Joackey Mark Walsh will miss Cheltenham after breaking an arm in a fall at Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mark Walsh’s title aspirations were dealt a hammer blow after the leading Irish jockey suffered a broken arm in a fall at Thurles.Walsh, who rides the(...)

 Paul Townend on Hurricane Fly: the jockey is already widely presumed likely to end up riding his old ally in the Champion Hurdle. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The unprecedented strength in depth of Willie Mullins’s Cheltenham squad has seen significant market support for the champion trainer’s number two (...)

Willie Mullins has expressed his desire to  nail a Cheltenham Gold Cup win after several near misses.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Djakadam is as low as 12-1 to finally break Willie Mullins’s Cheltenham Gold Cup duck and could wind up being Ruby Walsh’s mount in next month’s big (...)

Champagne Fever won the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park.  Photograph:  David Davies/PA

Champagne Fever got back on track with a smooth victory in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran.Willie Mullins’s talented grey made amends for a fall at the (...)

Champagne Fever, ridden by Ruby Walsh, on the way to beating My Tent Or Yours ridden by Tony McCoy to win the William Hill Supreme Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2013. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

With just over three weeks to the start of Cheltenham 2015, this weekend’s trials are something of a last-chance saloon in terms of establishing firm (...)

Danny Mullins will ride  Vroum Vroum Mag in the Opera Hat Chase for his uncle. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

With Ruby Walsh at Newbury and Paul Townend on duty at Warwick, Willie Mullins entrusts the hot-seat on the exciting Vroum Vroum Mag to his nephew Da(...)

Jockey Ruby Walsh on board Boston Bob: Walsh has opted to ride On His Own in the Hennessy Gold Cup, with Paul Townend riding Boston Bob. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Cheltenham Gold Cup picture still looks to have ample room for new contenders so it’s no surprise there is a similarly wide-open look to Sunday’s(...)

 Gitane Du Berlais, seen here winning the Solerina last year under Paul Townend, aims for Grade 1 success at Sandown today, while the Mullins stable has two mares lined up to take on her mantle in the Fairyhouse feature. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Willie Mullins’s Grade 1 focus today will be on Gitane Du Berlais at Sandown, but the champion trainer presents a notable quandary with two other mar(...)

 Un De Sceaux and Ruby Walsh leave the opposition trailing to win the  Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

There are six weeks to Cheltenham but Un De Sceaux already looks like starting the hottest favourite of the festival after a scintillating first care(...)

Ruby Walsh and Hurricane Fly go ahead of Jezki and Tony McCoy on the way to winning the  BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle  at Leopardstown. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Hurricane Fly knuckled down in his inimitable fashion to clinch an historic fifth consecutive victory in the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle.Will(...)