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(...)

Joackey Mark Walsh will miss Cheltenham after breaking an arm in a fall at Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mark Walsh’s title aspirations were dealt a hammer blow after the leading Irish jockey suffered a broken arm in a fall at Thurles.Walsh, who rides the(...)

Arctic Skipper, ridden by Andrew Lynch, leads the field home to win the he Paddy Power Shops 10.30am Sunday Service Maiden Hurdle at Naas. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A Naas fixture billed as ‘Cheltenham Trial Day’ was lit up by sparkling Grade Two success for Mallowney, a horse not even entered for the festival in(...)

 Mallowney comes home to win The Paddy Power Steeplechase with Davy Russell onboard. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Mallowney will get another chance to take on the best two-mile chasers in Ireland this spring following his runaway victory at Naas.Tim Doyle’s nine-y(...)

Paul Carberry on Apache Stronghold is held off by Ruby Walsh onboard Vautouri at last year’s Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Inpho

It will be a day shy of being a perfect birthday present, and Texas Jack’s Hennessy shot is a long one, but Paul Carberry can still secure a notable (...)

Davy Russell celebrates winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Lord Windermere. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

It is 21 years since a reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup champion landed Leopardstown’s Hennessy, and jockey Davy Russell believes the current “blue-riban(...)

  Brian Hughes on board Katie T clears the last hurdle en route to winning the Boylesports Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Brian Hughes isn’t the most high-profile graduate of Kevin Prendergast’s jockey academy but the veteran Curragh trainer’s decision to turn to his f(...)

Martin Burke falls from Mr Moondance at the last fence in the www.thurlesraces.ie Maiden Hurdle at the Co Tipperary track. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/ INPHO

All roads lead to Cheltenham for Don Cossack after Gordon Elliott’s pride and joy continued his fantastic season in a dramatic Ladbrokes Ireland Kinlo(...)

Davy Russell onboard Mallowney on their way to winning the Three.ie Handicap Steeplechase at Punchestown last May. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The phrase “who’d be a handicapper” leapt to mind almost as quickly as Mallowney and Davy Russell leaped the Fairyhouse fences after a supposedly ult(...)

Don Poli, ridden by Bryan Cooper, jumps the last to win the Topaz Novice Chase on day four of the 2014 Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Don Poli completed a Grade 1 double for Willie Mullins on the final day of Leopardstown’s Christmas festival to bring the champion trainer’s top-flig(...)