Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: Air Force Blue - but only if the price is right!

THE best English 2000 Guineas winner I have seen was El Gran Senor, trained by Vincent O’Brien.

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PAT KEANE: The jury's still out on US Army Ranger, but I remain a believer

Aren’t you just bursting, like me, to see Aidan O’Brien’s once-raced US Army Ranger in action again?

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PAT KEANE: Could Willie Mullins pay price for Aintree offensive?

Next Tuesday week will see the start of the Punchestown festival and there is going to be a somewhat unusual feel to it.

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PAT KEANE: Irish racing owes the Limerick stewards a debt of gratitude

There is a perception in Irish racing that when the stewards spring into serious action you can be reasonably certain those on the receiving end will qualify as “little guys’’.

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PAT KEANE: John Ferguson facing stiff task to rejuvenate Godolphin

The Racing Post produced a fascinating front page story on Tuesday relating to Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation attempting to take on Ballydoyle-Coolmore in a far more meaningful manner.

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PAT KEANE: Two to keep in mind going forward post-Cheltenham

There are two horses that got beaten at Cheltenham who are worthy of the closest inspection going forward, namely Alpha Des Obeaux and Valseur Lido.

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PAT KEANE: Willie Mullins has no case to answer in my book

Well, Willie Mullins didn’t half pull a rabbit out of a hat when telling the mighty Vautour to sidestep yesterday’s Gold Cup at Cheltenham and instead win the Ryanair Chase on Thursday.

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PAT KEANE: Limini looks a star in the making

The three best mares we have seen since Dawn Run, with the exception of the 1994 Champion Hurdle winner, Flakey Dove, have all been trained by Willie Mullins, namely Annie Power, Quevega and Vroum Vroum Mag.

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PAT KEANE: No More Heroes can land RSA Chase

Gordon Elliott has given No More Heroes a perfect preparation and the imposing seven-year- old is fancied to land the RSA Chase at Cheltenham today.

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PAT KEANE: Silver Concorde set to take flight in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

Take a chance on Dermot Weld’s Silver Concorde, each way, getting us off to the perfect start in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham today.

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PAT KEANE: Why Willie Mullins needs that Golden Festival climax

Willie Mullins will travel to Cheltenham this week knowing there is one thing he really needs to put right — to finally win the Gold Cup.

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PAT KEANE: Why did backers of Paul Nolan duo have to pay the price for human error?

On December 31, 2014 a horse called Sadler’s Risk won over flights at Punchestown.

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PAT KEANE: Beware the short priced favourite at Cheltenham

Cheltenham is a little over two weeks away now and one of the things that strikes you, when looking at the markets for all of the 28 races, is just how many short priced favourites are likely to go to post.

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PAT KEANE: Two chances of Ruby Walsh buckling under Cheltenham pressure

There he was heading to the final fence at Navan last Sunday and you were thinking this fellow won’t be far away at Cheltenham.

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PAT KEANE: New Irish track capable of facilitating racing in winter months needed

The loss of yet another meeting to the weather this week - Limerick on Wednesday - highlighted one of the problems National Hunt racing has in this country.

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PAT KEANE: Limini looks the real deal

Prior to Fairyhouse last Saturday, Willie Mullins had what could be best described as three good things lined up for the Cheltenham Festival, Faugheen, Douvan and Un De Sceaux.

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