Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: All aboard the Aidan O’Brien bandwagon

O’Brien has an uncanny ability for getting it right on the big day, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Homesman let-off truly baffling

How did the stewards allow the Aidan O’Brien-trained Homesman keep that maiden at Limerick last Sunday, asks Pat Keane.

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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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