Annie Power clears a hurdle on the way to winning the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Annie Power had barely cooled down after her hugely emotional Stan James Champion Hurdle victory when the tantalising possibility of trying to emulate(...)

Ruby Walsh on Faugheen goes clear before winning the Stan James Champion Hurdle. Photograph:  Matthew Child/Reuters

It is Faugheen’s happy fate to be forever the centrepiece of his trainer’s epic 2015 opening day festival four-timer but time may well record how it w(...)

Tony McCoy’s last hurrah as a jockey at Cheltenham will be in the final race of the festival, which has been named in his honour. Photograph: Julian Herbert/PA

Before a race is run the script has already been written for Cheltenham 2015. Short of a last-minute withdrawal, all attention will be focused on T(...)

Barry Connell: reputed to have paid €1m for Champion Hurdle contender Our Connor. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Interest in Barry Connell usually revolves around figures. He is a hugely-successful businessman after all and there will be no shortage of fig(...)

Paul Townend puts  Hurricane Fly through his paces yesterday on the gallops in Cheltenham. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland ’s sporting fortunes often revolve around a single personality: a Roy Keane or Brian O’Driscoll performing when it counts most. (...)

Hurricane Fly ridden by Ruby Walsh on the way to winning the Stan James Champion Hurdle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

[BYLINE1]BRIAN O’CONNOR[/BYLINE1][BYLINE2]at Cheltenham [/BYLINE2]Great champions find a way to win even when the going gets tough and although(...)