Keyboard Gangster
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Keyboard Gangster : 2011 bay gelding
Owner :  The Buyers Club


  Keyboard Gangster (IRE)
  2011 bay gelding
                                                                      Old Vic
                                        Vic O'Tully
                                                                      Miss O'Tully

The family

There's can be no doubt that it was the conformation of Keyboard Gangster that attracted us as bidders at the August 2014 Tattersalls (Ireland) National Hunt store sale.
The family does not have a pedigree that would leap out at anyone in the sales catalogue, without any black-type performers in the first 3 generations of the bottom half.

That's not to say there are not winners there though. The Old Vic mare Vic O'Tully was unraced and she has had 7 foals as a broodmare but only our gelding has set foot on the racecourse this far, although the latest known progeny is a 2013 colt by Tikkanen.

However, grand dam Miss O'Tully has produced winning hurdler/point-to-pointer Carroll's O'Tully and winning pointer Perdel.
3rd dam, The Bay O'Tully, has also bred a winner under rules and a winning pointer. 

About the sire

Gamut (bay horse, born 1999) raced in each of 5 seasons from 2 to 6 when trained by Sir Michael Stoute in the early 2000s. He won 6 races, and was ridden by Keiron Fallon in each of those victories.
And he showed himself as a top class racehorse, with all those wins coming at around 12f, including the Group 1 Grand prix de Saint-Cloud as a 5yr old. 

At stud, Gamut was initially marketed as a dual purpose sire while standing at Sunnyhill Stud in Ireland before moving on to Rosshill Farm stud (Co. Galway) in 2014, where his progeny have been almost totally NH focused (Stud fee €3k).
Road to Riches is from Gamut's first crop and is a top class chaser (a dual Grade 1 winner), as Gamut has built a reputation as a sire of strong gallopers. From his 3rd crop, Joshua Lane finished 3rd in the 2014 Festival Bumper, and more recently his sons Road to Respect (also a Grade 1 winning chaser) and Any Drama have kept the flag flying.    

Kerr on the gallops
Form Summary

If pressed, and quite frankly this is one of those occasions where you wouldn't have to press Donald too hard, we'd admit that our favourite National Hunt Store Sale in the calendar is the Tattersalls (Ireland) August event. Situated just across the road from Fairyhouse racecourse, just on the outskirts of the small town of Ratoath, the sales ring is a short journey from Dublin Airport and not that far from the lovely city of Dublin itself. We find the nearby town of Swords a great place to stay with a selection of good quality hotels and first class restaurants just the job at the end of a day at the sales. Of course for the younger members of our sales team, there is an astonishing mid-week nightlife, but what goes on..... 
Our 2014 foray focused upon the stock of (then) underrated sire Gamut - the 'Road to's' Riches and Respect has somewhat redressed the balance. So, with Callum having been impressed with the strong, galloping nature of the produce, we set out with a few of his progeny marked in our inspection list at the NH Sale in August 2014. And we were delighted to secure this gelding as one of our two Gamut purchases.

Keyboard Gangster had a full season of training in 2014-15, finishing off with a racecourse gallop at Kelso in May '15 before the then 4-yr-old was turned away to mature. That gallop was made up of 4 unraced members of our string, so whilst the exercise was just what was needed in terms of experience, you can never be sure just what it tells you in terms of relative ability of the participants. That said, Keyboard Gangster strode round on the bit and was still hard held at the end when the four completed the 2m schooling race. (Paper Roses and Baby Ticker were two of the others in that gallop).
However, Keyboard Gangster met with a minor setback in October '15 and required a few months of rest, and we brought him back into training in the Spring of 2016 as a 5yr old. He made his debut run at Perth in June that year, showing up well for a long way before racing as if something was amiss, and was again turned out to grass to strengthen.
The gelding had an interrupted campaign in 2016-17 with various minor issues and made a belated reappearance in a bumper at Ayr in April, where he put in a good performance in 6th albeit hanging abruptly left when challenging just over 2 furlongs out.
Clearly, not devoid of ability, this Gamut gelding will be one to look out for throughout the season if steering a true line!

Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2016-17 NH Flat 2
2017-18 hurdles 2 1 1
Current Season Form
7 April 18 Kelso : 2m handicap hurdle (Class 2) OR130 heavy 11 ran (C Whillans (3)) -  won (by ¾l)                              racevideo
Took keen hold and held up in rear, smooth progress appr 2 out, disputed lead till led after last, hard driven and held on well
Equipped with hood added to the tongue tie, Keyboard Gangster still pulled hard in rear, but still had plenty in the locker to make good headway to challenge 2 out, and respond to driving after the last. Fantastic performance, and a red letter day for Dodlands steading.


21 March 18 Haydock : 2m novices hurdle (Class 3) soft (good to soft places) 4 ran (C Whillans (3)) -  third (beaten 10¼l)                              racevideo
Took keen hold, soon led, swerved violently right after 3rd, almost at standstill but kept on, joined leading pair 3 out, no extra appr 2 out
Keyboard Gangster cocked his jaw when spotting the racecourse stables after passing the winning post first time. Callum set off in pursuit of the remaining pair 50 lengths adrift. This effort told 2 out, and he had no extra left to challenge for a win.


26 February 18 Ayr : 2m novices hurdle (Class 4) heavy 9 ran (C Whillans (3)) -  won (by 3½l)                                                                  racevideo
Keen, tracked leader, good headway to lead after omitted 4 out,  hung right bend out of back straight, soon clear travelling well, eased near line
What a performance! Keyboard Gangster, jumping very well was always travelling smoothly - perhaps too much so - but as the pace slackened 5 out, Callum seized the opportunity to make a decisive move and that was the last the field saw. Bialco (OR 127) was second (better over further).


31 January 18 Ayr : 2m novices hurdle (Class 5) heavy 7 ran (C Whillans (3)) -  4th (beaten 19l) 
Keen, held up in rear, good headway to track leaders after 4 out but never able to challenge from 2 out
A promising hurdling debut from Keyboard Gangster, jumping quite nicely in the deep, testing ground. He was too keen really for the conditions, but kept on to his task from 2 out although never troubled the leading trio.


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