Apple’s Jade ridden by Bryan Cooper (right) beats Vroom Vroom Mag ridden by Paul Townend to win the OLBG Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The English-trained Buveur D’Air is an overwhelming favourite to successfully defend his Champion Hurdle title but otherwise the start of Cheltenham (...)

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(...)

Apple’s Jade holds entries in the two-mile Ryanair Hurdle and the three-mile Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown’s Christmas festival. Photograph: Inpho

Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team has indicated there is “a fair chance” star mare Apple’s Jade will test her stamina over three miles for the f(...)

Apple’s Jade ridden by Jack Kennedy on the way to winning the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Michael O’Leary is famed for his ability to wrong-foot, and the Ryanair boss did it again after Apple’s Jade’s stunning Bar One Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (...)

In pole for Punchestown: Apple’s Jade is being aimed at the three-miler or the mares’ race. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA

Cheltenham heroine Apple’s Jade is set to spearhead a formidable team for Gigginstown House Stud at next week’s Punchestown Festival. The Gordon Elli(...)

Ruby Walsh rides  Limini  to win The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Race at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Getty

Connections of Limini pointed to it having been a “big ask” to pitch her into the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after the mare(...)

 Ruby Walsh guided  Annie Power to Champion Hurdle success last year before adding further glory  at Aintree. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Annie Power and Faugheen, the last two winners of the Stan James Champion Hurdle, headline a 28-strong entry for the Cheltenham feature on March 14th.(...)

Ruby Walsh in action with Un de Sceaux who may feature in the Fortria Chase in Navan on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Un De Sceaux could reappear in the tote.com Fortria Chase at Navan on Sunday. Willie Mullins’ eight-year-old proved no match for Sprinter Sacre at Ch(...)

Barry Geraghty riding Ivanovich Gorbatov (right) clear the last to win The JCB Triumph Hurdle from Apple’s Jade  at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Bryan Cooper has to settle for the runner-up spot behind the record-breaking Ruby Walsh in the jockeys’ championship but will hope for the number one(...)