Trainer Henry de Bromhead says Bob Olinger is likely to go straight to Cheltenham and not run at the Dublin Racing Festival. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Bob Olinger is set to skip the upcoming Dublin Racing Festival and instead go straight to Cheltenham where the two-and-a-half mile Turners Novice Chas(...)

Energumene is held in high regard by the powerful Mullins yard and expectations are high. File photograph: Inpho

What’s rare is wonderful so perhaps it’s inevitable the hype machine is in overdrive ahead of Saturday’s head to head between steeplechasing’s top two(...)

Bob Olinger ridden by Rachael Blackmore clears the last on the way to winning the Kildare Novice Chase at Punchestown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

Sunday’s Punchestown programme appeared to produce not just one potentially outstanding novice talent but two. The headline act Bob Olinger’s second (...)

Bob Olinger ridden by Rachael Blackmore jumps the last fence during the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last March. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

A year after Envoi Allen pitched up at Punchestown last January as steeplechasing’s next-big-thing his stable companion Bob Olinger is in a similar po(...)

 Paul Nicholls: is also set to run Queen Mother Champion Chase hopeful Greaneteen in the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase on the Sunday of the showpiece fixture.  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Paul Nicholls is ready to take on the cream of the Irish in their own back yard at Leopardstown next month, with Frodon, Clan Des Obeaux and Greanetee(...)

 Malachy Clerkin the Trinity City Hotel with sports personalities, Annalise Murphy, Sarah Keane, Marie Crowe and Vikki Wall. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mid-November in a city-centre hotel. The weather hasn’t turned yet so it’s still crisp and dry outside. There’s talk of rising Covid numbers out in th(...)

Rachael Blackmore onboard Honeysuckle celebrates  victory in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last March. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Unbeaten Honeysuckle is on course for an Irish Champion Hurdle hat-trick bid at the Dublin Racing Festival next month, connections have confirmed. Th(...)

Jack Kennedy celebrates on Minella Indo  after winning the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Abraham/Inpho

Minella Indo and A Plus Tard, last year’s first and second, top 30 entries for the Cheltenham Gold Cup – the highlight of the festival meeting in Marc(...)

Gordon Elliott believes Ginto, seen here winning at Navan under Jamie Codd, ‘could be anything’. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gordon Elliott looks to hold a pair of Grade One aces in the first top-flight contest of 2022 at Naas on Sunday. The Bective Stud-owned pair Ginto an(...)

Sharjah with Patrick Mullins onboard comes home to win the Matheson Hurdle at Leopardstown last year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Although Sharjah may never rank in the pantheon of great hurdlers like Hurricane Fly and Istabraq he can eclipse them both on the final day of Leopard(...)

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