Barry Connell: looking forward to Cheltenham this year following last year’s disappointments. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Leopardstown’s €20,000 Ballsbridge Hurdle is small fry compared to Cheltenham’s upcoming delights but it could provide a timely boost today to both G(...)

Champion Hurdle favourite Faugheen (above with Ruby Walsh onboard) is one of Mullins’s headline festival acts.

Just three weeks away from the start of Cheltenham, Willie Mullins believes he is set to bring his most powerful ever team to National Hunt racing’s g(...)

Ruby Walsh makes the trip to Down Royal today for one ride on Tony Martin’s Spacious Sky. Photo credit: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ruby Walsh goes to Down Royal today for a single ride as Tony Martin turns to the champion jockey for Spacious Sky in a handicap hurdle.The six-year-o(...)

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 riding Djakadam on their way to winning The Goffs Tyhestes Handicap Steeplechase at Gowran Park. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins landed an incredible sixth win in the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park as Djakadam sauntered to victory.Sent off favourite (...)

Noel Meade: “He ran well at Christmas. We are hoping he can come on a bit from that.” Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Monksland seeks to take another major step forward ahead of the Cheltenham Festival following a two-year lay-off when he lines-up for the John Mulhern(...)

 Denis O’Regan on Living Next Door (left) wins the €190,000 Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

It required a hugely brave performance from Living Next Door - and a vintage Denis O’Regan ride too - but a massive gamble on the 7-2 favourite Foxroc(...)

Horse racing  boosted by €100 million Racecourse Capital Development Fund to cover work between 2015 and 2019. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The increasing consensus that Irish racing is emerging from the worst of the economic downturn will be further boosted by confirmation from Horse Raci(...)

 Trainer Gordon Elliott: won the Ladbroke in dramatic style with the 25-1 Cause Of Causes in 2012 while  last year Flaxen Flare ran an honourable third in the race. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The in-form Gordon Elliott has an enviable record in this Saturday’s Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot and could be doubly represented in the big weekend handi(...)

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(...)