Entries by Nigel Keeling

Harrington filly shines brightest at Royal Ascot

John Gosden, Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien completed a hugely successful Royal Ascot, though it was arguably Irish racing royalty Jess Harrington, that stole the show. Better known for exploits during the winter months, Harrington is responsible for this summer’s ‘wonder-filly’ Alpha Centauri. Runner-up in last year’s Albany Stakes, this powerfully built three-year-old now […]

Queen Aurelia to retain her King’s Stand Crown

Royal Ascot is just a few days away and I’ve decided to take a closer look at the King’s Stand Stakes to assess whether Battaash truly is a ‘good thing’. I’m a huge fan of the sprints, and the King’s Stand is a particular favourite. It’s gone to some of the best over the years. […]

Flat Racing Elite set for Royal Meeting

It’s more than likely that the usual suspects will be celebrating another successful Royal Ascot. And that’s to be expected, at a meeting where major players send their ‘big guns’. For sure, the best from Ireland and the UK will be in attendance. There’ll be a scattering of French flair, and add to that a […]

Blue is the colour – It’s Appleby and Buick Again

Appleby and Buick were at it again as D’bai landed the Group Three John Of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock on Saturday. Dutch Connection appeared to be Godolphin’s main hope of success and was sent of the 6/4 favourite. But it was the ‘boys in blue’ number two that proved superior on the day. Travelling powerfully […]

Go Dutch in the John Of Gaunt

The seven-furlong John of Gaunt Stakes is run at Haydock tomorrow. And fresh from one of their greatest achievements at Epsom it’s Godolphin that appear to hold the aces for this Group Three contest. It feels like I’m stating the obvious, but this race usually goes to specialists at the trip. Milers dropping back and […]

Dark Angel speedsters – Aged to perfection

Galileo is undeniably the modern-day King of Stallions, but if it’s a sprinter you’re looking for, there’s no better sire than Yeomanstown Stud inmate, Dark Angel. Retired somewhat prematurely after a successful juvenile campaign, this son of Acclamation has become an outstanding sire of high class speedsters. The all too brief racing career came in […]

Masar by far the Derby Equine Star

Like father like son. Bred for Epsom glory, it was Godolphin’s Masar that mastered both track and trip to land this year’s Derby. Having finished third to Saxon Warrior in the 2000 Guineas, it’s somewhat surprising that this son of 2008 Derby winner New Approach, had been cast aside by many punters as a ‘no-hoper’. […]

Can a Young Rascal sink the mighty Saxon Warrior?

Having landed the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, Saxon Warrior is a short-priced favourite to give Aidan O’Brien his fifth Epsom Derby in seven years. The latest Ballydoyle sensation is looking to emulate Camelot in landing the Guineas-Derby double and has been treading a virtually identical path. Both captured the Racing Post Trophy as juveniles prior […]

Haggas team flying as Epsom looms

William Haggas has had a wonderful start to the latest Flat season and heads to Epsom this week with live contenders for both the Oaks and the Derby. A strike-rate of 27% is testament to the yard’s form, though that rises to 31% over the past two weeks, with a further double at Leicester yesterday. […]

Emblazoned can show that Gosden feels the need for speed

Haydock play host to the sprinters on Saturday, with a pair of competitive looking Group Two’s. The Temple Stakes at five furlongs and the Sandy Lane at six, regularly attract elite speedsters, with both races having been won by the best in the business. The Temple Stakes was established in 1965 and was run at […]

Kingscote Consistency the Key to his Success

Richard Kingscote has had a terrific start to the current flat season. He lies fourth in the jockeys’ title race with a healthy strike-rate of 23%. He’ll be frustrated at not winning since Newbury last Friday yet has been placed in seven of his last 11 rides. Finishing runner-up on a Ralph Beckett juvenile last […]

Rhododendron Blooms at Newbury

Aidan O’Brien’s Rhododendron got the better of Lightning Spear to land a thrilling Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Despite concerns over the drop back in trip, Ballydoyle’s filly proved she had the ‘zip’, holding off David Simcock’s talented miler by a nose. O’Brien had four runners in the field of 14, and three were prominent from […]

Bomber can land telling blow at Newbury

The Group One Lockinge Stakes takes place at Newbury on Saturday, with Aidan O’Brien targeting a first success since 2003. Excelebration was one of Ballydoyle’s classier contenders when runner-up in 2012, though had little chance of winning with Frankel in opposition. Hawk Wing landed the prize for the yard in 2003 by 11-lengths, having been […]

Romans, Vikings, Gosden and Dettori – Raiding Party ready for Historic York

Those that visit the wonderfully historic city of York, rarely leave disappointed. The same can be said of those that venture to the Knavesmire on the outskirts of the city, home of the glorious York racecourse. First the Romans, and then the Vikings, travelled to this northern outpost in search of excitement and adventure. Nowadays, […]

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