Trainer Willie Mullins: his Gold Cup contender Don Poli second top-rated at 11.9 for the Aintree Grand National.   Photo:  Pat Healy/PA

It is 42 years since Red Rum landed back-to-back renewals of the Crabbie’s Aintree Grand National and Many Clouds is a clear favourite to emulate the(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 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 (...)

Mouse Morris: “Rule The World is a class horse and ran a cracker in Leopardstown.” Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer Mouse Morris believes both Rule The World and Folsom Blue are capable of making their presence felt in a fiercely competitive renewal of the G(...)

Mouse Morris: “Mouse Morris: “He ran a cracker, but I think he just ran up to his mark” Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Trainer Mouse Morris feels the handicapper overreacted to First Lieutenant’s excellent effort in defeat in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. Rated as(...)

Ruby Walsh faces real test in getting Arctic Fire to last three-mile distance. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Staying races, by definition, reward stamina so Leopardstown’s main support event can help Alpha Des Obeaux secure a first Grade One success today. (...)

Rule the World’s  ability to act on soft should be a major plus in Guinness Kerry National. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It is 40 years since Mouse Morris won the Guinness Kerry National as a jockey and Rule The World can bridge the long gap in Listowel’s festival showp(...)

Chopin trainer Ger Lyons, who is based in Co Meath. Photograph: Inpho

The influence of Sheikh Fahad Al Thani within Irish racing can be further advertised by German import Chopin in Leopardstown’s Heritage Stakes. Qat(...)

In the parade ring at the festival last year. Photograph: Joe Giddens

To the uninitiated tuning in to see what all this Cheltenham panic is about, Michael O’Leary will be among the festival’s most recognisable faces, a g(...)