The Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle - the feature race on day three of the Punchestown Festival - was a tale of one jockey who can practically do no wrong this season and another who can barely catch a break this week, writes.
Fri, 28 Apr, 2017
It’s been less than a week since a 26ft statue of Pharoah Ramses II, or Ozymandias as the Greeks liked to call him, was rescued from its ignoble resting place beneath a suburban Cairo slum and surrounded by dirty, running water.
Wed, 15 Mar, 2017
It has been a turbulent week in Irish racing circles and, in the days dominated by the controversial process involved in the reappointment of Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh, the news that two of the superpowers of National Hunt racing in Ireland have parted ways has kept the sport in the headlines.
Thu, 29 Sep, 2016
Tue, 08 Dec, 2015
Willie Mullins sends a small-but-select team to Clonmel this afternoon, and the Closutton trainer should return with two, if not three, winners from his three runners. Arguably the most interesting of the triumvirate is Yorkhill, who makes his hurdling debut in the finale.
Thu, 03 Dec, 2015
After a game and well-deserved success in last night’s feature, the Connacht Hotel Qualified Riders’ Handicap, the Jessica Harrington-trained Modem will bid to emulate Athy Spirit (1990) and Try A Brandy (1988) by adding Thursday’s Galway Hurdle to his spoils.
Tue, 28 Jul, 2015
The Bibby Financial Services Ireland Gold Cup yesterday developed into the closely contested race the market suggested and, from the feature, the Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack emerged a genuine contender for next season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Thu, 30 Apr, 2015
Willie Mullins reported a clean bill of health for all his Cheltenham runners at a media day yesterday although, as expected, there was no great light shed on potential targets for many of his prospects that have a number of potential engagements at present.
Thu, 20 Feb, 2014