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 Robbie Power celebrates winning the  Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on Sizing John. Photograph:  Andrew Boyers/Reuters

On the day it was confirmed Douvan faces a summer of recuperation from injury, Sizing John finally and definitively stepped out of the shadow of his f(...)

Djakadam, with Ruby Walsh up, jumps the last ahead of Outlander, with Davy Russell up, on their way to winning The John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Steeplechase last December. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile via Getty Images

If, in the week that’s in it, there’s a weird synchronicity to the idea of Djakadam finally giving Willie Mullins a longed-for success in a St Patrick(...)

JP McManus’s racing manager Frank Berry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ask any trainer about what the future holds for a JP McManus-owned horse and the response is almost invariably the same –“Talk to Frank.” It doesn’t m(...)

Trainer Gordon Elliott at his  stables in Longwood, Co Meath: he  is an odds-on favourite to dethrone Willie Mullins as Ireland’s champion trainer later this season. Photograph: PA Photo

It’s one of Cheltenham’s least valuable races but it’s the one Gordon Elliott says he most wants to win. And in the context of one of the most unlikel(...)

Vroum Vroum Mag: Willie Mullins has further widened his festival options by leaving the mare  in both the Stayers Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase on Thursday.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s two years since Willie Mullins heralded his record eight-winner 2015 Cheltenham festival haul with victory in Sandown’s Listed Bumper the previo(...)

Landofhopeandglory: faces the task of conceding  a stone to Dinaria Des Obeaux  in the Winning Fair Hurdle at Fairyhouse.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sunday’s Naas card is billed as ‘Festival Trials Day’ but Saturday’s Grade Three opener at Fairyhouse could have the most Cheltenham significance wit(...)

Bryan Cooper and Petit Mouchoir clear the last fence to win the Ryanair Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Bryan Cooper returns to action with eight weekend rides which the Gold Cup winning rider hopes will begin a successful run-in to the Cheltenham festiv(...)

Phepotstown House in Co Meath

Maybe it’s something in the water, but Phepotstown House has a more than illustrious sporting history. Once the home of Willie Robinson – a jockey fam(...)

Jockey Mark Walsh on board Jezki at the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

With her new star Sizing John confirmed as a contender for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Jessica Harrington’s focus switches to her stalwart performer Jezk(...)

Sizing John and Robbie Power clear the last on the way to winning the  Stan James Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sizing John finally landed a Grade 1 victory in Irish racing’s most prolific top-flight programme at Leopardstown on Sunday. However, his victory ult(...)

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