Don Cossack, ridden by Brian O’Connell, wins The John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase at Punchestown Racecourse, County Kildare.   Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Don Cossack maintained his unbeaten record this season with a third victory from as many starts in a dramatic renewal of the John Durkan Memorial Punc(...)

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere will be reunited with  Davy Russell in the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpo

Ireland’s latest Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere may be returning to action in Punchestown’s John Durkan Chase but his latest Grade One assi(...)

Lord Windermere (right) edges out On His Own to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup last March. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Tradition indicates that Lord Windermere faces a huge task if he is to retain his Gold Cup crown in March. But Ireland’s latest “blue-riband” hero wi(...)

 Road To Riches(front right) ridden by Paul Carberry in the Champion Chase at Down Royal.  Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye/Inpho

Road To Riches put up a most impressive front-running performance to take the JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal. Winner of the Galway Plate in t(...)

Willie Mullins: Is now unbackable to be crowned top trainer once again. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins has already thrown a festival curve ball with unexpected distance switches for his Cheltenham festival-winning (...)

Jockey Ben Dalton aboard Liberty Counsel (left) on his way to winning the Irish Grand National last year leaves jockey Paul Townend on Away We Go in his wake. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s being billed as the “Race of the People” but Willie Mullins hopes he will be able to break the little-guy streak in Easter Monday’s €250,000 B(...)

Bryan Cooper on Si C’etait Vrai at Fairyhouse. The Kerry-born jockey broke his leg in a horrific fall at Cheltenham yesterday.

Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team are reshuffling their jockey arrangements for Thursday and Friday after Bryan Cooper broke his leg in(...)

 Trainer Willie Mullins in the thick of the action as his horses, including the grey Champagne Fever, go through their  pre-Cheltenham Festival workouts after racing at Leopardstown yesterday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Even a crashing fall by the RSA favourite Ballycasey during a schooling session after racing at Leopardstown last(...)

Trainer Paul Nicholls with Ruby Walsh after winning onboard Tidal Bay in the Lexus Steeplechase at the 2012 Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Inpho

BRIAN O’CONNORTidal Bay still gets tagged with the “quirky” label but defeating tomorrow’s Hennessy Gold Cup opposition could finally shake off that r(...)

Willie Mullins

Sir Des Champs is unable to defend his Hennessy Gold Cup crown but Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team still appears to be in pole position to rea(...)