Johnny Ward

Johnny Ward

Racing watches with interest as TV landscape changes

Racing watches with interest as TV landscape changes

The relaunch of the satellite channels will hit us in the pocket, but there are advantages

Upping the Ante : Ireland’s odds for Six Nations glory too short to be worth it

Upping the Ante : Ireland’s odds for Six Nations glory too short to be worth it

The win over New Zealand has seen Joe Schmidt’s team installed as even-money favourites for the competition, but Wales are far better priced

Upping the Ante: My money would have been on McNamara for the long haul

Upping the Ante: My money would have been on McNamara for the long haul

No one was surprised by Ireland’s football duo getting the boot, but it was a shock to hear that Robbie McNamara, the renowned Limerick horse trainer, was quitting

Upping the Ante: Less isn’t more as woebegone Walsh feels the strain

Upping the Ante: Less isn’t more as woebegone Walsh feels the strain

Ruby Walsh’s policy of picking selective rides in the autumn of his career is proving to be counter-productive

Upping the Ante: Sheep-like betting firms are guaranteed to irk serious punters

Upping the Ante: Sheep-like betting firms are guaranteed to irk serious punters

Recreational gamblers love guaranteed odds, but they lead to shorter prices as timid bookies play it safe and ape each other

Upping the Ante : Haunting revelations remind us of horseracing’s darker side

Upping the Ante : Haunting revelations remind us of horseracing’s darker side

Mark Enright’s story about planning his suicide was a stark reminder of the incidence of mental health issues in the sport

Upping the Ante: Why Irish racing is still feeling under the weather

Upping the Ante: Why Irish racing is still feeling under the weather

The various storms and cold snaps of 2018 have left a lot of trainers pining for some good old-fashioned rain

Upping the Ante : No cheers for FAI’s birthday boy as Ireland continue to drown

Upping the Ante : No cheers for FAI’s birthday boy as Ireland continue to drown

It’s 51 not out for John Delaney, but he is presiding over a rudderless team and an increasingly unpopular manager

Beleaguered bookies take a hammering in the budget

Beleaguered bookies take a hammering in the budget

Paschal Donohoe’s doubling of the betting tax last Tuesday was bad news for turf accountants across the country

Upping the Ante : Irish horseracing has an elephant in the room

Upping the Ante : Irish horseracing has an elephant in the room

A dramatic rise in failed drug tests since the horseracing watchdog changed labs this year raises questions about past success

Upping the Ante: The pitfalls of buying money: a cautionary tale

Upping the Ante: The pitfalls of buying money: a cautionary tale

As the most experienced punters know only too well, no bet is ever a completely sure thing – not even in rugby

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