Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: Ballydoyle juveniles soaring to new heights

On Irish Derby day at the Curragh, Saturday, June 28, Aidan O’Brien had just trained his third winner of the afternoon, Giovanni Boldini, in a Listed race.


PAT KEANE: Champions’ Weekend crowds didn’t justify the massive pre-event hype

There is no doubt that the inaugural Champions’ Weekend was a success and HRI, Leopardstown and the Curragh can be well pleased with their collective efforts.

Colin Keane delivering Clondaw Warrior to score at Galway. Pic: Healy Racing

PAT KEANE: Maestro Mullins working his magic with ‘interesting’ Warrior

One of the more interesting horses in training right now is Willie Mullins’ Clondaw Warrrior.


PAT KEANE: Ger Lyons - a trainer going places at a rate of knots

On the eve of Royal Ascot this year Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s Qatar Racing did something that was quite extraordinary at Goffs’ London sale.

Australia: If he doesn't show, Champions' Weekend will develop into a damp squib.

PAT KEANE: Champions’ Weekend clearly revolving around Australia

The marketing people aren’t half out in force attempting to whip up support for the Champions’ Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh next month.

Packed stands at last week's Tramore festival.

PAT KEANE: Tramore more than holding its own

Tramore isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, how could it be, but you have to say it certainly has its place in the scheme of things.


PAT KEANE: JFK favourite for Epsom Derby — that’s enough to make even Aidan O’Brien laugh

Any horse called John F Kennedy, trained by Aidan O’Brien, was always destined to attract more than normal attention.

Fit For The Job  (Fran Berry) wins the Guinness 17:59 E.B.F. Median Auction Maiden  at Galway last night. Picture: PA Wire

PAT KEANE: Small fields: Discerning Irish punters want status quo to remain

In Britain they are becoming increasingly worried about field sizes, believing that a small number of runners in races are a turn-off for punters and bookmakers alike.

CLOSE CALL: Volume (left) goes down narrowly in the Oaks at the Curragh  having had to be re-shod.

PAT KEANE: Turf Club clearly has lessons to learn from Volume farce

The Irish Oaks at the Curragh last Saturday, or at least the delay in getting the race away, was a bit of a farce.