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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PAT KEANE: After Mullins and Elliott, the rest are just also rans

So, that’s the National Hunt season done and dusted then and, on the back of Punchestown, it has just been a case of most ensuring they are onside, as the mutual admiration society hit top gear, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Time to start televising high-profile inquiries

If ever there was a good case for televising stewards’ inquiries, it can surely be made following that Paul Townend debacle at Punchestown on Tuesday, writes Pat Keane.

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PAT KEANE: Lyons emerging as only serious threat to O’Brien

It is highly unlikely Ger Lyons will ever be champion flat trainer.

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PAT KEANE: Let’s just hope Samcro and Laurina clash at Punchestown

Samcro's success in the Ballymore Novice Hurdle at Prestbury Park was mildly disappointing, writes Pat Keane

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PAT KEANE: Gold Cup trip may be a bridge too far for Footpad

I thought it was terrific that Willie Mullins’ immediate reaction, after Footpad had taken the Arkle Trophy by half the track at Cheltenham on Tuesday, was to consider stretching out the six-year-old with a view to challenging for next year’s Gold Cup.

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PAT KEANE: Highly-regarded Laurina looks good to add to Mullins’ tally

The admirable Un De Sceaux can run the opposition ragged in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham this afternoon, writes Pat Keane

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PAT KEANE: Monalee can jump to it in RSA

Henry De Bromhead’s Monalee can lead his rivals a merry dance in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham this afternoon.

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PAT KEANE: Get in behind formidable Footpad with all guns blazing

There is surely no way Ireland can replicate what was achieved at Cheltenham a year ago.

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PAT KEANE: Watch Selected carefully but Smart cracking Cheltenham value

He may not win at Cheltenham, but certainly shapes as a horse for the future.

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