Gordon Elliott felt the time was right to give some of his horses a short break. Photograph: Inpho

Top trainer Gordon Elliott is anticipating a return to normal service next week after not saddling a single runner in the last seven National Hunt fix(...)

Women shelter from the rain on the fourth day of the Punchestown Festival 2018 in Naas, Co Kildare.  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

“Today will be good,” says veteran bookie Frank Snell, eating cake and observing the windswept track. “It’s Ladies’ Day and where the ladies go, the m(...)

Antey ridden by Katie Walsh (second right, green cap) gets up to win the  Novice Hurdle during day four of the Punchestown Festival 2018 in Co Kildare. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Rarely, if ever, can a Grade One have been won in such dramatic style and wind up so overlooked, but that was Supasundae’s unworthy fate after the Pun(...)

Robbie Power riding Supasundae clear the last to win in the Betdaq  Champion Hurdle at Punchestown  on Friday, after Samcro’s dramatic fall. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

A Punchestown festival already full of drama took another twist on Friday when the pioneering amateur jockey Katie Walsh retired from the saddle on th(...)

David Mullins on Bellshill (left0 clears the last ahead of Patrick Mullins on Djakadam on the way to winning the  Coral Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins likened his spectacular 9,802-1 six-timer on Day Two of the Punchestown festival to “fantasy racing” and it looks like having put the t(...)

Al Boum Photo, ridden by  Paul Townend (right), collides with Finian’s Oscar, ridden by  Robbie Power,  during day one of the Punchestown Festival in Co  Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Paul Townend was hit with a 21-day ban for dangerous riding after one of the most bizarre incidents seen in years on an Irish racecourse during day on(...)

Douvan could give Willie Mullins a valuable prize in the €275,000 Boylesports Champion Chase. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Ireland’s National Hunt season finishes at this week’s Punchestown festival with a sporting showdown between Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott that ev(...)

Royal wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who get married on May 19th. Photograph: Alexi Lubomirski/Courtesy of Kensington Palace

What’s Hot The Back Nine The Back Page pub, in Phibsborough in Dublin, has installed an indoor crazy golf course dublincitymum.ie A guide for parent(...)

 Willie Mullins: has assembled the usual formidable team for the Leopardstown Festival.  Pat Healy/PA Wire.

It may be a measure of our inability to dismiss the work of gods that has Willie Mullins a much shorter price to nab the Irish trainers’ title after (...)

Ruby Walsh after his fall at last month’s Cheltenham festival. Photograph: Inpho

Ruby Walsh has failed in his bid to be fit for the Punchestown Festival next week. The jockey’s hopes of making the big five-day meeting, which begin(...)

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