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Allaho’s Cheveley Park Stud owners have said they, if necessary, are happy to go the Cheltenham festival on the back of just one run this season. File photograph: Inpho

Allaho could take a tried and trusted route to the Cheltenham festival via Sunday’s Grade Two feature at Thurles. The Willie Mullins trained star is a(...)

Jack Kennedy celebrates on Minella Indo  after winning the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Abraham/Inpho

Minella Indo and A Plus Tard, last year’s first and second, top 30 entries for the Cheltenham Gold Cup – the highlight of the festival meeting in Marc(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

“I think I’ve finally figured it out,” I go – and, yeah, no, I’m talking about the latest restrictions. “If I set the alorm for, like, 2am and give th(...)

Ginto, ridden by Jack Kennedy, jumping a fence on the  way to winning the Kilberry Pub & Kitchen Maiden Hurdle at Navan. Kennedy would later suffer a suspected broken arm. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning rider Jack Kennedy suffered a suspected broken arm in a fall at Navan. Kennedy went to hospital for X-rays after Wide Re(...)

File photo of Davy Russell. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Davy Russell had to make do with minor honours on his long-awaited return to action at Downpatrick. The Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National-winn(...)

Portree House, Straffan, Co Kildare

Retirement for some means throwing in the towel and putting one’s feet up for a long-overdue rest. For others it’s just a case of changing tack. (...)

  Paul Townend riding Al Boum Photo  to win The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15th, 2019. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Al Boum Photo is favourite to complete a rare Cheltenham Gold Cup hat-trick on Friday, a scenario that once upon a time would have had his owner Joe D(...)

Monkfish can extend his unbeaten run over fences on Wednesday. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Just how exceptional Monkfish looks to be can be gauged by how he is already a 6-1 favourite with some firms for next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Tha(...)

Bookmakers are seen among the crowds of racegoers on the final day of the Cheltenham festival in 2019. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images

Cheltenham week. Money down, bets on. The one week in the year where it feels like no big deal to gamble on seven races a day. And sure maybe, late on(...)

 Rachael Blackmore after victory on Honeysuckle in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham lasat March. Photograph:  Tom Jenkins/Getty Images

A sport on the ropes from the reputational battering it has suffered in recent weeks could get no greater boost than for Rachael Blackmore to flourish(...)

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