Keith Reveley - Trainer in Focus - December 10th
Since taking over from his mother Mary, Keith has cemented himself as one of the leading trainers in the North.
Keith Reveley is now in his seventh season having taken over from an impossible act to follow, his mother Mary. Mrs Reveley handled some of the best jumpers and flat horses in the north including the likes of Cab On Target and the smart flat racehorse Mellottie.
Keith was her right hand for much of that time and since he took over has unearthed a gem or two of his own, including the 2006 Feltham Chase winner Ungaro.
At present his best jumper, Tazbar, is sidelined however he does have a stable of established handicappers and improving youngsters that are running consistently well at present.
This is usually the trainer's most prolific time of the year for winners and although he was badly held up at his northern base by the bad weather before Christmas, he sent out five winners in January with several very near misses alongside them.
The stable has some in-form handicappers on the go at the moment, with the progressive and consistent King's Grey winning well under topweight at Newcastle recently. He is a very fluent jumper who travels strongly, before rather downing tools when hitting the front, so needs to be produced as late as possible. He looks one to follow and might be a likely type for the Topham Chase at Aintree later in the season.
D'Gigi is another that seems set to improve over the larger obstacles. He travelled strongly held up well in rear in a decent handicap won by Honest John at Newcastle two weeks ago, just unable to reel in the leaders despite staying on well up the straight, and is sure to be placed to advantage soon by these shrewd connections. While Crowing Jewel might be the type for a valuable Northern handicap, especially if finding some better ground at some point in the Spring.
Reveley by numbers over the past 5 NH seasons....
WINS RUNS % 2NDS 3RDS 4THS WIN PRIZE TOTAL PRIZE £1 STAKE
NHF 12 131 9 19 16 10 £18,509 £32,036 -64.50
HURDLERS 46 346 13 41 49 42 £146,857 £260,851 -81.52
CHASERS 47 303 16 51 35 30 £347,278 £535,452 +29.51
Conclusion for punters...
An excellent dual-purpose yard that has recaptured some former glory in the past two seasons. The market is an excellent guide pre-race to what is expected to happen with most runners, with strength in the betting particularly significant when one is strongly fancied. Teaming up with his promising son James has been particularly profitable, and his quiet, patient style of riding seems to suit the run-style of many of the team's progressive handicappers perfectly.