Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: It’s a handicap — but it’s on a Plate for Balko Des Flos

There are solid reasons for thinking Balkos Des Flos more than capable of running a big race in next Wednesday’s Galway Plate, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: This year’s three-year-old crop is undoubtedly a moderate lot

Are we right in thinking that this season’s crop of staying three-year-olds are of the rather moderate variety, asks Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Churchill and Winter the perfect pair for a double

ROYAL ASCOT will never capture the imagination in the same way as Cheltenham, but it is a good second and from next Tuesday through Saturday, the greatest flat meeting in the world will be the focus of much of our attention, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Royal Ascot: Bring it on

Two weeks from next Tuesday will see the start of Royal Ascot and there is little doubt those magnificent five days have the potential to make or break a punter, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Himmah should not have been allowed to run after pre-race antics

If you backed the Kevin Prendergast-trained Himmah to win a five furlongs two-year-old maiden at Navan last Saturday then you were more than entitled to feel especially piddled-off with Irish racing.

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