Entries by Nigel Keeling

Great Scott! – It’s James G for Frankie at Newbury

James Garfield stormed to victory in the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury, and in doing so, booked himself a trip to America in November. Nebo had led the field into the final third, but had no answer as Frankie Dettori unleashed the winner approaching the furlong pole. The James Tate-trained favourite, Invincible Army, gave chase […]

Go for Garfield in Mill Reef Puzzler

As I write my Friday piece, Saturday’s card at Ayr has just been abandoned, and so I’ve decided to preview the Group Two Mill Reef Stakes form Newbury. Established in 1972, and named after one of the greats, the six-furlong contest has been won by future high-class milers, along with thoroughbreds destined for stardom as […]

Can Expert Eye Halt Ballydoyle Juggernaut?

Newmarket’s Dubai Future Champions Festival has created a fair amount of the news over the past few days. On October 13 and 14, the juveniles take centre-stage with the Fillies’ Mile and Dewhurst Stakes, whilst the Cesarewitch is one of the season’s handicap highlights. Aidan O’Brien proved dominant 12 months ago, with Rhododendron taking the […]

Egan and Shoemark race to become Apprentice Ace

The Apprentice Jockeys Championship remains a thriller, as David Egan and Kieran Shoemark go head to head, with George Wood in hot pursuit. The youngsters have been rattling in the winners throughout the UK, with Shoemark successful at Ffos Las on Sunday, Egan banging in a double at Bath, whilst on Monday Wood’s struck at […]

Classy and Courageous Capri lands thrilling Leger

The St Leger proved to be the cracker many had anticipated, with the Aidan O’Brien favourite Capri landing the odds in a thrilling finish. He’d looked the standout on form, having captured the Irish Derby at the beginning of July. And so it proved, though he had to show grit and determination to hold off […]

Battle-hardened Capri can prove Leger hero and defeat Defoe

Saturday’s St Leger is set to be an absolute cracker, with many of the 11 starters looking to have a realistic chance of landing the season’s final Classic. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Capri and Sir Michael Stoute’s Crystal Ocean currently head the market at around 4/1. Ballydoyle’s leading hope captured the Irish Derby at the beginning […]

Leading Stayers prepare for the historic Doncaster Cup

I’ve failed to give Flat’s long-distance runners the publicity they deserve during this campaign, and I thought it was time to rectify that, especially as the historic Doncaster Cup takes place on Friday. The event, established in 1766, actually pre-dates the St Leger and has been run at its current distance of 2m2f since 1927. […]

Tasleet can win a Sprint Cup Slog

Hold on to your hats folks, as this weekend we’re treated to a feast of high-class racing in England, Ireland and over the Channel in France. Harry Angel, Winter, Churchill and Ribchester are just a few of the stars on display, as they contest an array of prestigious events. It’s the Irish Champion Stakes in […]

Rain to cause Sprint Cup Shuffle

Haydock hold the prestigious Sprint Cup on Saturday, and though a classy field is assembled, the weather is set to impact on the eventual line-up. It’s a race that has been won by sprinting goliaths since its inception in 1966. Green Desert took this in 1986, along with the July Cup. He then became one […]

Daniel Tudhope – Follow the North Star

I spoke last week of the burgeoning reputation of Patrick Joseph McDonald on the northern racing circuit. I also gave a brief mention for Daniel Tudhope, and I thought I’d expand on that a little with today’s piece. Tudhope grew up in Irvine, Ayrshire, an area famed for its golf courses and views from the […]

Masar is Solario Stakes Star

Masar put in a power-packed display to win the Group Three Solario Stakes at Sandown on Saturday. Taken to the front inside the two-furlong pole, he galloped relentlessly to the line, pulling a couple of lengths clear of the useful Irish raider Romanised. Now as short as 16/1 for next season’s 2000 Guineas, he’s by […]

Sizing up the Winter options

With something of a lull on the Flat this week, there’s been news in the past few days, regarding some of Jump racings star performers. The 2015 Gold Cup winner, Coneygree, looks set to be back in action in the coming weeks. Listowel’s Kerry National is the intended starting point for Sara Bradstock’s exciting chaser, […]

PJ fast becoming a Big Mc

PJ McDonald continues his inexorable rise through the ranks, with another impressive campaign in the saddle. He completed a stunning double at York’s Ebor meeting last Friday, including a thrilling success in the Group Two Lonsdale Cup aboard relatively unfancied Montaly. Andrew Balding’s six-year-old is known to be a tricky customer, and PJ was seen […]

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