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Champion jockey Ruby Walsh, who announced his retirement during this week’s Punchestown Festival. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The boom was back at Punchestown this week as vendors at the finale of the Irish jump-racing season reported good times and buoyant sales again. Atte(...)

 Ruby Walsh riding Kemboy  clear  to win The Coral Punchestown Gold Cup from Al Boum Photo and Paul Townend. Walsh then announced his immediate retirement from race riding at Punchestown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Rarely if ever can a big-race winner have wound up so sidelined from the spotlight as Kemboy was after Ruby Walsh took his Coral Punchestown Gold Cup (...)

Trainer Willie Mullins with Burrows Saint after his runner took the BoyleSports Irish Grand National Chase. File photograph: PA Wire

Willie Mullins begins the 2019 Punchestown festival with a 17th Leading Trainer prize at Ireland’s richest National Hunt festival already all but assu(...)

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo will face seven rivals at Punchestown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo will face seven rivals when he bids to follow up in the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup. The seven-year-old provide(...)

 Ruby Walsh on Royal Caviar leads over the last from Davy Russell on Some Plan in the 2017 Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Paul Townend will be crowned champion jockey at the end of next week’s Punchestown festival. Rachael Blackmore is runner-up after her groundbreaking s(...)

Ruby Walsh on Burrows Saint  celebrates winning the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.  Photograph:  PA

Willie Mullins filled another glaring gap on his glittering CV when Burrows Saint and Ruby Walsh led home a famous 1-2-3 for the champion trainer in E(...)

 Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins after winning The BoyleSports Irish Grand National with Burrows Saint. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Willie Mullins filled another glaring gap on his glittering CV when Burrows Saint and Ruby Walsh led home a famous 1-2-3 for the champion trainer in E(...)

Noel Fehily onboard Eglantine Du Seuil (left) clears the last ahead of Gavin Sheehan onboard Indefatigable to win the National Hunt Breeders   Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at  Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Inpho

Al Boum Photo provided the ultimate reputational boost to Easter Sunday’s Fairyhouse feature by winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month and that se(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins, the biggest transporter of horses to Cheltenham this year, says he is ’not at all’ worried about the UK’s exit from the EU and the potential impact it might have on the movement of animals. File photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

The racing industry had to deal with issues around travel before the EU and will be able to cope after Brexit, said Willie Mullins, the Irish trainer (...)

Presenting Percy wins the  RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ahead of Friday’s Magners Gold Cup it’s worth keeping in mind how after all the permutations and scenarios have been teased out beforehand championshi(...)

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