The showcase race at the Easter Festival is the Boylesports Irish Grand National, which this year has an increased prize pot of €275,000

It will plate about 2,100 corporate dinners, serve about 32,000 pints of beer and attract 1,000 visitors from Britain. This year’s Easter Festi(...)

Don Cossack will be entered in the three-mile Betfred Bowl at Aintree. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Don Cossack is set to be stepped back up to three miles at Liverpool and the Gigginstown Stud team are hoping their star chaser will enjoy better luc(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has always made it clear a transatlantic service would be operated by a company other than Ryanair

Ryanair’s transatlantic plans are still on, it just won’t be Ryanair that will be flying between Europe and the US should they actually take off, it w(...)

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, has talked for many years about establishing a transatlantic airline offering cheap fares, and the disclosure that the board has approved outline plans suggests the company is now serious about proceeding.

The board of Ryanair has approved plans to launch transatlantic flights, as part of an ambitious five-year growth strategy outlined by the airline. On(...)

Tony McCoy returns after his last ride at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It’s probably just as well Willie Mullins didn’t win the Gold Cup as his dominance of the Cheltenham festival is starting to get embarrassing. When hi(...)

Jockey Nico de Boinville and Coneygree led from the start to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of the festival. photograph: adrian dennis

At the end of three and a quarter miles and twenty two fences there were no arguments and no excuses: Coneygree, the unbeaten novice, had dared his Be(...)

Tony McCoy got the victory he desperately wanted at his last festival. It was the most satisfying of all his 31 victories at Cheltenham, according to his wife Chanelle. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

It was St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham, but the day belonged to another Irish icon. Tony McCoy got the victory he desperately wanted in his last f(...)

Ruby Walsh on Vautour on his way to winning the 13.30 JLT Novices’ Chase on Day Three of Cheltenham. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters.

Considering the 2015 Gold Cup has yet to be run it’s presumptuous in the extreme to think about the 2016 version but since Willie Mullins can’t help (...)

Don Cossack profits from Champagne Fever’s mistake in Thurles in one of four wins from four starts this season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There is a glaring lack of an Irish-trained winner on the Ryanair Chase roll-of-honour and no one is more motivated to fill that gap than the big-rac(...)

Winning owner Michael O’Leary and jockey Davy Russell celebrate in the winners enclosure after Rivage D’Or took the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase on Ladies Day. Photograph: PA

Ahead of Thursday’s big race which he sponsors, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary got off the mark with two winners. First Don Poli, one of the (...)