Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: With Weld’s horses in such good form, a vintage Galway looks in store

Dermot Weld has been leading trainer at the Galway festival on 27 occasions.

Runners cross the path inside the furlong pole in a race at Bellewstown.

PAT KEANE: Cracks beginning to appear in Australia’s form

Well, who would have believed it, the German Derby winner rated 2lbs better than the dual winner of the Epsom and Irish Derbies?


PAT KEANE: No potential superstar among Ballydoyle’s juveniles — yet!

This is a big weekend for Ballydoyle and not just with Australia.


PAT KEANE: Verrazano looks one to follow for rest of the season

Here’s a horse to follow for the rest of the season, Aidan O’Brien’s American import, Verrazano.

Australia, with Joseph O'Brien up, streaks home to win the 2014 Epsom Derby. Picture: PA

PAT KEANE: Only a quite brilliant horse could have done what Australia did

Those of us who enjoyed a minor pay-day with Australia in last Saturday’s Epsom Derby can thank our lucky stars!


PAT KEANE: Light a leading Gold Cup contender - even if the bookies are giving nothing away

Aidan O’Brien is back on the Gold Cup trail at Ascot with Leading Light and it is going to be fascinating to see how this pans out next month.

DERBY DATE: Australia is a 'step up' from other horses Aidan O'Brien has trained for the Epsom Derby.

PAT KEANE: Australia over-hyped, but don’t be surprised if he wins the Derby by a street

Australia has to do more than just win the Epsom Derby on June 7, he has to virtually bolt in if Aidan O’Brien’s blushes are to be saved.


PAT KEANE: Australia’s 2000 Guineas performance was a trifle deflating

Anyone else think the displays by both Australia and Magician were just a bit below what we might have expected?


PAT KEANE: Faugheen Champion Hurdle quotes an overreaction by bookies

After Faugheen had won in a canter at Punchestown on Tuesday, the bookmakers wasted no time introducing him into the Champion Hurdle market.

Barry Geraghty celebrates after winning the Irish Grand National  aboard Shutthefrontdoor on Easter Monday. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

PAT KEANE: Geraghty just gets better with age

You’d have to say that last weekend was rather a good one for Irish racing, with over 16,000 at the National at Fairyhouse on Monday and 6,000 plus at Cork on Sunday.