Keith Dalgleish has experienced a meteoric rise through the training ranks since he started training some half a dozen years or so ago. He's been Champion trainer in Scotland for the last two seasons; he trained over 100 winners in 2017.
We've had horses with Keith ever since he started and we've enjoyed plenty of success, including listed and Group performers such as Clem Fandango and Miss Bar Beach. Neither were expensive purchases and we find that, so long as we stick to our MPR principles when purchasing for Keith, that his Carluke yard can severely punch above their weight.
Here's a super colt by the first season sire and son of the mighty War Front, DUE DILIGENCE. Due Diligence was a 2yo winner in the USA before being imported to Ballydoyle and racing for Aidan O'Brien. He was a listed winner in Ireland before finishing 2nd in the Group 1 6f Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot in 2015 to the mighty Slade Power. He was a top class racehorse and his first progeny are now yearlings. Read more about his sire here: https://www.whitsburymanorstud.co.uk/duediligencemain.html
Goffs U.K. Premier Sale (formerly Doncaster) is a Sale renowned for producing top class horses Advertise £60,000, Toormore £36,000, Kool Kompany £40,000, Group 2 winner Barraquero £30,000; all demonstrate that a purchase price of approximately £50,000 or even less, can produce a performer of the highest echelon. There's no reason why this colt cannot emulate these illustrious sales mates.
We were really impressed when we first saw this gorgeous, dark bay colt. He's a standout individual who moves fantastically well in his slower paces. Horses who walk well, tend to move well in their faster paces too and with the genes of a son of War Front in there too, there's every chance that this colt will be a real racehorse for us as a 2yo and beyond.
He looks sharp enough for 5f and could be racing as early as April 2019. We'd hope early 5f races will be on his agenda and he could progress into a real contender for races like the £250,000 Weatherby's Super Sprint and the £250,000 Redcar Listed 2yo Trophy (Keith's Summer Daydream won the 2018 race under Connor Beasley!) He qualifies too of course for the £300,000 Goff UK Sales race, held at York's Ebor meeting in August. That would certainly be a target for our colt, he looks tailor made for it in fact.
We can't wait to see him on the track, Keith does really well with precisely this sort of horse and we'd recommend him highly.
Trainer Update (28th Nov'): He is currently at Richie McGrath's pre training yard learning how to be a racehorse. Richie sent us this update today, with the attached video, saying: "This colt is well and has progressed to hacking up the three furlong on Middleham AWT along with working in the arena and walking through the stalls. The speed will be increased gradually over the forthcoming weeks and we will start to come out of the saddle when cantering."