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Friday 25 October, 2019

If you cannot afford to pay an odds compiler you shouldn't be laying bets on Irish racing
# Column
# Column

If you cannot afford to pay an odds compiler you shouldn't be laying bets on Irish racing

Oct 25th 2019, 1:22 PM 13,827 Views 13 Comments

It is obvious the majority of bookmakers are copying the work of a rival’s odds-compiler, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 4 October, 2019

Immortality beckons for Enable, but this could be a Magical weekend for the O'Briens
# Paris Je T'aime
# Paris Je T'aime

Immortality beckons for Enable, but this could be a Magical weekend for the O'Briens

Oct 4th 2019, 3:54 PM 4,567 Views 5 Comments

All eyes are on Longchamp, and a very special mare, on Sunday afternoon.

Friday 20 September, 2019

The nights are getting longer, the mornings colder and nothing invites the winter like racing at Dundalk
# Column
# Column

The nights are getting longer, the mornings colder and nothing invites the winter like racing at Dundalk

Sep 20th 2019, 12:38 PM 3,216 Views 1 Comment

Geological and Mianna are worth keeping tabs on as racing returns to Dundalk, writes Johnny Ward.

Sunday 15 September, 2019

'I am overcome' - Racing comes together for Pat Smullen on special day at the Curragh
# Standing Together
# Standing Together

'I am overcome' - Racing comes together for Pat Smullen on special day at the Curragh

Sep 15th 2019, 5:58 PM 8,102 Views 9 Comments

Tony McCoy, Ruby Walsh, Joseph O’Brien, and Paul Carberry were part of an all-star cast in a charity race in aid of Pat Smullen.

Saturday 14 September, 2019

Magical lands Aiden O'Brien remarkable 1-2-3 in Champion Stakes at Leopardstown
# Prestige
# Prestige

Magical lands Aiden O'Brien remarkable 1-2-3 in Champion Stakes at Leopardstown

Sep 14th 2019, 5:50 PM 3,524 Views 9 Comments

The favourite delivered this afternoon.

Friday 13 September, 2019

Johnny Ward: Six reasons why this racing weekend will be special
# Column
# Column

Johnny Ward: Six reasons why this racing weekend will be special

Sep 13th 2019, 12:37 PM 2,851 Views 4 Comments

Across Saturday and Sunday, Ireland will host the best in the world at two of the globe’s finest racetracks.

Friday 6 September, 2019

Johnny Ward: Horses do the talking for shrewd, young trainer Emmet Mullins
# Next Gen
# Next Gen

Johnny Ward: Horses do the talking for shrewd, young trainer Emmet Mullins

Sep 6th 2019, 3:27 PM 6,929 Views 2 Comments

This has been an extraordinary year for Mullins and young owner Paul Byrne.

Tuesday 3 September, 2019

'There's a fair chance you won't see us riding again. It's a special cause for a special person in my life'
# Charity Race
# Charity Race

'There's a fair chance you won't see us riding again. It's a special cause for a special person in my life'

Sep 3rd 2019, 1:52 PM 6,980 Views 1 Comment

Legends of racing met at Joseph O’Brien’s yard this morning to promote the Pat Smullen Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland.

Friday 30 August, 2019

Johnny Ward: Hogan can continue promising career with reputation intact despite positive test
# Column
# Column

Johnny Ward: Hogan can continue promising career with reputation intact despite positive test

Aug 30th 2019, 1:21 PM 8,730 Views 4 Comments

The Tipperary-based trainer escaped any penalties after a vet accepted responsibility for Turbine being administered an anabolic steroid.

Friday 23 August, 2019

Johnny Ward: Moore's ban the latest alarming turn in the destruction of our sport
# Column
# Column

Johnny Ward: Moore's ban the latest alarming turn in the destruction of our sport

Aug 23rd 2019, 4:44 PM 9,858 Views 4 Comments

‘There is so much wrong with this ruling it is hard to know where to start.’

Friday 16 August, 2019

Visit of Japanese star Deirdre opens up new market for Leopardstown
# Eastern Promise
# Eastern Promise

Visit of Japanese star Deirdre opens up new market for Leopardstown

Aug 16th 2019, 3:21 PM 3,930 Views 1 Comment

Johnny Ward looks ahead to next month’s Irish Champion Stakes.

Friday 2 August, 2019

Johnny Ward: Goodwood farce shows lack of respect for one of Irish racing's big days
# Column
# Column

Johnny Ward: Goodwood farce shows lack of respect for one of Irish racing's big days

Aug 2nd 2019, 3:12 PM 7,799 Views 5 Comments

British racing must confront the reality that far too many of its races go off late, writes Johnny Ward.

Thursday 1 August, 2019

'We prepared for this moment. It hurts a little but you take it on the chin'
# Lilywhites
# Lilywhites

'We prepared for this moment. It hurts a little but you take it on the chin'

Aug 1st 2019, 7:00 AM 5,103 Views 5 Comments

Dundalk were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by Azerbaijani champions Qarabag last night.

Wednesday 31 July, 2019

Dundalk's Champions League dream ends after comprehensive defeat in Baku
# Outclassed
# Outclassed

Dundalk's Champions League dream ends after comprehensive defeat in Baku

Jul 31st 2019, 8:07 PM 23,606 Views 37 Comments

Vinny Perth’s side slumped to a 3-0 loss against Qarabag, crashing out on a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.

Tuesday 30 July, 2019

Baku Beckons: Dundalk confident of springing another famous European upset in Azerbaijan
# UCL
# UCL

Baku Beckons: Dundalk confident of springing another famous European upset in Azerbaijan

Jul 30th 2019, 6:04 PM 4,512 Views 4 Comments

Johnny Ward brings us the latest as the Lilywhites prepare for one of the biggest nights in the club’s history.

Monday 29 July, 2019

Dundalk boss 'not getting enough credit' for the job he's done since replacing Stephen Kenny
# Underrated
# Underrated

Dundalk boss 'not getting enough credit' for the job he's done since replacing Stephen Kenny

Jul 29th 2019, 3:28 PM 5,056 Views 3 Comments

Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier in Baku, Ruaidhri Higgins says Vinny Perth has been ‘marvellous’ as Lilywhites head coach.

Friday 5 July, 2019

Johnny Ward: Curragh punters left in the dark over jockey swap confusion
# Column
# Column

Johnny Ward: Curragh punters left in the dark over jockey swap confusion

Jul 5th 2019, 12:57 PM 9,907 Views 1 Comment

Incident emphasises how far horse racing bosses still have to go to get the basics right.

Friday 28 June, 2019

Johnny Ward: Developer unveils grand plans to build new €100m racetrack in Palmerstown
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# Column

Johnny Ward: Developer unveils grand plans to build new €100m racetrack in Palmerstown

Jun 28th 2019, 12:48 PM 20,242 Views 14 Comments

Luke Comer proposes to build the Belmont-style track and lease it back to Horse Racing Ireland, writes Johnny Ward.

Wednesday 26 June, 2019

Kieran Lucid: Kerry businessman's plan to create all-island soccer league by 2021
# Grand Designs
# Grand Designs

Kieran Lucid: Kerry businessman's plan to create all-island soccer league by 2021

Jun 26th 2019, 8:14 AM 24,165 Views 25 Comments

‘Window of opportunity’ to revolutionise domestic football needs to be acted on by autumn, says entrepreneur.

Friday 14 June, 2019

Johnny Ward: Strong field goes to post in the race to be Ireland's next top jockey
# Five For Fighting
# Five For Fighting

Johnny Ward: Strong field goes to post in the race to be Ireland's next top jockey

Jun 14th 2019, 1:41 PM 4,741 Views 1 Comment

Paul Townend will step into the void left by Ruby Walsh, but there are a host of other pretenders to the throne.

Friday 7 June, 2019

Johnny Ward: Racing needs to find common ground with Green Wave or risk being swept away
# Column
# Column

Johnny Ward: Racing needs to find common ground with Green Wave or risk being swept away

Jun 7th 2019, 12:35 PM 4,450 Views 4 Comments

Irish industry has to up its game and start thinking green, writes Johnny Ward.

Friday 3 May, 2019

Johnny Ward: 86-year-old Prendergast keeps rolling back the years with Guineas dream
# Madhmoon Rising
# Madhmoon Rising

Johnny Ward: 86-year-old Prendergast keeps rolling back the years with Guineas dream

May 3rd 2019, 12:09 PM 3,431 Views 0 Comments

Johnny Ward pays tribute to the invincible spirit of the legendary KP ahead of Saturday’s big one at Newmarket.

Thursday 2 May, 2019

A Life in the Saddle: Ruby bids farewell to racing the only way he knows how
# Out With A Bang
# Out With A Bang

A Life in the Saddle: Ruby bids farewell to racing the only way he knows how

May 2nd 2019, 7:00 AM 15,540 Views 9 Comments

Johnny Ward looks back on Walsh’s glittering career after a legend of the sport retires.

Friday 19 April, 2019

Johnny Ward: 'Mesmerising' Curragh redevelopment gives Flat racing a home to be proud of
# Straight I Will Repair...
# Straight I Will Repair...

Johnny Ward: 'Mesmerising' Curragh redevelopment gives Flat racing a home to be proud of

Apr 19th 2019, 3:43 PM 5,918 Views 2 Comments

Johnny Ward pays a visit to the redeveloped track ahead of its opening meeting on 6 May.

Friday 12 April, 2019

Johnny Ward: How beautiful Ballinrobe became one of Irish racing's success stories
# Horse Racing
# Horse Racing

Johnny Ward: How beautiful Ballinrobe became one of Irish racing's success stories

Apr 12th 2019, 12:02 PM 7,797 Views 2 Comments

Johnny Ward celebrates the Mayo track as it prepares for its first meeting of the year.

Friday 8 February, 2019

Racing Abandoned: What equine flu means for British racing and why Irish meets could profit from shutdown
# Horse Racing
# Horse Racing

Racing Abandoned: What equine flu means for British racing and why Irish meets could profit from shutdown

Feb 8th 2019, 4:52 PM 5,078 Views 12 Comments

Johnny Ward reflects on a turbulent week in British horseracing.

Friday 18 March, 2016

Don Poli the most likely as Irish trainers close in on Gold Cup: Cheltenham Day 4 Preview
# Day Four
# Day Four

Don Poli the most likely as Irish trainers close in on Gold Cup: Cheltenham Day 4 Preview

Mar 18th 2016, 12:30 PM 21,273 Views 11 Comments

And Ivanovic Gorbatov can triumph in the JCB, writes Johnny Ward of the Racing Post.

Thursday 17 March, 2016

Time for Irish trainers to end Ryanair hoodoo: Cheltenham Day 3 Preview
# Day Three
# Day Three

Time for Irish trainers to end Ryanair hoodoo: Cheltenham Day 3 Preview

Mar 17th 2016, 8:00 AM 20,200 Views 5 Comments

And Alpha Des Obeaux offers value in the World Hurdle, writes Johnny Ward of the Racing Post.

Wednesday 16 March, 2016

Cheltenham Day Two preview: Mullins likely to make it another day to remember
# Day Two
# Day Two

Cheltenham Day Two preview: Mullins likely to make it another day to remember

Mar 16th 2016, 6:15 AM 9,079 Views 1 Comment

The County Carlow handler looks set to claim the Queen Mother Champion Chase for the first time while the RSA Chase is shaping up as a battle between two major Irish owners.

Tuesday 15 March, 2016

Will we have another Ruby Tuesday? Cheltenham Day One preview
# Tipping Points
# Tipping Points

Will we have another Ruby Tuesday? Cheltenham Day One preview

Mar 15th 2016, 7:45 AM 19,389 Views 23 Comments

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh will be hoping for a lot of success on the opening day.