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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(...)

Djakadam ridden by Ruby Walsh jumps the last to win The John Durkan Chase at Punchestown. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Douvan’s name may already be getting mentioned in the same breath as the ultimate Gold Cup champion Arkle but he is set to be campaigned over the min(...)

 Douvan enjoyed a 22-length success in the Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase at Cork. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Douvan dazzled on his return to action in the Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase at Cork but is set to miss the King George VI Chase at Kempton on St Stephen(...)

Douvan:  “He has the talent to win over two miles and three miles and could be even better over the longer trip,” said Tony McCoy.  Photograph:  Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images

Less than nine months after the Derby winner Harzand began his Classic campaign in style at Cork, the track is set to host the return to action on Sun(...)

Thistlecrack won convincingly at Cheltenham despite some loose jumping. Photograph: Getty/Alan Crowhurst

Thistlecrack overcame a couple of hairy moments to easily maintain his unbeaten record over fences in the Novices’ Chase at Chelt(...)

Donagh Meyler celebrates on Lord Scoundrel after winning the Galway Plate (Handicap Chase) during day three of the Galway Festival in Ballybrit. Photograph:  PA Wire.

Winning the Tote Galway Plate on Lord Scoundrel was always going to guarantee popularity for his young jockey Donagh Meyler but the 2016 finish of Ire(...)

Jack Kennedy with Clarecam at Gigginstown Stud. “I can safely say I’ve never seen anyone so complete at 17. He’s a fantastic natural talent,” says Conor O’Dwyer. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At 17 Ruby Walsh was studying for his Leaving Cert. Tony McCoy was only six weeks shy of 18 before he rode his first winner. Putting Jack Kennedy in c(...)

Apple’s Jade ridden by Bryan Cooper clears the last on the way to winning the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle during day five of the Punchestown Festival.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Apple’s Jade completed her Grade One double as she ran out an impressive winner of the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown. Willie Mulli(...)

Vroum Vroum Mag, with Ruby Walsh on board, clears the last fence before winning the Betdaq Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

It says much about Willie Mullins’s overarching dominance that Friday’s 29 to 1 Punchestown hat-trick got widely regarded as merely being a return to (...)

Yorkhill winning the Neptune Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham. His raw ability makes him something of a standout prospect at the Mullins stable. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Pipped at the post for the British trainer’s title at the weekend, Willie Mullins will be widely expected to assume his customary Punchestown dominanc(...)

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