Hurricane Fly and Paul Townsend with trainer Willie Mullins at Cheltenham last week. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Willie Mullins has long suspected the French Champion Hurdle could be a perfect fit for Hurricane Fly, so a return to Paris in June with the veteran (...)

  England cricket coach Peter Moores’s  unfortunate blurted promise “to look at the data” for reasons behind losing to Bangladesh in the World Cup has cued up much soul-searching about what the correct approach to the game should be. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The phrase “analysis paralysis” is hardly new and its use hardly neutral. But the debate about whether sport should be parsed through as many analytic(...)

Jim Dreaper: the Co Dublin trainer’s National record over the decades includes the sole Irish trained winner of a Welsh Grand National – Notre Pere – and four in his local Fairyhouse version. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Forty years after Ten Up’s famous Gold Cup success, Jim Dreaper skipped the delights of Cheltenham and instead now sets his big race sights on Uttoxe(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins shares a joke with jockey Luke Dempsey after   Killultagh Vic’s victory in the   Conditional Jockeys Hurdle  on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

illie Mullins has rewritten the Cheltenham Festival record books after a 207-1 final day double brought his tally for the week to eight winners, su(...)

Jockey Nico de Boinville and Coneygree led from the start to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of the festival. photograph: adrian dennis

At the end of three and a quarter miles and twenty two fences there were no arguments and no excuses: Coneygree, the unbeaten novice, had dared his Be(...)

Nina Carberry is led back in after winning on board On the Fringe. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Nina Carberry retrieved an otherwise frustrating Cheltenham 2015 with a first festival success over the famous steeplechase track on board Enda Bolger(...)

AP McCoy on the way to victory with Uxizandre in the  The Ryanair Steeplechase at Cheltenham. Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

Tony McCoy is as far removed from Gavin Sheehan in profile and experience as his Co Antrim birthplace is from Sheehan’s west Cork roots yet both decid(...)

Barry Geraghty on board Bobs Worth. The 2013 Gold Cup winner has been beaten just once in six Cheltenham starts overall. Photograph: Donall Farmer

The bigger the field the bigger the certainty is an old racing adage but in the context of 17 runners for today’s Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, an argu(...)

Tony McCoy celebrates winning the Hennessy Gold Cup onboard Carlingford Lough who now bids for Gold Cup glory. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tony McCoy’s final attempt to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup is firmly centre-stage today with a consequent spotlight too on his boss, JP McManus, whose(...)

Runners and riders race up the straight in front of packed stands on day three of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

On Friday 13th it would have been very neat for Tony McCoy’s final Cheltenham festival ride to be a “lucky 13” in the race named after him but Ned Bun(...)