Jockey Ruby Walsh falls from Valseur Lido after the final fence blunder whilst in the lead in Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Phootograph: Ramsey Cardy/sportsfile

The folly of dismissing Carlingford Lough’s Cheltenham Gold Cup claims on the basis of 33-1 odds for steeplechasing’s ‘blue riband’ is obvious consid(...)

Road to Riches and Bryan Cooper: “There’s nothing we can do about the price and all we can do is get him there in good shape, which we think he is,” said  trainer Noel Meade. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A decade after War Of Attrition famously sealed Michael O’Leary’s Cheltenham Gold Cup love-affair, the Ryanair boss can further strengthen his hand fo(...)

Noel Meade believes Road to Riches is a ‘stupid price’ for Saturday’s Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer Noel Meade believes Road To Riches is a “stupid price” for Saturday’s Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Having struck twice at the highest leve(...)

Road To Riches, ridden by Bryan Cooper, clears the last fence on his way to victory at Clonmel in November in what was his sole start to date so far this term. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

It is 20 years since Imperial Call won the then Hennessy en route to landing the Cheltenham Gold Cup six weeks later and Road To Riches is a hot-favo(...)

First Lieutenant with Barry Geraghty on board:  Mouse Morris charge may shed his ‘nearly’ horse reputation in Saturday’s Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Since he’s owned by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, First Lieutenant is hardly a comfortable fit for any “little guy” role, but he will still be a hugel(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. The airline  raised its full-year traffic forecast again to 106 million from a previously guided 105 million

Shares in Ryanair surged on Monday after it announced third quarter pretax profits that were 110 per cent higher . The airline said pretax profit for(...)

The airline is also running new winter services from Dublin to Athens, Bologna, Murcia, Porto and Seville, as well more flights to Bucharest and Gatwick

Ryanair is backing Dublin Airport’s €250 million new runway plan, but does not want it to increase passenger charges to pay for the project. Dublin (...)

Horse owner Rich Ricci and trainer Willie Mullins. The colossal investment made by rich owners means the best National Hunt horses will line up at Cheltenham under a fervently embraced “Team Ireland” banner. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Cheltenham’s significance is so overarching that the festival clock never really stops ticking. And with only six weeks to National Hunt racing’s grea(...)

 Trainer Mouse Morris: “I imagine he’ll go straight to Cheltenham now. He showed at Liverpool that he is much better on good ground.” Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Irish challenge for the World Hurdle at Cheltenham is mounting steadily and Alpha Des Obeaux promises to be a worthy addition to the squad after (...)

Five airline chief executives, Michael O’Leary (above) of Ryanair, Willie Walsh of IAG, Alexandre de Juniac of Air France-KLM, Carolyn McCall of Easyjet and Carsten Spohr of Lufthansa, jointly launched the new group. Photograph: Bloomberg

Airline chiefs such as Michael O’Leary and Willie Walsh are putting aside their rivalries to campaign for cuts in airport and air traffic control cha(...)