# The42 Racing

Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# Review
Johnny Ward: These are the days we live for – win, lose or just being alive to bear witness
Johnny Ward reports from day three of Cheltenham.
# Day Two
Johnny Ward: Triumph for 85-year-old Kiely proves that Cheltenham is everything
Johnny Ward reports from the second day of the Festival, as A Dream To Share earned Kiely his first win at Cheltenham.
Last month
February 2023
# grade ones
Good Land and El Fabiolo among winners at Leopardstown
Elsewhere, Gala Marceau caused a turn up in the Donohue Marquees Spring Juvenile Hurdle.
# Dominant
Galopin Des Champs dispels stamina doubts in Irish Gold Cup
The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old cemented his position at the head of the betting for the blue riband at Cheltenham.
This year
# 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
# column
Donn McClean: Maturing Sionnach Eile reigns in the Galway rain
It’s proving to be a sparkling week for Peter Fahey.
# unseated
Dettori team confident rider can bounce back amid Gosden split speculation
There were clear signs of strain at Royal Ascot last week, with Gosden senior publicly criticising Dettori following his ride on Stradivarius.
# cachet with cachet
Cachet powers to all-the-way Guineas victory
A first Classic triumph for George Boughey – and second of the weekend for James Doyle.
# resisting temptation
No Honeysuckle showdown at Punchestown for Constitution Hill
Exciting Supreme winner had been mooted for a clash with Honeysuckle.
# Runners and Riders
Minella Indo and A Plus Tard heading for Gold Cup rematch
Dual winner Al Boum Photo one of four left in by Willie Mullins.
# 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.
# Strong Finish
Paisley Park records astonishing Cleeve Hurdle triumph
Emma Lavelle’s staying star lost many lengths at the start.
# On Course
Honeysuckle on course for Irish Champion Hurdle hat-trick bid
The brilliant mare won last year’s renewal by 10 lengths before going on to justify favouritism in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
All time
# Lockout
Leopardstown Christmas racing festival moved behind closed doors
The spiralling national Covid figures have made it ‘impossible to to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for the general public’ said the racecourse CEO.
# Comeback
Tiger Roll team considering Aintree return this weekend
Al Boum Photo and Champ also entered in Many Clouds Chase.
# On song
Concert Hall in tune for Aidan O'Brien with Curragh triumph
Fillies’ Mile target for O’Brien winner.
# Ballybrit
Jazzaway another big winner for Willie Mullins at Galway
And plenty to celebrate for Paul and Jack Gilligan.
# Dominant
Snowfall pours it on at the Curragh for Oaks double
Magnificent O’Brien filly strides eight and a half lengths clear of the rest.
# recuperating
Rachael Blackmore in ‘good spirits’ after undergoing surgery following Killarney fall
She suffered a fractured ankle and hip injury on Friday.
# Back in the Saddle
Liam Burke already to looking forward to next ride – after comeback aged 64
Burke yesterday made his return to the saddle for the first time in 33 years.
# Royal Ascot
Dream Of Dreams finally comes good in Diamond Jubilee
Third time lucky for the Michael Stoute stalwart.
# Victory
Snowfall storms to Oaks glory for O’Brien and Dettori
Ballydoyle filly proves irresistible in Epsom Classic – with winning distance a race record.
# Davy taking stock
Davy Russell rules out Punchestown return
Jockey will not ride at next week’s Festival.
# hail allaho
Allaho sparkles in Grade Two double for Mullins and Townend
Colreevy was also on target at Thurles.
# getting out early
Aintree hero David Mullins announces retirement at age of 24
Mullins, who rode primarily for his champion trainer uncle Willie and father Tom, steered Rule The World to the 2016 Grand National.
# Preview
Envoi Allen puts unbeaten record on line at Punchestown
Asterion Forlonge among five to face Elliott star on Sunday.
# jot down the name
Notebook puts down Champion Chase marker at Naas
Beaten Arkle favourite returns to winning ways.
# On Course
Racing at Curragh set to go ahead as planned despite Kildare lockdown
‘We have had confirmation racing can continue behind closed doors’ said HRI CEO Brian Kavanagh.
'I've been blessed to have had a wonderful career' - Barry Geraghty announces retirement
Twice a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Geraghty also won the 2003 Grand National.
# Newmarket
Kameko wins 2000 Guineas as favourite Pinatubo disappoints
Champion jockey Oisin Murphy secured the win at Newmarket this afternoon.
# column
Donn McClean: 2020 Grand National wouldn't be the same without Tiger Roll
It would be like the 1978 Grand National without Red Rum, or Grandstand without Des Lynam.
# Fairyhouse
Johnny Ward: Sunshine, gales and Honeysuckle's reign on day one of the Dublin Racing Festival
The queen still reigns, but after answering every call in the big race she nearly left as many questions as answers.
# 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.
# positive signs
Johnny Ward: Irish racing can lead the way in drug testing jockeys
‘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.
# 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.
# standing together
'I am overcome' - Racing comes together for Pat Smullen on special day at the Curragh
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.
# prestige
Magical lands Aiden O'Brien remarkable 1-2-3 in Champion Stakes at Leopardstown
The favourite delivered this afternoon.
# column
Johnny Ward: Six reasons why this racing weekend will be special
Across Saturday and Sunday, Ireland will host the best in the world at two of the globe’s finest racetracks.
# 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.