Don Cossack will be bidding to cement his Cheltenham Gold Cup credentials with victory at Down Royal on Saturday. Photograph:Donall Farmer/Inpho

Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud looks set to fly the flag for the home team in Saturday’s first Grade One of the National Hunt season at Down Roya(...)

Trainer Neil Mulholland may send out last year’s leading novice, The Young Master, for a  pre-Hennessy run in the first Grade 1 of the season at Down Royal next Saturday. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Down Royal hosts the first Grade 1 prize of the jumps season next Saturday and the Champion Chase looks set to feature Ireland’s top-rated(...)

Don Cossack (pictured above) landed the Irish Daily Star Chase on Thursday. Photograph: Getty Images

Don Cossack made the perfect reappearance as he put up a convincing display to land the Irish Daily Star Chase at Punchestown. Jumping into the lead a(...)

Paul Townend and  Killultagh Vic clear the last on the way to winning the  Grade One Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Don Cossack looked every inch a future Cheltenham Gold Cup contender as he clinched the final success of a tremendous season in the Punchestown Gol(...)

 Paul Townend on board the veteran On His Own, who has a confidence boosting recent win at Cork under his belt and could step up today in the Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Given the widespread expectation that a vintage crop of novice talent will unveil a new Gold Cup era next season, opportunity beckons for the curre(...)

Don Cossack ridden by Tony McCoy on his way to winning the Betfred Melling Chase at Aintree. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Tony McCoy steered Don Cossack to his fifth victory of a memorable campaign in the Betfred Melling Chase at Aintree. The Gordon Elliott-trained eight-(...)

Don Cossack profits from Champagne Fever’s mistake in Thurles in one of four wins from four starts this season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There is a glaring lack of an Irish-trained winner on the Ryanair Chase roll-of-honour and no one is more motivated to fill that gap than the big-rac(...)

 Connections of On the Fringe (Nina Carberry) seen here conceding to Tammys Hill (Robbie McNamara) at Leopardstown last month, are hoping for drying ground at Cheltenham next week. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Enda Bolger hopes drying ground at Cheltenham can help make it third time lucky for On The Fringe when he lines up in next week’s Foxhunters. On the F(...)

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(...)

Road to Riches: enjoyed a big-race hot streak last summer prior to December’s Lexus Chase triumph. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

An astonishing four winners on the final day secured Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud the leading-owner award at Cheltenham 2014 and Road To Riches(...)