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Milsean ridden by jockey Danny Mullins (left) leads from eventual winner Martello Tower ridden by Adrian Heskin during the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle on Gold Cup Day   at Cheltenham. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Willie Mullins made history by training a record eight winners at a Cheltenham Festival when Killultagh Vic landed a thrilling victory in the Martin P(...)

Gavin Sheehan celebrates with Daryl Jacob after riding Cole Harden to victory in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle Race during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Tony McCoy is as far removed from Gavin Sheehan in profile and experience as his Co Antrim birthplace is from Sheehan’s west Cork roots yet both decid(...)

Ruby Walsh on Vautour on his way to winning the JLT Novices’ Chase. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Considering the 2015 Gold Cup has yet to be run it’s presumptuous in the extreme to think about the 2016 version but since Willie Mullins can’t help d(...)

 Trainer Willie Mullins: claimed  victory with four horses on the opening day of the Cheltenham festival and a 1-2-3 in the  Champion Hurdle.  Niall Carson/PA

Trainer Willie Mullins may be enjoying record-breaking success at Cheltenham this week, but he is also on a winner at home, where his horse-transport (...)

Dodging Bullets ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies  races clear to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

As Cheltenham gestures go, a 1,429/1 Day Two hat-trick highlighted by Dodging Bullets’ Queen Mother Champion Chase was a particularly defiant one by B(...)

Windsor Park ridden by Davy Russell on their way to victory in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

It’s a game where every prediction comes with a ‘touch-wood’ nod to fate but Don Poli’s RSA triumph at Cheltenham was stamped with so much future Gold(...)

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh celebrate winning the Champion Hurdle with Faugheen on day one of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Willie Mullins has redrawn the parameters of Cheltenham dominance with a dazzling opening day Grade 1 four-timer which indicates further radical recal(...)

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(...)

Annie Power with Ruby Walsh: Looks a class above the opposition in the OLBG Mares’ hurdle. Her stable companion Glens Melody poses perhaps the biggest threat. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A rare consensus about Day One of this year’s Cheltenham festival is that all four of Willie Mullins’s Grade One hotpots surely can’t win: and yet boo(...)

A racegoer checks a selfie he took with Faugheen, the favourite to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Whatever the sport, few things resonate more than an unbeaten record, conjuring as they do notions of invincibility often more make-believe than real(...)

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