Aidan Coleman and  the impressive Paisley Park will be hotly fancied  to retain the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Of all Cheltenham’s championship events the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle boasts a track record of champions successfully defending their title, so Pais(...)

Davy Russell celebrates winning the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase on Presenting Percy in the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Davy Russell doesn’t have long to wait for a chance to settle a score with the Cheltenham festival. He teams up with the number one horse in the very (...)

 Richard Johnson: “I’m delighted to be back racing again and to ride a couple of winners is even better.” Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Richard Johnson was thrilled to make the perfect return to the saddle at Musselburgh on Thursday after landing a double from just two rides. Having b(...)

Defi Du Seuil (R) pipped Un De Sceaux at Sandown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Defi Du Seuil saw off the veteran Un De Sceaux in a pulsating climax to the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown. Eight runners went to post for the(...)

Claire Byrne: when she was 14 an inspiring teacher got her some work experience on a local newspaper. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

THE RTÉ PRESENTER GREW UP IN A FAMILY THAT HAD ‘BIG CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WHO TO VOTE FOR’. CHILDHOOD MENINGITIS PERMITTING, IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF (...)

Rescue workers recover the body of a victim of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images.

The smell of death hung over parts of Great Abaco Island in the northern Bahamas, where relief workers on Friday sifted through the debris of shattere(...)

The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report in Dublin in 2009. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

On May 20th, 2009, the Commission into Child Abuse published its shattering 2,600-page report. It investigated 215 residential institutions for chi(...)

Barry Geraghty on board Defi Du Seuil clears the last on the way to winningthe JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If Punchestown’s €300,000 Day Three festival feature appears in one of its periodic dips in quality, a potentially superb main supporting event could (...)

Ruby Walsh (centre): ‘I’d love to get off one in Punchestown, pull the saddle off and tell Willie [Mullins] that I won’t be out for the next one.’ Photograph: PA Wire

It’s 20 years since Ruby Walsh first hit the Grade One bullseye at the Punchestown festival and the renowned rider can mark that anniversary in top-fl(...)

 Aidan Coleman guiding Paisley Park to victory in   The galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January. “The form is there. It’s the best English form. He has improved with every run.”  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The English part of Cheltenham is desperate for Paisley Park to win the Stayers Hurdle. The story of his blind owner Andrew Gemmell has captured many (...)

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