Johnny Ward

Johnny Ward

Upping the Ante : Blackmore’s tenure at the top could be on borrowed time

Upping the Ante : Blackmore’s tenure at the top could be on borrowed time

Jockey Rachel Blackmore has done superbly to lead the standings up to now, but missed a chance to preserve her advantage at the Listowel Festival four days ago

Upping the Ante: Varadkar beware: sure things don’t always deliver

Upping the Ante: Varadkar beware: sure things don’t always deliver

Backing the hot favourite can backfire, as this column discovered last week, and Micheál Martin is better value than Leo Varadkar to be next Taoiseach

Upping the Ante: When it comes to bets, long is the road without a turn

Upping the Ante: When it comes to bets, long is the road without a turn

Saxon Warrior looks good value for the Irish Champion Stakes, while Dublin to beat the six-point spread against Tyrone today is our most confident selection ever

Upping the Ante: Liverpool look good value to lift the big one in Madrid

Upping the Ante: Liverpool look good value to lift the big one in Madrid

With the draw for the competition being held next Thursday, it’s worth considering an early wager on Jürgen Klopp’s team who, when they click, are just about as good as any in Europe

Upping the Ante: Two finals, two very different levels of interest

Upping the Ante: Two finals, two very different levels of interest

While All-Ireland hurling final tickets are as rare as hen’s teeth, the Dublin-Tyrone football clash will be interesting mainly to bettors

Upping the Ante: Is greyhound racing becoming an endangered species?

Upping the Ante: Is greyhound racing becoming an endangered species?

Fans are all set for the Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park this week – but here, as in Britain, the sport is struggling overall

Upping the Ante: Back the Hornets to create a considerable buzz

Upping the Ante: Back the Hornets to create a considerable buzz

Watford started last season superbly before a managerial departure killed their momentum. But new boss Javi Gracia has a great chance of steering them into the top half of the table

Upping the ante: Amid sideline bickering, Tribesmen provide the on-pitch drama

Upping the ante: Amid sideline bickering, Tribesmen provide the on-pitch drama

It was a week in which the blazers of Irish sport would probably have preferred to be on a convenient holiday

Upping the Ante: Mbappé was the perfect ‘out’ for France’s team of all the talents

Upping the Ante: Mbappé was the perfect ‘out’ for France’s team of all the talents

Our tip of France at 15/2 to win the World Cup came home, thanks to their mix of defensive steel and attacking efficiency

Upping The Ante: Blackmore’s blitz electrifies the jump jockey title race

Upping The Ante: Blackmore’s blitz electrifies the jump jockey title race

Still only 29, Rachael Blackmore has stormed to the summit of the leaderboard with a string of terrific wins in recent weeks

Upping the Ante: It’s the greatest league in the world – sometimes

Upping the Ante: It’s the greatest league in the world – sometimes

Bray Wanderers sum up all that’s wrong with the League of Ireland; Shamrock Rovers embody all that’s right

Upping the Ante : O’Brien’s stable staff strife not reflected in Goodwood Cup hope

Upping the Ante : O’Brien’s stable staff strife not reflected in Goodwood Cup hope

Mike de Kock, who trained quite a few horses once with Aidan O’Brien, was a surprising inclusio...

Upping the Ante : Will some luck from the lodge rub off on Condon?

Upping the Ante : Will some luck from the lodge rub off on Condon?

The new owner of the legendary Osborne Lodge is looking good for Royal Ascot this year

Riyal to the rescue? Galway United consider a possible Saudi investment

Riyal to the rescue? Galway United consider a possible Saudi investment

Members of the co-operatively owned League of Ireland club are set to vote on a potentially transformative takeover

Upping the Ante: Lump on lumbering Lukaku to pulverise Panama and thump Tunisia

Upping the Ante: Lump on lumbering Lukaku to pulverise Panama and thump Tunisia

The Belgian tends to struggle against the very best, but is merciless against everybody else - making him a good bet for top scorer at Russia 2018