Jockey Rachael Blackmore kisses the Gold Cup as she celebrates after winning the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on  A Plus Tard. Photograph:   David Davies/PA Wire for the Jockey Club

Rachael Blackmore’s historic achievements now include the greatest prize of all in National Hunt racing as the groundbreaking jockey steered A Plus Ta(...)

Paul Townend riding Sir Gerhard goes over the last to win the Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 6th, 2022. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Hot favourite Sir Gerhard is set to face eight rivals in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Winner of the Champion Bumper at last year’s f(...)

The meeting has started on soft ground for the last three years. File photograph: Getty

Watering has begun at Cheltenham ahead of next week’s festival action. On Friday officials took the decision to start putting water on the new course(...)

Damien McGeehan is now a member of Daniel O’Donnell’s band, but the touring schedule allows for very welcome and lengthy sojourns at home

It’s been a while in the making, but Donegal fiddle player Damien McGeehan’s new solo album comes with a whole sheaf of surprises lurking beneath its (...)

A Plus Tard and Rachael Blackmore go in the Betfair Case at Haydock on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cheveley Park Stud director Richard Thompson is excited to see last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up A Plus Tard make his return to action in th(...)

Jockey  Jack Kennedy walks back along the course after falling from Envoi Allen during the Marsh Novices’ Chase on day three of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph:  Tim Goode-Pool/Getty Images

Envoi Allen could aim to atone for his fall at Cheltenham with an outing at the Punchestown Festival. Now with Henry de Bromhead following his switc(...)

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has announced it will convene on Friday to “hear evidence and consider an investigation relating to Mr Gordon Elliott”. Photograph: PA

Gordon Elliott is set to find out on Friday if he will be banned over the controversial photograph of him sitting on top of a dead racehorse. The re(...)

Patti Smith heads an embarrassment of musical riches at All Together Now

Saturday August 3 ALL TOGETHER NOW Curraghmore Estate, Co Waterford Also Sunday The second day of All Together Now delivers a righ(...)

‘The Cold Blue’

We have recently been spoilt with hitherto unseen footage from historical events. Coming a week after the extraordinary Apollo 11, The Cold Blue compr(...)

You wouldn’t mistake Erik Nelson for a layabout. A hugely chatty, endlessly friendly man in the senior stages of middle age, he has been a producer and director of documentaries since the 1980s.

“How do things ever start?” Erik Nelson muses. “I had a crazy idea: what colour footage of World War II airplanes exists in the archives. I have been (...)

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