Jockey Barry Geraghty and Shutthefrontdoor on the way to victory in the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Barry Cronin/PA

Jonjo O’Neill enjoyed further success in what has already been a fabulous season for his yard as Shutthefrontdoor justified his position as 8 to 1 (...)

Jockey Paddy Woods (left), who rode Arkle to victory at Gowran Park in 1962, and John Lumley, the horse’s stable lad, in front of the bronze statue of Arkle in Ashbourne, Co Meath at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

No matter which horse wins The Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse this afternoon, the spirit of Arkle, the greatest steeplechaser o(...)

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(...)

Jockey Ben Dalton aboard Liberty Counsel (left) on his way to winning the Irish Grand National last year leaves jockey Paul Townend on Away We Go in his wake. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s being billed as the “Race of the People” but Willie Mullins hopes he will be able to break the little-guy streak in Easter Monday’s €250,000 B(...)

Double Seven and jockey Tony McCoy jump the final fence during the Grand National. The Martin Brassil-trained horse has been entered in the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Don Cossack heads the weights after 69 horses were entered for the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday. Gordo(...)

Andrew Thornton celebrates winning the Ladbrokes Irish National on Lion Na Bearnai – an intended runner in Saturday’s big race at Aintree – at Fairyhouse in 2012.

Topweight Tidal Bay is the headline act among the ‘senior citizens’ for Saturday’s Crabbies Grand National but Co(...)

Hurricane Fly: May take on Our Conor and Jezki. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Hurricane Fly’s attempt to successfully defend a perfect track record is set to be one of the highlights of this week’s Christmas action and Leopardst(...)

Bellenois (yellow) ridden by Harry Skelton beats Rio De Sivola ridden by AP McCoy to win the Shooting Stary Chase Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at Ascot yesterday. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA

The weekend action before Christmas is usually relatively humdrum but the power of Willie Mullins’s string is illustrated by him pitching in a couple (...)

Jim Dreaper: is aiming Goonyella at the Welsh Grand National.

Goonyella may be one of the favourites for the most valuable prize at Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival but trainer Jim Dreaper has stressed his star (...)

Flemenstar ridden by Andrew Lynch on their way to winning the Fortria Chase at Navan last month. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Flemenstar might be favourite to defend his John Durkan Chase crown on Sunday, and he does have a valuable run already under his belt this season, but(...)