The transition from jockey to trainer has not been a quick fix – but it has been successful.
Keith Dalgleish was one of the best apprentices we had seen for many years. Stable jockey to Mark Johnston, Dalgleish notched up nearly 300 winners, including a £70,000 Group 1 in Germany aboard ‘Yavana’s Pace’.
Naturally, at 6ft tall it was a daily struggle to maintain the required weight. At just 21 he had no choice but to retire, the only sensible option, or in his words another season juggling his weight would send him “potty”.
Keith joined Belstane Stables in January 2011, and in August 2012 the yards owner, Gordon McDowell handed Keith an opportunity which was too good to turn down – He took over the yard, which is now the home of Keith Dalgleish Racing.
Now in his fifth season as a trainer Keith and his team have achieved over 230 winners to-date, highlights include: 2011 he guided ‘Stonefield Flyer’ to a 2nd place at Royal Ascot. 2013 has seen ‘Santefisio’ represent the yard in February for the prestigious Dubai World Cup, in June he was Royal Ascot bound and was placed 4th in the Buckingham Palace Stakes, and in September ‘Circuitous’ landed the Class 2 Ayr Bronze Cup.