18 March 2020
Denis, Barbara, Charlie and all at Keeper's Stables wish all our owners, friends and supporters the best of health during this very difficult time.
16 March 2020
Sonnetina and Eagles Dare were up on the gallops on Saturday morning for their owners to view, along with the un-named Mastercraftsman gelding and Bobby Kennedy. Some photos of them in action are posted in the Gallery. A lunch was also an enjoyable overture for the season !
10 March 2020
With February having been the wettest on record, racing opportunities have been very limited for the horses schooling over hurdles as the ground has been mostly atrocious and many meetings abandoned. All are awaiting better ground So it has been a very quiet month in terms of racecourse action, with only a trio of performers on the all weather. Nonetheless the yard has been very busy indeed, in readiness for the flat season ahead. Up on the gallops last week Sue Huntingdon was on hand to get some action shots - as a number of two year olds were put through their paces along with a few of their more senior stablemates.
A selection of photos can be found on the Gallery pages.
26 January 2020
Our stable amateur and character Jerome Power went home to Dungarvan this weekend to ride his first Point-to-Point winner. Well done Jerome and congratulations to all.
24 January 2020
Recent runners include Tiar Na Nog, back after a short break to contend an event at Wolverhampton last Sunday, and Rockstar Max for his fifth outing last Monday. It was so foggy at Wolverhampton that afternoon that Tiar Na Nog's race was almost called off in very poor visibility, but she ran very well nonetheless. She was unfortunately crossed entering the final half mile, so Charlie Bishop had to take a very wide course around the bend to move onto the quarters of the leaders. This sudden extra effort then told down the straight and a couple of rivals passed her to leave her in fifth, beaten just under six lengths at surprisingly long odds. Rockstar Max stepped up in trip once again to make his handicap debut at Kempton last Monday. Having veered out of the stalls he quickly made his way to the front and then took a lead off two others into the back straight. Unfortunately it was far from a smooth tempo behind the lead horse, but Rockstar Max travelled very easily and kept tabs on the front runners throughout and was still very well in contention as they turned for home. Before the cutaway he was full of running and Shane Kelly looked for an outside run, but he was denied a clear gap to move into as the closing stages unfolded. Max proved his staying power right to the line, however, and gave a lot of cause for encouragement as this was his first experience at the business end of a race. He was only beaten three and a half lengths in fifth this time, and connections are very hopeful in weighing up a range of future options.
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