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Cold Harden ridden by Gavin Sheehan after winning the 2015  Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ladbrokes will be shut out of sponsoring at next month’s Festival after 10 years as backers of the World Hurdle, it was announced on Thursday. Ryanai(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins: his Gold Cup contender Don Poli second top-rated at 11.9 for the Aintree Grand National.   Photo:  Pat Healy/PA

It is 42 years since Red Rum landed back-to-back renewals of the Crabbie’s Aintree Grand National and Many Clouds is a clear favourite to emulate the(...)

Eddie O’Leary: Updates on race plans for Gigginstown Stud runners. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Ante-post favourite Road To Riches is set to lead a powerful Gigginstown Stud team in Saturday’s Irish Gold Cup, as doubts surround the participation(...)

Felix Yonger ridden by Ruby Walsh clears the last on the way to winning the BoyleSports Tied Cottage Steeplechase  at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The attention that comes with having assembled perhaps the most powerful string of National Hunt horses ever seen is hardly a drawback that will have(...)

Hurricane Fly, one of the greatest hurdlers in the history of jumps racing, has been retired. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The legendary dual-Champion Hurdle winner and world-record Grade 1 scorer Hurricane Fly has been retired. Time was called on the long career of one of(...)

Arctic Fire ridden by Ruby Walsh (L) falls at the last before Jezki ridden by Tony McCoy go on to win the 15.25 Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle. Photo: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Jezki gave Tony McCoy a winner at what is his final Grand National Meeting when landing the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle.Volnay De Thaix ensured that any s(...)

Nico de Boinville on Coneygree celebrates winning the  Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Coneygree became the first novice to strike for 41 years when making most of the running in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.The eight-year-old, trained by Mar(...)

Milsean ridden by jockey Danny Mullins (left) leads from eventual winner Martello Tower ridden by Adrian Heskin during the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle on Gold Cup Day   at Cheltenham. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Willie Mullins made history by training a record eight winners at a Cheltenham Festival when Killultagh Vic landed a thrilling victory in the Martin P(...)

Gavin Sheehan celebrates with Daryl Jacob after riding Cole Harden to victory in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle Race during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Tony McCoy is as far removed from Gavin Sheehan in profile and experience as his Co Antrim birthplace is from Sheehan’s west Cork roots yet both decid(...)

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

Considering the 2015 Gold Cup has yet to be run it’s presumptuous in the extreme to think about the 2016 version but since Willie Mullins can’t help d(...)

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