Davy Russell celebrates winning the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle on Windsor Park at Cheltenham. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Hopes are high Davy Russell will recover quickly enough from a broken arm to ride in the Punchestown festival at the end of next month and the former (...)

Windsor Park ridden by Davy Russell on their way to victory in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

It’s a game where every prediction comes with a ‘touch-wood’ nod to fate but Don Poli’s RSA triumph at Cheltenham was stamped with so much future Gold(...)

Don Poli will carry the hopes of Gigginstown in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary’s call that Don Poli should take up today’s RSA option can pay off in style.Already described as a potential Gold Cup co(...)

Supasundae wining at Ascot for Barry Geraghty in December. Johnny Burke takes up the ride  for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst

Supasundae is bred to win a classic on the flat so Henry De Bromhead is hoping that quality will come to the fore in Cheltenham’s sole contest on t(...)

Vigil (far right) finishes fifth behind stable companion Silver Concorde in last year’s Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Ireland’s champion flat jockey Pat Smullen is set to try and break his Cheltenham festival duck when he again teams up with Vigil for the Weatherbys (...)

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 (...)

Willie Mullins: “Tell Us More has done nothing wrong in his two races to date, hopefully he’s open to plenty of improvement. The step up in trip and the ground will suit him.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Willie Mullins expects a step up in distance to bring about further improvement from Tell Us More as the exciting youngster spearheads a three-pronged(...)

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(...)

Hurricane Fly, ridden by Ruby Walsh, pipped its old rival Jezki, ridden by Tony McCoy, in the Ryanair Hurdle on day four of the 2014 Leopardstown Christmas Festival (Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Hurricane Fly once again got the better of old foe Jezki in a pulsating renewal of the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown.With the score three-two in favo(...)

Robbie Colgan wins on board Mala Beach in the John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle . Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gordon Elliott’s ever-increasing impact at racing’s top table means Mala Beach could emerge an entirely appropriate winner of Ireland’s final Grade O(...)