Bryony Frost, on board Frodon, became the first female jockey to win a Grade One chase at Cheltenham on Thursday. Photograph: PA

It felt like the coarseness raging in the Brexit debates at Westminster had drifted up the M4 to Cheltenham. It made “St Patrick’s Thursday” at the Ch(...)

The statue of Arkle overlooks the parade ring ahead of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival: “The potential [Brexit] delays at ports and all the paperwork are  going to have a massive knock-on effect.”  Photograph:  Simon Cooper/PA

Even the Aer Lingus staff bringing punters to the Cheltenham Festival, the most anticipated jump racing festival of the year, were thinking only one t(...)

Ted Walsh: “There’s no such thing as us against them. It’s my horse against the others, and where they come from or go home to doesn’t enter into it.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

At the 1989 Cheltenham festival, the Irish knew their fate early on the first day. For the previous two years, Tommy Carmody had ridden Galmoy to win (...)

Ruby Walsh: will be back in the saddle aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Lareena  at Thurles. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Ruby Walsh will make his eagerly-awaited return to the saddle when he takes up one ride at Thurles on Thursday. Walsh has been out of action since su(...)

Paul Townend on Getabird. The six-year-old is unbeaten in four starts,and was a brilliant winner of the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in January. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ante-post favourite Getabird is one of 28 horses confirmed for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the opening race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival on Tuesda(...)

Apple’s Jade (left) leading  home Vroum Vroum Mag  to win the Hatton’s Grace at Fairyhouse in December 2106. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Top-class mare Vroum Vroum Mag will miss next week’s Cheltenham Festival and has been retired from racing. The Rich and Susannah Ricci-owned nine-yea(...)

Sizing John ridden by Robbie Power comes home to win the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup last year. Photograph: Inpho

Inside Business is a regular podcast from The Irish Times. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, on Android, on Stitcher - or wherever you find podcasts. This(...)

 Nico de Boinville riding Altior, left,  clear the last to win The betfair Exchange Steeple Chase from Politolouge at Newbury. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Altior is odds-on across the board to claim a third Cheltenham Festival victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase after his class shone through on hi(...)

Apple’s Jade, last year’s winner of the OLBG Mares’ Hurdles, heads 33 entries for this year’s renewal. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Apple’s Jade is the headline name among 33 entries for the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on March 13th. Gordon Elliott’s charge won th(...)

The Anseanachai Cliste case is the  first  in Britain to involve a positive test for cobalt, which is believed to increase endurance in racehorses. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Anseanachai Cliste, who was banned from running at the Cheltenham Festival in March after a blood-covered syringe was discovered in his box before th(...)

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