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Monday 29 June, 2020

Blues to claim local bragging rights: 4 tips for tonight's Premier League action
# Premier League
# Premier League

Blues to claim local bragging rights: 4 tips for tonight's Premier League action

Jun 29th 2020, 3:37 PM 2,747 Views 1 Comment

Johnny Ward shares his selections, plus the latest odds from William Hill.

Friday 13 March, 2020

Mullins the epitome of grace after triumphant Friday and Gold Cup for the ages
# Racing
# Racing

Mullins the epitome of grace after triumphant Friday and Gold Cup for the ages

Mar 13th 2020, 6:34 PM 10,431 Views 8 Comments

Four wins on the final day at Cheltenham saw Willie Mullins named the Festival’s top trainer.

Whatever about the British government, Irish racing can hold its head high
# Column
# Column

Whatever about the British government, Irish racing can hold its head high

Mar 13th 2020, 2:35 PM 9,166 Views 11 Comments

The decision to allow Cheltenham to continue today has been heavily criticised but the HRI has correctly opted to go behind closed doors, writes Johnny Ward.

Wednesday 11 March, 2020

'Deep down, most racing fans at Cheltenham know they shouldn't be here'
# The Festival
# The Festival

'Deep down, most racing fans at Cheltenham know they shouldn't be here'

Mar 11th 2020, 5:46 PM 106,008 Views 80 Comments

Johnny Ward asks himself if he should be among 60,000 spectators watching horses run in a field at the time of global crisis.

Monday 9 March, 2020

Bookmakers know that defeat for Envoi Allen this week is massive in battle with punters
# Flawless
# Flawless

Bookmakers know that defeat for Envoi Allen this week is massive in battle with punters

Mar 9th 2020, 8:00 PM 4,085 Views 2 Comments

Not many top-level horses go their career unbeaten but the dream is alive for the Gordon Elliott-trained star, writes Johnny Ward.

Saturday 7 March, 2020

13 Cheltenham tips from 13 well-known racing fans
# Fancies
# Fancies

13 Cheltenham tips from 13 well-known racing fans

Mar 7th 2020, 7:15 AM 9,953 Views 0 Comments

Johnny Ward hit the phones to ask the likes of Ken Doherty and Ivan Yates where their money is going next week.

Friday 6 March, 2020

Sheikh Mohammed's bitter family dispute ruling may yet have major ramifications for racing
# Godolphin
# Godolphin

Sheikh Mohammed's bitter family dispute ruling may yet have major ramifications for racing

Mar 6th 2020, 2:22 PM 14,522 Views 7 Comments

The world of horse racing watched proceedings at the Royal Courts of Justice in London this week.

Wednesday 4 March, 2020

5 spirited underdogs to keep an eye on next week at Cheltenham
# Money For Jam Man
# Money For Jam Man

5 spirited underdogs to keep an eye on next week at Cheltenham

Mar 4th 2020, 10:31 AM 7,219 Views 3 Comments

Johnny Ward likes the look of these hopefuls ahead of the Festival.

Friday 28 February, 2020

Betting on racing and a dystopian race to the bottom
# Gambling
# Gambling

Betting on racing and a dystopian race to the bottom

Feb 28th 2020, 12:07 PM 5,271 Views 10 Comments

Johnny Ward brings backers and layers alike to book.

Friday 14 February, 2020

Let the Tiger roar: History likely to weigh heavy on racing's most perplexing success story
# Racing
# Racing

Let the Tiger roar: History likely to weigh heavy on racing's most perplexing success story

Feb 14th 2020, 1:41 PM 3,661 Views 1 Comment

The handicapper has done Tiger Roar and Gigginstown no favours ahead of another Grand National bid, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 7 February, 2020

Weight and see: Michael O'Leary hoping handicapper gives Tiger Roll a fair shot at history
# Roll On
# Roll On

Weight and see: Michael O'Leary hoping handicapper gives Tiger Roll a fair shot at history

Feb 7th 2020, 11:27 AM 6,288 Views 6 Comments

The Gigginstown boss will be awaiting the decision with interest, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 31 January, 2020

'Well done, young man! That stuff about your granny, not so much.' A farewell to the face of RTE's racing coverage
# And He's Off
# And He's Off

'Well done, young man! That stuff about your granny, not so much.' A farewell to the face of RTE's racing coverage

Jan 31st 2020, 11:57 AM 15,992 Views 8 Comments

The much-respected Robert Hall will wrap up his time in front of the cameras this weekend, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 18 October, 2019

Johnny Ward: Irish racing can be proud of new horse welfare programme for prisoners
# Column
# Column

Johnny Ward: Irish racing can be proud of new horse welfare programme for prisoners

Oct 18th 2019, 1:22 PM 3,244 Views 1 Comment

The first sod has been turned to begin work on a new facility in Castlerea.

Friday 11 October, 2019

Johnny Ward: Irish racing can lead the way in drug testing jockeys
# Positive Signs
# Positive Signs

Johnny Ward: Irish racing can lead the way in drug testing jockeys

Oct 11th 2019, 12:49 PM 2,093 Views 2 Comments

‘There needs to be a greater deterrent and, if we increase the number of tests when we visit a racecourse, it could act as a deterrent,’ says Dr Jennifer Pugh.

Friday 27 September, 2019

5 ante-post Cheltenham bets to consider before prices are cut
# Column
# Column

5 ante-post Cheltenham bets to consider before prices are cut

Sep 27th 2019, 1:20 PM 8,563 Views 2 Comments

Johnny Ward makes five super-early selections, and two more for this weekend’s racing in Ireland.

Sunday 15 September, 2019

AP first ahead of Ruby at 'special' Pat Smullen race event
# Legends
# Legends

AP first ahead of Ruby at 'special' Pat Smullen race event

Sep 15th 2019, 5:11 PM 4,406 Views 0 Comments

Quizzical came home first in the star-studded event.

Friday 9 August, 2019

Hurling For Cancer illustrates how important it is for racing to join forces with other sports
# Column
# Column

Hurling For Cancer illustrates how important it is for racing to join forces with other sports

Aug 9th 2019, 12:50 PM 6,937 Views 6 Comments

A host of greats from different sporting backgrounds will be involved at St Conleth’s Park this Tuesday, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 26 July, 2019

Both great and good needed to get The Curragh back on track
# Flat Out
# Flat Out

Both great and good needed to get The Curragh back on track

Jul 26th 2019, 1:38 PM 5,950 Views 2 Comments

The Kildare venue needs to reconnect with the county, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 19 July, 2019

Derby weekend shows new boss at the Curragh needs to win back local support
# On Track
# On Track

Derby weekend shows new boss at the Curragh needs to win back local support

Jul 19th 2019, 2:48 PM 5,285 Views 2 Comments

The redeveloped venue has a challenge ahead, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 12 July, 2019

Appreciating the evergreen, quiet genius still riding out in his 80s
# Deise
# Deise

Appreciating the evergreen, quiet genius still riding out in his 80s

Jul 12th 2019, 1:26 PM 9,700 Views 2 Comments

The 82-year-old trainer John Kiely has run four horses, this season. All have won, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 21 June, 2019

No escape from lure of horse ownership for me after Operation Houdini
# Racing
# Racing

No escape from lure of horse ownership for me after Operation Houdini

Jun 21st 2019, 12:48 PM 5,703 Views 6 Comments

Johnny Ward trots down memory lane and praises the humble claimer.

Friday 31 May, 2019

'Three grand is all he cost! Can you imagine?' It's a long way from Tipperary for unlikely Epsom Dash favourite Hathiq
# Premier
# Premier

'Three grand is all he cost! Can you imagine?' It's a long way from Tipperary for unlikely Epsom Dash favourite Hathiq

May 31st 2019, 12:53 PM 7,278 Views 3 Comments

Trainer Denis Hogan could be headline racing news in Britain this weekend.

Friday 24 May, 2019

New-look Curragh must get back to roots to help expensive makeover succeed
# I Will Repair
# I Will Repair

New-look Curragh must get back to roots to help expensive makeover succeed

May 24th 2019, 1:20 PM 5,762 Views 12 Comments

The newly-impressive venue needs to to do more to attract local people who fell out of love with it, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 17 May, 2019

In Camelot: Expect the O'Brien dynasty to continue domination
# Family Business
# Family Business

In Camelot: Expect the O'Brien dynasty to continue domination

May 17th 2019, 12:41 PM 4,434 Views 1 Comment

Aidan O’Brien’s son Donnacha is eyeing a career change, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 10 May, 2019

'He is finished riding but that's where the finishing ends' - Pat Smullen deserves to go out on his own terms
# Winner Alright
# Winner Alright

'He is finished riding but that's where the finishing ends' - Pat Smullen deserves to go out on his own terms

May 10th 2019, 12:19 PM 3,966 Views 1 Comment

A pancreatic cancer diagnosis a little over a year ago must give the retiring jockey a new perspective after an incredible career, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 26 April, 2019

All-weather Dundalk deserves to be put on the right track for future success
# Astro
# Astro

All-weather Dundalk deserves to be put on the right track for future success

Apr 26th 2019, 1:18 PM 4,163 Views 2 Comments

The Co Louth venue is hugely important to Irish racing, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 5 April, 2019

St Anthony may be needed to find a winner in the Grand National... but enjoy it
# Aintree
# Aintree

St Anthony may be needed to find a winner in the Grand National... but enjoy it

Apr 5th 2019, 1:11 PM 3,934 Views 2 Comments

Johnny Ward on the runners and riders at Aintree this weekend.

Friday 29 March, 2019

Johnny Ward: Racing needs more characters like the colourful Rich Ricci
# Good Impresson
# Good Impresson

Johnny Ward: Racing needs more characters like the colourful Rich Ricci

Mar 29th 2019, 12:58 PM 3,888 Views 6 Comments

‘You are soon forgotten in this game but Ricci has no intention of abandoning a sport that has served him well.’

Friday 22 March, 2019

Johnny Ward column: new alliances, new racetracks and Kevin Prendergast
# Flat Out
# Flat Out

Johnny Ward column: new alliances, new racetracks and Kevin Prendergast

Mar 22nd 2019, 12:40 PM 2,958 Views 1 Comment

There’s plenty to get excited about as the flat season gets going.

Friday 15 March, 2019

Willie Mullins: 'I haven't let the Gold Cup burrow into my mind but now it's arrived it's fantastic'
# Winner Winner
# Winner Winner

Willie Mullins: 'I haven't let the Gold Cup burrow into my mind but now it's arrived it's fantastic'

Mar 15th 2019, 8:57 PM 5,458 Views 3 Comments

Al Boum Photo’s victory helped lift the mood after Sir Erec’s death earlier in the day.

Thursday 14 March, 2019

Johnny Ward's Day 3 verdict: No Festival for old men... unless you're Barry Geraghty
# 14 Men
# 14 Men

Johnny Ward's Day 3 verdict: No Festival for old men... unless you're Barry Geraghty

Mar 14th 2019, 5:48 PM 3,780 Views 1 Comment

There was some inspirational displays at Prestbury Park today.

Wednesday 13 March, 2019

Johnny Ward's Day 2 verdict: British racing bosses doing their best to bring an end to the sport
# Cheltenham
# Cheltenham

Johnny Ward's Day 2 verdict: British racing bosses doing their best to bring an end to the sport

Mar 13th 2019, 5:26 PM 12,553 Views 10 Comments

There was another day of drama and emotion in the Cotswolds, meanwhile.

Tuesday 12 March, 2019

Johnny Ward's Day 1 verdict: Ruby lives to fight another day as Blackmore breaks through
# Cheltenham
# Cheltenham

Johnny Ward's Day 1 verdict: Ruby lives to fight another day as Blackmore breaks through

Mar 12th 2019, 6:35 PM 6,735 Views 10 Comments

It was an afternoon of high emotion at Prestbury Park.

Friday 8 March, 2019

Johnny Ward: 'From having no interest in racing, there are now days when little else consumes me'
# Starter's Orders
# Starter's Orders

Johnny Ward: 'From having no interest in racing, there are now days when little else consumes me'

Mar 8th 2019, 12:27 PM 6,368 Views 9 Comments

You never forget your first Cheltenham.

Friday 1 March, 2019

Johnny Ward: Easy to lose your marbles on annual Festival preview circuit
# Cheltenham
# Cheltenham

Johnny Ward: Easy to lose your marbles on annual Festival preview circuit

Mar 1st 2019, 12:40 PM 4,723 Views 7 Comments

Making predictions, sharing gossip and enjoying a couple of pints in the run up to the Prestbury Park.

Friday 22 February, 2019

Johnny Ward: Aidan O'Brien's youngest son concentrating on riding while he can keep the weight down
# Family Business
# Family Business

Johnny Ward: Aidan O'Brien's youngest son concentrating on riding while he can keep the weight down

Feb 22nd 2019, 12:27 PM 7,522 Views 4 Comments

20-year-old jockey Donnacha hasn’t ruled out following in the footsteps of his father and brother by becoming a trainer.

Friday 15 February, 2019

Johnny Ward: Presenting Percy's public deserve to hear more from enigma trainer Kelly
# Road To Gold
# Road To Gold

Johnny Ward: Presenting Percy's public deserve to hear more from enigma trainer Kelly

Feb 15th 2019, 12:28 PM 5,788 Views 2 Comments

The Gold Cup favourite will likely be entered in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse next week.

Friday 1 February, 2019

Cooper has got talent and time on his side to grasp second chance
# Column
# Column

Cooper has got talent and time on his side to grasp second chance

Feb 1st 2019, 12:50 PM 5,526 Views 1 Comment

The 26-year-old has had to deal with losing the Gigginstown job but retirements will leave a gap to fill and he’s as good as anyone else left, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 25 January, 2019

We love an underdog and Cromwell could provide one with Champion Hurdle hope
# Racing
# Racing

We love an underdog and Cromwell could provide one with Champion Hurdle hope

Jan 25th 2019, 1:11 PM 4,095 Views 0 Comments

A successful farrier by trade, the Meath trainer has already enjoyed 31 jumps winners this season, writes columnist Johnny Ward.

Friday 18 January, 2019

'The season has been a mess because of the weather' - tough going ahead of Dublin Racing Festival
# Rain Dance
# Rain Dance

'The season has been a mess because of the weather' - tough going ahead of Dublin Racing Festival

Jan 18th 2019, 11:52 AM 4,895 Views 6 Comments

Watering in January? Welcome to global warming, writes Johnny Ward in his first column for The42.