Connections of Ellie Mac celebrate victory in the  Horse & Jockey Hotel Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown last Christmas.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Horse racing was once described as a magnificent triviality. John Schuster calls it a great distraction. It’s a distraction that means there will be n(...)

Jack Kennedy on Mengli Khan at Cheltenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mengli Khan’s sole start to date at Leopardstown saw him crash out through a wing of a hurdle when a heavy Grade One favourite last Christmas; it’s so(...)

 Willie Mullins: “In light of the forecast we’ve had to have a serious think about running. It’s looking unlikely she’ll travel.” Photograph: David Davies/PA

Laurina is “unlikely” to make the journey over to Cheltenham this weekend for the Unibet International Hurdle. One of the potential stars of the two-(...)

Paul Townend landed a 275-1 four-timer at Cork on Sunday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

A 275-1 Cork four-timer for Paul Townend on Sunday saw him gain a two winner lead over Rachael Blackmore at the top of the jump jockeys championship. (...)

Presenting Percy won’t make his seasonal reappearance at Punchestown. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A field of five will go to post for Sunday’s John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, with Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy a glaring omi(...)

Capri during a workout at Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle Stables, Cashel, Co Tipperary. Ryan Moore will break from stall 12 of the 14 runners on Capri in Toyko. Photograph: Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s 2017 Irish Derby and English Leger hero Capri bids to become a “Lucky 13th” Irish-trained runner in Sunday morning’s hugely prestigiou(...)

Apple’s Jade made a winning return to action at Navan. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

 Michael O’Leary’s star mare Apple’s Jade returned to form with a vengeance by routing her Lismullen Hurdle opposition at Navan on Sunday. It wa(...)

Rachael Blackmore: “I’m absolutely delighted with the way it’s gone. I never thought I’d get to 50 winners in a season.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jockey Rachael Blackmore has reached another landmark by riding 50 winners during the current jumps campaign although she is playing down her chances (...)

Rachael Blackmore.: “I don’t want to change anything. I cannot believe how well it is going so I just want to remain on a low profile.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In the darkest, pokiest corner of Punchestown we can find, Rachael Blackmore takes her seat and submits to the awfulness of it all. Given the choice(...)

Noel Meade: ground conditions are immaterial for his big-race hope,  the notably versatile Snow Falcon, a high-class staying hurdler. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpo

Trainer Noel Meade was one of those critical of the decision to make Tote Galway Plate day an evening fixture although a couple of hours here or there(...)

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