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Saturday 18 August 2018

Keane error not end of the world

Young Colin Keane (pictured) was a victim of very unfortunate circumstances last weekend when he failed to weigh in after riding a winner at Wexford and received a 10-day ban.

It's something that can easily happen and thankfully I never lost a winner over it but I did forget to weigh in when finishing fourth one day and at Wexford it is very easy to do as two steps inside the door and you are gone beyond the point of no return.

It was good to see his boss Ger Lyons backing him and you feel for him as it's a big penalty for a small loss of concentration but he looks a promising kid and after reflection I'm sure he realised it is not the end of the world.

Also this week we had the release of the Melbourne Cup entries of which there were 148 with Johnny Murtagh's Royal Diamond and Mutual Regard and Dermot Weld's Pale Mimosa probably the most likely Irish runners but I'm sure everyone in Flemington are licking their lips at the prospect of Estimate going down there and representing Queen Elizabeth in the race.

The Melbourne Cup is not a race that needs anything to add to the hype but having a royal runner in the race certainly would be great to see and it'll be a story worth keeping an eye on over the coming weeks.

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