Willie Mullins at the gallops at his Closutton headquarters in Carlow. He will bring a formidable 50-strong team to Cheltenham. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

The scale of Willie Mullins’s overarching influence at Cheltenham next week can be gauged in any number of statistical permutations, but few have put (...)

Faugheen on the gallops at Willie Mullins’s  yard at Closesutton in  Bagenalstown, Co Carlow. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Faugheen will lead Willie Mullins’s three-pronged assault on the Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival next Tuesday after the (...)

Gordon Elliott and Bryan Cooper etc. Inpho.

The traditional nervous Cheltenham countdown for Ireland’s top jockeys isn’t preventing Barry Geraghty and Bryan Cooper from going into action at Down(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins singled out JLT Novices’ Chase hopeful Vautour for special praise after his post-racing workout at Leopardstown on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Leopardstown

Willie Mullins singled out JLT Novices’ Chase hopeful Vautour for special praise after his post-racing workout at Leopardstown.Vautour was one of a tr(...)

Arctic Skipper, ridden by Andrew Lynch, leads the field home to win the he Paddy Power Shops 10.30am Sunday Service Maiden Hurdle at Naas. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A Naas fixture billed as ‘Cheltenham Trial Day’ was lit up by sparkling Grade Two success for Mallowney, a horse not even entered for the festival in(...)

Willie Mullins: has seven of the 11 entries left in the Paddy Power flat race at Naas on Sunday.

A quartet of Grade Two contests will be the black-type highlights this weekend but it is a comparatively low-key €13,500 contest at Naas this Sunday (...)

Trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Bryan Cooper celebrate winning the Ladbrokes Ireland Kinloch Brae Steeplechase with Don Cossack in Thurles last month. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Willie Mullins has raised the possibility of Champion Hurdle favourite Faugheen taking in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park on Saturday week.T(...)

Hidden Cyclone, ridden by Andrew McNamara, moved up to the winner’s enclosure in the Boylesports Tied Cottage Chase. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

No one can accuse Hidden Cyclone of being a quick learner, but the 10-year-old heads to Cheltenham’s Queen Mother Champion Chase on the back of an (...)

 Hidden Cyclone  and jockey Andrew McNamara won the Boylesports Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

All roads lead back to the Cheltenham Festival for Hidden Cyclone after Shark Hanlon’s pride and joy enjoyed his day in the sun with a fine front-runn(...)

Ruby Walsh guides Hurricane Fly to victory over Tony McCoy on Jezki in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown in December. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Hurricane Fly’s excellence means he makes history practically every time he sets hoof on a track these days yet even by his remarkable standards a f(...)