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.
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
Find out more about the yard and Denis Coakley…
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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Trainer Denis Coakley runs a small team with big ambitions, maximising the potential of each horse in the yard.
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There is an Owners’ Party held in October - If you are interested in racehorse ownership please contact us for an invitation. This year the yard will be taking part in the National Racehorse Week, opening the stables on Sunday 12th September 2021, from 12 noon until 3pm. This is an opportunity to wander around the yard and chat to Denis and others caring for the horses at Keeper’s Stables
Denis, Barbara and Charlie Coakley pictured here at the yard. Denis Coakley Racing is very much a family business.
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