“You’re swept up in the whole thing, I’ll never forget it. And then Mum was crying on the phone. My family have been there for me from day one and supported me through all the dark days, so it was incredibly emotional. It was a really, really good day.”

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Dermot Weld: has saddled 17 Royal Ascot winners during his career.  Photograph: ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

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Robbie Power riding Supasundae clear the last to win in the Betdaq  Champion Hurdle at Punchestown  on Friday, after Samcro’s dramatic fall. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

A Punchestown festival already full of drama took another twist on Friday when the pioneering amateur jockey Katie Walsh retired from the saddle on th(...)

Katie Walsh celebrates with Relegate after winning at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Katie Walsh will have more pressing concerns than the weight of expectation on her shoulders at 5.15pm on Saturday. In particular, the 30 daunting fe(...)

 The Chair fence at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

What is it? This is the ultimate challenge in jump racing as 40 runners and riders take on Aintree’s famous 30 Grand National fences. The course is f(...)

Katie Walsh celebrates after winning the  Weatherbys Champion Bumper with Relegate at Cheltenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Katie Walsh is looking forward to having another crack at Aintree Grand National glory aboard outsider Baie Des Iles. It is six years since Walsh st(...)

Annalise Murphy: her exploits in London 2012 are being credited for the rise in the number of female competitors.  Photogarph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With barely a week to go before the start of the Youth National Championships at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the south coast is already buzzing with f(...)