Paul Townend on Hurricane Fly: the jockey is already widely presumed likely to end up riding his old ally in the Champion Hurdle. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Willie Mullins’ number two jockey could benefit from strength of visiting squad

Leopardstown chief executive Pat Keogh

Pre-Cheltenham workout has been moved to avoid clashing with Six Nations match

Paul Townend on Hurricane Fly alongside Champagne Fever at Willie Mullins’ yard in Closutton, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champion trainer overseeing the final preparation of up to 50 horses

Willie Mullins has expressed his desire to  nail a Cheltenham Gold Cup win after several near misses.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Could this be the year the Bagenalstown trainer captures the one that has eluded him?

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney TD: He  wants the semi-state HRI to control revenue streams and dole out a budget to the Turf Club. Dara Mac Donaill

Minister Coveney’s proposals regarding body’s financial dependence on the semi-state HRI deemed unaccepable

Arctic Skipper, ridden by Andrew Lynch, leads the field home to win the he Paddy Power Shops 10.30am Sunday Service Maiden Hurdle at Naas. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Lean Araig wins Grade Two novice hurdle as Robbie Colgan earns four-day ban

Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan criticised the Department of Agriculture for a lack of communication. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Government says Turf Club independence is protected by the proposed racing legislation

Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland: ‘The board is satisfied there will be no impact on regulation.’ Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Kavanagh believes Turf Club is wrong on Horse Racing Ireland Amendment Bill

 Willie Mullins: Up For Review is already at the forefront his  hopes for the Champion Bumper. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins-trained pair will aim to impress at Naas

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