Entries by Nigel Keeling

Fillies set to dominate major events

Another exciting weekend of racing sees major action from both sides of the Irish Sea. We head north to Haydock for a pair of Group 2s. The Sandy Lane Stakes over six-furlongs has the look of a hors d’oeuvre to the main course, the prestigious five-furlong sprint, the Temple Stakes. The latter has been won […]

A Brighton Double – Pat’ll Do Nicely

Few jockeys are riding as well as Pat Cosgrave just now. A double at Brighton yesterday, could so easily have been four or five, and he now has an impressive 23% strike-rate. With nine victories from his last 39 rides, Cosgrave is in scintillating form. And he’s not simply guiding home well-fancied contenders. The double […]

A Ribchester Romp for Fahey’s Finest

Ribchester romped to a stunning Lockinge success on Saturday, endorsing his status as Britain and Ireland’s leading miler. Despite pace-making stablemate Toscanini missing the break, the winner rarely looked threatened. And making all his own running, William Buick asserted from the two-furlong pole, powering clear to win by just shy of four lengths. Lightning Spear […]

Dettori to steal Lockinge Gold from Godolphin

The Group 1 Lockinge Stakes is Newbury’s showpiece on Saturday. First run in 1958, the race has been won by some of the all-time great milers. Brigadier Gerard and Frankel were two of the greatest. The former was only defeated once in 18 career starts. His victories included the 2000 Guineas, the St James’s Palace […]

Stick with Dettori – The Dante Man

York’s Dante Meeting begins today, with the prospect of three thrilling days of racing on the Knavesmire. The Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes is the highlight on day one. This year’s renewal looks particularly strong, with the first three from October’s Qipco Champions Day Sprint renewing rivalry. The Tin Man is burdened with a […]

O’Brien and Gosden set for Classic Clash

A week of Derby and Oaks trials has left me just as puzzled with Epsom less than three weeks away. One thing that is becoming clear, and shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, is the power at the disposal of both Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden. Ballydoyle have been the dominant force for more […]

Expect Hannon and Bell to duel for the Cup

I’m taking a trip to Ascot for this weekend’s preview, and focusing on the Victoria Cup. With 27 runners currently declared, this seven-furlong handicap looks pretty competitive, and the winner, as ever, will take some finding. I’m heartened by the fact that I got lucky last year, though I admit to having had two shots […]

Varian – Life After Postponed

The injury and subsequent retirement of Postponed was a huge blow for Roger Varian and his team, but he remains a trainer to follow with an eye-catching strike rate. Postponed was the yard’s flag-bearer and a multiple Group 1 winner. Transferred by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid from the care of Luca Cumani prior to the 2016 […]

Sprint Queens set for Sizzling Summer

The Palace House Stakes has gone to plenty of high class sprinters over the years, and Marsha has the potential to be as good as any. Trained by Sir Mark Prescott, the four-year-old defied a Group 1 penalty to defeat a strong looking field in Newmarket’s Group 3 on Saturday. Ballydoyle’s Washington DC is a […]

Glorious Churchill Launches A Ballydoyle Blitz

Churchill proved himself the ‘real deal’, as he powered to victory in Saturday’s 2000 Guineas. Ridden prominently by Ryan Moore, he got the perfect tow into the race from stable companion Lancaster Bomber. Moore grabbed the rail inside the three-furlong mark, and that proved the place to be, as runner-up Barney Roy along with third-place […]

Churchill and Bomber in a Ballydoyle Blitz

Ballydoyle, Godolphin and Al Shaqab Racing, carved up the mile division last season, thanks to outstanding three-year-olds Galileo Gold, Ribchester and The Gurkha. The trio famously clashed in a thrilling Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, with French Guineas winner, The Gurkha, getting the better of English Guineas winner Galileo Gold, with QEII runner-up Ribchester, a fast […]

The Usual Suspects have eye on the Classics

With Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown behind us, the time has come to focus solely on the new Flat campaign, and specifically this weekend’s Guineas Meeting from Newmarket. Yes, the first Classics are almost upon us, and the usual suspects look set to dominate in both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas. Once again, it’s Ballydoyle that […]

Jumps Over and Feeling Flat

Nicky Henderson captured the Trainers’ Championship for the second time in five years, with a dominant display at Sandown on Saturday. Paul Nicholls had hoped for a successful final day of the campaign, but it was Henderson who landed a treble on the day, and came close to making it four, when Vyta Du Roc […]

Hard-Hitting Henderson Can Roc At Sandown

It truly is a week for the big-hitters, going at it toe-to-toe, in a battle for supremacy. It may be a rather less bloody affair than Klitschko versus Joshua, but over in Ireland, Willie Mullins is throwing everything at Gordon Elliott as he tries to retain his trainers’title. Several agonizing near-misses, including Nichols Canyon and […]

Punchestown – The Brits Are Back For More

Several Brits came and conquered a year ago at the Punchestown Festival. And those same trainers are queueing-up today in hope of repeating that success. Team Tizzard struck gold on the opening day, when the fast-improving Fox Norton landed the Champion Chase. He needed to be rousted along by Robbie Power to stay in touch […]