Cheltenham 2017

It will be a surprise should the somewhat draconian penalties be allowed to stand, writes Pat Keane.

A mixed week with Thursday four-timer a glorious high

Once again, the Irish people showed themselves in great stead, and I hope the Irish rugby team gives the English as good a hiding today, writes Ruby Walsh.

You can bet on one thing...

Tactically astute, the bookies were able to lure the punters into dangerous areas and dispossess them at will. But the indefatigable underdogs never knew when they were beaten, never knew when to stop, writes Larry Ryan.

Sizing John gives Jessica Harrington her first Cheltenham Gold Cup

Sizing John gave Irish trainer Jessica Harrington her first victory in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup with her first runner when coming home a clear-cut winner of jumping's blue riband prize.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Day: Rock the World ends Cheltenham on a high note for the Irish

Cheltenham 2017 ends with a 19-9 win for Ireland after the Jessica Harrington trained Rock the World collected the bumper. 

On The Fringe.

Today’s Irish raiders at Cheltenham

After a magnificent Thursday for Irish raiders, Jordan McCarthy looks at the Irish challengers on the final day at Cheltenham...

Djakadam can make it third time lucky in the Gold Cup

Djakadam can make it third time lucky in this afternoon’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, which is the feature on the final day of what, until yesterday, had been a very difficult meeting for punters.

Can classy Cue Card get his happy ending?

Colm Greaves examines three things we’ll learn on day four at Cheltenham...

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins don’t operate under the seduction of safety

This game is a mixture of talent, bravery and luck and maybe Willie Mullins’ has just turned at the right time, writes Anthony Daly.

Djakadam has a great chance, I can’t wait to ride him

We’re delighted with the way Djakadam has been working recently, and think he is in great order, writes Ruby Walsh.

Ruby Walsh talks about his prospects for Gold Cup day at Cheltenham

Ruby Walsh talks to Irish Examiner Racing Correspondent Tommy Lyons about his prospects tomorrow at Cheltenham.

'Iron horse' Un de Sceaux thrills in Ryanair Chase victory

Un De Sceaux produced his brilliant best under Ruby Walsh to prevail in a thrilling renewal of the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Day Three updates: Ruby Walsh caps great day for the Irish with four-timer

We'll keep you posted on all the results and news from Prestbury Park.

Last-gasp Might Bite rescues RSA Chase in thriller

Might Bite claimed the narrowest of victories after an extraordinary conclusion to the RSA Chase at Cheltenham yesterday.

Costly carnage as Santa returns for bookies

I’m sure the majority of wallets were thin after Douvan’s collapse, writes Anthony Daly.

Three things we’ll learn on day three of Cheltenham

Jumping fluidity is the name of the game for Closutton duo Yorkhill and Un De Sceaux, writes Colm Greaves.

Douvan defeat hard to take but Yorkhill can provide some respite

It was tough, but we’re all still standing, and we must move on, writes Ruby Walsh.

Let’s Dance can waltz away with Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

Today’s opening race, the JLT Novices’ Chase, revolves around the Willie Mullins-trained Yorkhill. 

An afternoon where Douvan's coronation turned into a car crash

Lost amid the fanfare of the Jockey Club’s recent £45m (€51.6m) facelift of Prestbury Park, with its 6,500-capacity grandstand, new members’ facilities and improved bars, was a fresh expanse of artificial grass about the size of a tennis court just to the left of the jockeys’ weighing room.

Bitter disappointment for Douvan and Ruby Walsh in Champion Chase

Unbeaten in 13 previous starts for Willie Mullins, Douvan was the 2-9 favourite

Mark Walsh to miss rest of Cheltenham after fall

Jockey Mark Walsh has been ruled out for the remainder of the Cheltenham Festival

Three things we’ll learn on day two of the Cheltenham festival

Hotpot needs to be tested to prove his greatness.

Neon Wolf can devour Neptune rivals

Harry Fry is a trainer of immense talent and the confident expectation is Neon Wolf will give him cause for celebration after today’s opening race, the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle.

Cause Of Causes looks poised for another festival success

There is no reason to doubt Douvan, who puts his unbeaten record over fences on the line in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, which tops the bill on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

Punters should proceed Cheltenham with extreme caution!

Cheltenham this afternoon is an absolute minefield and punters would do well to proceed with extreme caution.

Bad luck the only danger to Douvan in Champion

Yesterday was a day of near misses, but the horses ran well. I couldn’t have asked more of Melon, who just ran into a better one in the Supreme. 

Call to reroute Buveur reaps rich dividends

The brave decision to forego a most-promising novice chasing season yielded rich dividend when Buveur D’Air ran out an impressive winner of the Stan James Champion Hurdle in front of a crowd of 66,019 on day one of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

A symbolic day as Gordon Elliott shines while Willie Mullins toils

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.

Day One of battle cautiously negotiated and a little ahead

The acute pangs for the Cotswolds began early yesterday. To unload the frustration, I tapped on my phone and screamed as loud as I could on Twitter. ‘I hate, hate anyone heading to Cheltenham today’.

Ruby Walsh on Cheltenham day two: Bellshill is ‘sparking’ and Douvan is simply ‘class’

Walsh believes his Cheltenham chances will improve as the week goes on.

Kerry teenager after first Festival winner: ‘Words can't describe what it's like’

"I'll be going home a very happy lad at the end of the week now, however things go."

Cheltenham Day One updates: ‘I can't believe it,’ says Gordon Elliott after Festival treble

Gordon Elliott completed a famous Cheltenham treble with Tiger Roll in the JT McNamara National Hunt Chase.

Tony McCoy statue unveiled at Cheltenham

"I feel very honoured and flattered by it."

Cheltenham Day One: Our tipster gives his selections

The going is good to soft as the runners and riders prepare for day one of the Cheltenham festival.

Classy Melon can get my festival off to a flying start

It’s that time of year again, when National Hunt folk become consumed by the Cheltenham Festival, and while it’s going to be a long week, it’s also a tremendous occasion.

Jade a strong each-way fancy in Mares’ Hurdle

Extending Cheltenham to four days has seriously diluted what’s on offer and it is very much illustrated by this afternoon’s Racing Post Arkle Trophy.

Three things we will learn today

When it comes to placing horses, there is only one Willie Mullins.

Five horses to lay at Cheltenham Racing Festival

Colm Greaves presents five opportunities where laying a horse may be less risky than backing them.

Yanworth ‘really wants to win his races’

Darren Norris spoke to former Channel 4 pundit John Francome about his fancies for the week.

'With Melon, we're guessing' says Ruby Walsh ahead of Cheltenham day one

Melon will run in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle tomorrow.

Ruby Walsh was making a point about 'horrible' Twitter when he took on troll for viral ad

"It bothers me as a parent how horrible and abusive people can be on social media "

Here are the best hopes for the Irish going into day one of Cheltenham

The opening day has traditionally been the strongest for the Irish at Cheltenham

Douvan the top contender to take Champion Chase at Cheltenham

The brilliant seven-year-old is unbeaten in 13 starts since joining Willie Mullins

Cue Card and Native River in great heart as Gold Cup nears

Cue Card and Native River are reported to be thriving at Colin Tizzard's base as the Gold Cup looms at Cheltenham.

WATCH: Ruby Walsh vs Twitter troll - we know who our money is on

Upon meeting Ben “The Egg” the 52-time Cheltenham winner invites him along for a drive, suggesting it’ll be “a bit of craic”.