Vautour may be favourite for next month’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup but he could have to produce a performance to rank with some of steeplechasing’s(...)

 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(...)

England captain Dylan Hartley in action against Scotland in Murrayfield. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

(...). Hartley once bit Stephen Ferris during a Six Nations game, punched Rory Best, and eye-gouged Johnny O’Connor(...)

Mark Walsh celebrates after winning the Irish Gold Cup on Carlingford Lough. Photograph: Sportsfile

Jump racing’s capacity to surprise has rarely been better illustrated than by Valseur Lido and Ruby Walsh’s dramatic final fence exit in the €150,000 (...)

Barry Geraghty: has chosen to ride Gilgamboa in the Irish Gold Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Nina Carberry has to sit out the weekend action with a back injury so Jamie Codd steps in for the Saturday ride on the top hunter chaser On The Fring(...)

Road to Riches and Bryan Cooper: “There’s nothing we can do about the price and all we can do is get him there in good shape, which we think he is,” said  trainer Noel Meade. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A decade after War Of Attrition famously sealed Michael O’Leary’s Cheltenham Gold Cup love-affair, the Ryanair boss can further strengthen his hand fo(...)

Road To Riches, ridden by Bryan Cooper, clears the last fence on his way to victory at Clonmel in November in what was his sole start to date so far this term. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

It is 20 years since Imperial Call won the then Hennessy en route to landing the Cheltenham Gold Cup six weeks later and Road To Riches is a hot-favo(...)

First Lieutenant with Barry Geraghty on board:  Mouse Morris charge may shed his ‘nearly’ horse reputation in Saturday’s Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Since he’s owned by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, First Lieutenant is hardly a comfortable fit for any “little guy” role, but he will still be a hugel(...)

Ivanovich Gorbatov  faces danger from three top-class fillies in Saturday’s Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

The gambled-on Triumph Hurdle favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov could have to overcome ‘Girl Power’ if he is to successfully advertise his Cheltenham fest(...)

Eddie O’Leary: Updates on race plans for Gigginstown Stud runners. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Ante-post favourite Road To Riches is set to lead a powerful Gigginstown Stud team in Saturday’s Irish Gold Cup, as doubts surround the participation(...)