Jack Kennedy and Samcro en route to victory in the  Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham last March. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rain arrived in the north-east of England on Tuesday afternoon and the timing could not have been better, as Newcastle remains on course to stage one(...)

Paul Townend on Next Destination comes home to win the Novice Chase at Naas in January. Willie Mullins has a horse that in most years would boast an outstanding profile for Ballymore Novice Hurdle. Photograph: Inpho

Cheltenham is unique but close your eyes and theoretically the most eagerly-anticipated novice event of the week can be reduced to an everyday Irish (...)