Apple’s Jade, pictured with Jack Kennedy up, disputes favouritism with Buveur D’Air as she bids to become the fifth mare to claim Champion Hurdle glory. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Buveur D’Air and Apple’s Jade are among 14 confirmations for the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday. Nicky Henderson’s dual winner Buve(...)

 Samcro, with Jack Kennedy, winning at   Leopardstown in February. He will return to action at Down Royal on Friday. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Confirmation that Samcro is being kept to hurdling this season provoked a flurry of future odds although one firm’s paltry 16-1 about Michael O’Leary’(...)

Apple’s Jade ridden by Bryan Cooper (right) beats Vroom Vroom Mag ridden by Paul Townend to win the OLBG Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The English-trained Buveur D’Air is an overwhelming favourite to successfully defend his Champion Hurdle title but otherwise the start of Cheltenham (...)

 Buveur D’Air: looks a horse at the peak of his capabilities, coming here on the back of an unbeaten season and proven to have no issues with soft ground. Photograph:  Alan  Crowhurst/Getty Images)

It’s 20 years since Istabraq won the first of a Unibet Champion Hurdle hat-trick and his owner, JP McManus, can mark the anniversary in style on Day O(...)

Tony McCoy looks on with his family as  a statue of himself is unveiled during Champion Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Anthony McCoy was left “very honoured and flattered” as a statue was put up in his honour at Cheltenham. The bronze figure of the retired 20-times c(...)

Ruby Walsh rides  Limini  to win The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Race at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Getty

Connections of Limini pointed to it having been a “big ask” to pitch her into the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after the mare(...)

Willie Mullins with Annie Power at his Co Carlow stables last February. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Annie Power, who has played a central role at the last three Cheltenham Festivals both in victory and defeat, will miss this year’s meeting and may no(...)

Follow all of the Cheltenham  action live with Malachy Clerkin today from 12.30pm. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Day one of the 2016 Cheltenham festival is finally upon us - so don’t miss out on any of the action, wherever you are. To help you out in that regar(...)

 Henry de Bromhead “I hope there’s more to come from him (Identity Thief). He looks a type of horse that should improve again, even though he’s already come a long way this season.”

Henry de Bromhead has five runners going into the first day of Cheltenham. Willie Mullins’s team apart, no other trainer can have more to look forwar(...)

Identity Thief ridden by Bryan Cooper jumps the last hurdle to win The StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle race at Newcastle in November. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

It is just 9-2 about Willie Mullins repeating last year’s Stan James Champion Hurdle 1-2-3 but Henry De Bromhead is hopeful the progressive Identity (...)

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