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Dublin: 13 °C Saturday 8 August, 2020

Wednesday 4 March, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 24 April, 2019

Irish Grand National triumph has Ruby dreaming of conquering Aintree with Burrows Saint

He may be only six, but the sky is the limit after Easter Monday’s success for Willie Mullins, writes Donn McClean.

Wednesday 17 April, 2019

Magical's mystery tour: it'll be interesting to see where Aidan O'Brien's star goes now

The filly was very impressive at Naas, Donn McClean writes.

Tuesday 9 April, 2019

Donn McClean: Where were you when Tiger Roll claimed a piece of racing history?

The Gordon Elliott-trained horse proved he has the Aintree track figured out.

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