Entries by Nigel Keeling

Enable to be crowned Queen at Ascot

John Gosden has tasted success in two of the last half-dozen King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and saddles the favourite for tomorrow’s race. Enable is the daughter of his 2011 winner Nathaniel, and is looking to emulate his 2014 heroine Taghrooda, by landing this after success in the Epsom Oaks. Should she add […]

Ascot Showpiece Taking Shape

Frankie Dettori appeared thrilled with Enable as the pair prepare for Saturday’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes. After taking her for a spin on Tuesday morning, the Italian jock announced that both he and the Oaks heroine are ready for the challenge: “She is just full of herself right now and raring to […]

King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Heroes

Excitement is starting to build with Glorious Goodwood less than a week away. But before we take a trip to the Sussex Downs, there’s the small matter of this Saturday’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes from Ascot. First run in 1951, this is arguably the most prestigious Flat race of them all. The […]

Super Sprint Success – Fahey’s Far Too Good

Richard Fahey made it three from the last five, when Bengali Boys romped to victory in Newbury’s Super Sprint. Splitting into three groups from the off, the guys down the centre of the track had a distinct advantage, and from the pack Barry McHugh sent Bengali B to the front at the two-furlong pole. He […]

Clear as Mud – Juvenile Colts

It comes as no surprise to see Ballydoyle fillies at the head of the juvenile division, and Ireland’s leading thoroughbred outfit also have a few colts making the right kind of noises with 2018 Classics in mind. There’s little doubt that the picture is less clear with the juvenile boys, with outstanding performances few and […]

An eye on a Juvenile – Fillies

During this rather quiet period, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the juvenile division, especially after witnessing several promising performances at Newmarket’s July Festival. I’m starting with the female of the species, and arguably the most impressive two-year-old display of the weekend. The rapidly improving Clemmie, trained by Aidan O’Brien, powered clear […]

Flash Harry is not for catching

Too slick, and far too quick. It was Harry Angel’s time to shine at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon, as the Clive Cox trained ‘pocket-rocket’ stormed to victory in the Darley July Cup. On a track that suits a speedier type, it was the Godolphin youngster that had the required ‘zip’ to fend off a classy […]

Limato to be crowned King Of Speed

Saturday’s Darley July Cup could prove to be as good a sprint as we’ve witnessed in many a year. Newmarket’s July Festival showpiece has attracted a stellar cast, and it appears to be Caravaggio that has landed the leading role. Ballydoyle’s undefeated three-year-old is said to be the fastest Aidan O’Brien has ever trained. And […]

Newmarket’s Historic July Festival

The three-day July Festival at Newmarket begins this afternoon. The event always attracts high-class thoroughbreds, with Saturday’s Darley July Cup the dazzling showpiece. The meeting has been in existence since 1765, and takes place on the July Course. With a longer downhill portion than the Rowley Mile, the track is a haven for speedsters, though […]

Sprint Sensations set to collide in the July Cup

I usually go somewhat off-piste with my Wednesday piece, but I wanted to play my part in fuelling the fervour for Saturday’s thrilling Darley July Cup at Newmarket. I’m a sucker for a sprint, and this could be as good as any we’ve seen in a long time. As in last week’s Eclipse, we have […]

Ulysses hold off Barney in Sandown Sizzler

Ulysses edged-out Barney Roy to win a thrilling Coral-Eclipse. In the battle of the generations, it was Sir Michael Stoute’s progressive four-year-old that held off Richard Hannon’s young warrior in an epic finish. Ulysses had travelled powerfully throughout the contest, and shadowed the move made by Barney as the pair approached the final furlong. Godolphin’s […]

Barney can win the Eclipse ‘Generation Game’

It’s the prestigious Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday, with the eagerly anticipated clash of the generations. One of the truly great Flat races, the Eclipse roll of honour bears the names of some of the sports heroes. In recent times, three-year-olds Golden Horn and Sea The Stars captured the Sandown feature. The sensational Dancing Brave […]

Coral-Eclipse – A Clash Of The Ages

For many Flat racing fans, the Classic generation taking on their elders is when the season truly begins. Until now the youngsters have battled between themselves, but on Saturday the Coral-Eclipse run at one mile and two furlongs, will go some way towards telling us just how good these kids are. To add to the […]

A Dazzling Dozen for ‘Class Act’ Aidan

Aidan O’Brien’s Capri turned Epsom Derby form on its head to win the Irish version at the Curragh in gutsy fashion. Ridden prominently throughout by Seamie Heffernan, he was given a perfect toe into the race by stable companion The Anvil, and took the lead entering the final two furlongs. The top three in the […]