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Champion trainer Willie Mullins: his failing to win the Gold Cup has become “a thing”. Photograph:  The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse

Willie Mullins knows his failure to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup has become “a thing”. When jump racing’s Blue Riband comes around his six runner-up f(...)

 Jack Kennedy rides  Samcro clearat the last to win the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown in February. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Altior will be the centre of home attention in Wednesday’s big race at Cheltenham. From an Irish perspective though the most eagerly anticipated even(...)

Samcro, ridden by Jack Kennedy, jumps the last to win the Monksfield Novice Hurdle at Navan Racecourse. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There’s nothing more seductive for many racing fans than hitching their wagon early to the next big thing, and Samcro’s devastating Navan rout on Sund(...)

 Bryan Cooper on  Disko. Disko was third to Our Duke  at Leopardstown last Christmas, but comprehensively reversed that form  at the same track a couple of months later. Photograph: Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien’s pursuit of a Group One world record is dominating headlines right now, but the first Grade One of the Irish jumps season at Down Royal(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins runs the two top-weights, Ivan Grozny and Thomas Hobson, in the Glascarn Handicap Hurdle at Fairyhouse.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Willie Mullins pitches three horses into Tuesday’s €100,000 Fairyhouse feature but ground conditions could see him trumped by an old pal. James Nash (...)

Carter McKay is current favourite for the Champion Bumper. Photograph: PA

Carter McKay will spearhead Willie Mullins’ team of five from the 36 entries in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper as the trainer looks for an incredible (...)

Djakadam has been runner-up in the last two Cheltenham Gold Cups: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Believe some headlines and the spectacular Thistlecrack is already past the Gold Cup post. However, the more stolid Djakadam can prove perseverance co(...)

Djakadam ridden by Ruby Walsh jumps the last to win The John Durkan Chase at Punchestown. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Douvan’s name may already be getting mentioned in the same breath as the ultimate Gold Cup champion Arkle but he is set to be campaigned over the min(...)

 A Toi Phil, with Ruby Walsh  at Punchestown Racecourse: horse will run in the “Winter Festival”  at Fairyhouse this weekend. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Fresh from his extraordinary 41,277-1 Navan six-timer on Sunday, Gordon Elliott will aim to maintain some of that same momentum towards Sunday’s “Win(...)

Ruby Walsh on board Nichols Canyon  at Punchestown in 2015. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

 Dismissing Sunday’s Grade One Punchestown feature as a damp squib might be as inaccurate as it is unfair considering the current freezing weathe(...)

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