Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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.


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.


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.


PAT KEANE: Champions’ Weekend crowds didn’t justify the massive pre-event hype

There is no doubt that the inaugural Champions’ Weekend was a success and HRI, Leopardstown and the Curragh can be well pleased with their collective efforts.

Colin Keane delivering Clondaw Warrior to score at Galway. Pic: Healy Racing

PAT KEANE: Maestro Mullins working his magic with ‘interesting’ Warrior

One of the more interesting horses in training right now is Willie Mullins’ Clondaw Warrrior.


PAT KEANE: Ger Lyons - a trainer going places at a rate of knots

On the eve of Royal Ascot this year Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s Qatar Racing did something that was quite extraordinary at Goffs’ London sale.

Australia: If he doesn't show, Champions' Weekend will develop into a damp squib.

PAT KEANE: Champions’ Weekend clearly revolving around Australia

The marketing people aren’t half out in force attempting to whip up support for the Champions’ Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh next month.

Packed stands at last week's Tramore festival.

PAT KEANE: Tramore more than holding its own

Tramore isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, how could it be, but you have to say it certainly has its place in the scheme of things.


PAT KEANE: JFK favourite for Epsom Derby — that’s enough to make even Aidan O’Brien laugh

Any horse called John F Kennedy, trained by Aidan O’Brien, was always destined to attract more than normal attention.