Bookmakers have Jim Culloty’s Spring Heeled as a  general 20-1 shot for Saturday’s big race in Aintree. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Up to eight hopefuls look set to try to become the 17th Irish-trained winner of the Crabbies Aintree Grand National since 1900 this Saturday but Jim (...)

Ruby Walsh riding Vautour clear the second last to win The JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase at Cheltenham in March. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Fairyhouse’s Easter Sunday highlight may be known as the Ryanair Gold Cup for the first time but officials are keeping their fingers crossed the race(...)

Windsor Park ridden by Davy Russell on their way to victory in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

It’s a game where every prediction comes with a ‘touch-wood’ nod to fate but Don Poli’s RSA triumph at Cheltenham was stamped with so much future Gold(...)

 Noel Fehily celebrates his victory on   Silviniaco Conti in last year’s King George VI Steeple Chase at Kempton Park. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Irish jockey Noel Fehily is in confident mood as Silviniaco Conti prepares to defend his crown in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton. Th(...)

Ruby Walsh and Hurricane Fly on the gallops today in Cheltenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ruby Walsh reports Hurricane Fly in fine shape after giving the dual Champion Hurdle winner a spin on the track ahead of Tuesday’s showpiece a(...)

Auroras Encore and Ryan Mania (left) jump into the lead at the final fence on the way to winning the  Grand National. Photograph:   John Giles/PA

Sue Smith became only the third woman in history to train the winner of the John Smith’s Grand National when 66-1 outsider Auroras Encore claim(...)