Trainer Paul Nicholls with Ruby Walsh after winning onboard Tidal Bay in the Lexus Steeplechase at the 2012 Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Inpho

BRIAN O’CONNORTidal Bay still gets tagged with the “quirky” label but defeating tomorrow’s Hennessy Gold Cup opposition could finally shake off that r(...)

Willie Mullins

Sir Des Champs is unable to defend his Hennessy Gold Cup crown but Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team still appears to be in pole position to rea(...)

Ruby Walsh and  Un de Sceaux at Punchestown last year.

It’s seven years since Sublimity used tomorrow’s lowly €20,000 conditions race at Navan as a stepping stone to a surprise 16/1 triumph in the Champion(...)

Davy Russell celebrates winning the Punchestown Gold Cup Steeplechase on Sir Des Champs last April. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
Sir Des Champs to miss Gold Cup
  • Racing
  • January 3, 2014, 17:15

Last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs will miss the remainder of the current campaign after sustaining a tendon injury.The eight-(...)

Davy Russell is “confident plenty of people will continue to use me”.

Davy Russell was denied a winning send-off in his last ride as number one jockey for Gigginstown House Stud when Roi Du Mee was collared by Marito at (...)

First Lieutenant is beaten by Bobs Worth (left) in the 2012 RSA Chase, but can gain revenge in today’s Lexus Chase.

First Lieutenant doesn’t win very often, and Irish horses don’t win the Lexus Chase very often, but even with the Gold Cup hero, Bobs Worth, raiding L(...)

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth heads a field of 14 remaining in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Saturday week at the latest acceptance stage(...)

Sir Des Champs, who took a recent heavy fall in the Durkan Chase, has come out of that race fine and is reported to be in good shape for next week’s Lexus Chase.

Willie Mullins has confirmed Sir Des Champs is on course for next week’s Lexus Chase at Leopardstown, as the champion trainer targets a first ever suc(...)

Ruby Walsh pops Arvika Ligeonniere over the last on their way to victory in yesterday’s John Durkan Memorial Chase. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Modern digital communication means the 10,000kms between Punchestown and Hong Kong was no barrier to Willie Mullins watching Arvika Ligeonniere win ye(...)

A general view of the field in the second race at Punchestown today. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Arvika Ligeonniere enjoyed a facile success for the Willie Mullins team after stablemate Sir Des Champs made an early exit in the John Durkan Memorial(...)