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Barry Geraghty. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

The recently retired jockey, second only to Ruby Walsh as the most successful in Cheltenham history, looks back on a fabulous career and the wise w(...)

Pat Smullen hugs Tony  McCoy  in the parade ring after Quizzical won the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland during   Irish Champions Weekend at the  Curragh in 2019. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tony McCoy struggled to overcome his emotions when paying tribute to Pat Smullen, who died at the age of 43 on Tuesday. Smullen was diagnosed with p(...)

Shishkin ridden by Nico de Boinville celebrates after winning the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

You come in through the front gate, past the travelling women offering you heather and hocus-pocus. You slide along in the throng, past the stalls sel(...)

Armand Duplantis of Sweden competes in the men’s pole vault during the Diamond League Impossible Games at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, June 11th. Photograph: Epa/Cornelius Poppe

We could be underestimating Ted Walsh’s interest in computery things – and apologies if that is the case – but you’d have half a notion that before th(...)

A Naas Racecourse staff member sprays disinfectant as preparations continue for the resumption of horse racing on Monday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Today sees major competitive sport take place in Ireland for the first time since lockdown commenced when racing resumes behind closed doors at Naas. (...)

Barry Geraghty aboard Epatante celebrate their victory in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

JP McManus celebrated his 69th birthday with a perfect Unibet Champion Hurdle present from Epatante on Day One of the 2020 Cheltenham festival. No own(...)

Benie Des Dieux and jockey Ruby Walsh crash out of the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2019. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The clash of the outstanding mares Benie Des Dieux and Honeysuckle shapes up as the 2020 Cheltenham Festival’s day one highlight. Weeks of uncertain(...)

Could Rachael Blackmore end the Festival as top jockey? Alan Crowhurst/Getty

It has been a long few weeks for racing enthusiasts, with the spectre of the coronavirus looming large over the Cheltenham Festival. More than €4 mil(...)

Benie Des Dieux is the baker bet of two of our Cheltenham punters. Photograph:   Bryan Keane/Inpho

Jerry Kiernan (Olympic athlete and pundit) Jerry Kiernan 1) Champion Hurdle winner? It’s a race I’m lukewarm about. It’s a bad Champ(...)

 Rachael Blackmore returns after riding Honeysuckle to win the  Irish Champion Hurdle during the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown in February. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It’s often the pioneer’s lot to be defined by the mould they’ve broken. Rachael Blackmore doesn’t like being called a female jockey. She sees herself (...)

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