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(...)

Don Cossack and Brian O’Connell (right) hold off the challenges of Boston Bob and Texas Jack to win the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown yesterday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Once dismissed by some as unreliable, Don Cossack now appears transformed, and his career-best performance winning Punchestown’s John Durkan Chase me(...)

Jessica Harrington, Kate Harrington and Robbie Power with two of the yard’s star performers Jetson and Jezki. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Visiting a racing yard can have multiple benefits, not least of which is a reminder that a racehorse is a living, breathing individual, preoccupied mo(...)

Barry Geraghty and Jezki after winning the 2014 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. Photograph: Inpho

Nicky Henderson’s plans for this weekend’s Cheltenham fixture look like proving crucial to whether Barry Geraghty will be reunited with his Champion (...)

Baraweez and Colm O’Donoghue go on to win the  Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Ahanoora” Handicap on the final day  of the Galway Festival at Ballybrit. Photograph:  PA

Brian Ellison vowed to return to Galway after Baraweez and Pacific Heights gave him a one-three in the €100,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Ahonoora” H(...)

Marchese Marconi and Robbie Power  win the Ladbrokes Maiden Hurdle on day six of the Galway Festival. Photograph: PA Wire

Stephen Nolan would love to run Prince Rudi in the Irish National next spring after his stable stalwart landed the feature race on the sixth day of th(...)

Gordon Elliott: also runs Midnight Game in Europe’s most valuable handicap hurdle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If Gordon Elliott wins today’s Guinness Galway Hurdle no one can say it will be out of turn and in Bayan the Co Meath trainer looks to have a horse wi(...)

Jockey Gary Halpin onboard Vastonea on his way to winning The Topaz Mile at the Galway Racing Festival in Ballybrit. Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Galway rewards “Horses for Courses” followers more than most and Vastonea further validated the theory yesterday when becoming just the second hors(...)

Jockey Gary Halpin on Vastonea gets up to  win The Topaz Mile Handicap for the second time on day two of the Galway Festival at Ballybrit. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Vastonea bounced back to his best to record a second victory the Topaz Mile Handicap, the feature event on day two of the Galway Festival.Kevin Prende(...)

The Turf Club appears to be on a possible collision course with the government over the proposed Horse Racing Ireland Amendment Bill that’s due to (...)