Paddy Hackett from Naas, studying the form, on the second day of the Punchestown Racing Festival.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Into each race meeting, a little rain must fall. It was too much to expect after Tuesday’s gloriously sunny opener to the National Hunt Festival at(...)

Sisters Heidi and Misty Higgins from Portlaoise at the races in Punchestown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

We’re betting that a few deals will be initiated, or maybe even closed, at Punchestown next week, as it looks as if a large chunk of the busine(...)