Patrick Mullins: rides Whiteout in Galway’s Day One festival highlight. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Patrick Mullins has been Ireland’s record-breaking champion amateur jockey for the last eight years, but Whiteout could earn herself a special plac(...)

Zafayan could give the bookies a fright. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

It might smack of raining on the Galway parade to mention Ladbrokes’ odds of just 9-4 on rain falling on every single day in the next seven, but sinc(...)

Annie Power will seek to atone for her crashing fall at Cheltenham with victory in the Mares hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

In the past, Ireland’s National Hunt season has climaxed with some grandstand championship finishes but this Punchestown festival finale isn’t one of(...)

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(...)

Runners and riders, including eventual winner Wish Ye Didnt ridden by Nina Carberry, clear Ruby’s Double during the Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Chase at Punchestown. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA

A record opening day crowd of 20,214 crammed in for the the start of the 2015 Punchestown festival – where having a Mullins of some description on (...)

 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(...)

Davy Condon has been forced to retire after his fall during the Grand National. Photograph: Inpho

Davy Condon has been forced to retire from the saddle due to a spinal injury.Condon was riding Portrait King in the Grand National at Aintree when he (...)

 Saint Are, ridden by Dougie Costello, finished ninth in the Grand National at Aintree two years ago.   Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

When it comes to racing fairytales, fate can have a nasty habit of falling at the last. But the vast swell of popular support for Tony McCoy to finish(...)

Bookmakers have Jim Culloty’s Spring Heeled as a  general 20-1 shot for Saturday’s big race in Aintree. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Up to eight hopefuls look set to try to become the 17th Irish-trained winner of the Crabbies Aintree Grand National since 1900 this Saturday but Jim (...)

Neil Mulholland will be looking for a new jockey for The Druids Nephew at Aintree due to Barry Geraghty’s recent injury.  Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

JP McManus’s Cheltenham festival winner Cause Of Causes has a choice of upcoming Grand Nationals for his next start and a tilt at the Aintree spectacu(...)