Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

Shanahan's Turn and Jonathan Burke (left) quickening away from the final fence to beat Indevan, ridden by Ruby Walsh, last weekend at Punchestown. Pic: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

PAT KEANE: De Bromhead’s new star Turn

Horses like Sizing Europe certainly don’t come around too often and when the veteran performed poorly at Clonmel recently his trainer, Henry de Bromhead, must have wondered, at least momentarily, if he might ever be lucky enough to come across one like him again.

Andrew Lynch - gave MountCorkish Girl the  kid-glovetreatment up the straight.

PAT KEANE: Interesting few months ahead after Mount Corkish Girl verdict

Last Saturday at Naas the stewards flexed their collective muscles when a mare called Mount Corkish Girl was the medium of an inquiry, after finishing eighth of 25 in the maiden hurdle won by the impressive Free Expression.


PAT KEANE: It’s Willie Mullins versus the rest of Ireland!

Last Monday the Racing Post produced a pullout detailing the ammunition currently residing at Willie Mullins’ Co Carlow base.

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.