Sir Des Champs

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Road To Riches is one of Noel Meade’s entries for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Irish trainers are responsible for a record 18 of the 32 entries for this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, beating the previous highest of 13. Predictab(...)

Derek O’Connor riding Gurteen to victory at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

As the lads alighted Barney’s bone-shaker at the gates to Leopardstown on Monday, Vinny Fitzpatrick did his customary head count and identified a post(...)

Champion Hurdle favourite Faugheen (above with Ruby Walsh onboard) is one of Mullins’s headline festival acts.

Just three weeks away from the start of Cheltenham, Willie Mullins believes he is set to bring his most powerful ever team to National Hunt racing’s g(...)

Trainer Paul Nicholls with Ruby Walsh after winning onboard Tidal Bay in the Lexus Steeplechase at the 2012 Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Inpho

BRIAN O’CONNORTidal Bay still gets tagged with the “quirky” label but defeating tomorrow’s Hennessy Gold Cup opposition could finally shake off that r(...)

Willie Mullins

Sir Des Champs is unable to defend his Hennessy Gold Cup crown but Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team still appears to be in pole position to rea(...)

Ruby Walsh and  Un de Sceaux at Punchestown last year.

It’s seven years since Sublimity used tomorrow’s lowly €20,000 conditions race at Navan as a stepping stone to a surprise 16/1 triumph in the Champion(...)

Davy Russell celebrates winning the Punchestown Gold Cup Steeplechase on Sir Des Champs last April. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
Sir Des Champs to miss Gold Cup
  • Racing
  • January 3, 2014, 17:15

Last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs will miss the remainder of the current campaign after sustaining a tendon injury.The eight-(...)

Davy Russell is “confident plenty of people will continue to use me”.

Davy Russell was denied a winning send-off in his last ride as number one jockey for Gigginstown House Stud when Roi Du Mee was collared by Marito at (...)

First Lieutenant is beaten by Bobs Worth (left) in the 2012 RSA Chase, but can gain revenge in today’s Lexus Chase.

First Lieutenant doesn’t win very often, and Irish horses don’t win the Lexus Chase very often, but even with the Gold Cup hero, Bobs Worth, raiding L(...)

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth heads a field of 14 remaining in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Saturday week at the latest acceptance stage(...)

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