Dalgleish's Belstane Breakthrough; Keith Backed by McDowall to Step Up and Restore Glory Times; TURF TALK EXCLUSIVE

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Dalgleish's Belstane Breakthrough; Keith Backed by McDowall to Step Up and Restore Glory Times; TURF TALK EXCLUSIVE


Byline: Ed Watson

THE wheel of change at Belstane Stables is poised to turn once again, with Keith Dalgleish preparing for his big break into the training ranks.

Having fulfilled the role of assistant for the last 12 months, the former Flat jockey will succeed current incumbent Val Donoghue once the formalities of his application for a full trainer's licence are rubber-stamped -- it is anticipated -- by the BHA within the next three weeks.

Despite his lack of experience, yard owner Gordon McDowall believes 27-year-old Borderer Dalgleish is capable of restoring Belstane to its former glories.

One of his primary tasks, however, will be to bring back some muchneeded stability and continuity to a ship racked in recent times by uncertainty and disharmony.

Indeed, Dalgleish's appointment represents a fifth change to the hot-seat in little more than three years, following on from Ian Semple, Linda Perratt, Semple again, Noel Wilson and now Donoghue.

Dalgleish said: 'My application for a licence has been accepted by the BHA. I might be called to London for an interview, or they may send someone up to inspect the yard, but these are just standard procedures. I'm not expecting any hold-ups.'

As revealed exclusively by Turf Talk in September, McDowall had identified Hawick man Dalgleish as the person to mend Belstane's bruised image following Wilson's unexpected departure last summer after only six months at the helm. …

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