Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: Small fields in valuable contestsbeggar belief

The next time you hear anyone moaning about the lack of prize money in racing then just refer them to February, 2015.

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Enda Bolger's Gilgamboa

PAT KEANE: Enda Bolger faces a real task to get Gilgamboa back to his promising best

When Enda Bolger’s Gilgamboa won his first two races over fences, he shaped as a real star of the future, says Pat Keane.

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Tony McCoy.

PAT KEANE: ‘I have to be careful not to get too emotional. It’s bad for the image!’

Leopardstown yesterday is easy to describe. There’s never been an afternoon like it at the track, writes Pat Keane.

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ON THE UP: Gordon Elliott - quickly closing the gap on Willie Mullins.

PAT KEANE: Finally, someone has emerged as a real challenger to Willie Mullins

He may have a fair way to go to be in the Willie Mullins league, but Gordon Elliott is getting there - and quickly writes Pat Keane.

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WHIP HAND: Bishops Road (right)  beats Heathfield in somewhat controversial circumstances at Leopardstown last Sunday.

PAT KEANE: Here’s one ‘rule’ that is just plain stupid by any standards

At Leopardstown last Sunday Bishops Road beat Heathfield by a head in a modest handicap chase.

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PAT KEANE: Mullins gets it right with Outlander

Mullins, what a day he enjoyed at Leopardstown yesterday, was on the mark again when Outlander proved a very impressive winner of the Grade 2 Nathaniel Lacy And Partners Solicitors’ Novice Hurdle, writes Pat Keane.

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Sprinter Sacre and Barry Geraghty

PAT KEANE: Geraghty’s kindness to Sprinter Sacre at Ascot could well reap a rich dividend

I was a little surprised at how much negativity there was about after Sprinter Sacre’s return at Ascot last Saturday, says Pat Keane.

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PUNCHESTOWN 10-1-2015. The www.sportinglife.com Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle.DOUVAN and Ruby Walsh after their win. Photo: HEALY RACING.

PAT KEANE: Douvan looks a snip at 5-2 for the Supreme Novices Hurdle

If the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle were taking place at Cheltenham tomorrow wouldn’t you sell out on Douvan at 5-2?

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PAT KEANE: Wise to remain sceptical when the hype machine is in overdrive

When Mckinley landed a Grade 1 novice hurdle at Naas last Sunday, you would have expected connections to be absolutely thrilled, writes Pat Keane,

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PAT KEANE: Elliott throwing down gauntlet to Mullins in no uncertain manner

Fears that Willie Mullins would completely dominate the National Hunt campaign have proved largely unfounded.

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Davy Condon

PAT KEANE: Here’s one rule that will never see the light of day in this country

It really is silly season in Britain, with all sorts of people calling for horses to be disqualified should the winning jockey transgress the whip rules.

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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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