Ruby Walsh on board Vautour coming home to win the Killiney Novice Steeplechase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The bare evidence of the 1-5 favourite Vautour beating a 66-1 no-hoper might not be convincing, but it was more than just artistic impression (...)

Ruby Walsh guiding Vautour to victory in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at  Cheltenham last March. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Liz Doyle sprang a 50-1 Boylesports Hurdle shock with Penny’s Bill back in 2009 and while the Co Wexford trainer’s new hope, Pairofbrowneyes, won’t be(...)

Colm Sweeney celebrates on Salsify after winning the the CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup at Cheltenham in 2013. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The former champion hunter chaser Salsify could return to action at Leopardstown next month en-route to an attempt at a historic third triumph in Chel(...)

Annie Power and Ruby Walsh on the way to winning the European Breeders Fund Mares Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival, Punchestown, Co Kildare last May. Photograph: Inpho

BRIAN O’CONNOR Quevega became a Cheltenham legend by winning the OLBG Hurdle six times and it appears the now-retired mare’s former stable companion (...)

Dermot Weld will rely on star young jockey Johnny Burke for Tandem’s bid for success in Sunday’s €100,000 Boylesports Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Dermot Weld plans to pitch Tandem into Sunday’s €100,000 Boylesports Hurdle and will turn to star young jockey Johnny Burke for the job of guiding hi(...)

 Barry Geraghty and  Sprinter Sacre:   “The forecast is pretty wet and it just depends how bad it gets, we wouldn’t want it too heavy,” said Geraghty.Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Twinlight has mixed good and bad this season but only a career best performance is likely to be good enough if he is to record back-to-back Grade One(...)

Davy Russell onboard Mallowney on their way to winning the Three.ie Handicap Steeplechase at Punchestown last May. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The phrase “who’d be a handicapper” leapt to mind almost as quickly as Mallowney and Davy Russell leaped the Fairyhouse fences after a supposedly ult(...)

Tiger Woods’ cringe-inducing sponsor-pacifying performance after his ex-wife took a club to his car remains a nadir of role-model cynicism. Photograph: Getty Images

The idea that sports stars should be role models is a childish conceit possessed solely by adults. No child is silly enough to think because someone i(...)

Trainer Henry de Bromhead.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Racing is holding its breath for Sprinter Sacre’s proposed return to action in this Saturday’s Grade 1 feature at Ascot but the forecast soft ground (...)

 Willie Mullins also has the option of running his Royal Bond winner Nichols Canyon. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Willie Mullins has successfully used Punchestown’s Grade Two feature on Saturday as a stepping stone to Cheltenham glory with both Mikael D’Haguenet a(...)