Sizing John on the way to winning the  Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Presenting Percy steps up to Grade One level after winning Pertemps at Cheltenham

Jockey David Mullins on board Cilaos Emery (right) wins the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle during day one of the Punchestown Festival in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cilaos Emery springs surprise in Champion Novice Hurdle after Labaik refuses to start

Un De Sceaux ridden by Ruby Walsh  at Cheltenham. Even  Walsh admits Un De Sceaux’s head-down-and-go style makes him that little bit different. Photograph: AFP Photo/Glyn Kirk

Your all in one preview, tips and analysis of the opening day at the Punchestown Festival

Jack Kennedy celebrates winning the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham with Labaik.  Will he “jump-off” at Punchestown? Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Anibale Fly can highlight the first day for JP McManus at Punchestown festival

Former champion jockey Johnny Roe with Johnny Murtagh in 2016. He retired from riding in 1980, and trained in Macau before becoming a successful bloodstock agent. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Roe, who died aged 79, was stable jockey to top trainers Vincent O’Brien and John Oxx

Gordon Elliott holds a lead of almost €400,00over Willie Mullins but only a fool would rule out his rival conjuring up a final-round knockout blow. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Champion trainer crown up for grabs with perennial kingpin trying to reel in pretender

The 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree is set to arrive in Punchestown on Monday ahead of his eagerly awaited clash with the reigning ‘blue riband’ holder, Sizing John, in Wednesday’s Coral Gold Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Number of UK runners travelling to Kildare venue expected to be down this year

Jessica Harrington: It’s only an age [70]. Touchwood I feel great, my arm is mended, Punchestown’s next week and there’s plenty to be getting on with.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Pioneering trainer enjoying remarkable run of success in advance of Punchestown

Two Taffs ridden by Davy Russell on the way to victory in The Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Steeple Chase  at  Ayr. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA

Three Irish challengers among the outsiders in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr

Robbie Power driving Our Duke to a comprehensive 14-length success in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien runs Cheveley Park 1-2 Roy Poly and Brava Anna in Nell Gwyn Stakes

Aidan O’Brien has six of the 15 entries left in the Listed Salsabil Stakes on Sunday, a race acknowledged as a trial for the Epsom Oaks. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ascot Gold Cup winner Order Of St George set to make his return to action at Navan

Barry Geraghty:  suffered a fractured arm in fall from  Minella Foru at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Julian Herbert/PA Wire

Willie Mullins scores double but Gordon Elliott maintains championship lead

Trainer Willie Mullins runs the two top-weights, Ivan Grozny and Thomas Hobson, in the Glascarn Handicap Hurdle at Fairyhouse.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Rochestown Stakes the next scheduled outing for trainer’s exciting juvenile T For Tango

Robbie Power celebrates victory on Our Duke in the IBoylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jessica Harrington’s impressive novice now 10-1 for next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup

Jockey Robbie Power and trainer Jessica Harrington celebrate  Our Duke’s victory in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer sees 9-2 favourite Our Duke rout Easter Monday opposition at Fairyhouse

Augusta Kate trainer Willie Mullins with  jockey David Mullins after winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF  Mares Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Photograph:  PA Wire

Brian O'Connor picks his top four from 30 runners in Fairyhouse

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus lays the shirt of  defender Marc Bartra who was injured during the bus attack after the  Bundesliga  match against  Eintracht Frankfurt.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

High-profile sporting events now an easy target in an increasingly dangerous world

 Bryan Cooper on Road to Respect pulls ahead of Ruby Walsh on Yorkhill to win the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Steeplechase at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mullins still narrows trainers’ championship gap with Grade One 1-2 at Fairyhouse

Trainer Dermot Weld will run Zhukova in the Noblesse Stakes in Cork. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mare returns to action in the Noblesse Stakes in Cork on Saturday

Michael O’Leary looks set to dominate the Irish Grand National, with almost half the field in Monday’s €500,000 showdown running in his ownership. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/INPHO

Almost half the field in the €500,000 feature will be from his Gigginstown Stud team

Trainer Paul Gilligan has been disqualified from racing for 18 months by The Turf Club. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

BHA investigation showed that Dubawi Phantom had previously raced as ‘Ayres Rock’ at flapper meeting

Trainer Aidan O’Brien  expressed concern about the potential impact on jockeys trying to ride patient races. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Association concerned that riders will be punished for ‘split-second decisions’

Our Duke is currently a general 8-1 favourite for Monday’s  Irish Grand National. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Fairyhouse officials credit doubling of prize money for Easter Monday highlight’s boost

Turf Club: “Horses have to try and obtain their best possible placing, which was always the case. But now they also have to be seen to do it. That’s the fundamental difference.”

Top handler Aidan O’Brien fails in appeal on sanctions for Coolmore horse Music Box

Luke Comer: refused permission for officials from the regulatory body to inspect his stables in Kilternan last month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Businessman also picks up suspended six-month suspension of his training licence

Aidan O’Brien: trainer told the Appeals & Referrals Committee panel he was allowed to differ with their opinion. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer was fined €2,000 over the running and riding of Music Box at Dundalk

Comer had refused permission for Turf Club officials to inspect his stables last month

At Dundalk 10 days ago the Aidan O’Brien-trained Music Box was suspended from racing for 42 days under the “non-trier” rules after finishing third to her stable companion, Asking. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Case of Coolmore-owned Music Box to reveal strength of regulators’ newly found teeth

Ryan Moore got a one-day suspension for careless riding in  concluding maiden at Naas to cap frustrating weekend. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ryan Moore draws a blank from his dozen Ballydoyle rides over weekend meetings

Measureofmydreams (centre) and jockey Donagh Meyler take a fall during the  Grand National  at Aintree on Saturday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

One For Arthur ‘absolutely brilliant’ after Aintree success

Jockey  Ryan Moore. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Yucatan bids to establish Derby claims in Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown

Robbie Power riding Fox Norton clears the last to win The JLT Melling Steeple Chase at Aintree. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aintree: Colin Tizzard completes 4,334/1 three-timer with Ultragold in Topham

Ruby Walsh won the Grand National as a 20-year-old on Papillon in 2000. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eleven Irish-trained horses tackle world’s most famous race at Aintree

Lizzie Kelly on Tea For Two (left) wins the Betway Bowl Chase ahead of Paddy Brennan on Cue Card at Aintree. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters

Tea For Two gives Lizzie Kelly a Grade One success at Aintree

Robbie Power celebrates winning this year’s  Gold Cup on Sizing John at Cheltenham.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In-form Robbie Power teams up with Fox Norton in the JLT Melling Chase

Empire of Dirt ridden by Jonathan Moore at  Leopardstown Racecourse last year. Horse will run in the Anniversary Hurdle at Aintree. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Trainer will hope horse can bounce back from Cheltenham defeat at Aintree

Nina Carberry  gets to her feet after taking a tumble with Sir Des Champs in last year’s Grand National at Aintree. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Talent and courage blind to gender but Aintree win would resonate far beyond racing

 Gordon Elliot could have up to four runners at Aintree on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The Grand National racing festival in Liverpool kicks off on Thursday

Trainer fined €2,000 after horse finished behind stable companion Asking at Dundalk

Czabo ridden by Graham Lee wins the Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes at Naas Racecourse. Photograph: PA Wire

Jockeys Andrew Lynch and Barry John Foley to appeal Gowran suspensions

Moonlight Bay ridden by jockey Chris Hayes goes on to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Naas. Photograph:  PA Wire

Meath trainer rejects notion smaller operators have easier pickings on flat

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

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