Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: Limini looks the real deal

Prior to Fairyhouse last Saturday, Willie Mullins had what could be best described as three good things lined up for the Cheltenham Festival, Faugheen, Douvan and Un De Sceaux.

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PAT KEANE: Precious little for Mr Average at Leopardstown

When racing was over at Leopardstown last Sunday, I headed off for a walk and, on my way back, met an old friend, who parked his vehicle for a brief chat.

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PAT KEANE: Jessica Harrington-trained Our Duke clearly one to note going forward

I think we saw a very good horse in the Jessica Harrington-trained Our Duke at Leopardstown last Sunday.

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PAT KEANE: Hold those bets on Min for  Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham

Don’t fall for the bookmaker-inspired hype regarding Willie Mullins’ Min in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, following his win at Punchestown last Saturday.

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PAT KEANE: Wylies certainly living the dream — thanks to Willie Mullins

Newcastle-based businessman Graham Wylie, and his wife Andrea, are living the dream and surely grateful for the day they decided to have horses in training with Willie Mullins.

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PAT KEANE: Vautour hard to fancy in Cheltenham Gold Cup

My immediate reaction, after Willie Mullins’ Vautour had failed to cope with Cue Card in the King George at Kempton on St Stephen’s Day, was to dismiss him as a possible Cheltenham Gold Cup winner.

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PAT KEANE: Ordinary NH punters becoming disillusioned

We could certainly do with competitive racing in Ireland over the Christmas period, given some of what has gone on of late.  

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PAT KEANE: Henry de Bromhead entitled to feel very disillusioned after defeat of Special Tiara at Sandown

Henry de Bromhead was entitled to feel utterly disillusioned, following the defeat of his Special Tiara in the Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown last Saturday.

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PAT KEANE: Alpha Des Obeaux a star of Irish racing waiting to happen

Some day soon, very soon, Mouse Morris’ Alpha Des Obeaux is going to fulfil his undoubted potential and we will want to be with him.

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PAT KEANE: Wow factor was missing with Vautour at Ascot

We can dress it up in any manner we want, but there is simply no denying that the wow factor was missing with Vautour at Ascot last Saturday.

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PAT KEANE: Champion Hurdle now looks far more interesting

Well, the dust has settled somewhat on Faugheen’s shock defeat behind Nichols Canyon in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown last Sunday, a result that seemed to leave both Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh totally perplexed.

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PAT KEANE: Kitten Rock looks the horse to propel Edward O’Grady back to big time

Not too many trainers can be chasing Cheltenham festival glory 41 years after enjoying their initial success at the meeting.

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