Bellshill ridden by David Mullins (left) jumps the last ahead of Djakadam ridden by Patrick Mullins to win the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup.   Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bellshill saw off stable companion Djakadam to claim top honours in the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup to give Willie Mullins a hat-trick of wins at Punch(...)

 Richard Johnson on Native River celebrates after winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase at   Cheltenham, England. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

A Cheltenham festival that threatened to turn into an Irish benefit saw Native River retrieve home honour with a superb Timico Gold Cup success on Fri(...)

Trainer Gordon Elliott on Blow by Blow. ‘The horse ran for Rachael and is the first one to get a tune out of him this year, so it’s great.’ Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Blow By Blow led home a one-two for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud in the Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Thurles Racecourse. Th(...)

Henry de Bromhead’s horse Chris’s Dream won by 64 lengths in Clonmel. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Chris’s Dream put himself in line for a trip to the Cheltenham Festival as he galloped his opponents into submission to secure Grade Three honours in (...)

Ruby Walsh on board Melon. Can  Faugheen’s young stable companion be  a potential gate-crasher for the Champion Hurdle? Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

If Cracking Smart can land Navan’s Grade Two feature on Sunday it will leave Gordon Elliott and Michael O’Leary with an impressively tight grasp on th(...)

Paul Gilligan: was at Roscommon races to see his son Liam ride. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The Cheltenham festival-winning trainer Paul Gilligan was granted permission by the Turf Club on “compassionate grounds” to attend Roscommon races las(...)

Nina Carberry’s pregnancy means Jamie Codd is on board On the Fringe in the Foxhunters. Photograph: Inpho

Financially the Foxhunters is always the festival’s poor relation but it will be a priceless result should On The Fringe win it for the third year run(...)

 Barry Geraghty riding Unowhatimeanharry  to win The JLT Long Walk Hurdle Race at Ascot last December. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

So much of Cheltenham’s appeal revolves around tradition so it’s a good thing the doughty Unowhatimeanharry brings some traditional virtues to the fes(...)

Willie Penrose (Labour TD) Bet Of Meeting Yorkhill in the JLT is my banker. He comes to himself at this time of year with a bit of good ground. Lay(...)

Jockey Mark Walsh has landed some top mounts for Cheltenham due to the injury suffered by Barry Geraghty. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Barry Geraghty’s injury misfortune has turned into Mark Walsh’s opportunity and the Co Kildare jockey can look forward to an enviable book of Cheltenh(...)

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