MARK BOYLAN: Paul Townend's incredible season a contender for the greatest ever
Mark Boylan
A first win in the Randox Grand National continued a remarkable campaign for the red-hot rider
12 April 2024 Racing columns
MARK BOYLAN: Schooling methods differ but sound jumping a theme with top yards
With the Grand National on the horizon, Mark Boylan examines the jumping records of Ireland and Britain's leading trainers
5 April 2024 Racing columns
MARK BOYLAN: Huge season lies in store for Constitution Hill in greatness debate
Injury stopped the spectacular talent in his tracks this spring, but ambitious campaigning next season would be hugely welcomed by the sport
MARK BOYLAN: Which yards have the best record with two-year-olds on debut?
With the flat season stepping up another gear in the coming weeks, Mark Boylan looks at trainers to note with their juvenile newcomers
1 April 2024 Racing columns
MARK BOYLAN: British fightback welcome, but not at expense of handicap imbalance
There was a strong showing from the British-trained runners in the 2024 Cheltenham Festival handicaps
16 March 2024 Racing columns
MARK BOYLAN: Winners and losers from the 2024 Cheltenham handicap weights
Hot on the heels of the weights being revealed for the Cheltenham Festival's ultra-competitive handicaps, Mark Boylan assesses how the Irish were treated
1 March 2024 Racing columns
MARK BOYLAN: Time to worry about Tullyhill's short turnaround to Cheltenham?
Just how Willie Mullins splits his novice hurdlers will be one of the biggest talking points in the lead-up to the Festival
23 February 2024 Racing columns
MARK BOYLAN: A quietly brilliant season for this operation deserves more fanfare
The figures and list of big-race wins points to an outstanding 2023/24 campaign for Robcour
16 February 2024 Racing columns
MARK BOYLAN: Stunning Caldwell dispersal a fascinating National Hunt case study
Mark Boylan examines a host of talking points to arise from the €5.29 million spent during the Caldwell Construction Ltd dispersal sale
12 February 2024 Racing columns
MARK BOYLAN: Where have all the top-two mile hurdlers gone?
With State Man poised to collect another small-field Grade 1 over two miles at the Dublin Racing Festival, Mark Boylan examines why the division lacks such depth
2 February 2024 Racing columns
MARK BOYLAN: Is Marine Nationale's wind operation a cause for Arkle concern?
The red-hot Cheltenham Festival favourite made a successful seasonal reappearance in a first-time tongue-tie at Leopardstown last month
26 January 2024 Racing columns
MARK BOYLAN: Frequent changes to feature-race titles does few favours for racing
With just over seven weeks to go to the Cheltenham Festival, six races are without a sponsor - including what was the Grade 1 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
19 January 2024 Racing columns