Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: Churchill developing into a bit of a puzzle

Isn’t Aidan O’Brien’s clearly well regarded Churchill developing into a bit of a puzzle?

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PAT KEANE: Richard Hannon does Irish racing a favour by opening up entry system debate

That was a rather interesting little spat between trainer, Richard Hannon, and Horse Racing Ireland chief Executive, Brian Kavanagh, regarding the recent Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

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PAT KEANE: Prix Morny unlikely to be on Caravaggio’s agenda

“I have to be careful what I say now, don’t I?’’, are the words Aidan O’Brien reportedly muttered in the wake of his Caravaggio enjoying no more than a leisurely stroll on the way to winning the Group 1 Phoenix stakes at the Curragh last Sunday.

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PAT KEANE: I’m on the side of the Naas stewards on this one!

At Naas on Monday, following a six-furlongs handicap, the stewards were called into action after the 11-4 favourite, Captain Power, had beaten 5-1 shot, Dark Alliance, by a short head.

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PAT KEANE: Ryan Moore and Ruby Walsh show what makes them great

The most important consideration for any punter trying to find a winner is to first establish if the horse of choice is actually capable of delivering.

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PAT KEANE: Seamie Heffernan has more than stood the test of time

Last Saturday at the Curragh, Seamie Heffernan did what he does best, producing a typical no-frills drive to land his first Irish Oaks aboard Seventh Heaven.

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PAT KEANE: Eziyra a real eye-catcher but Galway will be stiffer task

At Tipperary last Saturday, Dermot Weld’s newcomer, Eziyra, caught the eye of just about everyone watching.

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PAT KEANE: Give The Gurkha the benefit of the doubt until more is known

The Gurkha has certainly attracted his fair share of critics, following a costly defeat in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown last Saturday.

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PAT KEANE: Don’t get too carried away with Harzand - he still has plenty to prove

It mightn’t be wise to get too carried away with dual Derby winner, Harzand.

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PAT KEANE: William Buick outburst a silly move

When it comes to racing, stewards are a much-maligned species, frequently damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

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PAT KEANE: Ronan Whelan - a young jockey rapidly going places

At Royal Ascot on Tuesday Ronan Whelan offered more evidence that he is a young man rapidly going places when guiding Jennies Jewel to success in the two-and-a-half-mile Ascot Stakes.

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PAT KEANE: Great to see Dermot Weld add Epsom Derby to his CV

Wasn’t it fantastic to see Dermot Weld finally set the record straight and add the Epsom Derby to his considerable CV?

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PAT KEANE: Ulysses the percentage bet in a very tricky Derby

The old adage has it that if you have five horses for the Derby then the reality is you actually have none!

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