Matthew Smith

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Keith Donoghue on board Ronald Pump: no Irish-based horse   has ever won the Long Walk while Meath-based  trainer  Matthew Smith is also pursuing a maiden success at the top level. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ronald Pump, the bargain-buy horse that once changed hands for just €1,000, will try to secure an elusive first Grade One success on Saturday. Ascot’(...)

 Chacun Pour Soi is  on course to try and repeat his success in last year’s Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase on Day Two of Leopardstown’s Christmas programme. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Willie Mullins is aiming for more festive dominance with Chacun Pour Soi set to be part of the champion trainer’s hugely powerful squad over the Chris(...)

Ronald Pump could return to three miles in Ascot’s Long Walk Hurdle or the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown’s festival. Photograph: PA Wire

The gallant Ronald Pump is set to step back up to three miles in pursuit of a first Grade One success. For a second year in a row the Matthew Smith-(...)

 Rachael Blackmore and Honeysuckle were victorious again at Fairyhouse. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Neither superstition nor unseasonably quick ground proved any kind of obstacle to Honeysuckle maintaining her unbeaten record in style at Fairyhouse o(...)

 Rachael Blackmore celebrates her win in the Aintree Grand National. Photograph: David Davies/Getty Images

A potential cherry on top of Rachael Blackmore’s momentous 2021 campaign could come in Paris on Sunday when she bids to secure a groundbreaking succes(...)

Aaron Connolly has quickly developed into a regular starter. Photograph: PA

Stephen Kenny may not be feeling it right now but he has been lucky in one regard over the past week or so: the likes of Slovakia, Iceland and Norther(...)

 Smoke rises from the houses of Rohingya Muslims during military operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in a photograph taken   in Teknaff, Bangladesh in September 2017. Photograph:  Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The two soldiers confess their crimes in a monotone, a few blinks of the eye their only betrayal of emotion: executions, mass burials, village obliter(...)

Wales’ Neco Williams scores his side’s late winner during the Nations League game against Bulgaria at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Wales 1 Bulgaria 0 With 90 seconds remaining, a dreadful contest was lit up by Neco Williams’s first goal for Wales on only his second appearance for(...)

 Aidan Coleman and  the impressive Paisley Park will be hotly fancied  to retain the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Of all Cheltenham’s championship events the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle boasts a track record of champions successfully defending their title, so Pais(...)

Gordon Elliott: will be hoping Apple’s  Jade can return to her best at Fairyhouse and register  a record-breaking fourth successive win in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Apple’s Jade will face a maximum of eight rivals when she bids for a historic fourth victory in the Baroneracing. com Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyho(...)

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