Bright New Dawn (right) ridden by jockey Bryan Cooper came from behind late on to win the Handicap Chase during day three of the Punchestown Festival at Punchestown. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bright New Dawn got rolling late to claim top honours in the Handicap Chase on day three of the Punchestown Festival. Formerly trained by D(...)

Under the microscope: Jockey Bryan Cooper can expect his every move with the Michael O’Leary-owned Gigginstown Stud team at Cheltenham to be closely monitored. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

It is more than two years since Bryan Cooper was appointed number one jockey to Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team. Since then, along with a stri(...)

Katie Walsh celebrates with her father Ted after winning the Irish Grand National on Thunder And Roses at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Something seismic was necessary to shift Tony McCoy off Fairyhouse’s centre-stage but Katie Walsh managed it with aplomb in a dramatic Boylesports Iri(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins receiving the National Hunt award from Minister Simon Coveney. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Champion trainer Willie Mullins was honoured with the The National Hunt award at the 12th Horse Racing Ireland Awards staged at Leopardstown on Mon(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Roberto Soldado scored his first goal for the club since March as his side beat Everton 2-1 at White Hart Lane
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  • December 1, 2014, 08:19

Saints back with a bump With Chelsea’s seemingly unstoppable march to the Premier league title stalling slightly on Saturday evening after a 0-(...)

Jockey Bryan Cooper with trainer Sandra Hughes and her mother Eileen Hughes after he won on Lieutenant Colonel at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Almost 35 years after her father Dessie trained his first career winner at Fairyhouse, Sandra Hughes cemented family ties with the Co Meath track as L(...)

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(...)

The late Dessie Hughes: “Dessie was Dessie to everyone, from the well-heeled to the down at heel and all those in between.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It was late on Sunday, and not a sound was stirring in Mount Prospect Avenue, when Vinny Fitzpatrick cracked.The sneaky break-out kind of crept up on(...)

A file shot of trainer Dessie Hughes (left) who has died aged 71 with jockey Bryan Cooper. Photograph: PA

Tributes have been paid to Irish horse racing great Dessie Hughes, who has died aged 71.The jockey-turned-trainer, who enjoyed success on both fronts (...)

Barry Geraghy and Jezki jump clear ahead of My Tent Or Yours (Tony McCoy) during the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last March. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jezki, Hurricane Fly, Faugheen and More Of That all appear among a star-studded entry for the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on No(...)