Johnny Ward

Johnny Ward

Upping the Ante: A grisly week at Cheltenham in more ways than one

Upping the Ante: A grisly week at Cheltenham in more ways than one

Festival nightmare was a reminder that when things go bad, they can and will go further downhill – culminating in the sad death of Sir Erec

Johnny Ward's Cheltenham Preview: Day 4

Johnny Ward's Cheltenham Preview: Day 4

Johnny Ward brings you up to speed for the final day of racing at the Cheltenham festival

Johnny Ward's Cheltenham Preview: Day 3

Johnny Ward's Cheltenham Preview: Day 3

Our man at the races on what to expect from the third day of Cheltenham

Johnny Ward's Cheltenham Preview: Day 2

Johnny Ward's Cheltenham Preview: Day 2

After a thrilling opening day, Johnny Ward on what to expect from day two of the festival

Johnny Ward's Cheltenham Preview: Day 1

Johnny Ward's Cheltenham Preview: Day 1

Jonny Ward tells us what to expect from the opening day of the festival

Upping the Ante: Saddle up for yet another punishing tour of duty in ’Nam

Upping the Ante: Saddle up for yet another punishing tour of duty in ’Nam

The bookies hold the aces for the four-day extravaganza that is Cheltenham, but the festival remains the highlight of the year for many punters

Upping the Ante : Blue skies mean racecourses resort to winter watering

Upping the Ante : Blue skies mean racecourses resort to winter watering

At least Cheltenham should temporarily take our minds off global warming

Upping the Ante : Scales tell the tale as female jockeys are ready to take over

Upping the Ante : Scales tell the tale as female jockeys are ready to take over

Weight advantage is starting to tip the balance, as racing underlines its commitment to gender equality

Upping the Ante: Donohoe’s betting tax hike already causing job losses

Upping the Ante: Donohoe’s betting tax hike already causing job losses

Bookies are feeling the squeeze after the government doubles the duty on their income

Upping the Ante: Grounds for changing tack over the watering issue

Upping the Ante: Grounds for changing tack over the watering issue

One of the biggest days on the calendar was ruined by concerns over firm going, a situation that could have been avoided

Upping the Ante: Quinn’s vision could unearth rare benefit from Brexit

Upping the Ante: Quinn’s vision could unearth rare benefit from Brexit

A proposed League of Ireland revamp would be bolstered by restrictions on transfers of underage players to England

Upping the Ante: Soulless City show the LoI that money isn’t everything

Upping the Ante: Soulless City show the LoI that money isn’t everything

Unlimited cash is no substitute for romance, but the League of Ireland’s problems may not be solved by former City legend Niall Quinn’s latest ideas either

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth with non-runner, no bet

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth with non-runner, no bet

In many ways, today’s punters have never had it so good. Odds-table websites allow them to comp...

Upping the Ante: Crazy weather, horseracing’s at the end of its tether

Upping the Ante: Crazy weather, horseracing’s at the end of its tether

The unseasonally warm January has resulted in absurdly quick ground at a number of racecourses, harming the chances of many horses

Upping the Ante : The perils of too much Christmas spirit at the racecourse

Upping the Ante : The perils of too much Christmas spirit at the racecourse

It may be having a few tipples too many, or panicking from missing out on a couple of days’ action, but punters tend to bet a little less wisely over the festive season