Punchestown Racecourse during its annual racing festival. Amateur jockey and kidney transplant patient James Nolan will compete at this year’s event in the charity race he set up in 1990 to raise funds for kidney research. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Kidney transplant patient and amateur jockey James Nolan is to take part in a charity race at Punchestown on Saturday. It is not the first time Mr Nol(...)

Nichols Canyon, ridden by Ruby Walsh, leads Parlour Games over the last fence in the The World Famous Just Eat Novices Hurdle Race at Aintree Racecourse last month. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images.

Anyone requiring a reminder of the vice-like grip Willie Mullins exerts on National Hunt racing right now could get it with a vengeance on Day Four o(...)

Mark Walsh and Jezki hold off Ruby Walsh and Hurricane Fly to win the  Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Breeding mightn’t beat feeding but it looked to help Jezki beat his old rival Hurricane Fly when the pair of former Champion Hurdle winners memorably (...)

Trainer Ted Walsh says he will be happy to answer any questions at Turf Club. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Grand National-winning trainer and well-known RTE racing pundit Ted Walsh will be legally represented by the former attorney general and minister for(...)

Don Poli, seen winning the RSA Chase at Cheltenham, is one of 25  entries, six of them from the Willie Mullins stable, for the Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Punchestown authorities are aiming to set new record crowd figures at Irish racing’s National Hunt festival in two weeks’ time, although those (...)

Trainer Willie Mullins saw Douvan warm up for Cheltenham with a win at Punchestown. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Douvan was all the rage for Cheltenham after an emphatic success in the Grade Two sportinglife.com Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Already(...)

Robbie Power guiding Rock On The Moor to victory in the Thornton’s Recyling Maiden Hurdle at  Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jessica Harrington is weighing up whether to let exciting mare Rock On The Moor take on the boys in Saturday’s Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punche(...)

Don Cossack and Brian O’Connell (right) hold off the challenges of Boston Bob and Texas Jack to win the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown yesterday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Once dismissed by some as unreliable, Don Cossack now appears transformed, and his career-best performance winning Punchestown’s John Durkan Chase me(...)

Don Cossack, ridden by Brian O’Connell, wins The John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase at Punchestown Racecourse, County Kildare.   Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Don Cossack maintained his unbeaten record this season with a third victory from as many starts in a dramatic renewal of the John Durkan Memorial Punc(...)

Hurricane Fly returns to his best to take revenge  on current two-mile king Jezki, his conqueror at Cheltenham and Punchestown in the spring. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Hurricane Fly brought the house down at Punchestown as he powered to a third StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle. Seemingly not the force of old at the end (...)