Ruby Walsh aboard Faugheen after winning the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last March. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty.

Faugheen may be the headline act for Sunday’s BHP Irish Champion Hurdle but he and his Willie Mullins-trained stable companions face a mammoth task in(...)

Jockey Andrew Lynch with Flemenstar  after the victory in the Paddy Power Steeplechase during the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Flemenstar is set to return to action at Punchestown on the final day of this month on the back of a memorable Christmas return to Grade One winning f(...)

Up for Review came in as yet another festive season winner for Willie Mullins at Punchestown. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Up For Review was a most impressive all-the-way winner of the Dorans Pride Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. The Willie Mullins-trained gelding won with (...)

Edwulf ridden by Mikey Fograty falls at the last while leading The Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Steeplechase at Navan. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Bellshill gave Willie Mullins his fourth win in the last five renewals of the Navan Novice Hurdle with a clear-cut victory at the Co Meath track. A G(...)

 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(...)

Patrick Mullins will ride  Boston Bob in Wednesday’s Galway Plate. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Patrick Mullins is thrilled to have picked up the ride on multiple Grade One winner Boston Bob in Wednesday’s Galway Plate. The 10-year-old won both t(...)

Tattersalls chairman and chief executive Edmond Mahony is optimistic that this year’s Derby Sale will beat the €14.7 million turnover of 2014 Tattersalls chairman and chief executive Edmond Mahony is optimistic that this year’s Derby Sale will beat the €14.7 million turnover of 2014

Having been hit hard in the wake of the financial crisis, the Irish bloodstock business is recovering. The general economy’s revival is partly driving(...)

 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(...)

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 (...)

Willie Mullins has expressed his desire to  nail a Cheltenham Gold Cup win after several near misses.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Djakadam is as low as 12-1 to finally break Willie Mullins’s Cheltenham Gold Cup duck and could wind up being Ruby Walsh’s mount in next month’s big (...)