William Buick on Native Trail winning at the Curragh. Ante-post odds of as low as 1-3 about Native Trail suggest racegoers may witness a Classic coronation rather than a contest. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland’s 2022 Classic season starts at the Curragh this weekend with Native Trail in line to secure a notable hat-trick for Godolphin in Saturday’s T(...)

Honeysuckle ridden by jockey Rachael Blackmore wins the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle on day four of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Rachael Blackmore and Honeysuckle stretched their unbeaten record to a ‘Sweet 16’ races in front of a record crowd at the Punchestown festival on Frid(...)

Honeyscuckle is all but unbackable to complete hurdling’s festival championship hat-trick for a second year in a row. Photograph: Inpho

Most winning streaks eventually end, although it will be a stunning reversal if it happens to Honeysuckle and Rachael Blackmore at Punchestown on Frid(...)

Chacun Pour Soi is a formidable proposition in the featured William Hill Champion Chase. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The 2022 Punchestown Festival is billed as ‘The Great Comeback’ although Willie Mullins’s rivals could be forgiven for regarding the upcoming five day(...)

Rachael Blackmore will try to maintain her unbeaten partnership with Honeysuckle later in the week. Photograph: Getty Images

Up to 140,000 race fans are set to return to the Punchestown Festival which starts on Tuesday. Cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and run behind (...)

Paddy O’Hanlon on Lord Lariat celebrates winning The BoyleSports Irish Grand National. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dermot McLoughlin became the first trainer in almost half a century to win the Boylesports Irish Grand National back-to-back after Lord Lariat won at (...)

Rachael Blackmore is the biggest name in her fifth Irish Grand National. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP )

A 150th Boylesports Irish Grand National takes place at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday with up to 14,000 racegoers expected to throng Fairyhouse for the (...)

Rachael Blackmore is back in action again in the Irish Grand Nationl. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Rachael Blackmore will try to make it fifth time lucky in Easter Monday’s Boylesports Irish Grand National when she teams up with Full Time Score in I(...)

Players fight during the Uefa Champions League quarter final second leg football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Manchester City. Photograph: Oscar del Pozo/AFP via Getty

Another wild night in the Champions League last night, as Manchester City squeezed past a dogged Atletico Madrid to book a place in the semi-finals. F(...)

Rachael Blackmore celebrates winning the Gold Cup. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

They’re hardy folk, jockeys. It was less than 24 hours after she put our hearts crossways with that fall at the 10th in the Grand National that Rachae(...)

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