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(...)

Sizing John: Jessica Harrington’s Gold Cup hero may have a pre-festival workout at Leopardstown on Friday.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Irish racing is set to resume after the recent cold snap with Thurles on Thursday described as “good to go” while the following day at Leopardstown c(...)

Special Tiara, ridden by Noel Fehily,   winning  the Champion Chase  at Cheltenham in 2017. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The mouthwatering prospect of Altior v Douvan in next week’s Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase means Special Tiara’s achievement in appearing in the (...)

Douvan with his trainer Willie Mullins: “I’m very happy with his progress.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A dramatic return to action by Douvan in Cheltenham’s Queen Mother Champion Chase is still on the cards as Willie Mullins expressed his satisfaction w(...)

 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(...)

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 (...)

Nico de Boinville celebrates on board Sprinter Sacre after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photograph: Reuters

Sprinter Sacre raised the roof by regaining his crown in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham. Invincible when imperious in this rac(...)

Un Des Sceaux’s support team: Colm O’Connell, Eamon O’Connell, Carol O’Connell, Tony Twomey, Kay O’Connell, Paul O’Connell, Colm O’Keeffe with children, Luke and Katelyn O’Connell. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Colm O’Connell believes it isn’t just impeccable form and a very short price that make Un De Sceaux a sure thing for this afternoon’s Queen Mother Cha(...)

Ruby Walsh and Un De Sceaux lead all the way to win The Sodexo Clarence House Steeple Chase at Ascot in January. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst

Friday’s Gold Cup is the Cheltenham festival prize Willie Mullins cherishes most but his illustrious CV also has a notable Betway Queen Mother Champio(...)

Trainer Gary Moore’s faith in  Sire de Grugy is restored after a footperfect performance at Chepstow last month and he goes out with ’a serious chance’ in today’s feature race at Cheltenham. Photograph: John Walton/PA

What a difference a year makes: 12 months ago it seemed Sire de Grugy became a Queen Mother Champion Chase winner almost by default, praised throug(...)

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