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Happy New Year

Dear Friends,

 Happy New Year to one and all - we hope you had an enjoyable festive season.

This time of year is always fascinating for us as we learn more about some of our newer horses - keep a look out for Robsam and Pinnacle Peak who will be the next bunch of unraced youngsters making their racecourse debuts. With the New Year this also means our foals are now officially yearlings.

It's also a busy time with plenty of visitors to the yard and we're especially pleased to welcome members of
Hot to Trot Racing to Condicote today to see their horse Mello Yello.

Our first winner of 2019 came at Ludlow as Back On The Lash landed an extremely tight race under Richard Johnson - more details and a link to the replay to savour below.

There are plenty of dates to mark in the diary too - including
Cocklebarrow Point to Point tomorrow, which is always one of the highlights of the January calendar in The Cotswolds. If you've never been then give it a try!

And, as ever,
give us a call if you'd like to attend a sale, discuss any aspect of ownership, or arrange a visit to view any of the horses for sale.

Howling Herbie? - one of our yearlings underneath the recent super wolf blood moon.
Dates for your diary
If you are interested in attending any of the above events please get in touch
A close run thing. Back on The Lash (far side) takes it on the line. Picture: Racing TV

Race Report: Ludlow 17th January

Richard Johnson returned from injury and showed why he is still at the top of his game with a superb ride on Back on the Lash. After making a few mistakes on his hurdling debut when he finished 3rd, he pulled himself around quite a bit and so our physios Maggie Turner & Hannah Ashton have worked hard on him. It seemed a decent novice hurdle on paper and we weren’t confident he was good enough to beat the top two in the market.

However, Richard never gave up on him and, despite looking booked for 3rd or 4th jumping the last, they flew up the run in to literally get up on the line to win by a short head with a dead heat for 2nd. An absolute masterclass of a ride from the Champion Jockey.

None of Lash's owners were present to watch him win as Mark Boothright was holidaying in South Africa and both Grahame Lovett and Pete Deffains live in Jersey and were unable to make the journey to Ludlow therefore some surprised calls then ensued! 

Watch the replay
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Pic: Harry and family with Finnick Glory

Welcome Back Harry!

We're delighted to welcome back Conditional Jockey Harry Stock this week following his being sidelined by an injury sustained on 28th December at Leicester where he went from being on the cusp of certain victory  on Somewhere To Be to spending eight hours in hospital after fracturing his left collarbone in two places.

Harry said "We had a long wait in the hospital as they wanted to look at a previous back injury I had. We were there for eight hours and fair play to Martin, he was with me the whole time."

In typical jockey fashion Harry has come back in much less time than the estimated six weeks given on the day. Once again a great deal of thanks must go to the brilliant work of the
Injured Jockeys Fund, and the work they do at Oaksey House in Lambourn  where Harry spent time rehabilitating.

When a jockey has a fall they are initially assessed by the Racecourse Doctor immediately. The doctor is only a few seconds away in one of the vehicles you see following the race. In a live race environment if medically safe to do so the jockey may be moved immediately for safety reasons, or if more serious the fence may be bypassed using well rehearsed procedures if the race is due a second or third lap.

For less serious falls, further on-site medical assessment is undertaken in the weighing room and if the doctor is happy for a jockey to continue then they may proceed with their other booked rides that day. More serious injuries like Harry's typically result in the patient being moved to A&E.

Once immediate medical needs are dealt with, a rehabilitation plan is put in place with the emphasis firmly on a safe return to riding. This often is done in partnership with Medical Staff, Trainers and the expertise of the Injured Jockeys Fund and the team at Oaksey House.


You can donate to the Injured Jockeys Fund here.

Ownership Opportunities & New Horses
The yearlings enjoying the new shelter in our foal area
Now yearlings (as of Jan 1st) the trio were purchased by Paul Davis and Gerry Hogan at the Irish Foal Sale. We have a dedicated foal area at the yard which gives us all the pleasure of following them as they grow.

ONE SHARE LEFT - 'Basil' - Bay colt - Sans Frontieres ex Killoughey Babe
Purchase Price for 10% share = £1370 + VAT (£274) = Total £1644.
Contribution for keep = £75 per month per 10% share as from January  

We think we got the steal of the sale here. We bought him first thing on the Monday morning before most people were at the sale and Gerry Hogan and Paul
looked at each other in disbelief at the price we got him for. Sans Frontieres is a young sire whose stock are only hitting the tracks now (eldest are 4 years old) but he will have plenty of foals on the ground in the coming years. The dam has produced Senor Lombardy, who is a 137 rated 5 year old in Keith Dalgeish's yard and great things are expected of him. If Senor Lombardy goes on to be a very good racehorse (as we think he will) and if Sans Frontieres starts to become a stallion force to be reckoned with (as we think he will) then we've got a lovely youngster on our hands.

ONE SHARE LEFT - 'Herbie' - Brown colt - Califet ex Clondalee
Purchase Price for 10% share = £2370 + VAT (£474) = Total £2844.
Contribution for keep = £75 per month per 10% share as from January 

He was purchased late on the Wednesday after bidding on several foals in the previous two days, but where the prices were getting silly. High prices were being commanded for established stallions and so we needed to look for a different angle. Califet is quite a well known stallion from his days standing in France, producing the likes of Clarcam and Blue Dragon. However, he was moved to Boardsmill Stud about 4 years ago (who consigned our fellow) and so his first Irish bred stock are now 3 years old. He has large numbers on the ground and is a stallion we're going to be hearing a lot more of, and have almost certainly purchased his stock at the right time. Our fellow is a baby (May 20th foal) but is simply gorgeous and should grow to be a large chasing type. He is a half-brother to Kagney who is trained by Noel Meade and has won 2 of his 6 races being rated 127 in the process. He reminds Martin and Belinda very much of Champion Court and comes from the same stud as well. An exciting prospect. 

Want to know more? Contact Paul for details

3yo bay gelding by MOROZOV

ex Baraza by Kalanisi

£4,400 + VAT per 1/10th share including all training fees and keep to 1st March 2019;  £250 per month thereafter

This horse caught our eye from the minute the sales catalogue was published as it is a dam line that a number of our owners know well, containing the very promising young novice chaser Indian Hawk with Nicky Henderson and the very exciting dual-winning 4yo bumper, Melekhov, with Philip Hobbs. 

He is a notably good-looking horse, an excellent mover with a really athletic swagger about him. Gerry Hogan absolutely loved him, and we snapped him up for somewhat less than we expected to have to pay, probably because the sire is not particularly well known. By contrast Simon Munir and Isaac Suede paid £110k for Indian Hawk.

Morozov is by Sadler’s Wells and has already sired three encouraging young horses in Eduard, Opening Batsman and Marshal Zhukov. Our lad is the third foal out of Baraza, and her first two foals have already won multiple times: Kinari has won four times to date over fences while Fletcher has won twice over hurdles. We are confident that our gelding will maintain Baraza’s 100% strike rate with winners to runners 

Enquiries to Martin on 07767 472547 or Jon Hughes on 01451 850780.

The Martin Keighley Racing Club

Memberships for 2019 are still open and filling up.

Club membership includes at least two horses to follow, the chance to get owners badges and associated access on race-days, regular yard visits and gallop mornings - not to mention the social benefits of belonging to such a well-run and friendly club.

All for just £500 for the whole year (or £42 per month by direct debit) with no other fees to pay.

To find out more simply get in touch

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Welcome to the Team
We're delighted to welcome two new work riders to the team in Kathy Foster and Ella McCarthy-Jones. Be sure to say hi when you're next at the yard.


Today we say a huge Happy Birthday to Paul Davis, not only a friend and owner here in his own right but also the organiser of our Martin Keighley Racing Club and many of our Racing Partnerships,  Also it's popular Work Rider Harley Cornocks' birthday too - glad to see you've retained that cheeky grin Harley!

And because birthdays are like London buses it's also the birthday of Abi Stock, sister of Harry, and who we are proud to announce has been selected to ride in this years' Macmillan Ride of Their Lives at York Racecourse on Saturday 15th June. Watch this space for details of lots of fundraising events that Abi is hosting

You can read Abi's fundraising story here, and of course sponsor her for the race itself.
Back On The Lash (left) delivers the points this month. Pic: Racing TV

Five To Follow
Our annual Five to Follow competition is always a lot of fun and you can WIN some great goodies.

Simply pick five horses - two of whom must be 4 years old or younger. Return your selections and entry fee to have the opportunity of winning some fantastic prizes.

  • 10 points if your horse wins
  • 5 points if your horse places 2nd
  • 3 points for a 3rd
  • Bonus points for Cheltenham: double points for a win or place

£10 per entry, enter as many times as you like. Prizes will be given to winners at the Champagne Breakfast at the end of the season.
The current standings are:
1st - 43 points - (wait for it !) - Belinda Keighley
2nd - 41 points - Alan Stickley
3rd - 38 points - Irene Ryan
  Jt 4th - 36 points - John Gent
         Jt 5th - 36 points - Alex Steedman


We were lucky enough to enjoy a long weekend in Switzerland earlier this month thanks to Paul Davis who once again acted as Host, Taxi Driver, Ski Guide, and much, much more! We're pleased to say that this year there weren't as many spectacular crashes as in previous years!

Belinda's mobile phone however decided that it liked the alpine scenery so much that it decided to leave her pocket seemingly for good.

Imagine her surprise when, a little while later having given it up for lost, it was returned by a skier who had found it riding the ski lift solo - it must have gone round a fair few times without coming off!
Warmest Regards
Martin, Belinda, Freddie, Harry and all the team at Condicote Stables

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