Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: Crazy to have so few National Hunt meetings in run up to Christmas

I have been asked several times of late, by a number of punters, as to why there is such a lack of racing for much of December, on the lead-in to Christmas.

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CUT AND DRIED:  Bookmakers decision to cut Faugheen to 9-4 favourite for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham is justified, believes Pat Keane.

PAT KEANE: The New One and Faugheen miles clear of the pack

There are plenty, it seems, who think the bookmakers overreacted to Faugheen’s smooth success at Ascot last Saturday and that having him as the 9-4 favourite for the Champion Hurdle is far too tight.

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Shanahan's Turn and Jonathan Burke (left) quickening away from the final fence to beat Indevan, ridden by Ruby Walsh, last weekend at Punchestown. Pic: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

PAT KEANE: De Bromhead’s new star Turn

Horses like Sizing Europe certainly don’t come around too often and when the veteran performed poorly at Clonmel recently his trainer, Henry de Bromhead, must have wondered, at least momentarily, if he might ever be lucky enough to come across one like him again.

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Andrew Lynch - gave MountCorkish Girl the  kid-glovetreatment up the straight.

PAT KEANE: Interesting few months ahead after Mount Corkish Girl verdict

Last Saturday at Naas the stewards flexed their collective muscles when a mare called Mount Corkish Girl was the medium of an inquiry, after finishing eighth of 25 in the maiden hurdle won by the impressive Free Expression.

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PAT KEANE: It’s Willie Mullins versus the rest of Ireland!

Last Monday the Racing Post produced a pullout detailing the ammunition currently residing at Willie Mullins’ Co Carlow base.

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PERFECT TIMING:  Ryan Moore - timed it just right on Adelaide to land the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Australia last Saturday.

PAT KEANE: Thin line between hero and villain

There isn’t half a thin line in this racing game between emerging as a hero, or being torn asunder by the public and press alike.

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PAT KEANE: Is the French way the right way?

The more you study the manner in which French stewards interpret their rules the more one is inclined to the view that the way they do things is the right way.

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PAT KEANE: Ballydoyle juveniles soaring to new heights

On Irish Derby day at the Curragh, Saturday, June 28, Aidan O’Brien had just trained his third winner of the afternoon, Giovanni Boldini, in a Listed race.

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