From all of us at Condicote Stables we wish you a very

Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

Dear Friends,

2017 has been a year of change and growth. Change we believe will be collectively for the better in terms of the yard and team here, for owners and connections and for the business too.  

We've embarked on an ambitious programme of yard improvements, some small, some major – and they are already making a huge difference. Our widened loop with a new carpet gallop surface has meant not a single day of training has been lost, even during the recent heavy snow. Our new lorry looks great on the road and has already attracted admiring looks and positive comments wherever we go.
We've been delighted with the new horses that have arrived and, in addition to the older horses we have some promising youngsters from whom we expect some great things in the future. We've expanded the Racing Club and now have more horses on the yard than ever before, whilst still maintaining our ethos of bespoke care and attention for each and every individual.

It's been a hectic twelve months with the inevitable peaks and troughs racing brings and as we reflect on these and plan for the future, we thought in this newsletter we'd revisit some of the highlights of the year.

We cannot stress enough how important our fabulous owners are to our success, and every day of every year we know how lucky we are to have them.

To them, and indeed everyone connected to the yard we say a massive Thank-you and Happy Christmas.  What a great team! 


Not all of Britain grinds to a halt: The yard team coped admirably with the recent snows and chilly weather
Leisure Ride Group are proud sponsors of Martin Keighley
Advanced footing for performance horses
It's not too late to get gift membership to the Martin Keighley Racing Club for the whole of 2018 for that special someone. Or if you only got coal, socks or soap in your stocking, why not treat yourself to what you really want?

For just £500 per year (only £42 per month) you get a whole range of benefits, including:
  • Two horses to follow for a year
  • Regular visits to the yard
  • Mornings on the gallops with yard hospitality
  • The opportunity to enjoy full owner privileges on race day including owners badges
  • Regular updates and news
  • Club social events and get-togethers

The club even bumped into ITV Racing's Alice Plunkett at Cheltenham last week where she chatted to members about their runner, Viking Mistress. (click image to watch the interview)

Interested? Simply click here to get in touch & find out more.
2017 in Pictures
Belinda and Buckle do the business:
Belinda on Buckle Street wins the Macmillan and Best Western Hotels Ride of My Life Charity Race at York, 17th June raising over £28k for Macmillan in the process
Briliant Brillaire:
Brillaire Momento wins twice at Cheltenham in April & October - much to the delight of connections
Racing club in viking raid - 26th May & 6th June:
Viking Mistress records back-to-back victories for the Racing Club at Southwell
and Worcester
Owners Assemble:
A bumper crowd and delicious food and drinks made Owners Day 2017 a huge success. 
Gatcombe Park or Gobi Desert
Travelling Head Lass Issy Mangan proves as long as it's got four legs she'll ride to win
Summer Fun
Our annual summer barbecue is always a great opportunity to socialise and enjoy some grilled treats
Emerald shines - October 27th:
Bobble Emerald under Harry Stock makes it a Cheltenham double, bringing the yard tally to an enviable 19 wins at the course and the first win at Cheltenham for Harry.
A royal result:
Somewhere To Be wins over fences at Lingfield on 14th November under Leighton Aspell for Zara Tindall, her first homebred winner.
Photo © Mark Cranham
Racing Club at Cheltenham 15th December.
Members of the Martin Keighley Racing Club get the full Cheltenham experience as they cheer on Viking Mistress, Champion Jockey Richard Johnson on board.
17th & 18th December - Two greys in two days:

Weyburn (left) wins at Southwell under Andrew Tinkler in the Suzanne Gilbert 50th Birthday Handicap Chase. A lovely solid performance, he tracked the leaders until three out before pulling clear and staying on well to win by 2 1/2 lengths. You can enjoy the replay here

Fairmount (right) takes the laurels in the Davies Chemists Novices' Hurdle at Ffos Las, again under Andrew Tinkler. He made all the running before being pressed from 2 out, going clear before the last and staying on extremely strongly to cruise home with a margin of 13 lengths. You can view the replay here
Three days, three wins and a lot of miles on the horse lorry!
19th December - Buckle Street makes it three winners in three days under Harry Stock in the Racing Uk Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Hurdle at Catterick. He stayed in touch with the leaders until four out where he moved up to second before taking the lead on the run in and staying on well to win by 1 3/4 lengths.

You can enjoy the replay here

...and finally...

A new definition to riding bareback

We were delighted to sponsor the month of March in The Big Reveal Calendar. Some extremely brave lady point-to-point jockeys were willing to bare (nearly) all in the name of a great cause, namely
The Injured Jockeys Fund.

The pics – which (apparently) replicate traditional pointing scenes – were taken at Fern Farm in Adlestrop, which is the home of Claire Hart Equine, and at Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse.

You can order your copy here
Warmest Regards

Martin, Belinda, Harry, Freddie and all the team at Condicote Stables

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