Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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PAT KEANE: Willie McCreery runners demand the closest inspection going forward

When Willie McCreery saddled a double at the Curragh last Saturday it was further evidence that here is a trainer who is rapidly going places.

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PAT KEANE: The Gurkha adds further intrigue to Derby picture

Just when we thought it was safe to assume Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old colts were rather ordinary, along came The Gurkha last Sunday to land the French 2000 Guineas by five and a half lengths.

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PAT KEANE: Moment of truth for Endless Drama in Lockinge

One of the great things about Irish flat racing, unlike its National Hunt counterpart, you could argue, is its competitive nature.

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PAT KEANE: Aidan O’Brien a real ladies’ man

Aidan O’Brien is some man with the ladies!

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PAT KEANE: Air Force Blue - but only if the price is right!

THE best English 2000 Guineas winner I have seen was El Gran Senor, trained by Vincent O’Brien.

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PAT KEANE: The jury's still out on US Army Ranger, but I remain a believer

Aren’t you just bursting, like me, to see Aidan O’Brien’s once-raced US Army Ranger in action again?

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PAT KEANE: Could Willie Mullins pay price for Aintree offensive?

Next Tuesday week will see the start of the Punchestown festival and there is going to be a somewhat unusual feel to it.

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PAT KEANE: Irish racing owes the Limerick stewards a debt of gratitude

There is a perception in Irish racing that when the stewards spring into serious action you can be reasonably certain those on the receiving end will qualify as “little guys’’.

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PAT KEANE: John Ferguson facing stiff task to rejuvenate Godolphin

The Racing Post produced a fascinating front page story on Tuesday relating to Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation attempting to take on Ballydoyle-Coolmore in a far more meaningful manner.

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