Willie Mullins at the gallops at his Closutton headquarters in Carlow. He will bring a formidable 50-strong team to Cheltenham. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Mullins is sending. It’s the largest team any trainer has ever sent to National Hunt racing’s greatest(...)

Annie Power, ridden by Ruby Walsh,  on the  way to winning the Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown last May. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hunt Chase, but is unlikely to travel to Prestbury Park.“I’ve left her in the race (National Hunt Chase(...)

Faugheen on the gallops at Willie Mullins’s  yard at Closesutton in  Bagenalstown, Co Carlow. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Faugheen will lead Willie Mullins’s three-pronged assault on the Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival next Tuesday after the (...)

Piyanuch Chanphet as Piano Girl at the launch of the St Patrick’s festival culture programme,  I Love My City, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Lagan.Treasure huntEvents for children include a shortened treasure hunt on Saturday, and the big day(...)

 Andy McCue,  chief executive, and Cormac McCarthy, chief financial officer, at the Paddy Power results  briefing  yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Paddy Power’s new chief executive, Andy McCue, signalled a change of direction for the listed bookmaker at his first annual results presentation yeste(...)

Jockey Mark Walsh on board Kitten Rock clears the last hurdle ahead of  Glens Melody (David Casey) at Naas in January. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jezki proved in 2014 the potent Champion Hurdle threat a JP McManus ‘second-string’ can be and Kitten Rock is set to fill that role at Cheltenham nex(...)

 Connections of On the Fringe (Nina Carberry) seen here conceding to Tammys Hill (Robbie McNamara) at Leopardstown last month, are hoping for drying ground at Cheltenham next week. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Enda Bolger hopes drying ground at Cheltenham can help make it third time lucky for On The Fringe when he lines up in next week’s Foxhunters. On the F(...)

 Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carlingford Lough (Tony McCoy)  is the one to watch out for in the Gold Cup, says Eddie O’Leary. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

(...) will do with Don Poli, high in the betting for both the RSA Chase and the National Hunt Chase, in both(...)

Supasundae wining at Ascot for Barry Geraghty in December. Johnny Burke takes up the ride  for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst

Supasundae is bred to win a classic on the flat so Henry De Bromhead is hoping that quality will come to the fore in Cheltenham’s sole contest on t(...)

Gordon Elliott and Bryan Cooper etc. Inpho.

The traditional nervous Cheltenham countdown for Ireland’s top jockeys isn’t preventing Barry Geraghty and Bryan Cooper from going into action at Down(...)