Jockey Ruby Walsh with trainer Willie Mullins (right) after winning the Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle on  Vroum Vroum Mag during day four of Punchestown festival  yesterday. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Vroum Vroum Mag had Punchestown festival punters ‘va-va- vooming’ towards their bookmakers after the late substitute for Annie Power in the Betdaq Cha(...)

Vroum Vroum Mag, with Ruby Walsh on board, clears the last fence before winning the Betdaq Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

It says much about Willie Mullins’s overarching dominance that Friday’s 29 to 1 Punchestown hat-trick got widely regarded as merely being a return to (...)

Willie Mullins celebrates winning The Ryanair Novice Steeplechase with Douvan at Punchestown. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Racing history could yet reduce Douvan’s Punchestown success yesterday to relative footnote status in a great career, banishing memories of a widespre(...)

Nina Carberry wins the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase on On The Fringe (far left) for a second year while Victoria Pendleton (second from right) came home fifth  on Pacha Du Polder. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters/Livepic

Nina Carberry claimed a second straight St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham on Enda Bolger’s On The Fringe as former British Olympic cyclis(...)

Valseur Lido tops the weights for this year’s Irish Grand National and is one of 17 entries for Willie Mullins. Photograph: PA

Willie Mullins is making a concerted effort to end his Irish Grand National hoodoo by entering 17 horses for the Boylesports-sponsored staying handica(...)

Black Hercules with Patrick Mullins and trainer Willie Mullins at Cheltenham. The novice will be in action in the Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s a multiple Grade Two racing weekend in Ireland and Black Hercules could be best poised to dispel any second-division suspicions about its Chelten(...)

Barry Geraghty: has chosen to ride Gilgamboa in the Irish Gold Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Nina Carberry has to sit out the weekend action with a back injury so Jamie Codd steps in for the Saturday ride on the top hunter chaser On The Fring(...)

Noel Meade believes Road to Riches is a ‘stupid price’ for Saturday’s Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer Noel Meade believes Road To Riches is a “stupid price” for Saturday’s Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Having struck twice at the highest leve(...)

First Lieutenant with Barry Geraghty on board:  Mouse Morris charge may shed his ‘nearly’ horse reputation in Saturday’s Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Since he’s owned by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, First Lieutenant is hardly a comfortable fit for any “little guy” role, but he will still be a hugel(...)

Ivanovich Gorbatov  faces danger from three top-class fillies in Saturday’s Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

The gambled-on Triumph Hurdle favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov could have to overcome ‘Girl Power’ if he is to successfully advertise his Cheltenham fest(...)