David Mullins with his uncle, trainer Willie Mullins. The Grand National-winning jockey will attempt to foil his uncle’s plans to win the BHP  Irish Champion Hurdle in Leopardstown  for a seventh year in a row on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The jockey will team with Petit Mouchoir and go up against Willie Mullins-trained champion

 Be My Royal and David Casey on their way to the post for the Hennessy Gold Cup in 2002. Photograph: Healy  Racing

The new five-year deal is to sponsor 13 races over two days and begins in December

A Toi Phil  with Jack Kennedy aboard after winning the coral.ie Leopardstown Handicap Chase  on Sunday.  Photograph: Patrick McCann

Yorkhill hardens as JLT favourite despite making hard work of Grade Three novice chase

Sean Flanagan celebrates his win on Ice Cold Soul in the  Coral.ie Hurdle at Leopardstown.  Photograph: Patrick McCann

Melbourne Cup runner-up Heartbreak City fails to fire on his return over hurdles

Ruby Walsh notched up a 100 winner at Thurles during the week. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Champion Hurdle hero Jezki and Carlingford Lough will be focus of attention at Navan

 Kerrin McEvoy riding Almandin wins the Melbourne Cup ahead of Joao Moreira on Heartbreak City at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. Photo:  Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Tony Martin’s Melbourne Cup runner-up a ‘good thing’ once he handles eight hurdles

Heartbreak City: came up agonisingly short in the world’s richest handicap the Melbourne Cup at Flemington  in November. Photograph: Brett Holburt/Getty Images)

JP McManus-owned Grade One stars Jezki and Carlingford Lough bound for Navan

Michael Grassick with trainer  John Oxx: “A lot of lads ease up on a horse so they can actually finish, particularly on deep ground,” said Grassick. Photograph Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainers’ CEO Michael Grassick worried ‘best possible position’ regulation is ‘vague’”

Trainer Tom Mullins. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

That’s A Wrap going for four-in-row, while Un De Sceaux odds-on to defend Ascot Crown

The Turf Club Referrals Committee finally released its verdict on the circumstances of Like A Diamond’s controversial withdrawal from a race at Ballinrobe in July of 2013. Photo: Inpho

The trainer and two others were behind the backing of horse from 50-1 in to 9-4 in 2013

Turf Club’s chief executive Denis Egan, said there could be an increase in t inquiries after the new running and riding rules come into force. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

First meeting under new running and riding rules will take place at Dundalk on Friday

Willie Mullins has won the Irish Champion Hurdle for the last six years with Faugheen. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer says horse definitely on course for Cheltenham, for which it remains favourite

Jack Kennedy on Ball D’Arc en route to winning the Bar One Racing Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase  at Fairyhouse. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Elliot-trained Ball D’Arc lands Fairyhouse feature and will be aimed at Grand Annul

Gigginstown Stud’s principal Cheltenham Gold Cup hope now looks to be the Lexus winner Outlander.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Willie Mullins aiming to land Saturday feature at Punchestown with Crack Mome

Payout: betting levy rates should be higher, says Horse Racing Ireland. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

HRI to push for higher taxes as gap closes between what exchequer pays and receives

Former champion jockey Barry Geraghty successfully appealed against a 30-day ban last April. Photograph: PA.

Irish Jockeys Association wants ‘non-trier’ cases automatically referred to HQ

Trainer Tony Martin and jockey Barry Geraghty successfully appealed against a 30 day ban for a ride on Noble Emperor at Limerick. Photo: Inpho

A significant overhaul of running and riding rules means jockeys must be “seen” to try

Jezki ridden by Barry Geraghty on the way to winning  The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham in 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jessica Harrington believes she has pinpointed perfect opportunity for top hurdler

Willie Mullins:   won the last four renewals of the two-mile heat including with  Vautour and Douvan who went on to land Cheltenham’s Supreme Novices Hurdle. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Willie Mullins has five runners in Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle including Cilaos Emery

On The Fringe, with Nina Carberry on board, jump the last on the way to winning the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Star chaser who was called ‘people’s horse’ by Nina Carberry in pursuit of ‘triple hat-trick’

Coneygree: the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner is set to miss this year’s renewal, according to Sara Bradstock, wife of trainer, Mark Bradstock. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Thistlecrack a firmer Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite after Coneygree’s defection

Tony Martin: “A solution has been agreed.” Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Outcome of dispute a blow to appeals body, with Turf Club in line to pay legal bills

Jack Kennedy on Death Duty wins the Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle as Ruby Walsh on Augusta Kate comes to grief. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Death Duty’s victory in Naas novice hurdle narrows gap with Ireland’s top trainer

Trainer Willie Mullins saddled a remarkable 22 winners over Christmas. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/Inpho

Mullins hope Aldechi Inois faces two Elliott runners in the Listed Chase at Tramore

Ruby Walsh, on Vroum Vroum Mag, celebrates winning the fourth race of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Champion jockey will be on board Childrens List, Sure Reef and newcomer Brontide

 Trainer Gordon Elliott expects a competitive race. Photograph: Barry Cronin/PA Wire.

Baltazar d’Allier tests Grade One waters in Betfred Challow Novices Hurdle

Petit Mouchoir ridden by Bryan Cooper jumps the last to win The Ryanair Hurdle during day four of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bryan Cooper steered Petit Mouchoir home ahead of odds-on favourite Nichols Canyon

Robbie Power on board Our Duke after winning The Neville Hotels Novice Steeplechase at Leopardstown. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins’ tally reached 21 when first Battleford and then Let’s Dance came home

Nichols Canyon and Ruby Walsh en route to victory in the Ryanair Hurdle at  Leopardstown last December. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Locally based owner Barry Connell bids for success in novice chase with Martello Tower

Patrick Mullins:  teams up with Livelovelaugh in Limerick’s feature but is on Castlegrace Paddy  in the bumper.   Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Patrick Mullins fancied to notch bumper victory for Pat Fahy on Castlegrace Paddy

Trainer of Jer’s Girl Gavin Cromwell. Photograph: Inpho

Jer’s Girl tries to reverse Morgiana form with Nichols Canyon at Leopardstown festival

Ruby Walsh and Vroom Vroom Mag lead the field home to win the Grade One Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mullins saddles Leopardstown four-timer to bring holiday haul to 17 winners

 Jack Kennedy, left, leads the field over the last on the way to winning the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Teenager Jack Kennedy claims first Grade One win as Djakadam finishes third

Djakadam has been runner-up in the last two Cheltenham Gold Cups: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Vroum Vroum Mag can bring Willie Mullins more festive cheer in Christmas Hurdle

Davy Russell riding Zabana  to victory in the thee Growise Champion Novice Steeplechase at  the Punchestown festival. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Victory in the Grade One contest could see Andy Lynch targeting a Gold Cup bid

Noble Endeavor ridden by Davy Russell wins the Paddy Power Steeplechase during day two of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse.  Photograph: PA Wire

Major gamble pays dividends in the most valuable race of the holiday period

 Paul Townend will ride all four Mullins runners at Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Daryl Jacob travels from Britain to pilot the Gordon Elliott runner Missy Tata

Douvan with groom Rachel Robbins and trainer Willie Mullins  after the  Paddy Power Cashcard Chase victory at Leopardstown. Photograph:  PA Wire.

Champion trainer records a total of six winners in Ireland for second successive day

Trainer Liz Doyle (left): “Soft ground, near bottom weight: it’s not rocket science!” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fair chance for A Decent Excuse; Duke Cass likely to score in day-two festival finale

Tom Taaffe celebrates Cane Brake’s 2006 victory at  the Paddy Power Steeplechase. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

Win for Rogue Trader or People’s Park could cement Gold Cup victor’s return to form

 Willy Mullins-trained Douvan hotly tipped to make it an unbeaten “Diamond Dozen” in the €100,000 Cashcard Chase. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Douvan should enjoy lucrative lap of honour on day two of Leopardstown festival

Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins make a happy pair after victory in the Racing Post Novice Chase during day one of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse. Photograph: PA Wire.

Thistlecrack odds on for Cheltenham Gold Cup after King George rout at Kempton

Min and jockey Ruby Walsh go on to win the Racing Post Novice Chase during day one of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown. Photograph: PA

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh enjoy 12-1 St Stephen’s Day treble at Leopardstown

Michael O’Leary’s Identity Thief wins the Ryan Cleaning Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown last month. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

JP McManus holds major prospects in first three races of Leopardstown festival

Paul Townend takes over  the ride on favourite Bellshill in the featured Grade 2 Shannon Airport Novice Chase at Limerick. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Bellshill is hoping to enhance Cheltenham prospects in Shannon Airport Novice Chase

Trainer Karl Thornton and jockey Donagh Meyler. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Dublin trainer has Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown in Colms Dream’s sights

Jockey Katie Walsh will be looking for a holiday winner. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Katie Walsh can score St Stephen’s Day success on Blairs Cove

  Pat Smullen on  Harzand wins The Derby for “the greatest trainer in the world.” Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Sports review of 2016: Legendary trainer saddled 4,000th career winner just weeks later but Derby was more than a bit special for (...)

Leopardstown are expecting 55,000 to attend the Christmas festival racing. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Wet weather conditons not likely to interfere with the four-day festival period

 Douvan is the  overwhelming favourite for the Grade One Cashcard Chase at Leopardstown on Tuesday December 27th. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Season’s leading trainer could have a contender in all 63 races run in Ireland during the festive period

 Trainer Colin Tizzard poses with Thistlecrack  and Cue Card  at Spurles Farm  in Sherborne, England. Photograph:  Harry Trump/Getty Images

Road To Riches and Roi Des Francs the only Irish-trained challengers for big prize

 Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan: “I would be optimistic we will find a solution and come to an arrangement on testing which is acceptable to everyone.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

25 per cent increase in blood and urine testing planned for second half of the year

Paul Gilligan. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Co Galway trainer ruled out of all racing activities for six months

Many Clouds ridden by Leighton Aspell won the Crabbie’s Grand National  at Aintree in 2015. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

Oliver Sherwood’s Grand National winner set to take on Irish stars on their home patch

Eddie O’Leary thinking about Outlander  and maybe Road To Riches for the King George. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Death Duty favourite for Albert Bartlett after impressive Navan victory

 Trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Bryn Cooper after winning The Tara Handicap Hurdle with Automated. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Samcro follows in footsteps of Don Cossack by winning Listed Bumper at Navan

 David Mullins celebrates his Crabbie’s Grand National victory on on Rule The World at Aintree.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Triple Grade One novice hurdler Yorkhill gets chasing career under way at Fairyhouse

Politologue ridden by Sam Triston-Davies won  the Mitie Noel Novices’ Steeplechase at Ascot. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Asthuria should be difficult to beat in Sunday’s Listed feature at Thurles

Mouse Morris who picked up the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2016 Horse Racing Ireland Awards. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

New €10,000 minimum race value will be a boost for the large majority of owners

Yorkhill, ridden by Ruby Walsh, on the way to winning the Neptune Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham earlier this year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Vroum Vroum Mag will be entered in both King George and Christmas Hurdle at Kempton

Valseur Lido: produced a sparkling first start for new trainer Henry De Bromhead in the JNwine Champion Chase at Down Royal in November. Photograph: Inpho

Gigginstown’s number one is set to skip Kempton’s King George VI Chase

Douvan winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle with Ruby Walsh at Cheltenham. Willie Mullins has indicated the horse will be kept to two miles this season.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Willie Mullins’s star’s official rating unchanged at 169 despite Cork romp

Yanworth: returned to action with a hard-fought success under Barry Geraghty at Ascot last month. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Owner’s star novices Coney Island and Anibale Fly may be separated at Leopardstown

When it mattered most, and when a cool head was most required, there was no one better than Walter Swinburn. Photo: Adrian Murrell/Allsport/Getty Images

Behind the glamour lurked the mundane and painful reality of a struggle with weight

Walter Swinburn and Shergar win the Epsom Derby by 10 lengths in 1981. Photo: Bob Martin/Allsport/Getty Images

Swinburn won Epsom Derby three times and The Arc once

Athenry-based trainer Paul Gilligan was banned for six months by BHA in March. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Co Galway trainer’s solicitor critical of delay in organising review of six-month ban

Djakadam ridden by Ruby Walsh jumps the last to win The John Durkan Chase at Punchestown. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Djakadam claims Durkan Chase to help Willie Mullins to a Sunday six-timer

Douvan:  “He has the talent to win over two miles and three miles and could be even better over the longer trip,” said Tony McCoy.  Photograph:  Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images

Ruby Walsh rides Djakadam in Grade One John Durkan Chase at Punchestown

 Highland Reel and Cougar Mountain, right,  walk back on the course proper after a trackwork session at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong. Photograph:  Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Champion trainer’s Cougar Mountain also runs in Hong Kong Mile on Sunday morning

 Pat Smullen: “I’ve got two last-time winners with Happy Valley form so that’s a good start.” Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Highland Reel on course to defend Vase crown in Sunday’s International Carnival

 Apple’s Jade (left) ridden by Bryan Cooper leads home Vroum Vroum Mag ridden by Ruby Walsh to win The Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle on December 4th. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Willie Mullins’s Djakadam set to defend his Grade One crown at Punchestown

At the Horse Racing Ireland Awards were Danny, Patrick, Maureen, Willie and Emmet Mullins. Maureen Mullins won the Contribution to Industry Award and her son, trainer Willie Mullins, won the National Hunt Award. – Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Aidan O’Brien-trained Minding was crowned Horse of the Year for 2016

Douvan and Ruby Walsh. Willie Mullins believes the Hilly Way is a good start for Douvan who is already a best priced 8-11 for Champion Chase glory at Cheltenham in March. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

O'Brien's Highland Reel odds on for Vase at the International Carnival in Hong Kong

Coney Island ridden by Mark Walsh clears the last on the way to winning the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Steeplechase. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Coney Island headlines a 305-1 hat-trick for owner with Drinmore Novice Chase victory

Bryan Cooper celebrates on Apple’s Jade after winning the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle and is congratulated by trainer Gordon Elliott during day two of the Winter Festival at Fairyhouse racecourse, Co. Meath. Photo: PA

Willie Mullins hit back with Grade 1 winner Airlie Beach but remains behind in title race

Willie Mullins holds an edge with three hopefuls in the €100,000 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle led by the top mare, Vroum Vroum Mag. Photograph: Inpho

Mullins and Elliott set to do battle in ‘Winter Festival’ Grade One races

Ruby Walsh  on Un de Sceaux: the Tingle Creek Chase is “competitive but he’s top-rated and  an exciting horse to ride”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Last Samurai and Mouse Morris’s Rogue Angel tackle Aintree fences in Becher Chase

 Jockey David Mullins  poses in the winner’s enclosure alongside trainer Mouse Morris and Rule The World owner Michael O’Leary after winning the 2016  Grand National steeplechase at Aintree. Photograph: Getty Image

Tipperary-based trainer hopes to repeat Aintree success of Rule The World

Douvan, ridden by Ruby Walsh, winning the Racing Post Arkle Trophy during the Cheltenham Festival last March. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Un De Sceaux remains in contention for Sandown’s Betfair Tingle Creek Chase

 A Toi Phil, with Ruby Walsh  at Punchestown Racecourse: horse will run in the “Winter Festival”  at Fairyhouse this weekend. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Trainer to run three horses as he targets Grade One success in Drinmore Novice Chase

Min ridden by Ruby Walsh jumps the last to win The Irish Stallion Farms  Steeplechase at Navan.    Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ruby Walsh guides new chasing star to a ten length success in Navan steeplechase

Gordon Elliott: “It’s been one of those days. I thought we had plenty of chances but six winners is unbelievable.”. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Elliott saddles 41,276-1 six-timer but plays down chances of taking champion trainer title

Three Swallowsnick jockey Jamie Codd celebrates with grooms from  Cullentra House Stables after victory at Navan on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Meath trainer continues to throw down the gauntlet to champion trainer Willie Mullins

Ger Fox on Rouge Angel and Ruby Walsh on Bless The Wings jumping the last together in last Easter’s Irish Grand National. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

‘Troytown 11’ shows the extent of the power at the Longwood yard

Mark Walsh:  currently one ahead of Davy Russell on the jockeys’ table

Victory for Zabana would take Davy Russell to 40 winners for the season in Ireland

 Barry Geraghty riding Don’t Touch It, left,  clears the last to pip Petit Mouchoir to victory  at the Punchestown festival last  April. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Henry De Bromhead aiming to land a second Grade One success with Gigginstown hope

Cause of Causes, topweight among Gordon Elliott’s contenders. Photograph: Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images

A total of 14 of the 47 entries still left in the prestigious handicap are trained by Elliott

Joseph O’Brien at work in the Carriganog Stables,  Co Kilkenny.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Already a champion jockey, the 23-year-old now embarks on training career

 Frederik Tylicki: paralysed from the waist down following a horrific accident at Kempton. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Madeleine, sister of severely injured jockey Freddy Tylicki, bags first winner as trainer

Ruby Walsh and Nichols Canyon after winning the StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Champion trainer seves notice of winter intentions with clinical Grade One victory

Ruby Walsh on board Nichols Canyon  at Punchestown in 2015. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Faugheen and Annie Power to miss Punchestown but Hatton’s Grace remains an option

Willie Mullins has almost half a million euro to make up on Gordon Elliott in the race for this season’s trainer’s title. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champion steps up campaign for trainer’s title with 10 weekend runners

Brian Kavanagh: reappointed for a third term as HRI’s chief executive earlier this year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Elizabeth Headon and Peter Nolan appointed by Minister Michael Creed

 Ruby Walsh riding Annie Power. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer has entered a seven-strong squad for Sunday's race at Punchestown

 Annie Power (with Ruby Walsh on board) who could return to action in Sunday’s Stan James Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Weather permitting, Annie Power and Faugheen could reappear in Mogiana Hurdle

Kylemore Lough ridden by Barry Geraghty clears the last on the way to winning the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse last March. Photograph: Donall Farmer/inpho

Shropshire trainer keen to try his luck across Irish Sea again after success at Fairyhouse

Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan have been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad. Photograph: Mikhail Kireev/Inpho

It says much about international football that League of Ireland fans are on high ground

 Highland Reel ridden by jockey Seamus Heffernan wins the Longines Turf race on day two of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup  at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Photograph:  Harry How/Getty Images

Colt could be set to attempt to break new ground for top trainer Aidan O’Brien

Ruby Walsh landed the first Grade One prize of the National Hunt season in style on board Valseur Lido in Down Royal’s JNwine Champion Chase on Saturday. Photograph: Kevin Scott/Presseye/Inpho

Ruby Walsh secures first Grade One success of National Hunt season on Valseur Lido

Seamus Heffernan and Highland Reel en-route to victory in the Breeders Cup Turf. Photograph: Getty/Harry How

Stablemate and Arc heroine Found is retired after finishing third in defence of her crown

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