Ace Carluke handler Keith Dalgleish has broken the record for winners by a Scottish-based trainer for the third straight year.
The Belstane Racing Stables supremo (32) trained a whopping 75 winners during the flat season from November 2014 to November 2015, five more than his existing record from the previous year.
“I was pleased to beat the record again,” Keith said.
“It was a good total of winners because we only had 70 horses in the yard, which was down 10 to 15 on the previous year.
“We are lucky that we had some nice horses that won two or three races each to put the numbers up.”
Of the 2014-2015 season’s Belstane-trained winners, Keith said it had been particularly nice to see Pressure Point (four wins), Tommy Doc (three wins) and Sound Advice (three wins) doing so well.
“All three of those horses are developing and progressing nicely,” he said.
Dalgleish trained a total of 85 winners on the flat and over the jumps during the 2015 calendar year.
And he has already made a cracking start to 2016 with two victories over jumps on New Year’s Day.
Away For Slates triumphed at Musselburgh, while fellow Belstane-trained Hitman Hearns won at Catterick.
“That was a very nice start to the New Year,” Keith said.
“I didn’t have any problems not being able to celebrate due to a hangover because I don’t drink.
“I just went for something to eat at Hogmanay and didn’t even see the bells because I fell asleep on the couch.”
Keith’s outstanding achievements have already seen him presented with a commemorative quaich from Hamilton Park Racecourse chief executive Vivien Kyles last April. More awards will surely follow for a man so dedicated to his job that he works for 14 hours a day, seven days a week.
He has continued to build up Belstane’s achievements on an annual basis since arriving in Carluke five years ago and the successful run is showing no signs of abating.
“My hopes for 2016 are to do as well again,” Keith added.
“We have some good two-year-olds so touch wood they’ll get some victories.
“I’m happy at Belstane, which has grand facilities. The only downside is having so far to travel to English tracks.”