Entries by Nigel Keeling

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, […]

Stoute’s Mirage is no Royal Ascot illusion

Ascot's Victoria Cup proved a tough puzzle to crack, with the front three coming home at odds of 20/1, 28/1 and 40s. Yet the trends for the race remain pretty much intact, with seven of the first eight carrying less than nine stone and the first seven home aged four or five. Having hung up […]

O’Meara’s Firmament can prove Victoria Cup trend buster

We look forward to another ultra-competitive handicap this weekend, as Ascot plays host to the Victoria Cup. A maximum field of 29 are expected to go to post for this valuable cavalry charge. The race has favoured four-year-olds in recent times, with six victories in the last 10. Five-year-olds also have a decent record, but […]

Centennial Celebration Chester Vase

Chester’s May festival begins, with a special opening day, as they celebrate the 100th running of the Chester Vase. Known as the Roodee, Chester is officially the oldest racecourse still in use. Resting on the banks of the River Dee, the racing dates back to the early sixteenth century. The eastern part of the course […]

Super Saxon Storms to Guineas Glory

Saxon Warrior put in a mighty performance to give Aidan O’Brien his ninth 2000 Guineas. Ridden by son Donnacha, the imposing colt travelled powerfully in midfield, with the pace set by stable companion Murillo. Fully two-furlongs out, the young jockey sent Saxon Warrior to the front. Showing a terrific burst of speed, this son of […]

Prepare for a Saxon raid on Newmarket

With a pair of aces at his disposal, it appears that Aidan O’Brien has a great chance of landing his ninth 2000 Guineas. With three victories from the last six, including two from the last three, the Co Tipperary handler has last year’s Superlative Stakes winner, Gustav Klimt, and the Racing Post Trophy hero, Saxon […]

Newmarket Classics taking shape

We’re just days away from the opening Classics at Newmarket, and the line-ups are taking shape. Aidan O’Brien has been dominant, winning three of the last six 1000 and 2000 Guineas. He again appears to hold the aces, with Gustav Klimt and Saxon Warrior towards the head of the market for the Colts and Happily […]

Missed Approach can land Sandown’s prestigious Gold Cup

A stunning six-timer on Wednesday, followed by a faultless display from a Mullins monster on Thursday, leaves poor old Gordon Elliott facing yet another frustrating finish to an otherwise sensational campaign. Now apparently lacking the ‘zip’ for two, Mullins stepped Faugheen up to three miles to contest the Champion Stayers Hurdle. Sent to the front […]

Dramatic day at Punchestown hands initiative to Elliott

Gordon Elliott must count himself fortunate that a trainers’ title lead of €520,000 remained relatively healthy at just over €400,000 by the end of a dramatic day one of the Punchestown Festival. Willie Mullins dominated the early exchanges, with Draconien causing an upset to land the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle. Getabird was sent off a […]

Curtis takes the high road to Season Salvation

Joe Farrell caused a 33/1 upset when defeating Ballyoptic by a nose in a thrilling finish to the Scottish Grand National. It’s been a challenging winter for Pembrokeshire trainer Rebecca Curtis, with the number of horses in her yard tumbling from around 50 to little more than 20. Winners have been hard to come by, […]

Mulholland Pair to Master Ayr

The transition from Jumps to Flat is now well underway, and this weekend we are treated to quality racing from both codes. Ayr host the Scottish National on Saturday, whilst at Newbury Expert Eye makes his eagerly anticipated seasonal bow in the Group Three Greenham Stakes. Vicente returns to Ayr searching for a third-straight win […]

Gosden’s Lion set to Roar as Classics draw near

Newmarket is in the midst of the Craven Meeting, supplying early clues for the opening Classics in May. The feature event takes place on Thursday, with last year’s Racing Post Trophy runner-up, Roaring Lion, set to get his season up and running. Gosden’s youngster is currently third-favourite for the colts’ classic behind Aidan O’Brien’s pair […]

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