Phoenix Of Spain and  Jamie Spencer winning  the  Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 25th. Photograph:   PA Wire

Leading jockey Robbie Power is set for a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a back injury in a fall at Ballinrobe last week. The Cheltenham Gold(...)

  Paul Townend on Al Boum Photo celebrates victory in the  Cheltenham Gold Cup  on March 15th, 2019.   Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Al Boum Photo returns to Punchestown for the first time since his notorious mishap at last year’s festival, and trends students are likely to feel the(...)

 Davy Russell riding Presenting Percy clear over the last to win The John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle  at Gowran Park  in Kilkenny, Ireland. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy has been tagged a ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ type figure but his local Galway track is shortly set to see (...)

 Samcro, with Jack Kennedy, winning at   Leopardstown in February. He will return to action at Down Royal on Friday. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Confirmation that Samcro is being kept to hurdling this season provoked a flurry of future odds although one firm’s paltry 16-1 about Michael O’Leary’(...)

Jockey Derek O’Connor (right) is congratulated by Jack Kennedy after winning the Irish Gold Cup with Edwulf. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Top point-to-point rider Derek O’Connor will get the opportunity to secure Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup glory next week aboard the JP McManus star Edwul(...)

Jessica Harrington watches as Our Duke passes by during the media visit to her Commonstown Stables in Moone. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Jessica Harrington’s father was a British Army Brigadier so it’s no surprise command comes easy to her and she wasted little time exerting her author(...)

Robert Power clears the last on Our Duke before going on to win the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in April 2017. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With just over four weeks to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Our Duke looks set to put his ‘Blue Riband’ credentials to the test at Gowran this Saturday. Je(...)

Sub Lieutenant will try to go one better than his runner-up spot to Sizing John last year in the Grade Three Horse & Jockey Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye

Sub Lieutenant is a 50-1 outsider for Cheltenham Gold Cup glory in March but could take a significant step towards steeplechasing’s ‘Blue Riband’ at (...)

 Robbie Power riding Sizing John (R) pips Djakadam (L) to claim the Punchestown Gold Cup last  April. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

A mouth-watering clash between the new 2017 ‘Horse of the Year’ Sizing John and the history-seeking Djakadam is on the card for Sunday’s John Durkan (...)

  “I’m on cloud 109”: trainer Jessica Harrington celebrates with jockey Robbie Power  after Sizing John’s win in the  Cheltenham Gold Cup.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“It was beginner’s luck,” said Jessica Harrington after her astonishing achievement in winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at her first attempt. N(...)

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