Tom Taaffe

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Portree House, Straffan, Co Kildare

Retirement for some means throwing in the towel and putting one’s feet up for a long-overdue rest. For others it’s just a case of changing tack. (...)

 Ruby Walsh on Royal Caviar leads over the last from Davy Russell on Some Plan in the 2017 Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Paul Townend will be crowned champion jockey at the end of next week’s Punchestown festival. Rachael Blackmore is runner-up after her groundbreaking s(...)

Are you race ready for Cheltenham? Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cheltenham. The week where we take such reckless leave of our senses that we actually listen to actual bookmakers as they tip horses. A pox on them, w(...)

 Davy Russell riding Presenting Percy clear over the last to win The John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle  at Gowran Park  in Kilkenny, Ireland. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy has been tagged a ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ type figure but his local Galway track is shortly set to see (...)

Jockey Davy Russell with Diamond Cauchois in the parade ring after winning the Tara Handicap Hurdle at Navan. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

  Gordon Elliott could have up to 100 runners over next week’s Christmas programme and the season’s leading trainer maintained his relentles(...)

JP McManus’s racing manager Frank Berry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ask any trainer about what the future holds for a JP McManus-owned horse and the response is almost invariably the same –“Talk to Frank.” It doesn’t m(...)

Gigginstown Stud’s principal Cheltenham Gold Cup hope now looks to be the Lexus winner Outlander.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

 Gordon Elliott has dominated this season’s major handicap chases and will be doubly-represented in the first six-figure pot of 2017 at Fairyhou(...)

Nichols Canyon and Ruby Walsh en route to victory in the Ryanair Hurdle at  Leopardstown last December. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With Faugheen maintaining a near-garboesque presence on the sidelines the only horse ever to beat him, Nichols Canyon, can once again fill the role o(...)

Tom Taaffe celebrates Cane Brake’s 2006 victory at  the Paddy Power Steeplechase. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

It’s been 10 years since Tom Taaffe trained Cane Brake to win the Paddy Power Chase. In 2006 the race was worth the same prize money as it is now. It’(...)

 Willy Mullins-trained Douvan hotly tipped to make it an unbeaten “Diamond Dozen” in the €100,000 Cashcard Chase. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

If Douvan’s probable lap of honour represents the elitist aspect of the second day of Leopardstown’s Christmas festival, then It Came To Pass can stri(...)

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