Bryan Cooper rides No More Heroes to victory in the  Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Steeplechase at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It isn’t precisely winter yet but Fairyhouse’s Winter Festival looked a sign of what’s to come as top trainers Willie Mullins and Go(...)

 Ruby Walsh riding Vautour  clear from the last to win The Stella Artois 1965 Steeple Chase from Ptit Zig at Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

If first impressions really do count then ante-post odds as short as 5-4 about Douvan winning the Arkle at Cheltenham next March mightn’t be ridiculou(...)

Ruby Walsh and Vautour will be the ones to watch at Ascot today. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Since he might not even be the best in his own yard, it could be a major exaggeration to describe Vautour as a “horse in a million”, but the Cheltenha(...)

Bryan Cooper: “He’s an exciting three-mile chaser to have again. He gave me the feeling that the spark is still there.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sir Des Champs made a successful return from a near-two-year absence at Thurles on Thursday. A dual Cheltenham Festival winner and runner-up to Bob(...)

Road To Riches with Bryan Cooper and the winning connections after winning the   Clonmel Oil Steeplechase. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cheltenham Gold Cup third Road To Riches thrilled trainer Noel Meade with a perfect reappearance in the Clonmel Oil Chase. Also third in the Punchesto(...)

Road to Riches returns to action in the Clonmel Oil Chase. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Trainer Noel Meade reports Cheltenham Gold Cup third Road To Riches to be “100 per cent ready” for his return to action in Thursday’s Clonmel Oil Chas(...)

Paul Carberry  on Don Cossack at Punchestown Racecourse: Don Cossack appears unlikely to make the journey to Berkshire for the Hennessy Gold Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Don Cossack heads the weights for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on November 28th. Gordon Elliott’s brilliant chaser has been allotted 11st 12lb fo(...)

 Free Eagle ridden by Pat Smullen (left) wins the Prince of Wales Stakes during Royal Ascot 2015. Photo:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ireland’s winter jumps campaign continues to gather momentum but Dermot Weld’s is looking ahead to one of this country’s top-rated flat stars, Free(...)

Ruby Walsh on Vautour on his way to winning the  JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Irish raiders Vautour and Don Cossack head the ante-post market after 32 entries were revealed for the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on(...)

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(...)