Battleoverdoyen could be kept in reserve for the Aintree festival in April. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary’s Grade One-winning novice chaser Battleoverdoyen is only “50-50” to line up at the Cheltenham Festival. Bat(...)

Aidan Coleman riding Paisley Park clear of the last to win The Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury in November. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Last year’s winner Paisley Park features among 40 entries for the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Emma Lavelle’s stable star was the domi(...)

Bryony Frost, on board Frodon, became the first female jockey to win a Grade One chase at Cheltenham on Thursday. Photograph: PA

It felt like the coarseness raging in the Brexit debates at Westminster had drifted up the M4 to Cheltenham. It made “St Patrick’s Thursday” at the Ch(...)

The statue of Arkle overlooks the parade ring ahead of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival: “The potential [Brexit] delays at ports and all the paperwork are  going to have a massive knock-on effect.”  Photograph:  Simon Cooper/PA

Even the Aer Lingus staff bringing punters to the Cheltenham Festival, the most anticipated jump racing festival of the year, were thinking only one t(...)

Ted Walsh: “There’s no such thing as us against them. It’s my horse against the others, and where they come from or go home to doesn’t enter into it.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

At the 1989 Cheltenham festival, the Irish knew their fate early on the first day. For the previous two years, Tommy Carmody had ridden Galmoy to win (...)

Ruby Walsh: will be back in the saddle aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Lareena  at Thurles. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Ruby Walsh will make his eagerly-awaited return to the saddle when he takes up one ride at Thurles on Thursday. Walsh has been out of action since su(...)

Paul Townend on Getabird. The six-year-old is unbeaten in four starts,and was a brilliant winner of the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in January. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ante-post favourite Getabird is one of 28 horses confirmed for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the opening race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival on Tuesda(...)

Apple’s Jade (left) leading  home Vroum Vroum Mag  to win the Hatton’s Grace at Fairyhouse in December 2106. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Top-class mare Vroum Vroum Mag will miss next week’s Cheltenham Festival and has been retired from racing. The Rich and Susannah Ricci-owned nine-yea(...)

Sizing John ridden by Robbie Power comes home to win the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup last year. Photograph: Inpho

Inside Business is a regular podcast from The Irish Times. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, on Android, on Stitcher - or wherever you find podcasts. This(...)

 Nico de Boinville riding Altior, left,  clear the last to win The betfair Exchange Steeple Chase from Politolouge at Newbury. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Altior is odds-on across the board to claim a third Cheltenham Festival victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase after his class shone through on hi(...)

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