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# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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?

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# 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.

# 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# 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.

# donn-mcclean - Tuesday 30 July, 2019

Donn McClean: Townend overcomes adversity for glorious Galway win

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

# 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - 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.

# donn-mcclean - Tuesday 2 April, 2019

Donn McClean: A good day for Willie Mullins as Breaken shows class on long-awaited return

Burrows Saint and Robin Des Foret also gave the Carlow trainer a 1-2 in the feature race in Limerick over the weekend.

# donn-mcclean - Saturday 16 March, 2019

Donn McClean's Cheltenham review: Lasting memories will endure after an extraordinary festival

There were highs and lows during a week of firsts at Prestbury Park.

# donn-mcclean - Thursday 14 March, 2019

Donn McClean's Day 3 review: The Sport of Queens and Fehily's final ride

There was reminiscing and there were emotions – the third day had a sprinkling of everything.

# donn-mcclean - Tuesday 12 March, 2019

Donn McClean reviews a dramatic Day 1 at Cheltenham

Wins for Espoir D’Allen, Roksana and Klassical Dream were among the highlights.

# donn-mcclean - Tuesday 19 February, 2019

Donn McClean: Much more than a stepping stone win for rocking Tiger Roll

Gordon Elliott’s horse laid down a marker at Navan.