Nicholls Canyon and Ruby Walsh won the Grade One Royal Bond Novice Hurdle last year at Fairyhouse: Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fairyhouse’s triple-Grade One ‘Winter Festival’ card is the biggest fixture of the Irish jumps campaign so far but track officials already have an eye(...)

An artist’s impression of the permanent marquee-style pavilion planned for Leopardstown Racecourse

Longines Irish Champions Weekend,” said HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh. As part of the plans, the old(...)

 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree is top weight for next Saturday’s Hennessy at Newbury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

It is 10 years since Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team first struck Grade 1 gold at Fairyhouse’s Winter Festival, and a decade later the(...)

Willie Mullins: “He will be left in both and I’ll have to see. He was second in Newcastle last year so he likes the track. We will make a decision later in the week.”

Arctic Fire has been installed an early odds-on favourite for Sunday’s Bar One Hatton’s Grace Hurdle but Willie Mullins faces a choice between the (...)

 Ruby Walsh riding Vautour  clear from the last to win The Stella Artois 1965 Steeple Chase from Ptit Zig at Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

If first impressions really do count then ante-post odds as short as 5-4 about Douvan winning the Arkle at Cheltenham next March mightn’t be ridiculou(...)

Ruby Walsh and Vautour will be the ones to watch at Ascot today. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Since he might not even be the best in his own yard, it could be a major exaggeration to describe Vautour as a “horse in a million”, but the Cheltenha(...)

Ruby Walsh riding Douvan clear past the last to win The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race at Cheltenham in  March. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Navan hosts the €100,000 Ladbrokes Troytown Chase on Sunday, plus the Grade Two Monksfield Novice Hurdle but both could be overshadowed if Douvan line(...)

Jockey Katie Walsh is set to ride the in-form joint-topweight On The Shannon. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

It is just 10 days until Fairyhouse hosts its Grade One ‘Winter Festival’ but the Co Meath track has a landmark moment on an otherwise relatively r(...)

Grundy ridden by Pat Eddery comes home to win the George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes on July 26th, 1975, ahead of Bustino ridden by Joe Mercer (left) and Dahlia ridden by Lester Piggott (second right). Photograph: PA 0:22

Pat Eddery was one of the world’s great riders and perhaps Ireland’s finest flat-race jockey of all. He was unquestionably the most successful. Only (...)

Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

With such an Australian flavour to sport at the moment, I stumbled across an arresting headline: “Greyhound Racing – an appalling anachronism whose(...)