Jockey Ruby Walsh falls from Valseur Lido after the final fence blunder whilst in the lead in Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Phootograph: Ramsey Cardy/sportsfile

The folly of dismissing Carlingford Lough’s Cheltenham Gold Cup claims on the basis of 33-1 odds for steeplechasing’s ‘blue riband’ is obvious consid(...)

Mark Walsh celebrates after winning the Irish Gold Cup on Carlingford Lough. Photograph: Sportsfile

Jump racing’s capacity to surprise has rarely been better illustrated than by Valseur Lido and Ruby Walsh’s dramatic final fence exit in the €150,000 (...)

Noel Meade believes Road to Riches is a ‘stupid price’ for Saturday’s Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer Noel Meade believes Road To Riches is a “stupid price” for Saturday’s Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Having struck twice at the highest leve(...)

Nina Carberry won’t take the ride on On The Fringe at Leopardstown this weekend after a fall at Clonmel on Thursday. Photograph: Inpho

Nina Carberry will miss the ride on hunter chase star On The Fringe at Leopardstown this weekend after suffering a back injury in a fall at Clonmel on(...)

Min is the current favourite for the Supreme Novices’ hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph: Inpho

Ante-post favourite Min heads a mammoth initial entry of 18 horses for Willie Mullins in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festiva(...)

Many Clouds and Leighton Aspell on the way to winning the 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Last year’s winner Many Clouds features among 126 entries for the Grand National on April 9th(...)

2015 Grand National winner Many Clouds has been entered again for this year’s race. Photograph: Getty

Last year’s winner Many Clouds features among 126 entries for the Crabbie’s Grand National on April(...)

John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

(...) national profile, will be elected, perhaps because of local constituency factors. The Independent(...)

Road To Riches, ridden by Bryan Cooper, clears the last fence on his way to victory at Clonmel in November in what was his sole start to date so far this term. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

It is 20 years since Imperial Call won the then Hennessy en route to landing the Cheltenham Gold Cup six weeks later and Road To Riches is a hot-favo(...)

First Lieutenant with Barry Geraghty on board:  Mouse Morris charge may shed his ‘nearly’ horse reputation in Saturday’s Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Since he’s owned by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, First Lieutenant is hardly a comfortable fit for any “little guy” role, but he will still be a hugel(...)