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Formerly stable jockey to Mark Johnston, Keith Dalgleish was forced to give up professional race riding in 2004, at the age of just 21, when the filling out of his six-foot frame made it impossible to maintain his weight at the required level without constant wasting. However, since turning his hand to training in 2011 and taking over at the privately-owned Belstane Racing Stables in Carluke, South Lanarkshire the following year, Dalgleish has become one of the top trainers in Scotland.
In his first year in the training ranks, Dalgleish saddled a highly respectable 39 winners from 257 runners, at a strike rate of 15%, but has saddled at least 50 winners in every season since. His best season, so far, numerically, came in 2017, when he saddled 86 winners. The following season, thanks in no small part to the victory of Summer Daydream in the Two Year Old Trophy at Redcar – worth £99,242 to the winner – Dalgleish enjoyed his best campaign, so far, in monetary terms, with just over £849,000 in win and place prize money. One of the best horses to pass through his hands was Clem Fandango, owned by Middleham Park Racing, who was placed in the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2016, before winning the Listed Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr later the same season.