Florida Pearl

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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(...)

 Ruby Walsh riding Annie Power. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It has come to something when JP McManus gets to fill the role of plucky underdog, but with Willie Mullins set to unleash some of his big guns in Punc(...)

Arthur O’ Leary: November 30th, 1929-May 21st, 2016. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Archie O’Leary, who has died at the age of 86, was an international rugby player, an international sailor and was internationally known as the co-owne(...)

Vautour may be favourite for next month’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup but he could have to produce a performance to rank with some of steeplechasing’s(...)

Consistent: Don Cossack and jockey Bryan Cooper clear a fence on the way to winning this year’s Ladbrokes Ireland Kinloch Brae Steeplechase in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s a decade since Tom Taaffe saddled the last Irish-trained King George VI Chase winner, Kicking King. It’s half a century since Taaffe’s father, Pa(...)

Abbyssial and Ruby Walsh after a crushing fall during last year’s JCB Triumph Hurdle. Photo: David Davies

Unlike the Ryanair, there isn’t an Irish blank on the Ladbrokes World Hurdle roll-of-honour but one winner in 20 years is hardly something to shout ab(...)

Ruby Walsh and Un de Sceaux made it six-from-six in his career to date with a pulverising front-running style victory by 53 lengths at Navan yesterday.

Flinging a ‘could-be-anything’ verdict at Un de Sceaux hardly scores points for precision but right now it does sum up a horse that looks possibly the(...)

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