Paul Townend rides Al Boum Photo to win the Gold Cup on the final day of last year’s Cheltenham festival. Photograph:  Getty Images

Tuesday 1.30 Skybet Supreme Novices Hurdle Abacadabras (G Elliott) 4-1 Asterion Forlonge (W Mullins) 5-2 Berkshire Royal (W Mullins) 33-1 Captain Gu(...)

Rachael Blackmore after winning  the featured PCI Irish Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle on the first day of the Dublin Racing Festival at  Leopardstown. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

There were rare scenes on day one of the Dublin Racing Festival as jockey Rachael Blackmore and the unbeaten mare Honeysuckle scooped the featured PCI(...)

Racegoers react during the 2.50 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Nama who? Troika? What troika? It was like Cheltenham scooped up to 59,209-strong crowd at Prestbury Park and transported us all back to 2007. Like w(...)

Footpad: will return to action at Leopardstown following a fall at Naas last time out. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A betting rule of thumb for some is wariness of horses that have fallen in their previous race, a concern with a wider context than punting when it c(...)

Nico de Boinville celebrates after riding Altior to victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase Action. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Altior claimed a dramatic renewal of the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham to remain unbeaten over jumps. In the process he was winning at th(...)

 Davy Russell: the Cork jockey has 10 booked chances this weekend to improve on his impressive haul of 97 winners  this season. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Davy Russell needs only three more victories to secure a century of winners for the fourth time in his illustrious career. The Cork jockey is all bu(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins and Douvan. Photograph: PA Wire

Willie Mullins has kept open the option of giving his superstar performer Douvan a pre-Cheltenham warm-up at Gowran Park on Saturday. A Grade Two Red(...)

  Jessica Harrington and groom Ashley Hussey with Sizing John at her stables in Co Kildare. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Retirement at 70 is becoming compulsory for Ireland’s public sector workers but Jessica Harrington - Irish racing’s most recognisable female figure - (...)

Cheltenham Festival: Best dressed lady winner Ina O’Farrell with model Ros Purcell. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/©INPHO

There is no real need for David Power to be spending four days on his feet in the wild jungle of the betting ring at the Cheltenham Festival. After (...)

Gail Carlisle riding Douvan  on the gallops at Cheltenham racecourse last year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Gail Carlisle’s first impression of Douvan when she arrived at Willie Mullins’s wasn’t positive. He was “a big oversized baby”. And then she rode the (...)

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