Michael O'leary

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Jockey Davy Russell celebrates after winning the Ryanair Steeple Chase on Balko Des Flos at  Cheltenham. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Davy Russell edged out Jack Kennedy to secure the Cheltenham’s Leading Jockey Award for the first time in his illustrious career. Kennedy joined Russ(...)

 Richard Johnson on Native River celebrates after winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase at   Cheltenham, England. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

A Cheltenham festival that threatened to turn into an Irish benefit saw Native River retrieve home honour with a superb Timico Gold Cup success on Fri(...)

 Richard Johnson riding Native River to victory in  The Betfair Denman Steeple Chase at Newbury in  February.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Native River doesn’t bring glamour to the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. His reputation leans more to admirable than aristocratic. No one’s ever going t(...)

 Jack Kennedy riding Shattered Love clear the last to win The JLT Novices Steeple Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

In years to come Missed Approach could become a pub quiz standard as the name of the horse that prevented an unprecedented Irish clean sweep of a Chel(...)

Sub Lieutenant: last year he  closed on Un De Sceaux from the final fence, eventually narrowing the gap to a length and a half. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye

Cheltenham’s ultra-testing conditions could prove to be a mixed blessing for one of the festival’s strongest favourites Un De Sceaux on Thursday. Th(...)

Unowhatimeanharry: was expected to win this last year and didn’t. If he comes back to his very best, that could be good enough this time. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The three mile Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle test generally favours youth although Unowhatimeanharry could strike a blow for grizzled veterans everywhere i(...)

Trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Jack Kennedy  after winning the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle on Veneer of Charm  at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Only the Champion Chase winner Altior prevented an Irish clean-sweep of the Day Two Cheltenham action with six winners for the raiders including a 468(...)

 Jack Kennedy rides  Samcro clearat the last to win the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown in February. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Altior will be the centre of home attention in Wednesday’s big race at Cheltenham. From an Irish perspective though the most eagerly anticipated even(...)

Unless the weather goes “Sodom and Gomorrah”, Ballymore will be the plan for Samcro, said Eddie O’Leary.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Uncertainty about likely ground conditions is dominating the run-in to Cheltenham next week, although Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team insists (...)

Barry Geraghty guiding Apple’s Shakira to victory in the JCB Triumph Trial at Cheltenham in December. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The task of fitting the various pieces of JP McManus’s festival team into the upcoming Cheltenham jigsaw is under way with indications that Apple’s Sh(...)

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