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Aidan Coleman riding Paisley Park clear of the last to win The Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury in November. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Last year’s winner Paisley Park features among 40 entries for the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Emma Lavelle’s stable star was the domi(...)

Equinome founder Emmeline Hill: “What we’re doing is assessing the natural variation or the natural genetics of an individual.” Photograph: Peter Houlihan

Emmeline Hill doesn’t like the term “luck”. Perhaps it’s the scientist in her. But she will concede that she’s been fortunate. Hill grew up around ho(...)

Al Boum Photo provided Willie Mullins with a first win in the blue riband event last season by claiming the Cheltenham Gold Cup at Prestbury Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Previous winners Al Boum Photo, Native River and Sizing John are among 31 entries for the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 13th. Al Boum Photo pr(...)

 Robbie Power riding Fiddlerontheroof clear of the last to win the ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown Park in December. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Fiddlerontheroof will bid to provide Colin Tizzard with a third victory in the last four renewals of the Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown on(...)

Rachael Blackmore after her victory on Cobbler’s way in the Pigsback.com Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Rachael Blackmore brought a breakthrough year at jumping’s highest level to a fitting conclusion at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting in recent days, (...)

Space Cadet: “It is a headache getting across at this time of year, but I wouldn’t go unless I thought he had a chance of picking up prizemoney.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Space Cadet is set to fly the Irish flag in Friday’s Welsh Grand National where he will bid to join an exclusive group. Just two Irish-trained horses(...)

Robin Des Foret: will bid to bridge a 14-year gap since an Irish winner in the handicap feature at Cheltenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins has his first Cheltenham runner of the season when Robin Des Foret tries to bridge a 14-year Irish gap in Saturday’s handicap feature. (...)

Conservative party supporters Johnnie Burke-Gaffney and Paula Jensen pose beside a cardboard cut-out of Boris Johnson as they celebrate the Tories’ election win in London. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

The roars bounced around the walls of the sports bar near London’s Trafalgar Square at 10pm. Apprehension about a hung parliament gave way to cheers (...)

Cork woman Carol Jordan: ‘I just hope this election result means ... I never again have to hear “let’s just get Brexit done!”’

Although we all expected the British government to call a general election, and after the relentless onslaught of votes, delays, political machination(...)

“No,” Sorcha goes – and she says it just like that. I’m like, “No? No, as in?” She’s there, “No, as in no. You are not buying a racehorse.” What sh(...)

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