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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 (...)

Darling Daughter ridden by Lisa O’Neill was a shock 25-1 winner of the Grade Two mares’ bumper at the Dublin Racing Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Gigginstown Stud spokesman Eddie O’Leary has called for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham to be restricted to amateur riders. O’Leary has (...)

Trainer Willie Mullins during a visit to his yard in Closutton on Wednesday: he is readying   a battalion of up to 60 horses for Cheltenham. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Willie Mullins’ old lieutenant Ruby Walsh isn’t on the front line with him anymore but with 20 days to Cheltenham D-Day, it otherwise feels very like (...)

Mark Walsh in action at Punchestown on Tuesday on board Early Doors. The jockey will ride the Gordon Elliott-trained Delta Work in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

JP McManus’s jockey Mark Walsh will swap sides in next month’s Cheltenham Gold Cup after picking up the plum ‘Blue Riband’ ride on Delta Work for Mich(...)

Faugheen and Paul Townend with groom John Codd celebrate after the Flogas Novice Chase during day two of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown on Sunday. Photograph: PA Wire

The piece of history Faugheen secured at Leopardstown on Sunday was greeted with a fervour that confirmed how “the Machine” has secured a singular pla(...)

The Dublin Racing Festival will take place at Leopardstown this weekend. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Offering too much at one time can backfire. Just ask the Labour party after last month’s UK election where a manifesto containing superabundant promis(...)

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