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Irish National Hunt racing’s biggest festival of all at Punchestown is scheduled to start on April 28th. Photograph: Inpho

Irish racing’s top official wouldn’t speculate on when the sport might resume here but pointed to other major jurisdictions for evidence of how such a(...)

Min and Paul Towenend (L) took the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Min recorded back to back victories in Punchestown’s Grade One John Durkan Chase on Sunday and struggled once again for 100 per cent of the spotlight.(...)

Ruby Walsh on Min winning the Ladbrokes Dublin Steeplechase at Leopardstown last  February.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With 22 runners around the globe, there’s barely a pie that Willie Mullins won’t have a finger in this weekend. The stalwart Un De Sceaux is back in (...)

Davy Russell onboard Presenting Percy comes home to win the John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park in January 2019. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gold Cup dreams for Presenting Percy were dashed at Cheltenham last March but his eagerly anticipated return to action in Sunday’s John Durkan Chase a(...)

Henry De Bromhead: “He ticked a lot of boxes coming to us – he looked a nice horse for one to come off the Flat. You couldn’t ask him to do better than what he did there.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aspire Tower made an impressive start to his jumping career in the Download The Betdaq App three-year-old Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown yesterday. For(...)

Klassical Dream at the Punchestown Festival  in April. “It was an easy decision to stay over hurdles.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Willie Mullins fields three as he goes in search of a 10th victory in the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on Saturday. Given that last year’s S(...)

Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on Kemboy at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Grown men crying is far from unusual in a winners’ enclosure but this was different. At Punchestown, men struggled to cope with their emotions at news(...)

  Paul Townend on Al Boum Photo celebrates victory in the  Cheltenham Gold Cup  on March 15th, 2019.   Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Al Boum Photo returns to Punchestown for the first time since his notorious mishap at last year’s festival, and trends students are likely to feel the(...)

 Trainer Willie Mullins and  Faugheen: “He’s in great shape and it’s a track that he loves.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All eyes will be on the weather and ground conditions at Punchestown this weekend, where the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle is set to be a cracker should all (...)

Trainer Willie Mullins, jockey David Mullins and owner Rich Ricci celebrate after winning the Ladbrokes  Champion Stayers Hurdle  with Faugheen at Punchestown on Thursday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Punchestown authorities have said changes to its festival dates are unlikely in the short term but conceded the “pros and minuses” to moving the Natio(...)

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