Paul Townend on Hurricane Fly: the jockey is already widely presumed likely to end up riding his old ally in the Champion Hurdle. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The unprecedented strength in depth of Willie Mullins’s Cheltenham squad has seen significant market support for the champion trainer’s number two (...)

Paul Townend on Hurricane Fly alongside Champagne Fever at Willie Mullins’ yard in Closutton, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Florence Nightingale apparently believed apprehension more harmful than any exertion so Willie Mullins might need some TLC in the next fortnight befor(...)

Willie Mullins has expressed his desire to  nail a Cheltenham Gold Cup win after several near misses.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Djakadam is as low as 12-1 to finally break Willie Mullins’s Cheltenham Gold Cup duck and could wind up being Ruby Walsh’s mount in next month’s big (...)

 Willie Mullins: Up For Review is already at the forefront his  hopes for the Champion Bumper. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

There is a Grand National “vibe” to today’s Fairyhouse action, but it will be firmly about Cheltenham at Naas tomorrow where the Willie Mullins-train(...)

Paul Townend and Hurricane Fly lead Willie Mullins’ string at the trainer’s  base in  Closutton, Co Carlow.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Willie Mullins admits it would be a “dream result” if Hurricane Fly can win the Stan James Champion Hurdle for a third time at the Cheltenham Festival(...)

Willie Mullins: has seven of the 11 entries left in the Paddy Power flat race at Naas on Sunday.

A quartet of Grade Two contests will be the black-type highlights this weekend but it is a comparatively low-key €13,500 contest at Naas this Sunday (...)

Vigil (far right) finishes fifth behind stable companion Silver Concorde in last year’s Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Ireland’s champion flat jockey Pat Smullen is set to try and break his Cheltenham festival duck when he again teams up with Vigil for the Weatherbys (...)

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(...)

Champagne Fever won the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park.  Photograph:  David Davies/PA

Champagne Fever got back on track with a smooth victory in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran.Willie Mullins’s talented grey made amends for a fall at the (...)

Champagne Fever, ridden by Ruby Walsh, on the way to beating My Tent Or Yours ridden by Tony McCoy to win the William Hill Supreme Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2013. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

With just over three weeks to the start of Cheltenham 2015, this weekend’s trials are something of a last-chance saloon in terms of establishing firm (...)