Barry Geraghty riding Carlingford Lough on the way to winning the Punchestown Gold Cup, beating hot favourite Cue Card, who came in fourth. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins isn’t in a position to emulate his remarkable 2015 haul of 10 Grade One prizes at the Punchestown festival. But Wednesday’s top-flight (...)

Vautour, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh, fell when an odds-on favourite during the  JLT Melling Chase at Aintree.  Photo:  David Davies/PA

Don Cossack is generally shading favouritism ahead of his eagerly awaited clash with Cue Card and Vautour at Punchestown in two weeks’ time. A poten(...)

Former British Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton on Minella Theatre yesterday. Photograph: Eddie Keogh

If it seems absurd for a sport to so enthusiastically facilitate a glorified publicity stunt on its most prestigious day of the year it is downright r(...)

Black Hercules with Patrick Mullins and trainer Willie Mullins at Cheltenham. The novice will be in action in the Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s a multiple Grade Two racing weekend in Ireland and Black Hercules could be best poised to dispel any second-division suspicions about its Chelten(...)

Ruby Walsh faces real test in getting Arctic Fire to last three-mile distance. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Staying races, by definition, reward stamina so Leopardstown’s main support event can help Alpha Des Obeaux secure a first Grade One success today. (...)

 Paul Townend on board the veteran On His Own, who has a confidence boosting recent win at Cork under his belt and could step up today in the Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Given the widespread expectation that a vintage crop of novice talent will unveil a new Gold Cup era next season, opportunity beckons for the curre(...)

Barry Connell: looking forward to Cheltenham this year following last year’s disappointments. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Leopardstown’s €20,000 Ballsbridge Hurdle is small fry compared to Cheltenham’s upcoming delights but it could provide a timely boost today to both G(...)

Champion Hurdle favourite Faugheen (above with Ruby Walsh onboard) is one of Mullins’s headline festival acts.

Just three weeks away from the start of Cheltenham, Willie Mullins believes he is set to bring his most powerful ever team to National Hunt racing’s g(...)

 Trainer Liz Doyle’s Cheltenham hopes were  shattered with the loss of  Le Vent D’Antan at Leopardstown on Sunday, but she has an able  deputy in Kauto Grand Mogul. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Liz Doyle suffered a major blow losing Le Vent D’Antan at Leopardstown on Sunday, but there could be some Grade 3 consolation at Clonmel today with an(...)

Willie Mullins’ Black Hercules is lined-up for the Listed Irish Stallion Owners Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Black Hercules, a 5-1 ante-post favourite for the three-mile Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham in March, could revert back to the minimum distance for a (...)