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This week 4th December 2022 - 10th December 2022

Donn McClean: Honeysuckle to bounce back after falling short of unprecedented win
# Review
# Review

Donn McClean: Honeysuckle to bounce back after falling short of unprecedented win

Mon 1:08 PM 2,496 Views 0 Comments

The Henry de Bromhead mare was chasing a fourth victory in the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Last week 27th November 2022 - 10th December 2022

Donn McClean: Constitution Hill a strong Cheltenham contender after blistering run
# Form
# Form

Donn McClean: Constitution Hill a strong Cheltenham contender after blistering run

Nov 28th 2022, 2:29 PM 1,817 Views 1 Comment

The five-year-old produced a strong performance to win the Grade 1 Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

Last month November 2022

Donn McClean: State Man not quite at Hurricane Fly's level yet but has serious potential
# Analysis
# Analysis

Donn McClean: State Man not quite at Hurricane Fly's level yet but has serious potential

Nov 21st 2022, 11:45 AM 2,275 Views 0 Comments

Five-year-old won well at Punchestown yesterday.

This year 2022

Leopardstown shows Luxembourg is now a big player in the Arc picture
# Leopardstown
# Leopardstown

Leopardstown shows Luxembourg is now a big player in the Arc picture

Sep 12th 2022, 2:11 PM 1,845 Views 0 Comments

Donn McClean reviews the weekend’s action where the Camelot colt was one of the standout performers.

Donn McClean: Maturing Sionnach Eile reigns in the Galway rain
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# Column

Donn McClean: Maturing Sionnach Eile reigns in the Galway rain

Jul 29th 2022, 10:37 PM 2,955 Views 0 Comments

It’s proving to be a sparkling week for Peter Fahey.

Galway Day 4: Tudor City astonishes as he produces one of the performances of his life
# Take A Bow
# Take A Bow

Galway Day 4: Tudor City astonishes as he produces one of the performances of his life

Jul 28th 2022, 11:59 PM 2,460 Views 0 Comments

Tony Martin picked up an incredible fourth win in nine years.

Galway Day 3 review: 'You couldn't take your eyes off this one'
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# Column

Galway Day 3 review: 'You couldn't take your eyes off this one'

Jul 27th 2022, 10:56 PM 3,690 Views 0 Comments

Galway Plate winner Hewick cost John Hanlon just €850, and has now bagged around 300 times that in prize money.

Galway Day 2 review: 'Magic Chegaga cost €12,500. That was the start of the journey'
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# Column

Galway Day 2 review: 'Magic Chegaga cost €12,500. That was the start of the journey'

Jul 26th 2022, 11:51 PM 3,432 Views 0 Comments

The mare’s journey through the race was far less eventful than her journey to the races.

Landmark week at Royal Ascot with eight Irish-trained winners
# Horse Racing
# Horse Racing

Landmark week at Royal Ascot with eight Irish-trained winners

Jun 20th 2022, 11:31 AM 4,111 Views 0 Comments

Joseph O’Brien’s first time to win there as a trainer was massive.

From Meath to Royal Ascot - 'To be going there with a chance is unbelievable'
# Racing
# Racing

From Meath to Royal Ascot - 'To be going there with a chance is unbelievable'

Jun 13th 2022, 2:54 PM 3,425 Views 0 Comments

Trainer Jack Davison on his star filly Mooneista.

Stars align as Punchestown Festival delivers to set up fascinating sequels
# The Great Comeback
# The Great Comeback

Stars align as Punchestown Festival delivers to set up fascinating sequels

May 3rd 2022, 2:07 PM 2,422 Views 0 Comments

Donn McClean reviews last week’s action at the County Kildare racecourse.

Honeysuckle and Blackmore an irresistible combination amid a week of anticipation
# Punchestown Festival 2022
# Punchestown Festival 2022

Honeysuckle and Blackmore an irresistible combination amid a week of anticipation

Apr 26th 2022, 2:01 PM 2,029 Views 0 Comments

It is three years since the Punchestown Festival was last run with open doors, and that only serves to heighten the expectation with advance ticket sales up by 80%.

This was Roy of the Rovers goes racing - the inside story of today's Grand National win
# Fairytale
# Fairytale

This was Roy of the Rovers goes racing - the inside story of today's Grand National win

Apr 9th 2022, 9:35 PM 5,066 Views 7 Comments

The Grand National is a race that often takes what works in fiction and sees if it will work in reality. Today’s race was no different.

Longhouse Poet is the one to back today in the National
# Grand Ambitions
# Grand Ambitions

Longhouse Poet is the one to back today in the National

Apr 9th 2022, 7:45 AM 3,794 Views 0 Comments

Longhouse Poet is only eight and has raced just six times over fences but proved in the Thyestes Chase that he was well able for the rough and tumble of a big-field handicap.

Rachael Blackmore continues to take racing and the sporting world by storm
# Gold Cup
# Gold Cup

Rachael Blackmore continues to take racing and the sporting world by storm

Mar 18th 2022, 8:59 PM 5,189 Views 1 Comment

Willie Mullins had five of the seven winners on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, and he is not the headline act.

Donn McClean: Brilliant Allaho squeezes rivals into submission to repeat 2021 heroics
# Cheltenham
# Cheltenham

Donn McClean: Brilliant Allaho squeezes rivals into submission to repeat 2021 heroics

Mar 17th 2022, 9:19 PM 2,113 Views 0 Comments

The Cheveley Park Stud horse delivered another phenomenal performance on day three at Cheltenham.

Donn McClean: When Honeysuckle took flight, it sent shivers down the spine
# Cheltenham
# Cheltenham

Donn McClean: When Honeysuckle took flight, it sent shivers down the spine

Mar 15th 2022, 8:19 PM 3,800 Views 1 Comment

The mare, ridden by Rachael Blackmore, romped to victory in the Champion Hurdle.

The wheel will turn again, but for now the Irish strength at Cheltenham should be appreciated
# Racing
# Racing

The wheel will turn again, but for now the Irish strength at Cheltenham should be appreciated

Mar 9th 2022, 12:55 PM 3,445 Views 0 Comments

The deep strength in Irish National Hunt racing these days has created the backdrop to next week’s festival.

Donn McClean: Honeysuckle and Blackmore are a formidable force, unbeaten, unbeatable
# Racing
# Racing

Donn McClean: Honeysuckle and Blackmore are a formidable force, unbeaten, unbeatable

Mar 2nd 2022, 1:55 PM 1,963 Views 0 Comments

Donn McClean takes a look at the contenders for the Champion Hurdle, three weeks out from the Cheltenham festival.

Donn McClean: Title-holder Minella Indo under-rated ahead of fascinating Cheltenham Gold Cup
# Long Lens Preview
# Long Lens Preview

Donn McClean: Title-holder Minella Indo under-rated ahead of fascinating Cheltenham Gold Cup

Feb 23rd 2022, 10:46 AM 2,696 Views 0 Comments

Donn McClean takes a look at the contenders for the Gold Cup, three weeks out from the Cheltenham festival.

Donn McClean: 'Flawless' Honeysuckle headlines the Dublin Racing Festival
# National Hunt
# National Hunt

Donn McClean: 'Flawless' Honeysuckle headlines the Dublin Racing Festival

Feb 5th 2022, 7:45 AM 1,596 Views 0 Comments

Racing gets underway at Leopardstown today.

Last year 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'

May 4th 2021, 7:00 AM 3,755 Views 2 Comments

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

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 15,157 Views 8 Comments

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

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 5,132 Views 0 Comments

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

All time

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 4,902 Views 0 Comments

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

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 6,714 Views 1 Comment

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

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 2,393 Views 0 Comments

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

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 2,250 Views 2 Comments

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

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 3,074 Views 1 Comment

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

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 2,503 Views 4 Comments

Will it be Chacun Pour Soi or A Plus Tard?

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

Honeysuckle growing stronger with De Bromhead set to dominate Dublin festival

Jan 22nd 2020, 10:18 AM 2,790 Views 2 Comments

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

Young Limerick jockey McNamara enjoying hot streak
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# Column

Young Limerick jockey McNamara enjoying hot streak

Jan 16th 2020, 11:21 AM 4,891 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.

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 4,026 Views 9 Comments

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

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 2,902 Views 3 Comments

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

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 3,227 Views 1 Comment

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

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 2,978 Views 2 Comments

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

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 3,347 Views 2 Comments

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

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 2,415 Views 0 Comments

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

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 3,642 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.

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

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

Oct 29th 2019, 7:50 PM 3,894 Views 0 Comments

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

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