Despite Aspire Tower’s final-flight fall at the Dublin Racing Festival, he may be well placed to take on the impressive Solo in the Triumph Hurdle. Photograph: Inpho

No horse has more depending on fortune at Cheltenham on Friday 13th than JCB Triumph Hurdle favourite Solo. The Paul Nicholls-trained juvenile is a j(...)

 Paul Townend rides Al Boum Photo to win the Gold Cup on the final day of last year’s Cheltenham festival. Photograph:  Getty Images

Tuesday 1.30 Skybet Supreme Novices Hurdle Abacadabras (G Elliott) 4-1 Asterion Forlonge (W Mullins) 5-2 Berkshire Royal (W Mullins) 33-1 Captain Gu(...)

Mark Walsh on City Island en route to claiming the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paisley Park may wind up being the Cheltenham festival’s hottest favourite but Curragh trainer Martin Brassil is still happy for City Island to take h(...)

Ruby Walsh falls off Benie Des Dieux during the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Willie Mullins has given the clearest signal yet that Benie Des Dieux will line up in the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham. The champion tra(...)

Rachael Blackmore after winning  the featured PCI Irish Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle on the first day of the Dublin Racing Festival at  Leopardstown. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

There were rare scenes on day one of the Dublin Racing Festival as jockey Rachael Blackmore and the unbeaten mare Honeysuckle scooped the featured PCI(...)

Rachael Blackmore on Honeysuckle on her way to winning the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse  in December. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Willie Mullins supplied Rachael Blackmore with her sole Dublin Racing Festival success to date, but the jockey could emerge as the champion trainer’s (...)

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 (...)

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