Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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PAT KEANE: All aboard the Aidan O’Brien bandwagon

O’Brien has an uncanny ability for getting it right on the big day, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Homesman let-off truly baffling

How did the stewards allow the Aidan O’Brien-trained Homesman keep that maiden at Limerick last Sunday, asks Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Duke success transforms Irish National landscape

The Irish Grand National had been in decline for a number of years, but one’s faith in Ireland’s premier National Hunt race was renewed by a scintillating display from Our Duke at Fairyhouse on Monday.

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PAT KEANE: Turf Club already under pressure to backtrack on revised Rule 212

We will all be focussed on Aidan O’Brien’s appeal this week, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Fairness and common sense sadly lacking in Gowran case

It really is some mess now. Remember, we wrote here a couple of weeks ago regarding what could be best described as a nothing race at Gowran Park on March 11.

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