Richie McLernon guides Johns Spirit over the last to win The Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham last November. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Tony McCoy should have taken a break from race-riding even before his announcement last week that he would rest for a fortnight, according to the tra(...)

Ruby Walsh will partner Long Run for the first time in Sunday’s Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at Auteuil as regular mount Sam Waley-Cohen is not allowed to ride in the race due to his amateur status. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ruby Walsh will partner Long Run for the first time in Sunday’s Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at Auteuil.Sam Waley-Cohen, son of the owner Robert, has (...)

 Jockey Sam Waley Cohen and Long Run. The 2011 Gold Cup winner  has been given a rating over a stone and a half lower than his career peak. He’s not as good as he was – but he surely hasn’t regressed that much. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

It’s almost 40 years since a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner won the Grand National and it is a very different Grand National now to when L’Escargot fam(...)

 Aintree Racecourse on the opening day of the Crabbie’s Grand National 2014. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

County Kildare trainer Peter Maher feels he has Big Shu in the shape of his life ahead of Saturday’s first £1 million Crabbies’ Grand National (...)

 Davy Russell riding Sir Des Champs clear the last to win The Bet Online With Thetote.com Punchestown Gold Cup  from Long Run  at Punchestown yesterday. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

There’s an irony in Willie Mullins supplying Davy Russell with the winner that might seal the jockeys championship but after Sir Des Champs landed (...)

 Davy Russell will pilot Sir Des Champs today.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Circumstances conspired against Sir Des Champs at Cheltenham but the Willie Mullins -trained star can make no mistake in today’s €150,000 Tote(...)

Racehorses compete during the Supreme Novices Hurdle Race. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

[BYLINE1]BRIAN O’CONNOR[/BYLINE1][BYLINE2]in Cheltenham [/BYLINE2]Cheltenham 2013 opened grey and freezing and none of it mattered a dam(...)