Entries by Nigel Keeling

Hill can reach Gold Cup Summit for Twiston-Davies

All eyes will be on Cheltenham this weekend, and today’s piece focuses on Saturday’s BetVictor Gold Cup. The Grade Three began life as the Mackeson Gold Cup and was first run in 1960. Starting as a two-mile chase, the trip was upped to 2m4f in the late 60s. Martin Pipe is the most successful trainer […]

Follow Phil – Despite Defi Defection

We return to the Home of Jump racing on Friday for Cheltenham’s three-day November Meeting. Always thrilling and often informative, this tends to be a gathering where certain trainers perform consistently well. You’d expect powerhouses such as Nicholls and Henderson to rack-up the winners, but in recent times two handlers have outshone the rest. Whilst […]

Nicholls and Henderson Jump to it

Present Man defied testing conditions to land the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton on Saturday. Paul Nicholls has an outstanding record in the race, and had three fancied contenders. He finished with the first and fourth home, though his young novice Mr Mix disappointed. Concerns had been raised over the winner’s ability to cope with […]

Cobden call-up on Cue Card

Cue Card, Coneygree and Our Duke hit the headlines at the weekend, for all the wrong reasons. And yesterday it was dear old Cue Card that again made the news, as the Tizzard team decided a change of jockey is required in the hope of resurrecting the chaser’s winning ways. Having hit the deck twice […]

The ROA – Racehorse Ownership guide and support

Racehorse ownership has become an inclusive opportunity for the masses, rather than an exclusive privilege of the elite. Ownership can take numerous forms to suit varying bank-balances. Sole Ownership does what it says on the tin. A 100% share in a thoroughbred, racing in your colours, and providing prize money solely for you, sounds quite […]

Frustration Home and Away

It’s tough not to feel a little let down by the latest Breeders’ Cup. Concerns over the tightness of the track prior to racing appeared justified, as luck played a far too significant role in the outcome of several races. A fast break from the stalls became crucial, especially for those drawn on the wide […]

Rhododendron looks Blooming Lovely in the Filly & Mare

The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf has proved rewarding for the European raiders over the years. Queen’s Trust was successful 12 months ago, joining Dank, Midday, Ouija Board twice, Islington and Banks Hill, as winners from this side of ‘The Pond’. Sir Michael Stoute has won two of the last four and has three […]

Breeders’ Cup – The Players

Just when you thought we’d done with the Flat and could now focus on the Jumps, along comes the Breeders’ Cup from Del Mar in California. America’s two-day end of season jamboree has again attracted a wealth of talent from Europe, with Aidan O’Brien sending a battalion across the Atlantic in search of further Grade […]

Record Breaking O’Brien is a Donny Dazzler

Doncaster played host to history in the making, as Aidan O’Brien broke Bobby Frankel’s record when landing the 26th Group One of the season in the Racing Post Trophy. Saxon Warrior proved a worthy favourite when bravely fending off what had looked a race winning surge from the John Gosden-trained Roaring Lion. Ryan Moore had […]

O’Brien’s Doncaster Date with Destiny

Could Saturday prove to be Aidan O’Brien’s ‘date with destiny’ as he saddles four in a bid to capture the Racing Post Trophy and finally break Bobby Frankel’s record? Currently standing on 25 top-level winners for the season, the Ballydoyle master is set to launch a powerful assault in search of the magic 26. With […]

Up and at ’em – Irish Jumpers catch the eye

As National Hunt fans make their first pilgrimage to Cheltenham on Friday, we can be sure that the Jumps season is now well underway. Sceau Royal, Yanworth, Finian’s Oscar and The New One have already opened their accounts and got our pulses racing. Tizzard, Henderson and Nicholls will be taking the wraps off their stable […]

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