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(...)

Ruby Walsh guiding Vautour to victory in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at  Cheltenham last March. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Liz Doyle sprang a 50-1 Boylesports Hurdle shock with Penny’s Bill back in 2009 and while the Co Wexford trainer’s new hope, Pairofbrowneyes, won’t be(...)

Twinlight, ridden by Paul Townend, races clear of the last on the way to winning the Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet Chase on day two of the 2014 Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Twinlight bounced right back to his best to win the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase and in the process condemn Hidden Cylcone to the runner-up spot in t(...)

Paul Townend wins The Bewleys Hotels Maiden Hurdle on Alvisio Ville on the first day of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leopardstown racing: Cheltenham Festival and Punchestown hero Vautour suffered his first defeat for Willie Mullins as Clarcam ran out a impressive win(...)

Gilgamboa will be the principal focus of the McManus team’s attention at Limerick on Friday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Gilgamboa skips a clash with Vautour at Leopardstown in favour of an appearance closer to home in Limerick’s €39,000 Grade Two St Stephen’s Day fea(...)

Ruby Walsh guides Vautour to victory in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. But Walsh will not be aboard at Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day as he will be at Kempton. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Rarely has a horse brought as stratospheric a reputation to Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day as Vautour will for Friday’s Grade One feature where the (...)

No More Heroes  saw off Shaneshill to land the Navan Novice Hurdle at Navan . Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

No More Heroes raced into the Cheltenham Festival picture as he saw off Shaneshill to land the Navan Novice Hurdle for Gordon Elliott and Barry Geragh(...)

Paul Townend: has an enviable collection of rides, including Twinlight, at Cork. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tony McCoy won’t have to tackle his old friend and rival Ruby Walsh at Cork’s triple-Graded race card on Sunday but Paul Townend still looks like bei(...)