Black Hercules with Patrick Mullins and trainer Willie Mullins at Cheltenham. The novice will be in action in the Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s a multiple Grade Two racing weekend in Ireland and Black Hercules could be best poised to dispel any second-division suspicions about its Chelten(...)

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(...)

Prince Of Scars will be in action in Sunday’s Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland’s five Grade Two prizes this weekend could do with a timely pedigree boost for identifying Cheltenham stars a month later and Black Hercules (...)

Talks about drawing up protocols for new out of competition testing have yet to take place between the ITBA and the Turf Club. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Talks are due to take place between the Turf Club and the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association to start implementing protocols for out of competit(...)

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(...)