Union Dues is in line to make his chasing debut at Punchestown on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

If Min doesn’t follow in the illustrious hoofprints of Douvan and Vautour by winning Saturday’s Grade 2 highlight at Punchestown those who believe th(...)

Derek O’Connor riding Gurteen to victory at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

As the lads alighted Barney’s bone-shaker at the gates to Leopardstown on Monday, Vinny Fitzpatrick did his customary head count and identified a post(...)

 No More Heroes, ridden by Bryan Cooper, clears the last on the way to winning the Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Only four lined up for Leopardstown’s Ryanair Hurdle but it turned into a fascinating head-to-head between Nichols Canyon and Identity Thief that firm(...)

Jockey Adrian Heskin after competing in The Cardinal Capital Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Covering the races at Leopardstown at Christmas always feels a bit like staring in a Samuel Beckett play, except it’s Bono not Godot that has folk wai(...)

Douvan (left) and Vautour in Willie Mullins’s yard in Closesutton, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There’s an irony in Ireland’s joint-Horses of the Year for 2015, Don Cossack and Faugheen, being on Christmas duty at Kempton which will probably was(...)

 Ruby Walsh riding Vautour  clear from the last to win The Stella Artois 1965 Steeple Chase from Ptit Zig at Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

If first impressions really do count then ante-post odds as short as 5-4 about Douvan winning the Arkle at Cheltenham next March mightn’t be ridiculou(...)

Patrick Mullins will ride  Boston Bob in Wednesday’s Galway Plate. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Patrick Mullins is thrilled to have picked up the ride on multiple Grade One winner Boston Bob in Wednesday’s Galway Plate. The 10-year-old won both t(...)

Patrick Mullins: rides Whiteout in Galway’s Day One festival highlight. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Patrick Mullins has been Ireland’s record-breaking champion amateur jockey for the last eight years, but Whiteout could earn herself a special plac(...)

Matthew Bowes is unseated by Waydownsouth during the Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA. Matthew Bowes is unseated by Waydownsouth during the Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Bryan Cooper has the enviable pick of Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team but found out again that choice has its minuses too when Paul Carberr(...)

Champion amateur rider Patrick Mullins at his father’s training yard at Closutton, near Leighlinbridge. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Since day one of Cheltenham 2015 revolves around one man to an extent unprecedented through the festival’s long history, the secret of Willie Mullins’(...)