Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: Seamie Heffernan has more than stood the test of time

Last Saturday at the Curragh, Seamie Heffernan did what he does best, producing a typical no-frills drive to land his first Irish Oaks aboard Seventh Heaven.

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PAT KEANE: Eziyra a real eye-catcher but Galway will be stiffer task

At Tipperary last Saturday, Dermot Weld’s newcomer, Eziyra, caught the eye of just about everyone watching.

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PAT KEANE: Give The Gurkha the benefit of the doubt until more is known

The Gurkha has certainly attracted his fair share of critics, following a costly defeat in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown last Saturday.

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PAT KEANE: Don’t get too carried away with Harzand - he still has plenty to prove

It mightn’t be wise to get too carried away with dual Derby winner, Harzand.

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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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