Vigil (far right) finishes fifth behind stable companion Silver Concorde in last year’s Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Ireland’s champion flat jockey Pat Smullen is set to try and break his Cheltenham festival duck when he again teams up with Vigil for the Weatherbys (...)

John Kiely: ‘It was a great finish and it was special to have AP – he gave him a peach of a ride. He’s a hell of a fellah – we’d have him again!’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tony McCoy’s attempts to deflect attention to John Kiely after Carlingford Lough’s memorable Hennessy Gold Cup success were always doomed to failure (...)

Davy Russell celebrates winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Lord Windermere. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

It is 21 years since a reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup champion landed Leopardstown’s Hennessy, and jockey Davy Russell believes the current “blue-riban(...)

Sprinter Sacre and  Barry Geraghty: claimed the 2013 Queen Mother Champion Chase in spectacular fashion. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy are the headline acts in a record 33 entries for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on March 11th.L(...)

Davy Russell on Lord Windermere (right) wins from On His Own (centre) and The Giant Bolster during last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

Jim Culloty blamed the ground for Lord Windermere’s below-par run in the Lexus Chase over Christmas and all roads still lead to a defence of the Be(...)

Jamie Codd guiding  Shaneshill to victory at Punchestown. The Grade One Bumper winner will be fancied in the Navan Novice Hurdle. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Shaneshill is the star equine attraction on Navan’s Grade Two card but Davy Condon’s return to action will be the most welcome element to the pre-fe(...)

The Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup: Lord Windermere ridden by Davy Russell (right) beats On his Own ridden by David Casye to win at Prestbury Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

The British Horseracing Authority probably don’t do Christmas cards but if they did, Graham Wylie’s would probably be extra-big. The English owner’s (...)

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere will be reunited with  Davy Russell in the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpo

Ireland’s latest Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere may be returning to action in Punchestown’s John Durkan Chase but his latest Grade One assi(...)

Annie Power, ridden by Rugby Walsh, on way to winning the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival in 2014. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Willie Mullins expects Annie Power to return to full training following the busy Christmas period after scans revealed her injuries were not as bad as(...)

Lord Windermere (right) edges out On His Own to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup last March. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Tradition indicates that Lord Windermere faces a huge task if he is to retain his Gold Cup crown in March. But Ireland’s latest “blue-riband” hero wi(...)