Three and easy for Henry de Bromhead at Fairyhouse

Three Wise Men, ridden by Noel Fehily, jumps the last to win the Cusacks Hotel Maiden Hurdle Three Wise Men defied a lengthy absence to make a successful debut under Rules in the Cusack Hotels Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse. It is over two years since the Henry de Bromhead-trained six-year-old finished third in a Tyrella • Read More »

Don Cossack delivers Gold Cup riches for Gordon Elliott

Don Cossack led home an Irish clean sweep with an authoritative success in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. The nine-year-old gave trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Bryan Cooper their first blue riband triumph and a second for owners Gigginstown House Stud after War Of Attrition 10 years ago. Don Cossack, the 9-4 favourite, was followed • Read More »

Ireland celebrates as Ivanovich Gorbatov triumphs for O’Briens at Cheltenham

Winning trainer Joseph O’Brien Ivanovich Gorbatov gave Aidan O’Brien his first Festival winner since the mighty Istabraq when storming home in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham. O'Brien has very much concentrated on the Flat since Istabraq captured the third of his Champion Hurdles in 2000, but Ivanovich Gorbatov (9-2 favourite) was well worth the • Read More »

Looking back at Dawn Run’s Gold Cup glory 30 years on

Dawn Run on her way to that famous Gold Cup win 30 years ago IT felt for all the world like Cheltenham had relocated to California at the very moment the San Andreas Fault went into violent spasm. Thirty years ago this week, the land below the Cotswold hills trembled, convulsed by a freakish earthquake • Read More »

Thistlecrack eases to World Hurdle victory for jockey Tom Scudamore

Tom Scudamore riding Thistlecrack to victory Thistlecrack confirmed his position as the stand-out in his division as he comfortably won the Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham. Travelling beautifully throughout for Tom Scudamore, the Colin Tizzard-trained eight-year-old led two out and shrugged aside the brave Alpha Des Obeaux to be crowned the champion three-miler. Cole Harden • Read More »

Ruby Walsh wins another as Vautour storms Ryanair Chase

Ruby Walsh riding Vautour to his second win of the day Vautour justified the late decision to bypass the Timico Gold Cup by running away with the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. Scoring at the Festival for the third time in a row, the even-money favourite was giving trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh their • Read More »

Black Hercules gives Ruby Walsh landmark Cheltenham victory

Walsh celebrates the landmark win Ruby Walsh recorded his 50th career Cheltenham Festival success when lifting Black Hercules home in the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham. Never far off the pace, the 4-1 co-favourite showed plenty of grit and determination as he gave Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins their fifth win at the meeting this • Read More »

Gordon Elliott tells us about going for Gold

Gordon Elliott (right) with Don Cossack and Simon McGonagle When top Irish trainer Gordon Elliott says “I’m optimistic, I’m taking the best bunch of horses I’ve ever had to Cheltenham”, it’s time to take note. Willie Mullins may lead the Irish charge on the Cotswolds this week, but 38-year-old Elliott is a serious second-in-command to • Read More »