Barry Geraghty: is an 8-1 second favorite to be leading rider at Cheltenham next week. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tony Martin-trained runner a stand-out prospect in Grade Three novice chase

Lieutenant Colonel ridden by Bryan Cooper on his way to winning the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown last December. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Quicker ground at Cheltenham may the Curragh-trained horse

Willie Mullins at the gallops at his Closutton headquarters in Carlow. He will bring a formidable 50-strong team to Cheltenham. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

No other trainer has ever brought as powerful a team to National Hunt’s top festival

Jockey Mark Walsh on board Kitten Rock clears the last hurdle ahead of  Glens Melody (David Casey) at Naas in January. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

JP McManus’s ‘second-string’ to line up with holder Jezki for Tuesday’s highlight

 Connections of On the Fringe (Nina Carberry) seen here conceding to Tammys Hill (Robbie McNamara) at Leopardstown last month, are hoping for drying ground at Cheltenham next week. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Ryanair Chase opens up with defection of Cue Card

Supasundae wining at Ascot for Barry Geraghty in December. Johnny Burke takes up the ride  for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst

Supasundae has the class to deliver Waterford trainer’s third success

Gordon Elliott and Bryan Cooper etc. Inpho.

Duo in search of pre-festival confidence at Downpatrick

Manny Pacquiao’s enthusiasm to get into the ring with Floyd Mayweather may not be entirely unrelated to a $75 million tax bill. Photograph: Joseph Agcaoili/AFP/Getty Images

‘Fight of the Century’ pales in comparison with rivalries gone by

Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan: “Events in the past year have highlighted the importance of providing a facility for anyone who has information they wish to report in a confidential manner.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Confidential hotlines set up to receive information on doping and other issues

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