Jockey Mark Walsh on board Kitten Rock clears the last hurdle ahead of  Glens Melody (David Casey) at Naas in January. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jezki proved in 2014 the potent Champion Hurdle threat a JP McManus ‘second-string’ can be and Kitten Rock is set to fill that role at Cheltenham nex(...)

 Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carlingford Lough (Tony McCoy)  is the one to watch out for in the Gold Cup, says Eddie O’Leary. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Tony McCoy has a fine chance of a valedictory success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, according to connections of one of his main rivals. Eddie O’Leary i(...)

Barry Connell: looking forward to Cheltenham this year following last year’s disappointments. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Leopardstown’s €20,000 Ballsbridge Hurdle is small fry compared to Cheltenham’s upcoming delights but it could provide a timely boost today to both G(...)

Joackey Mark Walsh will miss Cheltenham after breaking an arm in a fall at Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mark Walsh’s title aspirations were dealt a hammer blow after the leading Irish jockey suffered a broken arm in a fall at Thurles.Walsh, who rides the(...)

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 (...)

Tony McCoy won the Irish Hennessy at Leopardstown earlier this month riding Carlingford Lough. Photograph: Getty Images.

Tony McCoy believes Carlingford Lough “has a live chance” when the partnership takes aim at the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 13th.The soon-to-(...)

Trainer Enda Bolger has high hopes for Gilgamboa despite loss at Navan.

Cheltenham may be the overwhelming racing focus right now but Enda Bolger is already looking forward to next season with his star novice Gilgamboa who(...)

Shane Lowry finished in seventh place in his first tournament of the season – the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South in La Jolla, California. Photo: Josh Hedges/Getty

It’s great to be back on the road again, even if the feel-good factor of a seventh place finish in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines didn’t l(...)

Tony McCoy salutes the adoring crowds as he celebrates his Hennessy Gold Cup victory on Carlingford Lough at Leopardstown Racecourse. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The lads knew when to leave Vinny Fitzpatrick “on his Tolberone”, as Fran put it. Apart from a couple of “Alright, Vinny?” there was no genuine effort(...)

Tony McCoy enters the parade ring aboard Carlingford Lough after winning the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

You don’t ride over 4,300 winners without great timing but Tony McCoy’s punchline in securing a first ever Hennessy Gold Cup success on Carlingford Lo(...)