Noel O Brien

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Senior National Hunt handicapper Noel O’Brien has sadly passed away. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Irish racing’s regulatory body, the Turf Club, has outlined its devastation at the death of its senior National Hunt handicapper, Noel O’Brien, in the(...)

Presenting Percy ridden by Davy Russell comes home to win the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Punchestown 4:55 – Presenting Percy/Al Boum Photo The Albert Bartlett form may not be all it seems, Death Duty running no race and The Worlds End fal(...)

Douvan winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle with Ruby Walsh at Cheltenham. Willie Mullins has indicated the horse will be kept to two miles this season.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Douvan’s official rating remains unchanged despite his hugely impressive return to action at Cork on Sunday.. However Ireland’s senior National Hunt(...)

Ruby Walsh  on Un de Sceaux: the Tingle Creek Chase is “competitive but he’s top-rated and  an exciting horse to ride”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sandown’s Tingle Creek Chase is named after a horse famed for tackling the track’s fences at speed in the 1970s, and Ruby Walsh will hope Un de Sceau(...)

Vautour may be favourite for next month’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup but he could have to produce a performance to rank with some of steeplechasing’s(...)

Faugheen and owner Rich Ricci are all smiles in the winner’s enclosure following their Irish Champion Hurdle win at Leopardstown. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Faugheen was acclaimed “a great champion”, and officially rated superior to his former stable companion Hurricane Fly, after a display for the a(...)

Nicholls Canyon and Ruby Walsh won the Grade One Royal Bond Novice Hurdle last year at Fairyhouse: Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fairyhouse’s triple-Grade One ‘Winter Festival’ card is the biggest fixture of the Irish jumps campaign so far but track officials already have an eye(...)

Ruby Walsh on board Faugheen comes home to win the Champion Hurdle on Day Four of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

A snappy sobriquet seems almost mandatory for modern sporting superstars and Faugheen’s “The Machine” just about sums up a devastating Punchestown (...)

Faugheen: “A rather plain-looking ex-pointer, who has yet to fully capture the public imagination.” Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

He’s a near-unbackable favourite to take his unbeaten career record to a perfect 10 out of 10 at Punchestown today and yet an argument can be made th(...)

Hurricane Fly will be bidding to relive the glory of his 2013 Champion Hurdle win at next month’s Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The consensus that Hurricane Fly has never shown his best form at Cheltenham doesn’t appear to be backed up by hard fact as the Anglo-Irish handica(...)

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