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Tuesday 4 May, 2021

'Mullins had his 15th championship in the bag before Punchestown but it didn’t stop him dominating'
# Review
# Review

'Mullins had his 15th championship in the bag before Punchestown but it didn’t stop him dominating'

Tue 7:00 AM 3,541 Views 2 Comments

Donn McClean takes a look back at the 2021 Punchestown Festival and Willie Mullins’ 19-winner haul.

Monday 26 April, 2021

Donn McClean: Expect fireworks as Townend and Blackmore do battle for jockey's title
# Climactic
# Climactic

Donn McClean: Expect fireworks as Townend and Blackmore do battle for jockey's title

Apr 26th 2021, 4:48 PM 15,058 Views 8 Comments

There will be intriguing clashes all week at Punchestown between the pair of leading jockeys, and their amateur equivalents, beginning tomorrow.

Saturday 3 April, 2021

Gearoid O’Loughlin ready to raise the Banner at Fairyhouse
# Racing
# Racing

Gearoid O’Loughlin ready to raise the Banner at Fairyhouse

Apr 3rd 2021, 9:00 AM 4,842 Views 0 Comments

With plenty of Clare hurling pedigree, the Cedarwood Road trainer has made an impact in a different game.

Wednesday 4 March, 2020

Expert view: 6 of Henry de Bromhead's best for Cheltenham
# Ones To Watch
# Ones To Watch

Expert view: 6 of Henry de Bromhead's best for Cheltenham

Mar 4th 2020, 5:54 PM 4,853 Views 0 Comments

Donn McClean runs the rule over the Knockeen trainer’s festival prospects.

Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Expert view: How you should view these 5 Cheltenham favourites
# Festival Season
# Festival Season

Expert view: How you should view these 5 Cheltenham favourites

Feb 26th 2020, 5:34 PM 6,648 Views 1 Comment

Donn McClean runs the rule over Altior, Paisley Park, A Plus Tard, Champ and Envoi Allen as race week approaches.

Thursday 20 February, 2020

Magic Cheltenham memories as Power gets set this year with contenders for Harrington and Tizzard
# Power Up
# Power Up

Magic Cheltenham memories as Power gets set this year with contenders for Harrington and Tizzard

Feb 20th 2020, 11:49 AM 2,348 Views 0 Comments

Donn McClean chats with jockey Robbie Power on his big hopes for the 2020 Cheltenham Festival next month.

Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Donn McClean: 2020 Grand National wouldn't be the same without Tiger Roll
# Column
# Column

Donn McClean: 2020 Grand National wouldn't be the same without Tiger Roll

Feb 12th 2020, 4:29 PM 2,216 Views 2 Comments

It would be like the 1978 Grand National without Red Rum, or Grandstand without Des Lynam.

Wednesday 5 February, 2020

Donn McClean: Delta Work a serious prospect for Cheltenham Gold Cup despite losing Jack Kennedy
# Predictions
# Predictions

Donn McClean: Delta Work a serious prospect for Cheltenham Gold Cup despite losing Jack Kennedy

Feb 5th 2020, 6:13 PM 3,025 Views 1 Comment

The Gordon Elliott-trained horse stormed to victory at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Saturday 1 February, 2020

Donn McClean: So many questions ahead of fascinating weekend at Dublin Racing Festival
# Column
# Column

Donn McClean: So many questions ahead of fascinating weekend at Dublin Racing Festival

Feb 1st 2020, 12:44 PM 2,489 Views 4 Comments

Will it be Chacun Pour Soi or A Plus Tard?

Wednesday 22 January, 2020

Honeysuckle growing stronger with De Bromhead set to dominate Dublin festival
# Column
# Column

Honeysuckle growing stronger with De Bromhead set to dominate Dublin festival

Jan 22nd 2020, 10:18 AM 2,757 Views 2 Comments

Donn McClean lamented the mare’s absence from Cheltenham, but expects to see it shine again next week.

Thursday 16 January, 2020

Young Limerick jockey McNamara enjoying hot streak
# Column
# Column

Young Limerick jockey McNamara enjoying hot streak

Jan 16th 2020, 11:21 AM 4,694 Views 2 Comments

Having claimed a first win for his father in 2018, Conor has had sustained success with Gavin Cromwell of late, writes Donn McClean.

Thursday 9 January, 2020

Envoi Allen: will horse racing's rising star go for the Champion Hurdle?
# DONN MCCLEAN
# DONN MCCLEAN

Envoi Allen: will horse racing's rising star go for the Champion Hurdle?

Jan 9th 2020, 8:49 PM 3,978 Views 9 Comments

After Sunday’s win in Naas, Donn McClean reviews connections’ Cheltenham options.

Thursday 2 January, 2020

If it ain't broke: Al Boum Photo setting out Gold Cup stall
# Picture Perfect
# Picture Perfect

If it ain't broke: Al Boum Photo setting out Gold Cup stall

Jan 2nd 2020, 11:15 AM 2,871 Views 3 Comments

‘History tells you that it’s not easy to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup more than once,’ writes Donn McClean.

Wednesday 18 December, 2019

King George still fascinating despite Altior's likely absence
# The Madness Of King George
# The Madness Of King George

King George still fascinating despite Altior's likely absence

Dec 18th 2019, 11:06 AM 3,205 Views 1 Comment

Nicky Henderson’s horse would have brought an extra dimension to the race, writes Donn McClean.

Thursday 12 December, 2019

Donn McClean: Many worthy contenders, but there could only be one Horse of the Year
# Eye Of The Tiger
# Eye Of The Tiger

Donn McClean: Many worthy contenders, but there could only be one Horse of the Year

Dec 12th 2019, 11:51 AM 2,947 Views 2 Comments

Gordon Elliott’s double Grand National winner was recognised at the HRI Awards this week.

Thursday 5 December, 2019

The Champion Hurdle is a blurred picture for now, but it's an intriguing one
# Column
# Column

The Champion Hurdle is a blurred picture for now, but it's an intriguing one

Dec 5th 2019, 11:23 AM 3,313 Views 2 Comments

It will gradually come into focus as the season rolls along, writes Donn McClean.

Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Donn McClean: Altior and Cyrname set for fascinating showdown this weekend
# Column
# Column

Donn McClean: Altior and Cyrname set for fascinating showdown this weekend

Nov 20th 2019, 1:22 PM 2,392 Views 0 Comments

The highly-rated steeplechasers will face off in the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

Wednesday 6 November, 2019

Donn McClean: Saturday's Champion Chase could send ripples through the season
# Column
# Column

Donn McClean: Saturday's Champion Chase could send ripples through the season

Nov 6th 2019, 4:55 PM 3,616 Views 3 Comments

One of Ireland’s top racing journalists picks out the horses worth following after Road To Respect’s victory at Down Royal.

Tuesday 29 October, 2019

Donn McClean: Big names return as National Hunt season takes flight
# Column
# Column

Donn McClean: Big names return as National Hunt season takes flight

Oct 29th 2019, 7:50 PM 3,868 Views 0 Comments

Prepare for the seasonal debuts of Clan Des Obeaux, Road To Respect, Bristol De Mai, Envoi Allen, Delta Work and Samcro.

Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Oisin Murphy's Champion Jockey win a testament to his talent and work ethic
# Column
# Column

Oisin Murphy's Champion Jockey win a testament to his talent and work ethic

Oct 22nd 2019, 2:01 PM 2,781 Views 1 Comment

The 24-year-old Kerry native joined a long list of racing’s greats at Ascot on Saturday, writes Donn McClean.

Tuesday 15 October, 2019

17-year-old Sheridan still pinching himself after seizing his big opportunity at the Curragh
# Column
# Column

17-year-old Sheridan still pinching himself after seizing his big opportunity at the Curragh

Oct 15th 2019, 12:46 PM 4,259 Views 1 Comment

The talented apprentice jockey had a landmark win on the Willie Mullins-trained Royal Illusion, writes Donn McClean.

Wednesday 2 October, 2019

History beckons for Enable and Dettori in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
# Column
# Column

History beckons for Enable and Dettori in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Oct 2nd 2019, 12:52 PM 2,726 Views 4 Comments

Khalid Abdullah’s mare will look to claim the race for a record third time this Sunday, writes Donn McClean.

Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Donn McClean: True positions in the juvenile colts' pecking order to be clearer by this weekend
# Column
# Column

Donn McClean: True positions in the juvenile colts' pecking order to be clearer by this weekend

Sep 25th 2019, 1:33 PM 2,268 Views 3 Comments

Pinatubo has been rated higher than Frankel by the BHA, but there’s plenty of contemporary competition racing this weekend.

Thursday 12 September, 2019

Donn McClean's big Irish Champion Stakes preview
# Column
# Column

Donn McClean's big Irish Champion Stakes preview

Sep 12th 2019, 8:17 PM 6,700 Views 0 Comments

We’re in for a top-class two days of racing across the Longines Irish Champions Weekend.

Tuesday 27 August, 2019

The difference a year makes as Meath-based trainer Lyons wins first £1m Ebor
# Column
# Column

The difference a year makes as Meath-based trainer Lyons wins first £1m Ebor

Aug 27th 2019, 6:09 PM 4,392 Views 1 Comment

Having finished fourth in the race 12 months ago, Mustajeer claimed victory in York on Saturday, writes Donn McClean.

Tuesday 6 August, 2019

Brilliant Borice, Elliott's Plate and One Cool Poet: The Galway Races in review
# Ballybrit
# Ballybrit

Brilliant Borice, Elliott's Plate and One Cool Poet: The Galway Races in review

Aug 6th 2019, 3:06 PM 1,821 Views 2 Comments

Donn McClean runs down the best moments of a fantastic week of racing in Ballybrit.

Tuesday 30 July, 2019

Donn McClean: Townend overcomes adversity for glorious Galway win
# Galway Festival
# Galway Festival

Donn McClean: Townend overcomes adversity for glorious Galway win

Jul 30th 2019, 3:01 PM 2,175 Views 0 Comments

The Cork jockey was the star of the show on Monday.

Tuesday 23 July, 2019

From Royal Ascot to the Kingdom, Frankie Dettori's summer reign is remarkable
# Kerry Gold
# Kerry Gold

From Royal Ascot to the Kingdom, Frankie Dettori's summer reign is remarkable

Jul 23rd 2019, 9:44 AM 3,637 Views 1 Comment

The Italian’s incredible career continues, writes Donn McClean.

Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Donn McClean: Exciting times ahead as Ten Sovereigns delivers on July promise
# Horse Racing
# Horse Racing

Donn McClean: Exciting times ahead as Ten Sovereigns delivers on July promise

Jul 16th 2019, 1:45 PM 2,269 Views 0 Comments

Donn McClean maps out the next destination for the Ballydoyle sprint star.

Tuesday 9 July, 2019

Donn McClean: Enable's place in racing history is already assured, but she can achieve even more
# Column
# Column

Donn McClean: Enable's place in racing history is already assured, but she can achieve even more

Jul 9th 2019, 11:39 AM 1,905 Views 0 Comments

With Frankie Dettori on board, the John Gosden-trained five-year-old impressed in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes on Saturday.

Tuesday 2 July, 2019

Stunning Sovereign basks in Irish Derby success after memorable weekend for Aidan O'Brien
# Derby Day
# Derby Day

Stunning Sovereign basks in Irish Derby success after memorable weekend for Aidan O'Brien

Jul 2nd 2019, 3:23 PM 3,747 Views 0 Comments

Donn McClean reflects on the surprise winner’s performance at The Curragh on Saturday.

Tuesday 25 June, 2019

Donn McClean: Magnificent Dettori crowns a week to remember at Royal Ascot
# Review
# Review

Donn McClean: Magnificent Dettori crowns a week to remember at Royal Ascot

Jun 25th 2019, 6:04 PM 3,158 Views 1 Comment

Lots to digest, and lots to whet the appetite, writes Donn McClean in this week’s column.

Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Donn McClean: Lots of Irish chances still to come as Royal Ascot starts at full speed
# Day One
# Day One

Donn McClean: Lots of Irish chances still to come as Royal Ascot starts at full speed

Jun 18th 2019, 8:36 PM 3,307 Views 0 Comments

You don’t ease your way in at Royal Ascot, writes Donn McClean. You don’t have the chance.

Tuesday 11 June, 2019

Donn McClean: O'Brien primed to continue his outstanding record at Royal Ascot
# Column
# Column

Donn McClean: O'Brien primed to continue his outstanding record at Royal Ascot

Jun 11th 2019, 11:12 AM 3,546 Views 0 Comments

Hermosa and Ten Sovereigns top of the list for the Ballydoyle maestro.

Tuesday 4 June, 2019

Donn McClean: Ballydoyle puzzle as tricky as ever following five-star Derby day
# Epsom Derby
# Epsom Derby

Donn McClean: Ballydoyle puzzle as tricky as ever following five-star Derby day

Jun 4th 2019, 1:47 PM 5,030 Views 2 Comments

Aidan O’Brien joined an elite group with Anthony van Dyck’s win on Saturday.

Tuesday 28 May, 2019

Hermosa reasserts her star quality in dominant Irish Guineas victory
# Peerless
# Peerless

Hermosa reasserts her star quality in dominant Irish Guineas victory

May 28th 2019, 4:22 PM 2,385 Views 0 Comments

Donn McClean reflects on a busy weekend of racing action at The Curragh.

Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Donn McClean: Naas trials leave O'Brien with a hot hand for Royal Ascot
# Horse Racing
# Horse Racing

Donn McClean: Naas trials leave O'Brien with a hot hand for Royal Ascot

May 21st 2019, 2:07 PM 2,580 Views 1 Comment

Etoile’s Group 3 win leaves her primed for the Albany Stakes, writes Donn McClean.

Tuesday 14 May, 2019

Donn McClean: O'Brien's Sir Dragonet gives plenty to ponder as Derby looms
# Trials
# Trials

Donn McClean: O'Brien's Sir Dragonet gives plenty to ponder as Derby looms

May 14th 2019, 8:50 AM 3,704 Views 1 Comment

Derby trials are popping up all over to present a changing picture of prospects at Epsom.

Tuesday 7 May, 2019

O'Brien continues fine form in British Classics after Guineas double success
# Irish Eyes
# Irish Eyes

O'Brien continues fine form in British Classics after Guineas double success

May 7th 2019, 5:41 PM 2,645 Views 0 Comments

Donn McClean reflects on all the action from Newmarket.

Wednesday 1 May, 2019

Donn McClean: Un De Sceaux shines brightest among the stars at Punchestown
# Opening Show
# Opening Show

Donn McClean: Un De Sceaux shines brightest among the stars at Punchestown

May 1st 2019, 8:48 AM 2,026 Views 0 Comments

Klassical Dream and Delta Work impressed – but it was an old favourite who stole the show.

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