Nichols Canyon

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Willie Mullins has long suspected he needs a longer trip and on ratings Footpad doesn’t have much to find for the step up in trip to be competitive. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Time was Willie Mullins brought Quevega to Punchestown’s Day Three festival feature and she won: for four years between 2010-13 it was predictable. Mu(...)

Nina Carberry’s pregnancy means Jamie Codd is on board On the Fringe in the Foxhunters. Photograph: Inpho

Financially the Foxhunters is always the festival’s poor relation but it will be a priceless result should On The Fringe win it for the third year run(...)

 Barry Geraghty riding Unowhatimeanharry  to win The JLT Long Walk Hurdle Race at Ascot last December. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

So much of Cheltenham’s appeal revolves around tradition so it’s a good thing the doughty Unowhatimeanharry brings some traditional virtues to the fes(...)

 Royal Caviar and Ruby Walsh fall at the last  when leading during  an eventful Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Steeplechase at Leopardstown.  Photograph: Patrick McCann

If Sunday began with Roger Federer defying preparatory convention in a stunning Australian Open success it wound up at Leopardstown with Faugheen an e(...)

Ruby Walsh with Faugheen. The 2015 Champion Hurdler remains the benchmark. Even short of his peak this exceptional performer can continue to be so. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

With 45 days to Cheltenham, and in the middle of an unfamiliarly turbulent season, it must be reassuring for Willie Mullins to call on the best horse(...)

 Ruby Walsh guided  Annie Power to Champion Hurdle success last year before adding further glory  at Aintree. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Annie Power and Faugheen, the last two winners of the Stan James Champion Hurdle, headline a 28-strong entry for the Cheltenham feature on March 14th.(...)

Annie Power and Faugheen are among seven Willie Mullins entries for the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown onJanuary 29th. Photograph: Inpho/Crispin Rodwell

Faugheen and Annie Power are among 10 entries for the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle. Faugheen, winner of the 2015 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham(...)

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(...)

Eddie O’Leary thinking about Outlander  and maybe Road To Riches for the King George. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Michael O’Leary is famously averse to budging and Coneygree’s absence from next week’s King George VI Chase isn’t going to divert the Ryanair boss’s (...)

Ruby Walsh and Nichols Canyon after winning the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Winter’s first real bite meant Nichols Canyon’s Stan James Morgiana Hurdle victory on Sunday was shrouded in fog. But it was clear to many how Punche(...)

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