29 March 2023
Going back to Wolverhampton yesterday evening, and stepping back in trip under Oisin Murphy, Looe P Looe confirmed her promise of a first race win with a smooth performance. She broke not as smartly as the last day, so that Oisin was obliged to take a midfield position and to race a little wide. Once again she travelled very well to move up into third place going into the final bend, and then going forward to lead at the top of the straight. She was always doing enough as she was down in trip by over a quarter of a mile, and Micheal Fahy's filly looks like she may be able to follow up with another couple of races planned in the near future. Well supported in the market, a confident Oisin Murphy made no mistakes in providing all connections with deserved cause for celebrations.
14 March 2023
Last Friday at Kempton Park, Party Island suffered from a very wide draw in what looked a really competitive twelve furlong handicap. Racing towards the tail of the field George Bass had to try to sweep wide around the bend, and after making up some ground Party Island faded inside the final furlong and will come on a lot for his first run following a long break. Both Denis and owner Chris van Hoorn were very happy with the run of Hoornblower last night at Wolverhampton, over an extended mile. There was no pace set early on, and as Hoornblower had broken very well Oisin Murphy was obliged to make the running on him. This meant that he had done too much through leading the race all the way and he didn't quite get home - just getting collared inside the last half furlong to finish second, beaten half a length by a horse with good Irish form under Dermot Weld. Next time out things will hopefully work out better for Hoornblower and he will be able to claim his first race win.
09 March 2023
Denis and owner James Kerr were both at Lingfield yesterday afternoon to see Wonder Starelzaam having his first run of the season, and they were really delighted as he cruised to win the ten furlong contest. Ridden by George Bass he broke smartly and was well forward into third place after the opening bend. Always travelling in very kindly fashion, George moved up into contention for the lead, coming down the hill into the last half mile. By the time they were turning in he had taken Wonder Starelzaam to the front and then kicked on to go two lengths clear. Into the last fifty yards the advantage was maintained and the closers were unable to make up ground. Hopefully there will be much more to come and he will continue to progress, and Messrs Kerr and Coakley are set for another great year from Wonder Starelzaam.
Located on the Berkshire Downs in the famous racing village of West Ilsley, Keeper’s Stables is picturesque and tranquil racing yard with some of the finest and most famous gallops in the country, making it a fantastic place to have a horse in training. Pictured right is Miss Marjurie winning Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock 30th May 2015
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Irishman Denis was born into racing, working with leading trainers around the world and he was a successful professional jockey before commencing his training career in 1999.
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A day with West Ilsley trainer Denis Coakley’ by Robin Oakley, The Spectator July 2014
Trainer Denis Coakley runs a small team with big ambitions, maximising the potential of each horse in the yard.
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Denis, Barbara and Charlie Coakley pictured here at the yard. Denis Coakley Racing is very much a family business.
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