Johnny Ward

Johnny Ward

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

Upping the Ante: Canny punters see beyond the Cheltenham hysteria

Upping the Ante: Canny punters see beyond the Cheltenham hysteria

The bigger festival may get all the hype, but the Midlands National offers attractive prospects

Upping the Ante: Don’t panic - buy at the bookies and use your loaf

Upping the Ante: Don’t panic - buy at the bookies and use your loaf

As we learned during the Beast from the East, impulse decisions made out of fear do not make for good outcomes - and the same goes for betting

The curious case of the mispriced hurdlers

The curious case of the mispriced hurdlers

Melon is racing under a cloud of late after his odds veered dramatically off course – but he’s still a better prospect at Cheltenham than Faugheen

It can pay to play the long game

It can pay to play the long game

The bookies are far less likely to have priced the market wrong as soon as the world and his dog have placed their bids

No longer At The Races - but fear not

No longer At The Races - but fear not

What were the odds of Irish horseracing abandoning its long association with the TV channel? Still, if nothing else, it might get us back to the actual racecourse