Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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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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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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