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Jack Kennedy celebrates on Minella Indo  after winning the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Abraham/Inpho

Minella Indo and A Plus Tard, last year’s first and second, top 30 entries for the Cheltenham Gold Cup – the highlight of the festival meeting in Marc(...)

Al Boum Photo will kick his season off at Tramore on New Year’s Day again. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Al Boum Photo will miss his weekend engagements with the dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner likely to begin his season at his usual first stop of Tramore(...)

Sam Twiston-Davies on Clan Des Obeaux jumps ahead of Paul Townend on Al Boum Photo during the the Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

No crowds were at Punchestown to watch Clan Des Obeaux win Wednesday’s Ladbrokes Gold Cup but it’s a victory that reverberated loudly across the Irish(...)

Jack Kennedy retains the ride on Minella Indo for the Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph: Michael Steele/PA

Minella Indo heads a field of seven for the Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup. Henry de Bromhead’s eight-year-old will bid to become the fourth Cheltenh(...)

  Rachael Blackmore riding A Plus Tard clear the last to win the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham Racecourse in March  2019. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Rachael Blackmore bids to become the first jockey in 24 years to complete the Champion Hurdle-Gold Cup double at Cheltenham on Friday. Tony McCoy ma(...)

  Paul Townend riding Al Boum Photo  to win The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15th, 2019. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Al Boum Photo is favourite to complete a rare Cheltenham Gold Cup hat-trick on Friday, a scenario that once upon a time would have had his owner Joe D(...)

Chacun Pour Soi is an odds-on favourite for the Champion Chase on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Persistence paid off for Willie Mullins in the Gold Cup and he is hoping it does the same in Cheltenham’s St Patrick’s Day feature, the Betway Queen M(...)

Monkfish can extend his unbeaten run over fences on Wednesday. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Just how exceptional Monkfish looks to be can be gauged by how he is already a 6-1 favourite with some firms for next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Tha(...)

Honeysuckle on her way to the gallops at Cheltenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA

It has been a difficult few weeks for racing. The picture of Gordon Elliott sitting on a dead horse, and the ensuing fallout, has dragged the game’s n(...)

Honeysuckle, ridden by Rachael Blackmore, wins last year’s Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Rachael Blackmore and Henry De Bromhead have the two big race favourites for this weekend’s Dublin Racing Festival in Leopardstown but also have both (...)

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