Al Boum Photo ridden by Paul Townend: the nine-year-old enjoyed his usual preparation recently with a straightforward victory at Tramore. Photograph:  PA Wire

Dual winner Al Boum Photo heads 41 entries for this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Willie Mullins’ nine-year-old enjoyed his usual preparation recently (...)

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

Cue Card’s jockey Paddy Brennan believes Thistlecrack will need to be the best horse he has ever seen if he is to beat his stable companion in the 32R(...)

Paddy Brennan riding Cue Card to win at Aintree in April. “I couldn’t be happier with him,” says the jockey. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Paddy Brennan reports Cue Card to be in tip-top shape ahead of his mouthwatering clash with stablemate Thistlecrack in the 32Red King George VI Chase (...)

 Trainer Colin Tizzard: says final decision rests with Thistlecrack’s owners, John and Heather Snook. Photograph: Getty Images

Despite much anticipation before a media event at Colin Tizzard’s stables on Wednesday, the trainer had not, in fact, assembled the country’s racing r(...)

 Bryan Cooper is Kempton-bound with King George favourite  Don Cossack, but hopes to open his festive season account at Clomel today.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Bryan Cooper will enter the Christmas period on a positive note if Bello Conti, his sole mount at Clonmel manages to win, and the jockey is eagerl(...)

With the major Christmas meetings approaching, Willie Mullins says he is “very happy with how the whole yard is at the moment”.   Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins is confident Vautour’s jumping will not be an issue in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton. The Cheltenham winner’s com(...)

Gold Cup winner Coneygree could be lured to Leopardstown for the Lexus Chase on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Inpho

Coneygree’s connections may prefer to stay at home for the King George VI Chase this Christmas but Leopardstown’s authorities aren’t yet giving up on(...)

Ruby Walsh on Vautour on his way to winning the  JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Irish raiders Vautour and Don Cossack head the ante-post market after 32 entries were revealed for the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on(...)