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(...)

Uxizandre,  ridden by Barry Geraghty,  clears the last before winning The Shloer  Chase at Cheltenham last November. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images.

Time was when Leopardstown’s Christmas festival was mostly a domestic affair, a time which could look even more distant if Uxizandre can pull off a(...)

Silver Concorde, ridden by Robbie McNamara, winning the Weatherbys Champion Bumper during Ladies Day at Cheltenham this year. Photograph: David David Davies/PA Wire

The Cheltenham Bumper hero Silver Concorde is on course to make his eagerly anticipated jumping debut at Leopardstown this week and will lead a small (...)

Annie Power ridden by Rugby Walsh comes home to win at Punchestown earlier this year.

Only two mares have won the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle in its 20-year history. But Annie Power is set to be a major player in this Sunday(...)

Dessie Hughes and  Hardy Eustace

The final instructions trainer Dessie Hughes, who has died aged 71, gave to Conor O’Dwyer before the 2004 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham were for his j(...)