Saldier defied top-weight to give Willie Mullins a huge double by winning the Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Class won out once again in Thursday’s Guinness Galway Hurdle as topweight Saldier gave champion amateur jockey Patrick Mullins a third victory in the(...)

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(...)

Secret Reprieve ridden by Adam Wedge goes on to win the Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase at Chepstow Racecourse on January 9th, 2021 in Chepstow, Wales. Photograph: David Davies/Getty Images

A total of 18 Irish-trained horses are assured of a spot in Saturday’s Randox Aintree Grand National, although the raiders could yet become 19. Co Mea(...)

Jack Kennedy on Zanahiyr winning the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 26th, 2020. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Friday’s JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham could come down to a head-to-head between old friends. Zanahiyr and Quilixios were stable companions until(...)

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(...)

Jack Kennedy celebrates after riding Black Tears to win the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle during day one of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/PA Wire

Gordon Elliott won’t see a racecourse again until September at the earliest but his presence was still stamped on Tuesday’s Cheltenham action as two h(...)

 Rachael Blackmore after victory on Honeysuckle in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham lasat March. Photograph:  Tom Jenkins/Getty Images

A sport on the ropes from the reputational battering it has suffered in recent weeks could get no greater boost than for Rachael Blackmore to flourish(...)

Patrick Mullins on Sharjah (left) on the way to completing a Matheson Hurdle hat-trick at Leopardstown on Tuesday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sharjah put himself in elite company when completing a Matheson Hurdle hat-trick at Leopardstown on Tuesday. Champion amateur Patrick Mullins guided(...)

Minella Indo was victorious at Navan on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Minella Indo further enhanced his Cheltenham Gold Cup credentials with a near-faultless display at Navan. Reeled in late on by Nicky Henderson’s Cham(...)

Minella Indo is set to line up at Wexford on Bank Holiday Monday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The rug will be taken off the first major Cheltenham Gold Cup contender to emerge this season when Minella Indo lines up at Wexford on Bank Holiday Mo(...)

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