Keith Dalgleish quickly earned a reputation as a power-packed jockey riding for hard taskmasters like Mark Johnston but, when struggles with his weight forced him to retire from the saddle at just 21, he quickly took all he had learned in a short space of time and carved out a career as a trainer.
Since 2011, his Beltstane Racing Stables has increased the number of winner it has sent out year-on-year, with a very acceptable 39 winners in his first year increasing by 13, 6, 9, 8 and then 6 winners, recording an admirable 81 winners in 2016 – and he has his sights firmly set on 100 winners in 2017. Therefore, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the horses that may see him reach that notable landmark.
CAPE OF GLORY
Yet to be seen on turf this season but, after an excellent 3-year-old season, his trainer is confident that he’ll be adding to his 3 all-weather wins this season, and he’s expected to break his turf duck at some point.
7-year-old who tends to win when it’s his turn. Has a 1 in 6 strike-rate, so he’s one to watch out for when he runs in the right class off a favourable handicap mark. Likely to be seen out in July.
Won four times, but slightly disappointing so far this season. Looks like another who needs a bit of respite from the handicapper, but likely he will be found a race or two when he gets it, especially when the ground is soft.
The Carlisle Bell has already been nominated as his major target, so it’s unlikely that he will be winning before then, as he’s potentially on a winning mark being on the same mark as when successful at Carlisle last June.
One of several horses from other trainers that Dalgleish has done well with, and showed plenty of stamina to win over 17 furlongs at Carlisle last year. The Stayers Series at Pontefract is high on his list of possible targets.
Only won once so far, but has gone close twice this season already over 7 furlongs. His trainer thinks he’s progressively showing more speed, and could be interesting dropped back to 6 furlongs.
Maybe flattered by her rating in the 90’s, but she had excuses for both her runs this season. Could be interesting returned to Hamilton, where she won twice last season.
A horse that doesn’t win very often, but looks the type to pop up at a big price at some point this season.
Runs very well at Ayr, but is currently caught between being too high in the handicap, but not quite good enough to beat the higher-class fillies. Trainer looks sure to find her at least one winning opportunity over 12 furlongs or further, and the money is usually down when she does win.
Loves Chester, and tends to win off marks just below 100. Bound to have a few runs to get his handicap mark back down to that level after going up to 103 after already winning there this season, and sure to go close gain there this season.
Terrific 2-year-old who should get some more black type when there is plenty of cut in the ground. Likely to be campaigned aggressively, but could be an ideal horse for the Ayr Gold Cup Meeting.
A certain winner in waiting if his maiden win is anything to go by, but might need cut in the ground to see him at his best.
WHAT’S THE STORY
Trainer is hopeful of getting him in one of the big handicaps at Royal Ascot and, as he’ll need to go up in the weights to get in, he could be one to watch if he runs soon.