Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: Trainers running horses back too quickly after Royal Ascot

What have Dermot Weld, Jim Bolger and Aidan O’Brien in common, besides the fact they are three of the best trainers in the world?

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PAT KEANE: With Aidan O’Brien just about anything is possible

Recently, in the Racing Post, Tom Segal described Aidan O’Brien as "the best flat trainer in my lifetime.’’

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PAT KEANE: Sky’s the limit now as Free Eagle takes flight

You’d imagine that just about anything is now possible as far as Dermot Weld’s Free Eagle is concerned for the rest of the season.

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PAT KEANE: Joseph O’Brien really is a chip off the old block

Watching Joseph O’Brien in action at Roscommon on Monday night indicated that the young man is in a real good place at the moment.

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Hans Holbein ridden by Ryan Moore wins The MBNA Chester Vase, during the Boodles Ladies Day of the Boodles May Festival at Chester Racecourse.

PAT KEANE: Take a chance on Hans in a non-vintage renewal

There we were all ready to put up Dermot Weld’s Zawraq as the most likely winner of this afternoon’s Investec Derby at Epsom and the horse goes and suffers a setback.

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PAT KEANE: Dermot Weld a real threat to O’Brien’s title ambitions

Could the unthinkable actually happen?

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PAT KEANE: Robbie McNamara’s courage an inspiration to us all

There was some terrific Irish racing on ATR last Sunday, from Navan and Limerick, but for many of us the real highlight came at the end of the programme when Gary O’Brien interviewed Robbie McNamara.

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Willie Mullins

PAT KEANE: Willie Mullins’ domination is simply mind-boggling

The Monday morning after Aintree, a couple of weeks before the Punchestown festival, I spoke to Ruby Walsh.

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PAT KEANE: Steeplechasing in a very healthy place right now

The number of potentially high-calibre staying chasers in training at the moment is quite astonishing.

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