Planet Business

In numbers: Neeson goes green 3 million Number of Facebook fans of Tourism Ireland, which this week shared a 60-second film in which movie star Liam N(...)

Winning owner Michael O’Leary and jockey Davy Russell celebrate in the winners enclosure after Rivage D’Or took the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase on Ladies Day. Photograph: PA

Ahead of Thursday’s big race which he sponsors, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary got off the mark with two winners. First Don Poli, one of the (...)

Dodging Bullets ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies  races clear to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

As Cheltenham gestures go, a 1,429/1 Day Two hat-trick highlighted by Dodging Bullets’ Queen Mother Champion Chase was a particularly defiant one by B(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins leads his famous team from the gallops at  Closutton, Carlow, Ireland. Photo:  Niall Carson/PA

When the text arrived from Angie, Vinny Fitzpatrick’s the first instinct was to ignore it.It could only be more grim tidings, he reckoned, as his est(...)

Jennifer Wrynne from Mohill, Co Leitrim at the festival. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The sun shone out of a cloudless sky bathing the Cotswold Hills overlooking Prestbury Park in Cheltenham with the brilliant light of early spring. It (...)

Ruby Walsh on Faugheen goes clear before winning the Stan James Champion Hurdle. Photograph:  Matthew Child/Reuters

It is Faugheen’s happy fate to be forever the centrepiece of his trainer’s epic 2015 opening day festival four-timer but time may well record how it w(...)

Tony McCoy’s last hurrah as a jockey at Cheltenham will be in the final race of the festival, which has been named in his honour. Photograph: Julian Herbert/PA

Before a race is run the script has already been written for Cheltenham 2015. Short of a last-minute withdrawal, all attention will be focused on T(...)

Ireland’s Simon Geoghegan scores a try against England at Twickenham in 1994 Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Games Ireland won that they might have lost 1994: Ireland was beaten by France 35-15 and then Wales came to Dublin to add a second defeat, this time 1(...)

Joackey Mark Walsh will miss Cheltenham after breaking an arm in a fall at Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mark Walsh’s title aspirations were dealt a hammer blow after the leading Irish jockey suffered a broken arm in a fall at Thurles.Walsh, who rides the(...)

 Paul Townend on Hurricane Fly: the jockey is already widely presumed likely to end up riding his old ally in the Champion Hurdle. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The unprecedented strength in depth of Willie Mullins’s Cheltenham squad has seen significant market support for the champion trainer’s number two (...)