Melon

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 Barry Geraghty riding Buveur D’Air (left) wins the  The  Champion Hurdle  from Melon  at Cheltenham last year. Melon was runner-up again this March, this time to Espoir D’Allen. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Melon has been a “nearly horse” for much of his career although Friday’s Punchestown festival feature looks a promising opportunity for him to finally(...)

Robbie Power riding Supasundae clear the last to win in the Betdaq  Champion Hurdle at Punchestown  on Friday, after Samcro’s dramatic fall. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

A Punchestown festival already full of drama took another twist on Friday when the pioneering amateur jockey Katie Walsh retired from the saddle on th(...)

Yorkhill: drifted significantly on the Betfair exchange in the minutes before he ran at Leopardstown earlier this month. He finished sixth to Min in a Grade Two chase. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

An Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) investigation into betting patterns surrounding the Willie Mullins-trained horses Yorkhill and Melon at (...)