21 January 2022
The stable has been very busy through the mixed weather of the year so far, buoyed by a winner already, and some of the horses have now started cantering and embarking on their training plans for the upcoming season. A welcome visit from owners coincided with some beautiful sunny days, and pictured here is Chris van Hoorn rightly making a fuss of his filly Nell Quickly, who emerged as the real stable star last season.
16 January 2022
Just over two weeks into the new year and Keeper's Stables are already back in the winning habit, Denis expressing delight in seeing Wonder Starelzaam win again for loyal owner and friend James Kerr, this time over a mile at the Surrey track. Since acquiring the gelding he has shown massive improvement to go 121 in his first three outings for the new stable. George Bass gave a lovely and confident ride, although the race unfolded to leave Wonder Starelzaam having to take a circuitous route five wide around the final bend. He closed and edged left before being sent home and extending away to win by a comfortable length and a half, proving plenty good enough to justify favouritism and win despite covering extra distance. As expected he got the mile trip very well, and he will probably seek another mile race next month before perhaps exploring other options which are set to open up for him over ten furlongs.
07 January 2022
Having not enjoyed a clear passage in his recent races, hopes were high for My Ambition from a nice draw at Kempton - a track which has also seemed to suit him better than the tightness of Lingfield last time. Leaving the stalls, however, he was properly broadsided and forced to his right so that Harry Burns was for a while concerned the gelding might have stumbled. This put him right at the back of the field behind a lot of congestion along the running rail. From this point he was really left with little chance in the 7f race, and Harry had to bring My Ambition to his left up the straight and progressively wider to get any kind of run to home. By the line he was still six lengths back in seventh place and he will be deserving of a break following a string of disappointments in quick succession. He will return to action in late spring and back on the turf, hoping for a clear run to show his true ability on track.
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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