Johnny Ward

Johnny Ward

O’Leary’s sudden exit will leave a void in Irish racing

O’Leary’s sudden exit will leave a void in Irish racing

The loss of Gigginstown’s millions will cost dozens of jobs and hurt the sport. But the Ryanair chief’s absence will also create a more level playing field

Upping the Ante: Racing will miss O’Leary’s wit, his genius and his money

Upping the Ante: Racing will miss O’Leary’s wit, his genius and his money

The Ryanair chief is not everyone’s cup of tea, but he is never dull, and you can always rely on his horses to give their all

Upping the Ante : Humble Smullen inspiring us all to keep fighting

Upping the Ante : Humble Smullen inspiring us all to keep fighting

Nine-time champion jockey Pat Smullen is looking at the positives after his recent cancer treatment

Upping the Ante: Greatest jumps jockey of all leaves an unparalleled legacy

Upping the Ante: Greatest jumps jockey of all leaves an unparalleled legacy

Sadness at Ruby Walsh’s exit is tempered by relief at seeing him get out relatively unscathed

Upping the ante: LoI’s financial husbandry remains dependent on Europe

Upping the ante: LoI’s financial husbandry remains dependent on Europe

The League of Ireland has long been a basket case financially, but an upturn in the national team’s fortunes might not be far away

Upping the Ante: Revamped Curragh is world-class, now it just needs the crowds

Upping the Ante: Revamped Curragh is world-class, now it just needs the crowds

The new facilities at the Curragh are impressive, but the racetrack will need to attract respectable attendances if it is to avoid becoming a white elephant

Upping the Ante: A poor performance from the football association at the Oireachtas

Upping the Ante: A poor performance from the football association at the Oireachtas

The FAI bigwigs’ inability to answer questions at Wednesday’s hearing underlines the need for a change at Abbotstown if Irish football is to ever reach its potential

Upping the Ante: British and Germans set a good example for sporting accountability

Upping the Ante: British and Germans set a good example for sporting accountability

Senior sporting figures in other countries have been forced into swift exits after financial questions arose. That wouldn’t happen here

Upping The Ante: Fear not, mass defences won’t cramp hurling’s style

Upping The Ante: Fear not, mass defences won’t cramp hurling’s style

Despite some recent pessimism being voiced, the small-ball code remains a terrific spectacle where true artistry can flourish

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