Willie Mullins: will be hoping triple-bumper winner Lyrical Theatre can claim the mares’ maiden hurdle at Thurles. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Alan King’s smart chaser will mount a challenge for Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet Chase

19/12/14 - NEWS - Tanaiste Joan Burton presenting Joanna Morgan, trainer and former jockey, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award  at the 10th Annual  The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year awards.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

At a time when female jockeys encountered sexism, Joanna Morgan bucked the consensus

Horse racing  boosted by €100 million Racecourse Capital Development Fund to cover work between 2015 and 2019. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

All eligible to apply but focus likely to be on Leopardstown and the Curragh

Andrew Lynch and Sizing Europe on their way to a popular victory during the Punchestown Festival in April. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Paddy Power Dial-a-bet Chase at festival a possible target for Henry de Bromhead’s star

 Davy Russell is now available to take the ride on  Lord Windermere in  the Lexus Chase, having had his suspension reduced to two days. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Turf Club Appeals Committee reduces suspensions from five days to two

A St Stephen’s Day engagement has yet to be decided for Gilgamboa, seen here winning the Boylesports.com Hurdle under Walsh last season, but he may challenge Vautour  at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Vautour’s solo at Leopardstown may turn into a duet with Gilgamboa

 Trainer Gordon Elliott: won the Ladbroke in dramatic style with the 25-1 Cause Of Causes in 2012 while  last year Flaxen Flare ran an honourable third in the race. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Gordon Elliott’s pair to lead strong Irish challenge for Saturday’s Ascot feature

Barry Geraghty and Shutthefrontdoor (centre) on their way to winning the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. J P McManus’ charge could line up for  the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Strong cross-channel contingent expected at Leopardstown Christmas meeting

Jamie Spencer has been champion jockey in both Ireland and Britain and has won 33 Group races worldwide. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Enigmatic jockey’s decision to carry on is just another page in the fairy tale

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