Pat Keane - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAT KEANE: JFK favourite for Epsom Derby — that’s enough to make even Aidan O’Brien laugh

Any horse called John F Kennedy, trained by Aidan O’Brien, was always destined to attract more than normal attention.

Fit For The Job  (Fran Berry) wins the Guinness 17:59 E.B.F. Median Auction Maiden  at Galway last night. Picture: PA Wire

PAT KEANE: Small fields: Discerning Irish punters want status quo to remain

In Britain they are becoming increasingly worried about field sizes, believing that a small number of runners in races are a turn-off for punters and bookmakers alike.

CLOSE CALL: Volume (left) goes down narrowly in the Oaks at the Curragh  having had to be re-shod.

PAT KEANE: Turf Club clearly has lessons to learn from Volume farce

The Irish Oaks at the Curragh last Saturday, or at least the delay in getting the race away, was a bit of a farce.


PAT KEANE: With Weld’s horses in such good form, a vintage Galway looks in store

Dermot Weld has been leading trainer at the Galway festival on 27 occasions.

Runners cross the path inside the furlong pole in a race at Bellewstown.

PAT KEANE: Cracks beginning to appear in Australia’s form

Well, who would have believed it, the German Derby winner rated 2lbs better than the dual winner of the Epsom and Irish Derbies?


PAT KEANE: No potential superstar among Ballydoyle’s juveniles — yet!

This is a big weekend for Ballydoyle and not just with Australia.


PAT KEANE: Verrazano looks one to follow for rest of the season

Here’s a horse to follow for the rest of the season, Aidan O’Brien’s American import, Verrazano.

Australia, with Joseph O'Brien up, streaks home to win the 2014 Epsom Derby. Picture: PA

PAT KEANE: Only a quite brilliant horse could have done what Australia did

Those of us who enjoyed a minor pay-day with Australia in last Saturday’s Epsom Derby can thank our lucky stars!


PAT KEANE: Light a leading Gold Cup contender - even if the bookies are giving nothing away

Aidan O’Brien is back on the Gold Cup trail at Ascot with Leading Light and it is going to be fascinating to see how this pans out next month.