Paul Townend

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Al Boum Photo, ridden by  Paul Townend (right), collides with Finian’s Oscar, ridden by  Robbie Power,  during day one of the Punchestown Festival in Co  Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Paul Townend was hit with a 21-day ban for dangerous riding after one of the most bizarre incidents seen in years on an Irish racecourse during day on(...)

Draconien (R) jumps the last en route to victory in the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Un De Sceaux saw off stable companion Douvan to claim victory in the BoyleSports Champion Chase at Punchestown. Trainer Willie Mullins saddled four o(...)

 Glyn Schofield riding Max Dynamite during at Sha Tin Racecourse in December 2017 in Hong Kong: horse will have Rachael Blackmore on his back for the first time Fairyhouse. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

The final day of Fairyhouse’s Easter festival sees Willie Mullins outnumber Gordon Elliott in runners , although one of JP McManus’s six starters in t(...)

Un De Sceaux returned to winnng ways at Fairyhouse. Photograph: PA

Willie Mullins and Paul Townend completed a treble as Un De Sceaux (5-6) rediscovered the winning trail in a dramatic Devenish Chas at Fairyhousee. T(...)

Al Boum Photo and David Mullins lead Shattered Love and Jack Kennedy at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Willie Mullins secured an Easter Sunday Grade One double at Fairyhouse with Al Boum Photo in particular providing a perfect pre-Irish Grand National o(...)

Jockey Jack Kennedy celebrates after Samcro’s win in the   Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at  Cheltenham. Photograph:   David Davies/PA Wire

Although Nicky Henderson walked away with a second straight feature race, it was the Irish-trained horses that dominated proceedings on day two o(...)

Paul Townend on Next Destination comes home to win the Novice Chase at Naas in January. Willie Mullins has a horse that in most years would boast an outstanding profile for Ballymore Novice Hurdle. Photograph: Inpho

Cheltenham is unique but close your eyes and theoretically the most eagerly-anticipated novice event of the week can be reduced to an everyday Irish (...)

Ruby Walsh on Benie Des Dieux celebrates winning the Mares’ Hurdle at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“This place doesn’t remember seconds, it only remembers the winners,” a pensive Ruby Walsh had said on the eve of the Cheltenham Festival, having miss(...)

Douvan:  may be switched to Ryanair Chase from the Queen Mother Champion Chase – a decision will be made on Monday.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Willie Mullins lost Cheltenham’s Leading Trainer Award to his great rival Gordon Elliott last year but Ireland’s champion appears to have once again s(...)

Killultagh Vic. He jumped  eight fences in a post-race school at Leopardstown on Friday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Willie Mullins has said he will be surprised if Ruby Walsh doesn’t choose to ride Killultagh Vic in next week’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Killultagh Vic (...)

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