Johnny Ward

Johnny Ward

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

Upping the Ante: Burke the sole ray of light on a rainy night in Paris

Upping the Ante: Burke the sole ray of light on a rainy night in Paris

The former Aston Villa man shone at the Stade de France, but Ireland were thoroughly outclassed by a French team who are a good bet at 15/2 to triumph in the World Cup

Upping the Ante: Alpha Centauri could spring a surprise at the Curragh

Upping the Ante: Alpha Centauri could spring a surprise at the Curragh

At a generous 33/1, the physically formidable three-year-old is well worth a punt today

Upping the Ante: A tale of two governments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean

Upping the Ante: A tale of two governments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean

As the US finally opens itself up to gambling, Britain’s outlook is much gloomier

Upping the Ante: More money for the GAA means more great hurling for us

Upping the Ante: More money for the GAA means more great hurling for us

Those who complain about the GAA’s pursuit of revenue streams should see what the sport means to players born and living abroad

Upping the Ante: Leitrim’s laggards can take heart from irrepressible Iceland

Upping the Ante: Leitrim’s laggards can take heart from irrepressible Iceland

The doughty Scandinavians have proved that even the smallest teams can thrive in big tournaments: minnows like Leitrim must follow their example

Upping the Ante : Sometimes, you just have to get back on the horse

Upping the Ante : Sometimes, you just have to get back on the horse

The sign of a good manager or trainer is that they back their people to the hilt, especially after a bad blunder

Upping the Ante: Elliott and Mullins face off on the Punchestown battlefield

Upping the Ante: Elliott and Mullins face off on the Punchestown battlefield

As Willie Mullins strives to overtake Gordon Elliott at this week’s festival, can he draw inspiration from - of all people - Stalin?

Upping the Ante: It’s all to play for in upcoming hurling dust-up

Upping the Ante: It’s all to play for in upcoming hurling dust-up

Beautiful and brutal, the sport of heroes takes a stick to Gaelic football in terms of betting prospects

Upping the Ante: Things look rosy for Kew Gardens in St Leger

Upping the Ante: Things look rosy for Kew Gardens in St Leger

The progeny of Galileo is available at a highly tempting 25/1 to prevail in September’s race

Upping the Ante : Mullins set to break his duck at Fairyhouse

Upping the Ante : Mullins set to break his duck at Fairyhouse

Champion trainer Willie Mullins has never won the Irish Grand National. Is that about to change?

Upping the Ante: Galway can hold the Mayo at  tasty odds of 7/2

Upping the Ante: Galway can hold the Mayo at tasty odds of 7/2

Kevin Walsh’s team are great value to emerge victorious from today’s Connacht clásico in Castlebar

Upping the Ante: The agony and the ecstasy of a life in racing

Upping the Ante: The agony and the ecstasy of a life in racing

From a jockey who has to lose 8lbs in one day to a trainer who never goes on holiday, in racing there is no respite

Britain avoids Cheltenham whitewash

Britain avoids Cheltenham whitewash

Victory of Missed Approach was modest consolation

Three horses to watch at Cheltenham today

Three horses to watch at Cheltenham today

One wonders how many more hits Ruby Walsh can sustain