24 September 2021
Caribou ran very well at Newmarket yesterday considering the ground had dried out rapidly and the going became good to firm. This is something he really does not like, and jockey Hollie Doyle felt that once he has some cut in the ground he was as good as ever and will be able to win again soon. Therefore it is just a question of waiting for some rain before he takes his next opportunity and makes a further step forward to fulfilling his great promise.
24 September 2021
For whatever combination of factors, Eagles Dare was really disappointing in his return to action at Kempton Park over a mile and a half. He dwelt from his inside draw and took a lot of coaxing into action through the first couple of furlongs, losing position and not proving very responsive to George Bass's urgings. Never really of a mind to start racing on this occasion he may well be out again quite soon on a different track and with some headgear applied to help him to concentrate and to rekindle his enthusiasm for running.
18 September 2021
After a series of promising runs, Ruskin Red performed really well under jockey Cieren Fallon in a driving finish, and he got back up on the line to secure a dead heat with Roger Charlton's Rumi, just ahead of the two other co-favourites in a thrilling finish. Denis was delighted that his Mastercraftsman gelding was able to stretch forward at the line after having moved forward well inside the final furlong but then having been headed in the shadow of the post. Ruskin Red is now in very good shape and well prepared for a winter campaign, having proven himself to be a very consistent and versatile horse who always gives of his best. He clearly likes Kempton Park but he has also gone well on a range of tracks so far.
14 September 2021
Sunday 12th September marked the beginning of National Racehorse Week, and along with over a hundred racing stables the yard opened its doors and its staff were on hand to welcome visitors to Keeper's Stables, West Ilsley. During the afternoon about a hundred visitors enjoyed a tour around the stable yard to get a close up view of the magnificent animals - from a newly arrived yearling to a six year old mare just retired from racing and in foal for next spring. A few photographs of the open day can be viewed on the Gallery.
13 September 2021
Over the weekend two runners from the yard were at the head of the markets but were not able to convert into wins, as the stable bids to pass its record season total. At Lingfield Bobby Kennedy missed the break significantly and didn't like the downhill leg of the track from the half mile. Jockey Cieren Fallon felt that behind a relatively quick pace Bobby never quite got balanced or into rhythm in his run, so he was not hard on him in this race and he will next revert to turf - after there has been some rain to soften the ground once again. Yesterday at Bath Lisdarragh ran yet another very good race, and was a little unlucky that he hit the front possibly a little too soon and finally was outstayed by just one rival to finish a very close second once more. Hopefully there will be another race for him quite soon.
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