Pat Keane

Pat Keane: HRI’s handling of coronavirus has been exemplary

Pat Keane: HRI’s handling of coronavirus has been exemplary

Horse Racing Ireland has taken plenty of stick over many years, but you have to praise the bridge as you cross it and there is no doubt their recent handling of ...

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Pat Keane: Power not to blame for Benie Des Dieux’s demise

Pat Keane: Power not to blame for Benie Des Dieux’s demise

So, was it Robert Power or Paul Townend who was responsible for getting the “unbeatable’’ Benie Des Dieux beaten in the Mares’ Hurdle at ...

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Pat Keane: Frustrating Percy a hopeful choice to land the spoils

Pat Keane: Frustrating Percy a hopeful choice to land the spoils

Presenting Percy, one of the most frustrating horses in training, is a hopeful choice to finally put it all together and land a wide open Magners Cheltenham Gold ...

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Pat Keane: Dominant Defi Du Seuil set to deliver definitive answer for punters

Pat Keane: Dominant Defi Du Seuil set to deliver definitive answer for punters

If punters are ever going to put on their betting boots at Cheltenham this week, then it will be today, on a programme that may well tempt one to come out to play ...

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Pat Keane: Rachael Blackmore can have Irish eyes smiling with Notebook

Pat Keane: Rachael Blackmore can have Irish eyes smiling with Notebook

RACHAEL Blackmore, arguably the greatest lady rider of all time, can have Irish eyes smiling by guiding the imposing Notebook to victory in the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham ...

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Pat Keane's 10 to watch: Interesting that Davy Russell sticks with Presenting Percy

Pat Keane's 10 to watch: Interesting that Davy Russell sticks with Presenting Percy

Pat Kelly’s charge is enigmatic but, just like his media-shy trainer, utterly fascinating, writes Pat Keane.

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Pat Keane: Festival likely to be a real dogfight

Pat Keane: Festival likely to be a real dogfight

ONLY a major optimist would be in any way confident about making a profit at Cheltenham next week.

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Danny Mullins making most of strong family link with Willie

Danny Mullins making most of strong family link with Willie

As a rider, the 27-year-old is not everyone’s cup of tea and has his fair share of detractors.

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Pat Keane: Can we have a break from Tiger Roll and Altior?

Pat Keane: Can we have a break from Tiger Roll and Altior?

Seriously, is there any chance we could have a little break, after today, from two horses, Tiger Roll and Altior?

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Pat Keane: Notebook looks Festival banker

Pat Keane: Notebook looks Festival banker

NOTHING for it this week then, with Storm Ciara messing us about big-time, but to look ahead to the Cheltenham Festival in an effort to pinpoint some value.

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Pat Keane: Yet more grounds for concern at Leopardstown

Pat Keane: Yet more grounds for concern at Leopardstown

The 2019 Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown was a bit of a disaster, but last weekend’s two-day renewal emerged relatively unscathed on Sunday evening.

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Pat Keane: Please Willie, run Benie Des Dieux in the Stayers’

Pat Keane: Please Willie, run Benie Des Dieux in the Stayers’

PLEASE, please Willie run Benie Des Dieux in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and give us the battle that will light up the festival.

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Pat Keane: Footpad is now one to be avoided at all costs

Pat Keane: Footpad is now one to be avoided at all costs

Yes, indeed, Footpad again buried punters — many of them — one more time when failing to deliver in a Grade 2 chase at Thurles last Sunday.

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Pat Keane: Allen a Cheltenham banker

Pat Keane: Allen a Cheltenham banker

Will it all end in tears, just like Samcro?

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Bookies as confused as punters over Cheltenham Gold Cup

Bookies as confused as punters over Cheltenham Gold Cup

Yesterday bookmakers were going 5-1 the field for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and that indicates they’re just as confused as us mere punters.

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Pat Keane: Notebook clearly one to note now

Pat Keane: Notebook clearly one to note now

You don’t have to be any sort of genius to now know Notebook is a very good horse.

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Pat Keane: Difficult to fathom why Cooper isn’t in more demand

Pat Keane: Difficult to fathom why Cooper isn’t in more demand

The most famous story about George Best — at least off the field — is one probably everybody has heard.

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Pat Keane: Racing TV criticism unjustified

Pat Keane: Racing TV criticism unjustified

So, Conor O’Neill, general manager of Punchestown racecourse, admitted to being ‘very disappointed’ the John Durkan Memorial Chase (run at Punchestown ...

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Pat Keane: Buckle your belts for cracking National Hunt campaign

Pat Keane: Buckle your belts for cracking National Hunt campaign

Whisper it, but we may be at the start of one of the greatest National Hunt campaigns of all time!

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Pat Keane: On-course bookies in real peril

Pat Keane: On-course bookies in real peril

It’s surely a no-brainer to give the on-course bookmakers what they want and help keep them on life support for as long as possible.

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Right now, I harbour doubts about Gordon Elliott’s Battleoverdoyen

Right now, I harbour doubts about Gordon Elliott’s Battleoverdoyen

The reaction was entirely predictable, with bookmakers and press getting in line to enthuse after the strapping six-year-old made an excellent chasing debut at Galway ...

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There are times when Aidan O’Brien would break your heart

There are times when Aidan O’Brien would break your heart

There are times when Aidan O’Brien would break your heart.

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