Mendelssohn: will be the top-rated starter in the famous Kentucky Derby at Louisville next month. Photograph: Horsephotos/Getty Images

Mendelssohn is officially top-rated among the contenders for next month’s Kentucky Derby but the man who has given him that rating reckons the hugely(...)

Jockey Ruby Walsh has conceded he will not feature in Aintree. Photograph: PA

Ruby Walsh hopes to return to the saddle in time for the Punchestown Festival, which begins on April 24th. After being on the sidelines for four mont(...)

Donagh Meyler celebrates his victory on Blow by Blow in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle during Gold Cup Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Blow By Blow just about summed it up. Not only did the appropriately-named winner of the penultimate event of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival describe t(...)

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(...)

Trainer Gordon Elliott on Blow by Blow. ‘The horse ran for Rachael and is the first one to get a tune out of him this year, so it’s great.’ Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Blow By Blow led home a one-two for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud in the Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Thurles Racecourse. Th(...)

Another potentially epic championship battle between Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott is bubbling up, and the big-race dominance of Ireland’s top two(...)

 Bryan Cooper on  Disko. Disko was third to Our Duke  at Leopardstown last Christmas, but comprehensively reversed that form  at the same track a couple of months later. Photograph: Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien’s pursuit of a Group One world record is dominating headlines right now, but the first Grade One of the Irish jumps season at Down Royal(...)

Roger Loughran on Total Recall on their way to winning The Prancer and Dancer Rated Novice Steeplechase in the Navan Races in Proudstown, Co Meath in December 2016. File photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

 Willie Mullins’s transformative abilities are long renowned and punters appear to be putting their faith in them again with Total Recall already(...)

Balko Des Flos: will have Davy Russell on board in the Galway Plate at Ballybrit. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

On Friday the Ryanair boss fired Bryan Cooper as his retained rider and it is Gigginstown Stud’s former No.1, Davy Russell, who rides Balko Des Flos f(...)

 Dermot Weld: has conceded his recent poor stable form rules out any return to his former Galway dominance. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins dethroned Dermot Weld as the Galway festival’s top trainer a year ago and the jumps supremo expects to mount a similarly powerful chal(...)

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