Zawraq and Pat Smullen. Dermot Weld had dangled the idea of next weekend’s Irish Guineas as a possible target for Sheikh Hamdan’s colt, but the owner’s spokesman has indicated Zawraq will go straight for the Derby

Dermot Weld’s exciting colt Zawraq may have run only twice but he looks like being a major Derby player at Epsom in three weeks.Meanwhile his stable (...)

On His Own was bettered by Lord Windermere in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Fresh from breaking records at both Cheltenham and Punchestown, Willie Mullins is considering turning his attention towards Paris this weekend where (...)

Annie Power cruised to victory in the Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: PA

Annie Power returned to her majestic best when easing to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown.In command when (...)

Annie Power will seek to atone for her crashing fall at Cheltenham with victory in the Mares hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

In the past, Ireland’s National Hunt season has climaxed with some grandstand championship finishes but this Punchestown festival finale isn’t one of(...)

Ruby Walsh on board Faugheen comes home to win the Champion Hurdle on Day Four of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

A snappy sobriquet seems almost mandatory for modern sporting superstars and Faugheen’s “The Machine” just about sums up a devastating Punchestown (...)

Blood Cotil ridden by Paul Townend jumps the last to win The EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Steeplechase  at Punchestown.  Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Faugheen lived up to the hype with a flawless display in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle. The seven-year-old took his record to a perfect 10 ou(...)

Matthew Bowes is unseated by Waydownsouth during the Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA. Matthew Bowes is unseated by Waydownsouth during the Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Bryan Cooper has the enviable pick of Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team but found out again that choice has its minuses too when Paul Carberr(...)

Paul Townend and  Killultagh Vic clear the last on the way to winning the  Grade One Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Don Cossack looked every inch a future Cheltenham Gold Cup contender as he clinched the final success of a tremendous season in the Punchestown Gol(...)

Runners and riders, including eventual winner Wish Ye Didnt ridden by Nina Carberry, clear Ruby’s Double during the Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Chase at Punchestown. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA

A record opening day crowd of 20,214 crammed in for the the start of the 2015 Punchestown festival – where having a Mullins of some description on (...)

The hailstones were doing a merry dance on the bare toes and sparkly Louboutin shoes of model Rosanna Davison. “It’s mind over matter,” she said, smil(...)