Bryan Cooper: “He’s an exciting three-mile chaser to have again. He gave me the feeling that the spark is still there.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sir Des Champs made a successful return from a near-two-year absence at Thurles on Thursday. A dual Cheltenham Festival winner and runner-up to Bob(...)

Knock House ridden by Nina Carberry wins the Cheltenham Club Amateur Riders´ Handicap Chase during day one of The Open at Cheltenham racecourse. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Josies Orders won a dramatic race for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. Nina Carberry brought the favourite from midfield t(...)

 Free Eagle ridden by Pat Smullen (left) wins the Prince of Wales Stakes during Royal Ascot 2015. Photo:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ireland’s winter jumps campaign continues to gather momentum but Dermot Weld’s is looking ahead to one of this country’s top-rated flat stars, Free(...)

Don Cossack will be bidding to cement his Cheltenham Gold Cup credentials with victory at Down Royal on Saturday. Photograph:Donall Farmer/Inpho

Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud looks set to fly the flag for the home team in Saturday’s first Grade One of the National Hunt season at Down Roya(...)

Novelist Kathy Lette has long been known for a particularly fun kind of trouble courting: a sort of shouty, salty Antipodean who joyously ruffles t(...)

Tony Martin has a busy weekend ahead with runners at Newmarket today as well as three of the four weekend fixtures at home. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Just three Irish-trained horses have ever won the English Cesarewitch in its 175-year history. Tony Martin throws a trio at today’s marathon renewal(...)

Japan head coach Eddie Jones and Kosei Ono celebrate after victory over South Africa in Pool B of the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Japan celebrated their victory over South Africa with a dip on Brighton beach, the seafront cold and inhospitable in the autumnal chill, rain tumbling(...)

The couple were married on May 22nd, 2015, at St Patrick’s church in Slane.

Each Saturday on we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)

Ruby Walsh with Bashboy and  Ciaron Maher: “Ruby is just a class act.” Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Trainer Ciaron Maher hailed Ruby Walsh “a class act” when reflecting upon Bashboy’s historic third victory in the Australian Grand National. With regu(...)

A man shows his horse at the 2015 Dublin Horse Show at the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

For people who wouldn’t know their puissance from their oxer, the curtain always comes down on the Horse Show once the Aga Khan Trophy is handed over (...)