Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: Sizing John case makes you wonder how many horses are running over clearly unsuitable trips?

It seems rather obvious now that Sizing John has been running over the wrong trip for most of his life.

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PAT KEANE: Don’t expect any Cheltenham festival clues from Irish Gold Cup

For a number of years now the Irish Gold Cup has become increasingly irrelevant as a Cheltenham trial and this renewal is more notable for those that are missing, rather than those who are running, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Testing times for Rich Ricci

The difference colourful American racehorse owner, Rich Ricci, has made to the Willie Mullins yard cannot be underestimated.

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PAT KEANE: Erratic Yorkhill one to be avoided at all costs

There’s no dressing it up, that was simply a very disappointing effort on the part of Yorkhill at Leopardstown last Sunday.

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PAT KEANE: Unsung Mark Walsh makes his mark

Mark Walsh is rapidly developing into one of the unsung heroes of Irish National Hunt racing.

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PAT KEANE: Is this any way to run the racing business?

National Hunt racing is on a high in Ireland and recent evidence suggests the public cannot get enough of the game.

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PAT KEANE: Valseur Lido stays three miles - he just needs testing ground

When Gigginstown’s Valseur Lido faded, rather dramatically, from the final fence in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown the general reaction was that he simply didn’t stay the three miles.

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PAT KEANE: Thistlecrack Gold Cup quotes derisory

Last week we praised Colin Tizzard’s decision of Colin Tizzard to throw Thistlecrack in at the deep end in Monday’s King George Chase at Kempton.

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PAT KEANE: Death Duty clearly a star in the making

That Death Duty of Gordon Elliott’s is potentially some horse, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Here's why Douvan should be aimed at the Gold Cup

If Willie Mullins sticks to the tried and trusted system that has served him so well there’s no doubt Douvan will head for the two-mile Champion Chase at Cheltenham, with a possible tilt at the Gold Cup put back to 2018.

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PAT KEANE: Min-mania could be set to return

This week the entries for Leopardstown at Christmas were unveiled and one of the more interesting races promise to be the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase on St Stephen’s Day.

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PAT KEANE: Gordon Elliott a man on a mission

It might be an exaggeration to say it represented a changing of the guard, but that unprecedented six-timer by Gordon Elliott at Navan last Sunday was some statement of intent.

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PAT KEANE: Testing times for Willie Mullins

It is about two months since Gigginstown shocked the racing world and removed 60 horses from the care of Willie Mullins.

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