Don Poli, seen winning the RSA Chase at Cheltenham, is one of 25  entries, six of them from the Willie Mullins stable, for the Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Punchestown authorities are aiming to set new record crowd figures at Irish racing’s National Hunt festival in two weeks’ time, although those (...)

Robbie McNamara celebrates victory on  Silver Concorde at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As the world prepared to tune into Saturday’s Grand National, Robbie McNamara trusted his battered body to surgeons at Dublin’s Mater Hospital. The ex(...)

  Zawraq, ridden by Pat Smullen, comes home alone to win the  2,000 Guineas Trial  at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Dermot Weld’s stunning start to the flat season continued with a near 39-1 Leopardstown four-timer that featured a genuine classic contender in Zawra(...)

Leighton Aspell rides Many Clouds on his way to the jockey’s second successive Aintree Grand National win. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Big-picture themes usually dominate the fallout from the Grand National, whether in welfare terms or the whip or farcical starts, but any long-term i(...)

Robbie McNamara is recuperating after spinal surgery following a fall at Wexford. Photograph: Inpho

Jockey Robbie McNamara is said to be in “very good spirits” and is facing a period of recuperation after undergoing spinal surgery at Dublin’s Mater H(...)

Messages written on a picture of Tony McCoy on a wall at Aintree.

It will be a fairytale Grand National result if Tony McCoy supplies a perfect climax to jump racing’s most successful career at Aintree today.But it (...)

 Saint Are, ridden by Dougie Costello, finished ninth in the Grand National at Aintree two years ago.   Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

When it comes to racing fairytales, fate can have a nasty habit of falling at the last. But the vast swell of popular support for Tony McCoy to finish(...)

 Ryan Moore riding Grey Mirage to win The Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield earlier this month. Photo:  Harry Engels/Getty Images

Ryan Moore’s overnight trek from Australia to ride the Derby favourite John F Kennedy at Leopardstown tomorrow signals the start of a new era and the(...)

Robbie McNamara sustained injuries to his back at Wexford on Friday.

Robbie McNamara will miss out on riding the topweight Lord Windermere in the Aintree Grand National after sustaining injuries to his back at Wexford o(...)

Robbie McNamara with trainer David Weld. The jockey was injured in a fall at Wexford on Friday when his mount Buseldon fell at the fourth last flight in a handicap hurdle. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jockey  Robbie McNamara will miss out on riding the topweight Lord Windermere in the Aintree Grand National after sustaining injuries to his back at (...)