Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: Duke success transforms Irish National landscape

The Irish Grand National had been in decline for a number of years, but one’s faith in Ireland’s premier National Hunt race was renewed by a scintillating display from Our Duke at Fairyhouse on Monday.

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PAT KEANE: Turf Club already under pressure to backtrack on revised Rule 212

We will all be focussed on Aidan O’Brien’s appeal this week, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Fairness and common sense sadly lacking in Gowran case

It really is some mess now. Remember, we wrote here a couple of weeks ago regarding what could be best described as a nothing race at Gowran Park on March 11.

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PAT KEANE: 19 Cheltenham winners - but the underbelly tells a very different story

It really is one of the great contradictions. The evidence provided by the Cheltenham festival - an unprecedented 19 winners for Ireland - tells us that the National Hunt game in this country is absolutely flying, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Rule 212 action taken by Gowran stewards was extreme

It will be a surprise should the somewhat draconian penalties be allowed to stand, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Punters should proceed Cheltenham with extreme caution!

Cheltenham this afternoon is an absolute minefield and punters would do well to proceed with extreme caution.

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PAT KEANE: Jade a strong each-way fancy in Mares’ Hurdle

Extending Cheltenham to four days has seriously diluted what’s on offer and it is very much illustrated by this afternoon’s Racing Post Arkle Trophy.

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PAT KEANE: Now is the time to tread carefully at Cheltenham

It really would be the ultimate irony should Willie Mullins finally land the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Djakadam next Friday, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Finally, there is real hope for the future

Two things happened in Irish racing over the last eight days that offer real hope for the future, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Melon form full of holes

Riddle me this, how is Willie Mullins’ Melon still favourite for Cheltenham’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle?

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PAT KEANE: Sizing John case makes you wonder how many horses are running over clearly unsuitable trips?

It seems rather obvious now that Sizing John has been running over the wrong trip for most of his life.

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PAT KEANE: Don’t expect any Cheltenham festival clues from Irish Gold Cup

For a number of years now the Irish Gold Cup has become increasingly irrelevant as a Cheltenham trial and this renewal is more notable for those that are missing, rather than those who are running, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Testing times for Rich Ricci

The difference colourful American racehorse owner, Rich Ricci, has made to the Willie Mullins yard cannot be underestimated.

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PAT KEANE: Erratic Yorkhill one to be avoided at all costs

There’s no dressing it up, that was simply a very disappointing effort on the part of Yorkhill at Leopardstown last Sunday.

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