Nina Carberry (left) and Jane Mangan after they were presented with the Mary Hyde cup having tied  as leading women rider for the national hunt season, on day one of the Galway Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

In the grander scheme of things, the only tip that mattered on the first evening of Galway’s Race Week was to be found in the blue and gold colours i(...)

Amateur Steven Clements drives Quick Jack clear to land the featured Connacht Hotel (QR) Handicap on the opening day of the Galway Festival last night. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dermot Weld’s statistical record at Galway may be unsurpassable but Tony Martin’s rising status as a new festival “banker” option for punters got embe(...)

Jockey Brian Hayes on  Beckwith Star go clear to win the Easyfix Rubber Products Handicap Hurdle on the opening day of the Galway Races at Ballybrit. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Quick Jack gave trainer Tony Martin and jockey Steven Clements consecutive victories in the feature race on the first day of the Galway Festival, the (...)

Pat Smullen: hoping ground comes up soft for Fascinating Rock in flat season highlight. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ahead of an Epsom Derby date with Fascinating Rock next Saturday, Pat Smullen is in Haydock today for six rides which include Garswood, favourite for(...)

God’s Own comes with a late run in the hands of Barry Geraghty to spring a huge surprise in the Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown yesterday

Normally circumspect when it comes to hyping his horses, Willie Mullins appears to have abandoned the habits of a lifetime when it comes to Vautour wh(...)

Sizing Europe clears the last before landing the Champion Chase at Punchestown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jump racing is too tough a sport to entertain too many ‘last hurrah’ storylines but Sizing Europe breached the sentiment dam with a vengeance on th(...)

Ruby Walsh returns to action in France after a fractured arm and dislocated shoulder sustained at Cheltenham. Photograph: Inpho

The world’s top-rated racehorse Treve`might be returning to Group One action in Paris tomorrow but flat matters still have to wait in the wings as (...)

A mass offering of racing silks is brought from St Brigid’s Church at the funeral of Marguerite Weld at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Horse racing remembered two of its stalwarts yesterday when Marguerite Weld and Johnny Harrington were laid to rest. Mourners first gathered(...)

Jamie Moore drives Sire De Grugy clear after the last to win yesterday’s BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Sire De Grugy didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to win yesterday’s BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase and so the 11/4 favourite, the most accomplis(...)

Bryan Cooper drives Special Tiara (left) clear to win at Aintree last year. Davy Russell takes over in today’s BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Listen to enough people uttering enough negativity about the chances of each and every one of(...)