Apple’s Jade, pictured with Jack Kennedy up, disputes favouritism with Buveur D’Air as she bids to become the fifth mare to claim Champion Hurdle glory. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Buveur D’Air and Apple’s Jade are among 14 confirmations for the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday. Nicky Henderson’s dual winner Buve(...)

Jack Kennedy onboard Monbeg Notorious celebrates winning the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Steeplechase  with trainer Gordon Elliott. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Willie Mullins has issued an upbeat report on Faugheen ahead of his intended appearance in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on (...)

David Mullins riding Petit Mouchoir on their way to winning The BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown racecourse. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Petit Mouchoir made all the running as he followed up his course and distance victory over Christmas in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leo(...)

Faugheen will not be taking part in Sunday’s Irish Champion Hurdle. Photograph: Inpho

Faugheen has been ruled out of his reappearance in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday with a pulled muscle. Willie Mul(...)

Willie Mullins has won the Irish Champion Hurdle for the last six years with Faugheen. Photograph: Inpho

Willie Mullins has issued an upbeat bulletin on Faugheen and is hopeful the horse can return to action in time to defend his BHP Irish Champion Hurdl(...)

Ruby Walsh and Faugheen in action during the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Comparing champions of different eras is famously futile, but Faugheen’s scintillating career-best performance in the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle surely(...)

Ruby Walsh guides Hurricane Fly to victory over Tony McCoy on Jezki in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown in December. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Hurricane Fly’s excellence means he makes history practically every time he sets hoof on a track these days yet even by his remarkable standards a f(...)

Hurricane Fly (left) ridden by Ruby Walsh alongside Jezki and Tony McCoy before winning the Ryanair Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas festival. Photograph: PA Wire

Hurricane Fly has frightened away most of the opposition as only eight horses have been entered for the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopard(...)