Vautour, right, with Ruby Walsh up, and Ballycasey, with David Mullins aboard, go past the main stand. Photograph: Matt Browne

Willie Mullins maintained the election theme at Leopardstown on Sunday when two of his big hopes for an elusive Cheltenham Gold Cup victory, Vautour a(...)

Bryan Cooper on No More Heroes at Fairyhouse in November. The horse will get a run at Leopardstown tomorrow. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott have 14 weekend runners between them, but with just over a fortnight out from the Cheltenham festival their primary(...)

Arctic Fire is one of a number of big names set to miss the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Inpho

With the news last year’s Champion Hurdle runner-up Arctic Fire has suffered an injury and will not be at Cheltenham, we look at six other big names w(...)

Boston Bob and Rugby Walsh won the At The Races Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Inpho

Boston Bob was the main beneficiary of the late fall of Mala Beach in the At The Races Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse. The Gordon Elliott-trained Mala B(...)

Annie Power won comfortably on her return at Punchestown. Photograph: PA

Annie Power is the new favourite for the Champion Hurdle following a faultless return to action at Punchestown on what proved a dramatic afternoon wit(...)

Measureofmydreams completed a Grade Two double for the Willie Mullins string at Navan yesterday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Navan’s Sunday card contained much of jump racing’s winter narrative – small fields, odds-on favourites and another hat-trick for the dominant Willie (...)

File photo, dated November 2013, of Smashing Image: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Smashing enhanced his Cheltenham Festival profile with a clean-cut victory in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park. Trained by Henry de Bromhead, the (...)

Ruby Walsh: will have four rides at Gowran including the fancied Sempre Medici.

Not even the pick of four Willie Mullins-trained hopefuls in Britain’s richest handicap hurdle can divert Ruby Walsh from home this Saturday where Se(...)

 Jockey Ruby Walsh falls from Valseur Lido after the final fence blunder whilst in the lead in Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Phootograph: Ramsey Cardy/sportsfile

The folly of dismissing Carlingford Lough’s Cheltenham Gold Cup claims on the basis of 33-1 odds for steeplechasing’s ‘blue riband’ is obvious consid(...)

Ruby Walsh may have to choose between Vautour and Djakadam in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Those making Willie Mullins an odds-on favourite to be champion trainer in Britain this season are pinning their confidence on him dominating Chelten(...)