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(...)

   Ruby Walsh on board Vautour coming home to win the Killiney Novice Steeplechase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The bare evidence of the 1-5 favourite Vautour beating a 66-1 no-hoper might not be convincing, but it was more than just artistic impression (...)

Trainer Mouse Morris: looks like allowing First Lieutenant a chance to score across the channel. Photograph: INPHO

Just one Irish trained horse has won Wetherby’s Charlie Hall Chase in the last thirty three years but First Lieutenant looks like getting the opportun(...)

Boston Bob will be  ridden by Ruby Walsh in the Punchestown Gold Cup.

Willie Mullins’ pair of On His Own and Boston Bob top a list of 10 declared runners for Wednesday’s Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchesto(...)

Mouse Morris: Only six years since the trainer supplied the Irish Grand National winner Hear The Echo at 33/1. Photograph: Alan Betson

Since he is owned by a wealthy businessman and trained by a Lord’s son, a win for Rogue Angel might not exactly chime with the(...)

Colbert Station, an Aintree Grand National entry, is one of 16 horses left in Saturday’s Webster Cup Chase at Navan.

Cheltenham wound up a bonanza but the odds are sliding dramatically against an Irish success in Saturday week’s A(...)

Rule The World winning at Naas in January. His trainer, Mouse Morris, feels the gelding is back to his best and he’ll need to be if he’s to win today’s World Hurdle.

Sentiment will be all over Big Buck’s and his ‘drive-for-five’ in today’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle, while Cheltenham will be awash with Irish ent(...)

Last Instalment’s trainer Philip Fenton. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Last Instalment and First Lieutenant will both be declared for Friday’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, according to Gigginstown House Stud’s racing manag(...)

First Lieutenant (centre) finishes second, beaten a length and a half, to Bobs Worth (left) in the Lexus Chase and could renew rivalry in the Gold Cup on Friday week.

It is 40 years since Mouse Morris first tasted Cheltenham success but the trainer who has rarely if ever made a wrong festival move admits he i(...)

Willie Mullins

Sir Des Champs is unable to defend his Hennessy Gold Cup crown but Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team still appears to be in pole position to rea(...)