Landofhopeandglory: faces the task of conceding  a stone to Dinaria Des Obeaux  in the Winning Fair Hurdle at Fairyhouse.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sunday’s Naas card is billed as ‘Festival Trials Day’ but Saturday’s Grade Three opener at Fairyhouse could have the most Cheltenham significance wit(...)

2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up On His Own (L) has been retired. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up On His Own has been retired due to injury. Willie Mullins’ 13-year-old made his hunter chase debut at Thurles last week(...)

Gigginstown Stud’s principal Cheltenham Gold Cup hope now looks to be the Lexus winner Outlander.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

 Gordon Elliott has dominated this season’s major handicap chases and will be doubly-represented in the first six-figure pot of 2017 at Fairyhou(...)

 Willy Mullins-trained Douvan hotly tipped to make it an unbeaten “Diamond Dozen” in the €100,000 Cashcard Chase. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

If Douvan’s probable lap of honour represents the elitist aspect of the second day of Leopardstown’s Christmas festival, then It Came To Pass can stri(...)

Champagne Fever made a winning return at Thurles on Wednesday. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Champagne Fever saw off Lord Windermere in a pulsating climax to the Boomerang Animal Bedding And Boomerang Horse & Country Store Chase at Thurles(...)

Ruby Walsh will ride the returning Champagne Fever at Thurles on Thursday. Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Two former dual Cheltenham Festival heroes, Champagne Fever and Lord Windermere, return to action in Thursday’s Boomerang Animal Bedding And Boomerang(...)

2015 Grand National winner Many Clouds has been entered again for this year’s race. Photograph: Getty

Last year’s winner Many Clouds features among 126 entries for the Crabbie’s Grand National on April 9th, with the Aintree feature attracting the highe(...)

Jockey Robbie McNamara on RTE Television with Robert Hall and Ted Walsh during day four of the Galway Festival at Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit. Photograph: PA Wire

Robbie McNamara remains keen to start up a training career from the middle of next year as he continues to recover from serious injuries suffered in a(...)

Robbie McNamara celebrates victory on  Silver Concorde at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As the world prepared to tune into Saturday’s Grand National, Robbie McNamara trusted his battered body to surgeons at Dublin’s Mater Hospital. The ex(...)

Leighton Aspell rides Many Clouds on his way to the jockey’s second successive Aintree Grand National win. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Big-picture themes usually dominate the fallout from the Grand National, whether in welfare terms or the whip or farcical starts, but any long-term i(...)

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