Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: Gordon Elliott a man on a mission

It might be an exaggeration to say it represented a changing of the guard, but that unprecedented six-timer by Gordon Elliott at Navan last Sunday was some statement of intent.

More

PAT KEANE: Testing times for Willie Mullins

It is about two months since Gigginstown shocked the racing world and removed 60 horses from the care of Willie Mullins.

More

PAT KEANE: Thistlecrack still a work in progress

On the one-hand you can understand why Thistlecrack is the 7-2 favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but it also defies logic, if that’s not too much of a contradiction.

More

PAT KEANE: Valseur Lido looks a genuine contender

Valseur Lido certainly struck an early blow for Cheltenham Gold Cup consideration with that stunning victory last Saturday in the Grade One JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal.

More

PAT KEANE: Stewards must be seen to be policing the game

It was a little surprising that Nina Carberry didn’t find herself before the stewards, following the bumper at Wexford on Monday.   

More

PAT KEANE: Bondi Beach to rule the Melbourne Cup

Anyone else looking forward to getting up at 3.45am next Tuesday to watch the Melbourne Cup?

More

PAT KEANE: There’s only one way this HRI saga can end

It’s the story that runs and runs, and continues to project an unfavourable image of Irish racing.

More

PAT KEANE: Easy to get carried away with Sub Lieutenant

On Monday morning, a trifle unexpectedly, a great old pal rang. He was literally bursting with enthusiasm.

More

PAT KEANE: Matt Chapman proves his value

Matt Chapman emerged with a good deal of credit from the television coverage of the Prix de I’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly last Sunday.

More

PAT KEANE: Faugheen investigation likely to come to nothing

So, the British Horseracing Authority is investigating betting patterns regarding the withdrawal of Willie Mullins’ Faugheen from the Champion Hurdle in March.

More

PAT KEANE: Hoping for the best, but fearing the worst for the jump season

In the so-called good old days, Listowel was always regarded as the real start of the National Hunt season.

More

PAT KEANE: Three horses to note in the paying for Christmas list

When high-class fillies hit a rich vein of form they can be irresistible and there are three we must have on our side over the closing weeks of the season.

More

PAT KEANE: Almela a good example of Dermot Weld’s patient handling policy

Monday night at Galway was a real indicator as to why the Dermot Weld-Pat Smullen combination continues to be so successful.

More