Keith Donoghue with Grand National favourite Tiger Roll at Gordon Ellliott’s yard at Cullentra, Co Meath. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A year ago Tiger Roll’s dramatic Randox Aintree Grand National success meant Gordon Elliott got the better of Willie Mullins and on Saturday Irish rac(...)

 Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (left) clears the last to win The  Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase from Pleasant Company and David Mullins  at Aintree last year. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

1. ANIBALE FLY (Tony Martin) Rating: 7 out of 10 Third in the Gold Cup and fourth in the National last season. Lightly-raced this term, but looks equ(...)

Supasundae ridden by jockey Robbie Power on the way to winning the Betway Aintree Hurdle  at Aintree Racecourse. Photograph: Nigel French/PA Wire

Magic of Light will be Jessica Harrington’s first ever Randox Aintree Grand National runner on Saturday and the renowned trainer enjoyed a perfect Liv(...)

 Jockey Robbie Power riding Supasundae  towards victory. Photograph: Getty Images

Supasundae went one better than 12 months ago in the Betway Aintree Hurdle for Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power. After a rare poor run in the Sta(...)

The Jessica Harrington-trained  Sandymount Duke, which is owned by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, has been ruled out of Saturday’s Grand National. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Ronnie Wood has learned you can’t always get what you want, as his colours will not be carried in the Grand National. The Rolling Stones guitarist own(...)

Gordon Elliott: will have a formidable team assembled for the big race  at Aintree. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Gordon Elliott has a potential record-sized team ready to line up in Saturday’s Randox Health Aintree Grand National although there’s no doubting Tige(...)

Flat jockey Fran Berry has retired from the saddle with immediate effect.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Flat jockey Fran Berry has retired from the saddle with immediate effect. The 38-year-old suffered spinal injuries in a fall at Wolverhampton in Janu(...)

Kilbricken Storm won last year’s Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham over three miles on soft ground last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cheltenham is no stranger to sentiment and there will be plenty of it about for Thursday’s Sun Racing Stayers Hurdle. From an Irish viewpoint a win f(...)

Apple’s Jade, pictured with Jack Kennedy up, disputes favouritism with Buveur D’Air as she bids to become the fifth mare to claim Champion Hurdle glory. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Buveur D’Air and Apple’s Jade are among 14 confirmations for the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday. Nicky Henderson’s dual winner Buve(...)

Rachael Blackmore: doffed her cap to the likes of Katie Walsh and Nina Carberry who paved the way for other women jockeys with their remarkable careers. Photograph:  Healy Racing.

Quiz time. Who said: “Women are stronger people than men mentally. And men arse-lick a bit, and women don’t. The real strong women say ‘go **** yourse(...)

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