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(...)

Road to Riches and Bryan Cooper: “There’s nothing we can do about the price and all we can do is get him there in good shape, which we think he is,” said  trainer Noel Meade. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A decade after War Of Attrition famously sealed Michael O’Leary’s Cheltenham Gold Cup love-affair, the Ryanair boss can further strengthen his hand fo(...)

Road To Riches, ridden by Bryan Cooper, clears the last fence on his way to victory at Clonmel in November in what was his sole start to date so far this term. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

It is 20 years since Imperial Call won the then Hennessy en route to landing the Cheltenham Gold Cup six weeks later and Road To Riches is a hot-favo(...)

Balko Des Flos ridden by Bryan Cooper clears the last on the way to winning the Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Maiden Hurdle  at Punchestown. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA

Felix Yonger denied Flemenstar in a thrilling renewal of the BoyleSports Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown. Sent off the even-money favourite, the Wi(...)

Ruby Walsh rode Douvan to an impressive win in the Arkle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Sportsfile

Douvan took his unbeaten record over fences to three with an impressive display in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Ruby(...)

 Trainer Mouse Morris: “I imagine he’ll go straight to Cheltenham now. He showed at Liverpool that he is much better on good ground.” Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Irish challenge for the World Hurdle at Cheltenham is mounting steadily and Alpha Des Obeaux promises to be a worthy addition to the squad after (...)

Mouse Morris: “Rule The World is a class horse and ran a cracker in Leopardstown.” Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer Mouse Morris believes both Rule The World and Folsom Blue are capable of making their presence felt in a fiercely competitive renewal of the G(...)

Bryan Cooper and Don Poli on the way to RSA Chase victory at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Getty

Gigginstown House Stud manager Eddie O’Leary expects jockey Bryan Cooper to wait until the last minute before deciding which horse he will ride in thi(...)

Jack Kennedy, seen winning the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle on Copy That, improves the chances of Desoto County on Sunday with his 5lb claim. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Jack Kennedy’s rapid rise through the jockey ranks can get another high-profile boost at Leopardstown tomorrow if the teenager partners Desoto County(...)

Bryan Cooper on Don Cossack clears the last to win The Ladbrokes Ireland Kinloch Brae Steeplechase at Thurles. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Don Cossack proved workmanlike in returning to winning ways in the Ladbrokes Ireland Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles. Gordon E(...)