Entries by Nigel Keeling

Arthur – King of the Scots

Bonnie Prince Charlie reached Derby before heading back to Scotland empty handed. Unperturbed by the tale of historical woe, Lucinda Russell led a successful Scottish raid as far south as Warwick, returning to Perth and Kinross duly crowned Queen of the Classic Chase. Arthur once ruled Camelot, but this One For Arthur became King of […]

Paddy Can Power To Classic Chase Repeat

Hopefully tomorrow, Warwick will hold its most prestigious raceday of the winter, with the Classic Chase the highlight. The three-mile and five-furlong slog was established in 2004, and is understandably used by many as a trial for the nationals in the spring. The race is usually run in testing conditions, and tomorrow should be no […]

Don Gone! – Elliott Calls Time on Cossack Career

Kempton may have captured most of the headlines for obvious reasons, but for me, the major news from yesterday was that of the retirement of Gold Cup winner Don Cossack. Gordon Elliott’s top-class staying chaser had been off the track since his devastating performance at Cheltenham last March. Hopes were high of a return, and […]

Magnificent Martaline – A Leading French Stallion

The career of talented chaser Dynaste came to an end at the weekend, following a slightly disappointing run in the Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Sandown. The popular 11-year-old grey had been one of David Pipe’s stable stars for almost half a dozen years. The racecourse highlight came when winning the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham […]

Tizzard top in Tolworth

Finian’s Oscar ran out a comfortable winner of the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown. In the absence of Nicky Henderson’s Kayf Grace, Saturday’s renewal looked to be a head-to-head between Tizzard’s exciting youngster, and the Paul Nicholls trained Capitaine. The pair battled for favouritism, and then continued the tussle on the track. In truth, […]

Expect an Oscar winning performance in the Tolworth

It looks a competitive renewal of the Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle on Saturday, with the Paul Nicholls trained Capitaine heading the betting. Winner of a Grade 2 at Ascot in December, the handsome looking grey ran green at times, but nevertheless, stayed on powerfully to pull clear of a decent field. That victory came from the […]

Tolworth Tales

The Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle is often viewed as a stepping stone for the Supreme or Neptune at Cheltenham, with last year’s winner Yorkhill, taking the latter at the Festival in March. Nicky Henderson has dominated the race in recent times, with four wins from the last six renewals. This Grade 1 was first run in […]

The Skelton Show Goes On

A couple of winners on Sunday for Dan Skelton, will have lightened the mood somewhat, after the disappointment of losing Robin Roe for the season following his nasty fall in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury. Sent off favourite on Saturday, the exciting novice hurdler crumpled on landing three from home, when looking to move into […]

Robin to Rock at Newbury

The Grade 1 Challow Novices’ Hurdle is the centrepiece of Newbury’s card on Saturday. Run at just over two miles and four furlongs, the race has a short yet illustrious roll of honour. Classy types have taken this, and gone on to take high order over hurdles and fences. Large Action was successful in 1993, […]

Power Struggle Continues as Elliott Captures Lexus

The last few days have done much to ignite the trainers’ championships either side of the Irish Sea. In Ireland, Team Mullins have been in astounding form. On Monday, a trio of victories at Leopardstown was matched by a treble at Limerick. On Tuesday, the Closutton guys bagged a stunning five-timer at Leopardstown. And yesterday […]

Thistlecrack Crowned King Of Kempton

The star of tomorrow became the King for a day, as Thistlecrack stormed to a hugely impressive victory in the King George at Kempton. It proved to be a dominant display from Colin Tizzard’s young chaser, despite concerns that the sharp track would prove less than ideal. In truth, the result never looked in doubt. […]

Slick and Quick – A Huge Test For Thistlecrack

Can Thistlecrack really put-it-up to Cue Card in the King George today? This is a monumental task for a novice chaser, as talented as he clearly is. In three chase outings to date, he has defeated 137 rated Aqalim, 136 rated Bigbadjohn and 140 rated Marinero. Today he tackles a pair in the 150s, one […]

Carole’s to prove ‘Pitch-Perfect’ in Wales

The Welsh National was first run at Chepstow in 1949, though dates back to 1895 when run at Ely Racecourse in Cardiff. The race took place at Easter and then in February, before the switch to December in 1979. Trainer Jenny Pitman struck in 1982 and 1983 with a pair of exceptional horses. Corbiere was […]

Christmas Va Va Vroum

If the Irish don’t win it, then recent history suggests that Nicky Henderson will be victorious in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Since 2000, Irish trainers have seven victories to their name, whilst the master of Seven Barrows has half a dozen. My Tent Or Yours made it four-in-a-row for Henderson in 2013, when edging […]

Kayf Tara – Stallion’s Powerful Progeny

Kayf Tara has been one of the most successful National Hunt stallions for well over a decade. And he was no slouch on the racecourse. Out of the Irish Oaks winner Colorspin and from one of the greatest sire’s Sadler’s Wells, Kayf Tara was first trained by Sir Michael Stoute before switching to Saeed bin […]