Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

Davy Russell

PAT KEANE: Just what did Russell do wrong on Windermere?

The aftermath of Cheltenham didn’t half throw up a somewhat bizarre story, with Jim Culloty giving Davy Russell the bullet, telling him he would ride no more of his charges, including last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup hero, Lord Windermere.

Don Poli, the RSA Chase winner was one of a number of French-bred horses that Willie Mullins was successful with at Cheltenham last week.

PAT KEANE: French connection a big part of Mullins’ success


The dust has somewhat settled now on Willie Mullins’ Cheltenham, so the next question to be answered is how many winners will the master trainer saddle at the Punchestown festival, which takes place late next month and into early May? 


PAT KEANE: Vautour is something very special by any standard

There were so many good performances at Cheltenham this week it is hard to know where to start.


PAT KEANE: Silviniaco Conti to make it a golden five Gold Cups for Paul Nicholls

The days of Kauto Star, Denman, Big Buck’s, Master Minded and Ruby Walsh are long gone for Paul Nicholls, writes Pat Keane.


PAT KEANE: Vautour can put best foot forward at Cheltenham

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh have done us proud this week and it would be silly not to place our faith in them at Cheltenham today.


PAT KEANE: Faugheen has all the qualities needed to be champion

Selectivity and discipline are the key ingredients for any punter who harbours hopes of making a profit at Cheltenham this week, writes Pat Keane.

Faugheen, December 2014

PAT KEANE: Folly to oppose Faugheen in Champion Hurdle

Well, at least reading the front-page story of the Racing Post on Tuesday, it seems that off-course bookmakers are literally trembling in their boots.


PAT KEANE: Small fields in valuable contestsbeggar belief

The next time you hear anyone moaning about the lack of prize money in racing then just refer them to February, 2015.

Enda Bolger's Gilgamboa

PAT KEANE: Enda Bolger faces a real task to get Gilgamboa back to his promising best

When Enda Bolger’s Gilgamboa won his first two races over fences, he shaped as a real star of the future, says Pat Keane.

Tony McCoy.

PAT KEANE: ‘I have to be careful not to get too emotional. It’s bad for the image!’

Leopardstown yesterday is easy to describe. There’s never been an afternoon like it at the track, writes Pat Keane.

ON THE UP: Gordon Elliott - quickly closing the gap on Willie Mullins.

PAT KEANE: Finally, someone has emerged as a real challenger to Willie Mullins

He may have a fair way to go to be in the Willie Mullins league, but Gordon Elliott is getting there - and quickly writes Pat Keane.

WHIP HAND: Bishops Road (right)  beats Heathfield in somewhat controversial circumstances at Leopardstown last Sunday.

PAT KEANE: Here’s one ‘rule’ that is just plain stupid by any standards

At Leopardstown last Sunday Bishops Road beat Heathfield by a head in a modest handicap chase.


PAT KEANE: Mullins gets it right with Outlander

Mullins, what a day he enjoyed at Leopardstown yesterday, was on the mark again when Outlander proved a very impressive winner of the Grade 2 Nathaniel Lacy And Partners Solicitors’ Novice Hurdle, writes Pat Keane.

Sprinter Sacre and Barry Geraghty

PAT KEANE: Geraghty’s kindness to Sprinter Sacre at Ascot could well reap a rich dividend

I was a little surprised at how much negativity there was about after Sprinter Sacre’s return at Ascot last Saturday, says Pat Keane.

PUNCHESTOWN 10-1-2015. The Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle.DOUVAN and Ruby Walsh after their win. Photo: HEALY RACING.

PAT KEANE: Douvan looks a snip at 5-2 for the Supreme Novices Hurdle

If the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle were taking place at Cheltenham tomorrow wouldn’t you sell out on Douvan at 5-2?


PAT KEANE: Wise to remain sceptical when the hype machine is in overdrive

When Mckinley landed a Grade 1 novice hurdle at Naas last Sunday, you would have expected connections to be absolutely thrilled, writes Pat Keane,


PAT KEANE: Elliott throwing down gauntlet to Mullins in no uncertain manner

Fears that Willie Mullins would completely dominate the National Hunt campaign have proved largely unfounded.