Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: Steeplechasing in a very healthy place right now

The number of potentially high-calibre staying chasers in training at the moment is quite astonishing.

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.