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Could Rachael Blackmore end the Festival as top jockey? Alan Crowhurst/Getty

It has been a long few weeks for racing enthusiasts, with the spectre of the coronavirus looming large over the Cheltenham Festival. More than €4 mil(...)

 Paul Townend rides Al Boum Photo to win the Gold Cup on the final day of last year’s Cheltenham festival. Photograph:  Getty Images

Tuesday 1.30 Skybet Supreme Novices Hurdle Abacadabras (G Elliott) 4-1 Asterion Forlonge (W Mullins) 5-2 Berkshire Royal (W Mullins) 33-1 Captain Gu(...)

Eddie O’Leary believes running Cheltenham behind closed doors is a better option  than a postponement. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Running the Cheltenham Festival behind closed doors is preferable to postponement should the coronavirus threat impact on next week’s action according(...)

Cheltenham racecourse authorities have advised racegoers here not to travel to next week’s National Hunt festival if they are displaying any symptoms (...)

Jack Kennedy celebrates Delta Work’s  win in the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup during day two of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown. Photograph:  PA Wire

Jack Kennedy looks all but certain to miss next month’s Cheltenham Festival after breaking his leg at Leopardstown on Sunday in the very next race fol(...)

Rachael Blackmore after winning  the featured PCI Irish Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle on the first day of the Dublin Racing Festival at  Leopardstown. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

There were rare scenes on day one of the Dublin Racing Festival as jockey Rachael Blackmore and the unbeaten mare Honeysuckle scooped the featured PCI(...)

Seamus Mallon: His political opponents came to appreciate him as an honest, stubborn, conscientious Ulsterman, who dealt in straight talking. Photograph:   Paula Beats/ Reuters

On the bitterly cold evening of February 20th, 1986, Seamus Mallon made his maiden speech in the House of Commons as newly-elected MP for Newry and Ar(...)

Road To Respect has been ruled out for the season. “Horses get legs. But he [Road To Respect] got it in Leopardstown on a track what wasn’t watered,” said Eddie O’Leary. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Michael O’Leary’s hopes of a third Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup success at the upcoming Dublin Racing Festival have been dealt a blow as one of his big (...)

JP McManus: Wylde Hide recorded back to back Thyestes wins for him in 1995-96. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

It’s almost quarter of a century since JP McManus last won the Goffs Thyestes Chase but bookmakers feel he has a favourite’s chance of bridging that g(...)

Paul Townend on his way to winning the BoyleSports Champion Steeplechase onboard Un De Sceaux at  Punchestown Festival in April 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Un De Sceaux tries to join a tiny band of elite horses that have won a Grade One race at the venerable age of 12 in Saturday’s feature at Ascot. Will(...)

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