Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

MOUTHWATERING PROSPECT: If Australia (pictured) and Kingman both turn up for next month's Newmarket 2000 Guineas, it could be a clash to remember.

PAT KEANE: Let’s hope the battle of the juggernauts comes to fruition

Those who love flat racing, and there are plenty of us, can only pray that Kingman and Australia take each other on in the English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday, May 3.

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PAT KEANE: Style and substance to Vautour form

The Punchestown festival will see the end of the National Hunt season in the dying days of this month and into early May.

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PAT KEANE: Magician looks like he still has a few tricks up his sleeve

You’d love to have been sitting behind the Ballydoyle contingent on the plane back from Dubai last weekend.

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Joseph O'Brien(white cap) rides out on Australia as part of a Ballydoyle schooling session at The Curragh. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

PAT KEANE: Be wary of Australia if the word soft ever appears on a going description

If watching the Aidan O’Brien horses gallop after racing at the Curragh on Sunday, and took what was on offer at face value, then there is no way you would want to be with Australia this season.

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ON THE LINE: Lord Windermere (right), brought with a perfectly timed run by Davy Russell, beats On His Own (David Casey). Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

PAT KEANE: Russell struck gold by defying all logic on Lord Windermere

It is only when one sat down to watch the race in peace and quiet that you began to fully appreciate the ride Davy Russell gave Lord Windermere in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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PAT KEANE: Sam looks a sure-fire star of the future

If Sam Twiston-Davies isn’t a star of the future then I’ll eat my hat. Following the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday he was inconsolable, but the young man had little about which to beat himself up.

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LEADING NOVICE: The confidence behind Briar Hill, for the Albert Bartlett, is almost contagious. Pic: Healy Racing

PAT KEANE: Total discipline and selective betting essential at Cheltenham

Someone once defined a pessimist as an informed optimist, and here’s a scribbler who can readily identify with such a description on the lead-in to Cheltenham.

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PAT KEANE: Uncompetitive national hunt racing proving a real turn-off for punters

Wasn’t the racing in Ireland last weekend desperately disappointing? What is happening in the National Hunt game in this country is simply turning punters off.

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PAT KEANE: Adriana can confirm the big impression she made on debut

The ex-French mare Adriana Des Mottes, who created a very favourable impression on her Irish debut, gets the nap in the Grade 2 Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse this afternoon.

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FESTIVAL FANCY: Vautour -  the manner in which he simply kicked The Tullow Tank out of the way in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle was deeply impressive.

PAT KEANE: Vautour can rule Supreme after Leopardstown romp

The Hennessy meeting at Leopardstown is a great starting point for anyone attempting to identify possible Cheltenham festival winners.

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Wicklow Brave and Ruby Walsh easily see off Lieutenant Colonel at Punchestown last weekend. Picture: Healy Racing

PAT KEANE: Wicklow Brave looks tastyat 14/1 for Supreme Novices

When a horse does a number of things wrong through a race and still wins in a canter then you have to sit up and take notice.

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PAT KEANE: Mr O’Brien can be more than pleased with his day’s work

The handicapper, Noel O’Brien, was entitled to allow himself a little smile, following the running of the valuable boylesports.com Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown last Saturday.

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PAT KEANE: Last Instalment and Dunguib a credit to Fenton and his team

Philip Fenton, one of the quiet men of Irish racing, hasn’t half emerged with real credit over the last ten days or so.

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