: Willie Mullins has further widened his festival options by leaving the mare  in both the Stayers Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase on Thursday.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Amateur David Dunsdon to guide Redhotfillypeppers to victory in listed bumper

 Bryan Cooper has opted to ride Ball d’Arc in Sunday’s Grade Three novice chase at Naas. But the latter has plenty to find on Gangster on official figures.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Entry situation for Naas has renewed focus on dominance of select group of powerful owners

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh  celebrate winning the Mares’ Novices Hurdle on Limini at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Champion trainer indicates Vroum Vroum Mag will defend her OLBG Hurdle title

Mouse Morris with the last two winners of the Irish Grand National, Rogue Angel and Thunder And Roses at Everardsgrange, Fethard, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gordon Elliott has 28 entries for the Easter Monday highlight worth €500,000

On The Fringe, with Nina Carberry on board, on their way to winning the St James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Getty Images.

Trainer Enda Bolger aiming for sixth cross-country success

Jockey Mark Walsh has landed some top mounts for Cheltenham due to the injury suffered by Barry Geraghty. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Co Killdare jockey to ride Yanworth in the Champion Hurdle for JP McManus

It’s worth the admission money alone to hear 70,000 Welsh people sing Bread Of Heaven in Cardiff and the resonance within it is unmistakeable.

Rugby continues to pervade all classes there more there in any of the other six nations

Gold Cup possible Djakadam schooling over fences with Ruby Walsh after racing at Leopardstown on Sunday. Photograph: Patrick McCann

Jody McGarvery performs remarkable recovery to win on Great Field

The Aga Khan’s Harzand winning the Irish Derby at the Curragh last year. The owner has indicated a willingness to discuss switching the 2018 Irish Derby to Leopardstown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Bloodstock manager ‘happy to discuss’ Derby switch to Leopardstown in 2018

Irish Racehorse Trainers Association spokesman Michael Grassick: “That’s the main worry for trainers right now, the fact that veterinary evidence is irrelevant,” he said. Photograph: Inpho

IRTA seeks meeting with chief Turf Club vet over issue of evidence

John Oxx: “People might put up with temporary arrangements on those two big days for one year; repeating it could be a bit much.” Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Trainer says it is a shame Derby and ‘Champions Weekend’ will run on ‘building site’

Dublin-born Lisa O’Neill won the Kerry National aboard Wrath of Titans

Winner of Kerry National could be on board Tiger Roll in the National Hunt Chase

Bryan Cooper on Tombstone during the visit to Gordon Elliott’s stables in Longwood, County Meath, Ireland.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Bookmakers make Meath trainer odds-on to dethrone Willie Mullins as champion trainer

Trainer Willie Mullins  with Douvan at his stables at Closutton, Co Carlow. Photograph: PA Wire

Champion trainer insists he has forgotten about last year's split with Michael O’Leary

 Trainer Johnny Murtagh was hit with a €2,000 penalty over the  running and riding of Tobacco Bay at Dundalk on Friday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Turf Club’s new ‘running and riding’ regulations found to be breached in Dundalk

Barry Geraghty kneels on the ground after his fall from  Charli Parcs  at  Kempton Park on Saturday. The Irish jockey has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival.  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jockey suffered five fractured ribs and a partially collapsed lung at Kempton

Landofhopeandglory: faces the task of conceding  a stone to Dinaria Des Obeaux  in the Winning Fair Hurdle at Fairyhouse.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

McManus favourite to beat O’Leary to first leading owner award at Cheltenham Festival

Denis Egan: the Turf Club CEO described a midweek meeting with the Irish Horse Breeders Association as  “productive”.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former French champion jockey Thierry Jarnet retires

Apple’s Jade  on the way to winning    at Punchestown last year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Eve-of-Cheltenham clash enlivens otherwise unremarkable midweek meeting

Pat Smullen on Harzand winningThe Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in 2016. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

HRI chief Brian Kavanagh confident agreement on drug testing can be agreed

Racing officials believe a problem with recreational drugs is mainly confined to younger jockeys. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Disqualified owner Joey Logan will have appeal heard on Tuesday

The Curragh’s ‘Champions Weekend’ attracted an attendance of 9,255 in  2016.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Redevelopment work means Curragh must impose 6,000 attendance cap in 2017/2018

The Nascar Sprint Cup Series at Daytona last July. Photograph: Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Stock car racing has big advantage over F1 – it prioritises entertainment over technology

Sutton Place ridden by Barry Geraghty (centre) goes on to win The Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle  at Navan Racecourse. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Michael O’Leary wants ‘consistency’ from BHA over Grand National handicapping

Pat Smullen and Harzand on their way to Derby victory in 2016. Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Crowd capacity will also be in place for Curragh leg of Champions Weekend

Bryan Cooper and Petit Mouchoir clear the last fence to win the Ryanair Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Cooper hoping Identity Thief will earn a Cheltenham place in Sunday’s Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan

The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association says 90% of Ireland’s foal population belongs to its members, and insists there is no evidence of steroid use within the Irish bloodstock industry. Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

ITBA protocol talks with Turf Club also likely to include issue of ‘therapeutic use exemption’

Outlander (nearest camera) clears the last on the way to winning the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown at Christmas. Don Poli (jockey with white helmet) is also pictured. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ryanair boss cites ‘horse welfare’ among reasons for withdrawing Don Poli, Outlander and Empire of Dirt

Yorkhill ridden by Ruby Walsh winning the Neptune Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Graham Wylie-owned star expected to race over fences at the Cheltenham Festival

Andrew Lynch: “I’d like to be riding and it is frustrating but at least I have something to aim for now.” Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

Top jockey eager to be back in the saddle after suffering a broken arm in August

Outlander (left), with Jack Kennedy up, on their way to winning The Lexus Steeplechase during the  Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph:  Cody Glenn/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Irish trainer leads the way with 14 runners for famous steeplechase

Sunday’s Grade 1 winner Disko is likely to take his place in the JLT at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Irish are expected to score between 10 and 12 winners at the 2017 hunt festival

Jockey Mark Walsh on board Jezki at the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jessica Harrington confirms Sizing John will take his chance in next month’s Gold Cup

Jessica Harrington has confirmed Sizing John will run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup after his Irish Gold Cup victory at Leopardstown. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

Available at 12-1 for next month’s race after impressive Leopardstown victory

Australian rider Michelle Payne memorably described racing as “chauvinistic” after her 2015 Melbourne Cup victory. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/EPA

France Galop move is discriminatory but it can help women achieve dream of pro career

Foxrock ridden by Katie Walsh comes home to win the Leopardstown Inn Hunters Chase. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Enda Bolger-trained horse is as low as 2-1 to win Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham again

Sizing John and Robbie Power clear the last on the way to winning the  Stan James Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mixed day at Leopardstown for Willie Mullins who wins fifth Deloitte with Bacardys

“Free movement is always a big plus and right now people just don’t know yet what the implications of Brexit will be,” said HRI’s Brian Kavanagh. Photograph:  Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Robbie Power to make comeback at Naas ahead of Grade One rides on Sunday

Mark Walsh guiding  Carlingford Lough to victory in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last year. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Star hunter chaser On The Fringe returns to action at Leopardstown on Sunday

Carlingford Lough and Mark Walsh wining the 2016 Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. The JP McManus-owned star is bidding to become just the third horse ever to win the race for a third year in a row. Photograph: Inpho

Both McManus and O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team have three entries each

Ruby Walsh on Bellshill. The Mullins-trained horse is one of eight left in the Flogas Novice Chase on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Bhutan in line to make anticipated debut over jumps alongside Landofhopeandglory and Housesofparliament

Gigginstown number one Bryan Cooper: “I’ve missed a lot of big winners and it’s frustrating, but I’m used to it by now.” Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Barry Geraghty faces tough Gold Cup call between Carlingford Lough and Minella Rocco

Faugheen ‘The Machine’ has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Reuters/Eddie Keogh

2015 Champion Hurdle winner will miss next month’s festival with a stress fracture

Horse trainer Pat Hughes  was convicted in the Carlow District Court for possessing the anabolic steroid stanozol. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Irish racing may be steroid-free, but simply declaring it so isn’t enough anymore

Turf Club  chief executive Denis Egan  said there are no plans to follow France’s lead in introducing 2kg allowances for  female jockeys. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Irish Jockeys Association says to replicate French move could be discriminatory

Douvan ridden by Ruby Walsh jumps the last to win The Boylesports Tied Cottage Steeplechase at Punchestown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Willie Mullins’s star remains a 1/3 favourite for Cheltenham’s Champion Chase

Ruby Walsh guides  Douvan to steeplechase success at Leopardstown in December. Douvan is as short as 1-3 to lift steeplechasing’s two-mile crown next month. Photograph: Inpho

Thoroughbred primed for lucrative pre-Cheltenham festival workout in Tied Cottage Chase

TD Clare Daly said the recent minimum wage agreement between the ISSA and the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association was a “sham”. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘No print marks on anyone’s back’ in horse racing industry, says ISSA chairman

HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh: “Racing is the shop window but breeding, and the exporting of horses, is a very strong metric for us.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INpho

Breeders’ association indicates flexibility over five-day notice for visits to stud farms

Rich Ricci: “Touchwood he stays healthy, we’ve not had the best of luck this season. But he’s our stalwart. He’s flying the flag.” Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

QIPCO extends Irish Champion Stakes sponsorship by three years

Douvan: Willie Mullins confirmed his unbeaten charge will line up in the Grade Two Boylesports Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bookmakers now make Gordon Elliott favourite to claim champion trainer title

The Anti-Doping Task Force report was published a year ago on the back of a number of steroids controversies within racing.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Notice issue continues to be sticking point with Thoroughbred Breeders Association

Ruby Walsh and  Melon clear the last to win The Donohue Marquees Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday.  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins’s Let’s Dance has range of festival options after Grade Two success

 Royal Caviar and Ruby Walsh fall at the last  when leading during  an eventful Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Steeplechase at Leopardstown.  Photograph: Patrick McCann

Victory completes a De Bromhead Grade One double after surprise victory for Some Plan

Ruby Walsh with Faugheen. The 2015 Champion Hurdler remains the benchmark. Even short of his peak this exceptional performer can continue to be so. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Willie Mullins sends Un De Sceaux and Vroum Vroum Mag into action in Britain

Faugheen followed  Hurricane Fly’s five-in-a-row with victory last year to extend Willie Mullins domination of BHP Irish Champion Hurdle. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Return of one of Willie Mulins's star horses makes for intriguing Irish Champion Hurdle

Churchill: The colt is as low as 6-4 for 2,000 Guineas glory at Newmarket in May and has been rated on 122 by the European Classifications.  Photograph:  PA Wire.

Nine times in the last 18 years an Aidan O’Brien horse has topped juvenile listings

 David Mullins with his uncle, trainer Willie Mullins. The Grand National-winning jockey will attempt to foil his uncle’s plans to win the BHP  Irish Champion Hurdle in Leopardstown  for a seventh year in a row on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The jockey will team with Petit Mouchoir and go up against Willie Mullins-trained champion

 Be My Royal and David Casey on their way to the post for the Hennessy Gold Cup in 2002. Photograph: Healy  Racing

The new five-year deal is to sponsor 13 races over two days and begins in December

A Toi Phil  with Jack Kennedy aboard after winning the coral.ie Leopardstown Handicap Chase  on Sunday.  Photograph: Patrick McCann

Yorkhill hardens as JLT favourite despite making hard work of Grade Three novice chase

Sean Flanagan celebrates his win on Ice Cold Soul in the  Coral.ie Hurdle at Leopardstown.  Photograph: Patrick McCann

Melbourne Cup runner-up Heartbreak City fails to fire on his return over hurdles

Ruby Walsh notched up a 100 winner at Thurles during the week. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Champion Hurdle hero Jezki and Carlingford Lough will be focus of attention at Navan

 Kerrin McEvoy riding Almandin wins the Melbourne Cup ahead of Joao Moreira on Heartbreak City at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. Photo:  Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Tony Martin’s Melbourne Cup runner-up a ‘good thing’ once he handles eight hurdles

Heartbreak City: came up agonisingly short in the world’s richest handicap the Melbourne Cup at Flemington  in November. Photograph: Brett Holburt/Getty Images)

JP McManus-owned Grade One stars Jezki and Carlingford Lough bound for Navan

Michael Grassick with trainer  John Oxx: “A lot of lads ease up on a horse so they can actually finish, particularly on deep ground,” said Grassick. Photograph Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainers’ CEO Michael Grassick worried ‘best possible position’ regulation is ‘vague’”

Trainer Tom Mullins. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

That’s A Wrap going for four-in-row, while Un De Sceaux odds-on to defend Ascot Crown

The Turf Club Referrals Committee finally released its verdict on the circumstances of Like A Diamond’s controversial withdrawal from a race at Ballinrobe in July of 2013. Photo: Inpho

The trainer and two others were behind the backing of horse from 50-1 in to 9-4 in 2013

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