PAT KEANE: Closing the gate after the horse has bolted

I can’t imagine the handicapper derived a whole lot of enjoyment watching the concluding stages of the €59,000 to the winner Connacht Hotel Handicap at Galway on Monday night, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Viadera could be the horse to take Lyons to next level

We have written here before that trainer, Ger Lyons, needs to find a Group 1 horse to carry his progressive career to the next level.

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PAT KEANE: US Navy Flag just defies all known logic

Isn’t US Navy Flag one of the most extraordinary horses in the history of flat racing?

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PAT KEANE: Dessie Scahill will leave rich legacy

When Dessie Scahill puts down his binoculars at the end of the Curragh Derby meeting this afternoon he will surely do so with a sense of real sadness.

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PAT KEANE: Aidan O’Brien’s Ascot may not be as royal as other years

Can Aidan O’Brien deliver for punters at the five-day Royal Ascot extravaganza, which starts next Tuesday? asks Pat Keane

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PAT KEANE: Merchant Navy finely poised for Ascot

At the curragh last weekend Aidan O’Brien added some real live candidates to his already considerable Royal Ascot portfolio later this month, none more so than the Australian horse, Merchant Navy.

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PAT KEANE: Keep on eye on this fab four

You can see it happening in front of you, brick by brick, as Aidan O’Brien gradually puts his Royal Ascot team in place.

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