KEITH DALGLEISH may have quit the saddle sooner than anticipated at the age of 21 but his switch to the training ranks has been a story to savour and since taking out his first licence in February 2011 his winner total has swelled every season since.
Training at Beltstane Racing Stables in Carluke his yearly win totals between 2011 and 2016 are a progressive, 39, 52, 58, 67, 75 and 81. With 26 on the board already this year, there is a good chance that the 100 barrier will be beaten this time around.
Keith has rejuvenated the career of several exp,osed handicappers over the past few years and has several older horses who will win in their turn this time around along with the likes of Frederic who could well find extensive glory in the staying division.
Clem Fandango could prove the star of his three-year-old division but there are several unexposed types who could make giant strides this term and Dalgleish should have another glittering campaign.
Keith kindly to spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about his prospects for the months to come.
CAPE OF GLORY
4 br g Cape Cross - Stairway To Glory
Winner of three of his 14 starts and currently rated 86. Finished fourth, beaten a length and three quarters, to Hamelin at Newcastle (1m 4 1/2f) in February off his current mark.
"He was unlucky not to win on the turf for us last year - he ran well a few times and then won over hurdles and has been gelded since. He is due to run in the next couple of weeks."
7 b g Refuse To Bend - Kelucia
Winner of ten of his 60 races and currently rated 92. Made a winning reappearance at Musselburgh (1m 4 1/2f) in May when beating Go George Go three quarters of a length and followed up with a head defeat of Kensington Star under a 6lb penalty at Hamilton (1m 5f) two days later.
"He seems as good as ever and it was good for him to nick those couple of races in May. He will just have a little freshen up now and will be back in about a month or so."
4 b g Pastoral Pursuits - Oh So Saucy
Winner of four of his 22 starts and currently rated 82. Unplaced in three starts this season over six and seven furlongs.
"We are looking for a bit of juice in the ground for him really. He seems to go well at York so we will probably be looking for some sort of handicap there for him."
5 b g Pastoral Pursuits - Assistacat
Winner of four of his 26 stars and currently rated 84. Last win at Carlisle (1m) in June of last year when beating Alejandro half a length off his current mark.
"He seems in good order this year and his main target is probably the Carlisle Bell again. That's where we with go with him."
6 b g Zamindar - Frangy
Winner of four of his 20 starts and currently rated 80. Was making his debut for the stable when beating Teak four and a half lengths at Carlisle (2m 1f) in May off a mark of 72.
"He is a another grand big horse who will be targeted at the big staying races. I think Pontefract will be the next target in one of those marathon series races."
4 b g Monsieur Bond - Lady McBeth
Winner of one of his 8 outings and currently rated 87. Runner-up in both outings in May and failed by only three quarters of a length behind Luis Vaz De Torres at Musselburgh (7f) recently off a mark of 86.
"I really like this horse and he has just been touch off in his two runs this year. He has a lot of natural speed and I think I am going to bring him back to six furlongs."
4 b f Bushranger - Choice House
Winner of three of her 15 starts and currently rated 94. Gained back-to-back wins at Hamilton (5f), scoring by three quarters of a length from Taexali off a mark of 88, and Ripon (6f), beating Giddy a head off a mark of 92, in May of last year. Unplaced both starts this term.
"She did well last season and has had a couple of runs this year - one was a non event where she reared as the gates opened at Mussleburgh and one at Bath where she underperformed. We have given her a bit of time to get over that and she is probably due to run in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, if all went right for her she could nick a bit of black type."
4 b g Pivotal - Wild Silk
Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 82. Off the mark with a length and a quarter victory from Sketch Book Venue at Redcar (1m 2f) in April. Beaten a head by stablemate Corton Lad at Hamilton (1m 5f) in May off a mark of 78 and a short head by Sir Chauvelin at Hamilton (1m 4f) later that month from the same mark.
"He is a nice big horse and on his first run for us he won his maiden at Redcar and was then just touch off in two handicaps at Hamilton. I think we will see the best of him with a bit of cut in the ground over a mile and a half to a mile and six on a flat galloping track."
6 b g Invincible Spirit - Arbella
Winner of two of his 25 starts and currently rated 92. Finished respectable fifth, beaten three lengths, to Fastnet Tempest at Chester (7 1/2f) in May off a mark of 93.
"He still hasn't won for us even though he has won some good races. He always spend life quite high in the weights and he can find a nice Saturday handicap for us somewhere down the line."
5 b m Mount Nelson - Manila Selection
Winner of five of her 14 starts and currently rated 105. Finished third, beaten three and three quarter lengths to Nezwaah in a Listed race at Ayr (1m 2f) in May.
"She is a lovely mare and apart from her running over a mile and a quarter at Ayr recently her trip is a mile and a half plus. She won the Ayr race last year which is why she ran in it and we would love to get another black type win from her somewhere down the line. She is very game and she copes with soft ground."
7 ch g Sir Percy - String Quartet
Winner of six of his 32 starts and currently rated 97. Scored by 11 lengths from Next Edition at Catterick (1m 6f) off a mark of 73 and followed up with a two and a quarter length victory from My Reward off a mark of 89 at Ripon in May of last year. Has won over hurdles since.
"He has had a break and will be coming back with the possibility of running in the Northumberland Plate and if not something later in the season before having another crack over hurdles."
4 b g Multiplex - Turtle Bay
Winner of one of his four starts and currently rated 82. Made a winning debut on the Flat when beating Fiendish a length in a maiden at Ayr (1m 2f) in May
"He had run in a few bumpers and for whatever reason didn't run as well as he was working at home. I came to the conclusion he wasn't staying so we brought him back to run on the Flat and he travelled well and battled hard to win his maiden. He will probably stay a mile and a half and we will probably try him in a handicap."
4 b g Aqlaam - Swish
Winner of three of his 12 starts and currently rated 76. All three successes have been since joining the stable and completed a hat trick with a seven length defeat of Surround Sound at Musselburgh (1m 4 1/2f) in May off a mark of 64.
"We haven't had him long but he has done nothing wrong. His home work is nice and I thought he would go and do something but it will be harder for him now off his new mark."
4 ch f Showcasing - Darling Daisy
Winner of four of her 16 starts and currently rated 76. Was scoring for the third time last year when beating Noble Storm a length and a quarter off a mark of 81 at Southwell (5f) in November.
"She had a really good year in 2016 and it just tailed off towards the end. She had had enough really and we gave her a break until running at Musselburgh on Saturday where she ran respectably. She should come on for that run."
6 ch g Teofilo - Sinndiya
Winner of three of his 17 starts and currently rated 89. Finished fifth, beaten 11 ½ lengths, to Galapiat in the Great Metropolitan Handicap at Epsom (1m 4f) in April off a mark of 91.
"He is a game little horse and we will probably target him at some of the big handicaps. He is in the Northumberland Plate and late Summer he will probably go hurdling again."
8 b g Echo Of Light - Flylowflylong
Winner of ten of his 65 starts and currently rated 103. Was gaining his fourth course success when beating El Hayem a length and a quarter at Chester (7 1/2f) in May off a mark of 98.
"He has been here since I started and is a good old horse who has a serious liking for Chester. The race may have come too soon for him at Chester last time but he had won there previously and we will target all those Chester handicaps with him."
4 b g Frozen Power - On My Knees
Winner of three of his 24 starts and currently rated 90. Gained his last success when beating Safe Voyage a length and a quarter at Newcastle (7f) in March off a mark of 82.
"He is a grand horse that I like. When he turns up he's a good horse although his form is a little bit patchy but he has had a break. I am looking forward to see him in a strong run handicap coming off the pace. He could be ok."
4 ch g More Than Ready - Zaralanta
Winner of two of his 11 starts and currently rated 83 . Gained last victory when beating Invermere a length and a quarter at Doncaster (7f) in April off a mark of 80.
"He won well at Doncaster and has slightly underperformed the last couple of times. He probably just needs to get his toe in a little bit."
CE LA VIE
ch f Dutch Art - Chase The Lady
Winner of one of her 4 starts and currently rated 85. Finished fourth, beaten seven and a quarter lengths, to Indulged at Doncaster (1m 2f) in May off a mark of 87.
"She ran well in a listed event at Naas and was out of her depth in the 1000 Guineas but ran well enough at Doncaster the other day on very soft ground. The last furlong just told on her and we will look for a mile fillies handicap with a bit of cut in the ground. I would like to think she can get head in front."
b f Elzaam - Question
Winner of two of her 9 starts and currently rated 100. Finished fourth, beaten four lengths, to Aladdine in a Group 3 at Maisons-Laffitte (5 1/2f) on her reappearance in May.
"She has had one run this year at Maisons-Laffitte and the ground was a little bit quicker than ideal but I still thought she ran well. She has the possibility of going out there this week or whatever comes along where she can get her toe in."
b g Elzaam - Lost Highway
No wins from 7 starts and currently rated 64. Finished runner-up in his first two starts this season and below par effort at Hamilton (1m 1f) last Thursday when fifth, beaten eight and three quarter lengths, to Archi's Affair.
"He is a nice big horse who has been a bit unlucky really and ran a little disappointingly at Hamilton last week. He is a bit low in the handicap at the minute but hopefully he can progress during the season."
ch c Camacho - Nigella
Winner of three of his 7 starts and currently rated 87. Returned to winning form with a six length defeat of Portland Street at Hamilton (6f) in May off a mark of 75 and followed up under a 6lb penalty at Haydock (6f) later in the month when beating Full Intention a length.
"He has won his last two and quite literally found improvement in a week. He went up 11lb for winning at Hamilton and is going to find life tougher off a mark of 87 but the way he has been performing suggests he can still be very competitive. He is very game and genuine."
b f Kodiac - Kilakey
Winner of two of her 6 starts and currently rated 82. Made a winning reappearance at Musselburgh (1m 1f) in May when beating Jamacho a length and a half off a mark of 76 and finished third, beaten a length, to Time To Study over a mile and six at that course on Saturday.
"She is a grand filly and has a great way of racing - she is always at the back and on the bridle. She has a lethargic way of racing which probably saves a lot of energy and she ran in the Edinburgh Cup at the weekend. She was taking a dramatic step up in trip but she stayed well enough. We may look for a fillies handicap for her."
ch f Bahamian Bounty - Moynsha Lady
No wins from 9 starts and currently rated 69. Best effort this year when third. Beaten a length and a quarter, to Lady Cristal at Musselburgh (5f) in May off a mark of 67. Finished fifth, beaten four lengths, to Glyder at Catterick (5f) last week.
"She is still a maiden and has been a little unlucky and run a couple of good races in defeat. We will keep tipping away with her and try and lose her maiden tag. She ran a reasonable race at Catterick last week and a race should come her way." '
b g Sleeping Indian - My American Beauty
Runner-up in three of his 4 starts and currently rated 69. Beaten three and a quarter lengths by Dalton at Ayr (6f) in May.
"He has done nothing wrong apart from bumping into three runner who were just a little better then him. I just want him to get his head in front."
ch c Dandy Man - Miss Me
Winner of two of his 3 starts and currently rated 84. Scored by a half a length from Tallinski at Musselburgh (5f) in April of last year and followed up with a neck success from Whiteandgold at Hamilton (5f) the following month. Not seen again until finishing fourth, beaten two and a half lengths, to Spin Doctor at Newcastle (5f) in October off a mark of 85.
"He did well for us early last year and he is a very big horse. We brought him back and ran him at the backend and he was probably just a bit weak even though he won his first two. He has been working well and he will be out in a couple of weeks."
b c Equiano -St Athan
Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 82. Off the mark with a two and three quarter length victory from Midaawi at Ayr (6f) in October. Finished last of five, beaten three lengths, to Black Isle Boy at Hamilton (6f) in May off a mark of 83.
"I liked this horse last year and he bolted up in his maiden at Ayr in October. I brought him back at Hamilton in May and the ground was just a bit quick and he underperformed. I will try and find the right race with a bit of cut in the ground for him."
b g Beat Hollow - Accounting
Winner of one of his 5 starts and currently rated 74. Off the mark on his reappearance at Southwell (1m 4f) in April when slamming Alexander M 15 lengths.
"He is a nice big scopey three-year-old who bolted up at Southwell and then was a bit unlucky at York in that he got badly hampered three out and had to be heavily eased. He is ground dependent and ran in the Edinburgh Cup but underperformed and is better than he showed there."
WHAT'S THE STORY
b c Harbour Watch - Spring Fashion
Runner-up in three races at two and off the mark on his reappearance at Musselburgh (7f) in April when beating Sharp Defence a nose. Currently rated 84.
"He ran really well when finishing second in three runs at two through no fault of his own and had the Winter off. We brought him back and he won his maiden at Musselburgh so we are just trying to find the right race for him. If I can get him up in the weights it would be nice to go for something like the Britannia Handicap
ch f Helmet - Branston Gold
Winner of her only start at Newcastle (5f) in April when beating Thrifty a length and a quarter.
"She is a lovely filly with a great attitude and she won really nicely at Newcastle in April. She travelled into the race and soon put the race to bed. We will take our time with her as she is a big backward type really."
b c Epaulette - Lady of Windsor
Made all when scoring by a head from Bustam at Ayr (6f) in May.
"He has always pleased us and he went to Ayr and first time out. He has come out of the race really well and there is a possibility he might go to Royal Ascot."
EDGAR BALTHAZAR - being targeted for a repeat bid at the Carlisle Bell and could well come up to expectations.
FREDERIC - made an immediate impact for his new stable and looks the sort that could progress further.
MALEFICENT QUEEN - game and honest filly who can find further success this term at listed level over middle distances.
CLEM FANDANGO - ground too quick for her in France and she can find black type success this term with juice in the ground.
SAINT EQUIANO - ground too fast for him last time and can leave that effort behind in due course.
WHAT'S THE STORY - gained deserved first success at Musselburgh in April and more to come