Henry de Bromhead became the first trainer other than Willie Mullins to win the Irish Champion Hurdle in seven years with Petit Mouchoir’s victory last year. In each of the six previous renewals it was the combination of Mullins and jockey, Ruby Walsh, that was triumphant this Grade 1 hurdle held over two miles at Leopardstown.
This time of the year has always been important for Irish National Hunt racing with several big Grade 1 races in the calendar. However, it’s being taken up a notch in 2018 with the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival.
While Palace have climbed from the very bottom of the Premier League table under Roy Hodgson, Newcastle have been drawn ever closer to the relegation zone despite the best efforts of Rafa Benitez.
For most Premier League clubs, playing Man City twice in one season is tough enough. The Citizens continue to run away with the title, blowing away the competition almost every week so spare a thought for Burnley
We’ve just had a thrilling weekend of FA Cup football and now there are two rounds of Premier League action to enjoy. There’s no doubt that the standout tie from the traditional end of January midweek fixtures is Man Utd’s trip to Wembley Stadium to take on Tottenham.