Trainer Willie Mullins: sends out Smashing in the Betfair Hurdle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is almost a decade since Essex scored the last Irish-trained success in the prestigious Betfair Hurdle at Newbury, but Willie Mullins will try to b(...)

Upazo faces some of the leading British novices including The Liquidator in the Tolworth Hurdle at Kempton today.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Today sees Willie Mullins make the sort of English raid many people imagined would be a regular occurrence when the champion trainer first outlined pl(...)

Tony McCoy on Captain Cutter before winning the Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle  at Kempton yesterday.

Two winners at Kempton yesterday took Tony McCoy to 3,998 for his career and he will go to Exeter today for three rides and a serious chance of reachi(...)

Meg Harper, director of the Yeats Summer School, and author John Banville. Photograph: James Connolly

If WB Yeats was around today he would use YouTube and Twitter, the director of the International Yeats Summer School in Sligo suggested yesterday.Prof(...)

Michael O’Leary celebrates after First Lieutenant took the honours in the 2011 Neptune. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Never in the seven year history of the Ryanair Chase has the big-race sponsor Michael O’Leary looked to have a better chance o(...)