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A jubilant Michael O’Leary with his horses Delta Work (left), winning jockey Jack Kennedy and Tiger Roll with jockey Davy Russell  after the Glenfarclas Chase. Photograph: PA

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary does not do sentimentality as anyone who has crossed him has learned. Neither, unfortunately for him and thous(...)

 Paul Townend riding Galopin Des Champs clear the last to win The Ladbrokes Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Ryanair Chase is Thursday’s most valuable contest at Cheltenham but in terms of anticipation it concedes the spotlight to an opening race containi(...)

Richard Johnson riding Thyme Hill clear the last to win The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2019. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

There are bigger fields this week at Cheltenham but perhaps none that present such a puzzle as Thursday’s Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle. Analyse the clai(...)

 Declan Daly from Cabinteely and Sean Gaskin from Sandyford at Dublin Airport on their way to Cheltenham. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It is two years since the Irish roar was last heard at Cheltenham. The world has changed since then and not for the better. Cheltenham 2020 coincided(...)

Paul Townend riding Sir Gerhard goes over the last to win the Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 6th, 2022. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Hot favourite Sir Gerhard is set to face eight rivals in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Winner of the Champion Bumper at last year’s f(...)

Nicky Henderson’s Constitution Hill will attempt to turn the table on fancied Irish runners. File photograph: Getty

With the dangers of jingoism all over our screens, reining back on the flag waving might be a timely move going into this year’s Cheltenham festival. (...)

Davy Russell celebrates after winning the Savill’s Steeplechas on Galvin at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. They will be reunited next week as they bid to  claim the  Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Davy Russell returns to action with half a dozen rides this weekend ahead of the upcoming Cheltenham Festival. The veteran former champion jockey has(...)

Davy Russell guides Conflated to victory  in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connections of Conflated are “50-50” as to whether the Irish Gold Cup winner goes for the Ryanair Chase or the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The eight-year-ol(...)

Shishkin, Energumene and Chacun Pour Soi remain on course for a mouthwatering showdown in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. Photograph: Getty Images

Shishkin, Energumene and Chacun Pour Soi remain on course for a mouthwatering showdown in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. The trio all featu(...)

Al Boum Photo ridden by Paul Roche at  Willie Mullins’s yard at Closutton in  Bagenalstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

More than 120 horses, including some leading Cheltenham festival contenders, are expected to get workouts at Leopardstown over the coming days. Ther(...)

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