Dermot Weld: “He got balloted out of the Fred Winter and he won nicely at Leopardstown since so could represent us well.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dermot Weld knows better than most how difficult it can be to win the Chester Cup but his Zafayan is among a trio of Irish hopefuls taking their chan(...)

Ruby Walsh: will partner the Willie Mullins-trained Valyssa Monterg at Cork in the McCarthy Insurance Group Rated Novice Hurdle. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

At Cork today a low-key session begins with a hurdle featuring the Willie Mullins-trained and Rich Ricci-owned Valyssa Monterg.The French import seeme(...)

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(...)

Dermot Weld: Saddles Sparkle Factor in the Cairn Rouge Stakes. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Original expectations for Palace probably didn’t include the Listed feature on the opening session of Killarney’s July festival but Aidan O’Brien’s f(...)

Tony McCoy will ride At Fishers Cross at the Cheltenham Festival.

Tony McCoy has chosen to ride At Fishers Cross, instead of the strongly fancied More Of That, in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham F(...)

Tony McCoy on board Plinth gets up to beat Ruby Walsh and Ivan Grozny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Cheltenham festival may not be Aidan O’Brien’s priority anymore but a Grade Two victory for Plinth at Fairyhouse today cou(...)

Tony McCoy at Stratford-Upon-Avon racecourse last week. Thc champion jockey is ready to record another mind-boggling achievement. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

I was at a rainy Gowran Park in 1994 for Tony McCoy’s first ever winner over jumps. Riszard was the horse’s name. It would be nice to be able to say t(...)

Jockey Tony McCoy

Nearly quarter of a century after Norton ’s Coin sprang the ultimate Cheltenham Gold Cup shock, Rebecca Curtis can strike a Grade One blow for (...)

Lord Windermere ridden by Davy Russell (left) head for home in the Royal Sun Alliance Chase.

Jim Culloty hasn’t taken a straight-forward road to Cheltenham festival success as a trainer but Lord Windermere made it all w(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins at Cheltenham yesterday. 
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Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

[BYLINE1]BRIAN O’CONNOR[/BYLINE1][BYLINE2]At Cheltenham [/BYLINE2]It’s easy to paint Pont Alexandre’s tilt at the Neptune Hurdle in roma(...)