Jedd O’Keeffe Stable Tour

    From his North Yorkshire base, Jedd O'Keeffe will be looking for the heavens to open to allow Lord Yates to take his place in Saturday's big handicap at York and talks about his hopes for other team members over the next few weeks.
  • Tuesday 21 August 2018
  • Stable Tours

JEDD O’KEEFFE is hoping that York gets more than it share of the showers forecast later in the week as he unleashes stable star Lord Yeats in the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap on Saturday. 

The five-year-old gelding has run creditable races in Group company behind Order Of St George at Navan in April and when fifth to Vazirabad at Longchamp in May and nothing would give the Middleham trainer greater pleasure than seeing Lord Yeats line-up for the Million Pound handicap. There is an alternative of a race in Ireland on the same day and O’Keeffe will be looking after the best interests of his charge whichever direction his compass takes him.

The horses at Highbeck Lodge have found their form with a vengeance of late and recent acquisition Breanski made it 17 wins for the season and £157,900 in prize money when collecting a seven furlong handicap at Doncaster on Saturday.

O’Keeffe said "The horses are very well and we are happy with the way they are running. If they continue like this we should end up with a decent total and beat last year’s total which would be great. We are always looking to keep on improving and, hopefully, we can."

Jedd kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about Lord Yeats and the rest of his stable that have been doing him so proud.

Older Horses

Breanski

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 18 starts and currently rated 85. Has won both of his starts since joining the stable and was completing a hat trick when beating Normandy Barriere three quarters of a length at Doncaster on Saturday off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

We haven’t had him long but he has won both his starts. We experimented dropping him to seven furlongs and it worked well. He did it well at Doncaster on Saturday and he loves a straight track. The jockey said he has that much speed that it is not impossible we could drop him to six furlongs and he is a really straightforward horse who is always happy and lovely to have around. I wish we had a stable full of horse like him and he might go to Ascot in September for a valuable seven furlong handicap.

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Desert Ruler

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 23 starts and currently rated 83. Gained his last success at Newcastle (1m 4 1/2f) in January when beating Luv U Whatever a length off a mark of 76.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice fun handicapper who won his first two at Newcastle this year and has run well since. He disappointed a little in the Queen Mother Ladies race but the ground was too quick for him. He stays a mile and a half well and should continue to pay his way.

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Lord Of The Rock (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 15 starts and currently rated 91. Unplaced in three starts over a mile this season at Doncaster in March, Newbury in April and Newcastle in June.

Trainer Says:

He is a talented horse who I inherited from Michael Dods but he has been frustrating. He needs give in the ground and I have been struggling to find the right race for him. I experimented at Newcastle on the AW with the hood on and he neither likes the hood or the surface. His first run this year in the Spring Mile when he finished fourth was excellent but he hasn’t really built on that. He has been entered at York but whether he get in or gets his ground we will see.

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Lord Yeats

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 16 starts and currently rated 106. Creditable efforts both starts this season finishing runner-up, beaten five and a half lengths, to Order of St George in a Group 3 at Navan (1m 6f) in April and fifth, beaten five and a half lengths, to Vazirabad in a Group 2 at Longchamp (1m 7f) in May.

Trainer Says:

At the moment we are definitely leaving him in the Ebor and will be monitoring the weather forecast. The temptation is the huge prize on offer and of course the prestige for Northern-based owners and trainers. He is in the Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh on the same day and we are leaving him in that at the moment as well and keep our options open. They had rain forecast at York on Sunday then staying drying but York has caught me out before when I have taken horse out and then it’s rained so we will see. He hasn’t race for awhile as we haven’t be able to get his conditions but he is in great form at home and we can’t wait to run him somewhere. He has run in two really tough races and we didn’t really expect to beat Order of St George at Navan but he ran a super race and when he went to France he ran a great race as well on ground that wouldn’t have been soft enough. We just have to be patient with him and hopefully he will pop up somewhere. We would obviously like to win a Group race with him somewhere as he has already won a listed.

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Only Spoofing (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 18 starts and currently rated 78. Completed a hat trick when beating Someone Exciting a length and three quarters at Hamilton (5f) in June off a mark of 67.

Trainer Says:

He has done really well for us and I was lucky enough to inherit a horse that was well handicapped and untried over five furlongs. After running over seven furlongs Paul Hanigan said he didn’t stay and he has been a revelation over five furlongs. He has now risen up the ratings and life is tougher than it was but he ran a fantastic race at Chelmsford the other day when only beaten a length when finishing fourth. He has an entry at Carlisle on Wednesday and a stiff five will suit him.

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Rebel State (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 33 starts and currently rated 63. Gained his last success at Ayr (6f) in May when beating Colour Contrast a length and a quarter off a mark of 54.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse that I own and I bought him initially for our amateur rider to ride last season. We have a young lad who is going for his apprentice licence and he then he can ride him. In the meantime Jack Garritty can pick up some prize money on him.

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Remember The Days (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Kyllachy - Pointed Arch (Rock Of Gibraltar)
  • Trained by: Jedd O'Keeffe
  • Last Race: Newcastle, 16 Nov 2018 12:00
  • Result: 2/7, raced keenly, held up in 5th place, not fluent 4 out, headway into 3rd 2 out, switched left and kept on run-in, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 15 starts and currently rated 81. Gained his last victory at Ayr (1m 2f) in May when beating Gworn two and a half lengths off a mark of 77.

Trainer Says:

He is a very likeable handicapper that we bought at the February Sale at Newmarket. He was trained as a three-year-old by Joseph O’Brien and he won for us at Ayr. He loves Ayr and ran well when second there in July when beaten a neck. We are still learning about him a bit and I have got a couple of things wrong with him tacticswise. He is a horse who likes a bit of space and doesn’t like being crowded. We are going to ride him differently and give him a bit more freedom rather than being trapped behind horses. He has schooled over hurdles and we are quite keen to give him a go over hurdles at some stage.

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Shared Equity

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 29 starts and currently rated 95. Gained his last success at Epsom (7f) in June when scoring by a neck from Swift Approval off a mark of 93.

Trainer Says:

He is in great form and, in hindsight, I wish he hadn’t gone for a big handicap at Galway last time as it just wasn’t his style of racing. It was fast and furious and it just wasn’t his sort of race. He is going to be entered in a big seven furlong handicap at Goodwood. He did finish third in the race from a bad draw a few years ago and that should suit but he does need give in the ground and then there is a seven furlong race at Ascot in October. He does have an entry in the Ayr Gold Cup but I don’t think he will be rated high enough to get in the big one but he would get in the Silver and if the ground came up really soft that would suit him.

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Whitkirk

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 25 starts and currently rated 71. Finished fourth, beaten four lengths, to Stringybark Creek at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) latest start this month.

Trainer Says:

He is a fun handicapper owned by some loyal owners and he always goes well when fresh the first half of the season. He has been running well but is struggling with his handicap mark. If I could get him in a 56-70 carrying the 1lb over the ceiling that would be the right sort of race for him. He may go to Ripon on August 28.

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Three Year Olds

Air Raid

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 5 starts and currently rated 93. Made a winning reappearance in a novice event at Wetherby (7f) in April when beating Elerfaan three and three quarter lengths.

Trainer Says:

He is a real nice colt but sadly in his last race he made a respiratory noise and he has had a wind operation. He should be back in four to six weeks and is a seven furlong horse who likes give in the ground. I was very impressed with his first win this season at Wetherby in April and he looks a bright prospect for the yard.

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Armed Response

Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 9 starts and currently rated 85. Unplaced in both starts this season as Hamilton (6f) in May and Haydock (7f) in June.

Trainer Says:

He had a good year last year winning three. This time his first run was ok and his second run was poor. He has had a wind operation and has had a hobday. He's just started working again and will be back in three or four weeks.

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Collingham Park (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 10 starts and currently rated 70. Best effort on reappearance at Haydock (1m) in April when fifth, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Moxy Mares off a mark of 75.

Trainer Says:

He was running well but was another one who made a noise and has had a wind operation as well. He should be back in three or four weeks.

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Echo (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 6 starts and currently rated 61. Unplaced to Apache Blaze on his only start this season at Nottingham (1m 2f) in April off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He has been unlucky and had a minor setback but is now back in work. He should be back for the Autumn and should stay well and get between a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half. I could see him going Juvenile hurdling as well.

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French Resistance (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 10 starts and currently rated 63, Finished runner-up, beaten a neck, to Qasr at Ayr (1m 2f) this month off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is going the right way and won over nine furlongs at Carlisle. When we stepped him up to a mile and a half on firmish ground at Pontefract he didn’t quite finish, the ground being a bit too lively for him. He ran a real nice race over ten furlongs at Ayr the other day on some nice ground and gave the impression he wanted to go back up in trip. He will probably go a mile and a half on a less punishing track than Pontefract and we think he can win. He is potentially a jumping prospect for the future.

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Ingenuity

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 5 starts and currently rated 83. Finished third, beaten eight and three quarter lengths, to Three Saints Bay at Beverley (7 1/2f) in July off a mark of 85.

Trainer Says:

He is a very talented horse who we have found to be very frustrating. He ran well first time out at Pontefract but didn’t really concentrate and was more interested in the fillies in the race so he was castrated after that. He finished third at Beverley last time and we were disappointed with that as we think he is better than that.

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Kenmare River

Form Profile:

No wins from 7 starts and currently rated 58. Probably best effort when finishing third, beaten two lengths, to Rock On Bertie at Beverley (1m 1f) in July off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse I like but he has taken awhile to get the hang of things to be a racehorse. He works well and is really good looking horse and he tends to want to race a bit freely at the start of his races. We now race him in a hood and give him plenty of early cover and he was very unlucky at Hamilton in his last start where he was coming with a nice run up the rail and got stopped. Prior to that he was decent third in a race at Beverley that has worked out well. He is getting there and I have plenty of faith in this horse – once he gets his head in front I think he will progress. He has also schooled over hurdles and he will be having a go at the jumping game too.

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Rare Groove (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 7 starts. Off the mark latest outing at Hamilton (1m 3f) in August when beating Granite City Doc a length and a half off a mark of 76.

Trainer Says:

He is a really likeable colt and he had been real unlucky until recently. He has always pleasing me and we started training him more like a stamina horse and he showed us lots. We ran him over a mile and a half at Wolverhampton and that just went wrong but we dropped him to a mile three at Hamilton and he ran out a real nice winner. He is going to go back up to a mile and a half and may go to Newcastle early in September. We think there will be more to come.

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Saisons D'or (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 9 starts and currently rated 72. Landed a maiden at Catterick (7f) in July by two lengths from Pop Telecom.

Trainer Says:

He won at Catterick in a fairly average race but he deserved to get off the mark as he had run plenty of good races. He likes quick ground or a fairly quick AW surface. He pulled too hard for his own good at Doncaster at the weekend and he can find further opportunities as the season progresses.

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Two Year Olds

Anna Bunina (FR)

Form Profile:

Unplaced at Thirsk (7f) in July and Beverley (7 1/2f) in August.

Trainer Says:

She is a filly we like and she is a filly we bought at the Breeze-Ups from Katie Walsh. She has had two runs and in her first she was green and in her second run the ground was far too quick. She is going to stay well and she needs to gain more experience and learn her job. I would imagine she will be stepping up in trip before too long and getting into a nursery.

Conundrum

Form Profile:

Promise in two starts finishing fifth, beaten nine and three quarter lengths, to Persian Moon at York (7f) on latest start in July.

Trainer Says:

This is a nice colt and I really like Conundrum. He is a really good looking colt by Sir Percy and he has run two really nice races in hot maidens. He may go to Beverley later this month for his third race. We are trying to win his maiden with him but if he doesn’t win he will get a mark and I think he has a future and will make a real nice three-year-old.

Devil's Angel

Form Profile:

Promise in two starts at Ripon (6f) in June and Hamilton (6f) in July.

Trainer Says:

She ran quite nicely first time out at Ripon and sadly came back lame after her last run at Hamilton. She has had to have surgery on her knee.

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Dream Poet

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 3 starts. Off the mark at Beverley (7 1/2f) last week when beating Balance of Power a neck.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice little colt I bought at the Breeze-Ups for not a lot of money for one of our fun syndicates the Fatalists. He has gradually progressed and on paper I thought he couldn’t beat the John Quinn horse but he nicely surprised us. He really stuck his neck out and tried hard and he is going the right way. His next target will be a nursery somewhere.

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Evie Speed (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 3 starts and currently rated 80. Off the mark when scoring by three and a quarter lengths from Royal Destiny at Ripon (6f) this month.

Trainer Says:

She is a lovely filly who I bought as a foal for her owners Caron and Paul Chapman. She got off the mark easily at Ripon this month in what was probably just an ordinary novice but she did it very nicely. She has an entry at York on Wednesday in the big six furlong nursery and we could start off in handicaps there. We like her and we think she could have a future and maybe one day win some black type.

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Preservation

Form Profile:

Unplaced to King Of Tonga on debut at Redcar (6f) this month.

Trainer Says:

She made a nice debut at Redcar and is a tall filly who is going to appreciate a bit of time. She may go back to Redcar on August 25. She should make a nice three-year-old and we will keep her to six but she may stay further later on.

Schnapps

Form Profile:

No wins from 3 starts. Finished third, beaten three and a half lengths, to Beryl The Petal at Ripon (6f) last week.

Trainer Says:

She is a nice big filly by Swiss Spirit who has run three times. She is progressing nicely and she will now get a mark and we will be looking for a nursery for her. We could step up to seven furlongs and I suspect it won’t be too long before she goes up to a mile.

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Under Curfew

Form Profile:

Better effort at Beverley (5f) last week when runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Packington Lane.

Trainer Says:

He is a really likeable colt owned by John Dance. His first run was good when he was quite green at Beverley and in his second run last week he was just beaten by a colt who was having his fifth run. We will step him up to six furlongs now and I would hope he wouldn’t have any problem winning.

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