Vroum Vroum Mag, with Ruby Walsh on board, clears the last fence before winning the Betdaq Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

It says much about Willie Mullins’s overarching dominance that Friday’s 29 to 1 Punchestown hat-trick got widely regarded as merely being a return to (...)

Douvan ridden by Ruby Walsh wins the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham earlier this year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Douvan is an all but unbackable favourite to bring his record for Willie Mullins to a perfect 10-out-of-10 at Punchestown today, probably with another(...)

 Kirsty Farrell from Newry, selected as Tuesday’s finalist who will go through to Friday’s final of The Bollinger Best Dressed Lady at the Punchestown Festival, in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A bitter wind blew through Punchestown as punters streamed through the turnstiles and into the main enclosure for the start of the National Hunt Festi(...)

Former deputy editor of The Irish Times James “Jim” Downey  at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, in October 2009. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

James Downey had journalism and politics in his blood, but last Wednesday he decided he could wait no longer for a government to be formed, mourners a(...)

James Downey: described   as ‘the best editor The Irish Times never had’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

James Downey, one of Ireland’s most distinguished journalists, has died. Born in Dromahair, Co Leitrim, he began his newspaper career in the early 19(...)

One could be forgiven for misunderstanding the plaque reading “Best Straight Egyptian Male 2012”, that hangs on the wall of the vast country kitchen (...)

Annie Power is odds on favourite to win the Aintree Hurdle on Thursday. Photograph: Getty

Annie Power is expected to prove a tough nut to crack over what connections believe is her ideal trip as she bids to back up her Champion Hurdle succe(...)

Mark Gibson from Dublin at the opening of the Cheltenham festival. Photograph: Inpho

The annual Irish invasion of the Cotswolds was well under way on Tuesday morning as tens of thousands of early comers to the Cheltenham racing festiva(...)

Top trainer Willie Mullins with Champion Hurdle hope Annie Power. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The annual Irish spring exodus gets under way on Monday with thousands of punters descending on the Cotswolds for the Cheltenham festival. Ryanair ha(...)

Trainer Aiden O’Brien. It is 20 years since Urubande became Aidan O’Brien’s first Cheltenham festival winner. Photograph: INPHO

It is 20 years since Urubande became Aidan O’Brien’s first Cheltenham festival winner, and Aspen Colorado could earn the chance to try and secure anot(...)