Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# Horse Racing
Donn McClean: Reflections from an extraordinary week at Cheltenham
Emotion, firsts, lasts – looking back on the 2023 Cheltenham Festival.
Last month
March 2023
5 Cheltenham favourites – rock solid or vulnerable?
There’s just seven days to go before the Cheltenham roar goes up.
This year
# appreciation
Donn McClean: Praise for Honeysuckle as thoughts about future can wait for another day
Henry de Bromhead’s mare lost out to State Man at Leopardstown yesterday.
# column
Donn McClean: Five to watch at the Dublin Racing Festival
Five picks for this weekend’s festival at Leopardstown.
# column
Donn McClean: Impressive winners at the first Grade 1 races of the year
The Novice Hurdles at Sandown and Naas are fertile ground for Cheltenham Festival winners.
Last year
# Analysis
Donn McClean: Lessons learned from a Christmas of Willie Mullins dominance
Closutton trainer asserted his strength by winning 13 of the 28 races at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.
# column
Donn McClean: Icy weather wreaks havoc as Energumene’s talent shows
Several big events were called off owing to adverse conditions.
# Review
Donn McClean: Honeysuckle to bounce back after falling short of unprecedented win
The Henry de Bromhead mare was chasing a fourth victory in the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
# form
Donn McClean: Constitution Hill a strong Cheltenham contender after blistering run
The five-year-old produced a strong performance to win the Grade 1 Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.
# the great comeback
Stars align as Punchestown Festival delivers to set up fascinating sequels
Donn McClean reviews last week’s action at the County Kildare racecourse.
# long lens preview
Donn McClean: Title-holder Minella Indo under-rated ahead of fascinating Cheltenham Gold Cup
Donn McClean takes a look at the contenders for the Gold Cup, three weeks out from the Cheltenham festival.
# National Hunt
Donn McClean: 'Flawless' Honeysuckle headlines the Dublin Racing Festival
Racing gets underway at Leopardstown today.
# Recovery
'All the energy that I had devoted to racing, I now had to redirect into getting better'
Read an extract from ‘Champion’ by Pat Smullen.
All time
# Cheltenham 2021
Dublin star John Small: ‘My dad brought me racing when I was younger. I’d say I’ve been to every course in Ireland’
The six-time All-Ireland winner joins Johnny Ward and Donn McClean to preview this year’s Cheltenham Festival on the latest episode of The Punt.
# festival season
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.
# Power up
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.
# column
Donn McClean: So many questions ahead of fascinating weekend at Dublin Racing Festival
Will it be Chacun Pour Soi or A Plus Tard?
# column
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.
# column
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.
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.
# column
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.
# column
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.
# column
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.
# column
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.
# column
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.
# column
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.
# column
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.
# column
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.
# column
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.
# Ballybrit
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.
# Galway Festival
Donn McClean: Townend overcomes adversity for glorious Galway win
The Cork jockey was the star of the show on Monday.
# Horse Racing
Donn McClean: Exciting times ahead as Ten Sovereigns delivers on July promise
Donn McClean maps out the next destination for the Ballydoyle sprint star.
# column
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.
# Derby Day
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.
# Review
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.
# column
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.
# Peerless
Hermosa reasserts her star quality in dominant Irish Guineas victory
Donn McClean reflects on a busy weekend of racing action at The Curragh.
# Irish Eyes
O'Brien continues fine form in British Classics after Guineas double success
Donn McClean reflects on all the action from Newmarket.
# liverpool wrap
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.
# column
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.