Faugheen: “A rather plain-looking ex-pointer, who has yet to fully capture the public imagination.” Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

He’s a near-unbackable favourite to take his unbeaten career record to a perfect 10 out of 10 at Punchestown today and yet an argument can be made th(...)

Willie Mullins at the gallops at his Closutton headquarters in Carlow. He will bring a formidable 50-strong team to Cheltenham. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

The scale of Willie Mullins’s overarching influence at Cheltenham next week can be gauged in any number of statistical permutations, but few have put (...)

Arkle Collection:  sold last week at Graham Budd Auctions in Mayfair for £65,000

The “Arkle Collection” of memorabilia associated with Ireland’s most famous racehorse has been shipped to London and sold at auction. The privately ow(...)

Jockey Paddy Woods (left), who rode Arkle to victory at Gowran Park in 1962, and John Lumley, the horse’s stable lad, in front of the bronze statue of Arkle in Ashbourne, Co Meath at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

No matter which horse wins The Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse this afternoon, the spirit of Arkle, the greatest steeplechaser o(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins with Hurricane Fly and jockey Ruby Walsh (left) on the gallops at Cheltenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Willie Mullins refers to it as “the cloud” that will hang over Cheltenham this week, the “it” being drugs and their use within racing. But the (...)

Arkle Racing, Marlborough Street, Dublin by John Doherty will go under the hammer in de Veres’ art auction in Dublin, €25,000-€35,000

It is 50 years since Arkle won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1964, the first of three consecutive wins. The champion steepl(...)

Trainer Noel Meade

Very Wood’s jumping career hasn’t yet hit the heights expected of him but a step up in trip should help Noel Mead(...)

Jockey Niall ‘Slippers’ Madden can make the most of his sole ride today in the Irish Grand National on Carlingford Lough. Photograph: Inpho

Finding a Ladbrokes Irish Grand National winner is rarely easy, but teasing out today’s competitive handicap – with a huge field of runners ai(...)