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 (...)

Barry Geraghty kisses the  Champion Hurdle trophy  after winning the race with Buveur D’air in 2018. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Barry Geraghty’s first Cheltenham festival ride was in 1999. Twenty years later he starts this week with what he describes as being as good as book of(...)

Jack Kennedy celebrates Samcro’s win in the  Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is less than four years since Jack Kennedy rode his first winner. Since then there have been almost 250 more. They include 16 Grade Ones. He had f(...)

A view of the field as it enters the home straight in the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Course officials at Cheltenham are taking the highly unusual step of moving a fence to reduce risks for horses and jockeys at the Festival meeting nex(...)

Ruby Walsh on Bellshill, left,  takes The Unibet Irish Gold Cup on the line from Sean Flanagan on Road to Respect at the Dublin Racing Festival in Leopardstown. Photograph: morgan Treacy/Inpho

Bellshill gave Willie Mullins a perfect 10th success in Sunday’s Unibet Irish Gold Cup after a decimated field for the Dublin Racing Festival’s €225,0(...)

Road To Respect: can land a bumper prize of €225,000 in the Unibet Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Sunday’s Unibet Irish Gold Cup is the Dublin Racing Festival’s most valuable prize and an opportunity for Road To Respect to fill in a rare big-race (...)

Harry Cobden riding Clan des Obeaux  on the way to winning the 32Red King George VI Chase from Tom Scudamore and Thistlecrack  at Kempton Park. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

For a moment at Kempton on Wednesday, it seemed that the fragile brilliance of Thistlecrack, the King George VI Chase winner two years’ ago, would lig(...)

Director Woody Allen had traditionally released a new movie every year. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The release of Woody Allen’s latest film was cast into doubt on Thursday after Amazon Studios appeared to shelve it indefinitely. The 82-year-old Osc(...)

Site of the former Magdalen Laundry on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What do we do with Ireland’s institutional history? After the reports are issued, and the apologies made, how should Irish society and culture incorpo(...)

Richard Johnson and Native River win the Cheltenham Gold Cup ahead of Nico de Boinville and Might Bite. Photograph: James crombie/Inpho

 The Aintree Grand National is racing’s best recruiting agent for the next generation. It’s how I got hooked to racing as a kid. Tales of Red Rum(...)

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