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The Martin Keighley Racing Club cheer on their runner, Viking Mistress with Richard Johnson at Cheltenham on Dec 15th

2018 Here We Come!

Dear Friends,

The festive season seems eons ago, but to all we wish a very Happy New Year.

As we reflect on the season so far we're determined more than ever to build on our successes, and rest assured we have been doing a lot of planning ahead - more of that in a moment.

The run up to Christmas brought several brilliant memorable moments:
A double at Cheltenham, training Zara Tindall’s first homebred winner when Somewhere To Be won at Lingfield and a trio of wins in three days in December.

We're intent on building on this success. We continue with yard improvements, and are bringing in more horses - with several new ownership opportunities available since January 1st (see below). We've developed with our partners a vet improvement plan for each horse and have made steps to be not just a model yard, but a model employer - more on that below.

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

Dates for your diary
If you are interested in attending any of the above events please get in touch
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Suppliers of advanced surfaces for performance horses

The Path Ahead

We're determined to keep building for the future, and invest a great deal of thought and analysis on this subject. Our recent owners forum is one of many ways we will be achieving this and we're very grateful to all those who gave us their time and insight recently. We have a multi-point plan in place and it seems the right time to share some of our intentions:

Yard Improvements - you may remember that this was a key topic of 2017, and 2018 is no different. The plan is to upgrade with new stabling, an outdoor arena for exercising and schooling at the centre of the canter loop, and a programme of servicing of the existing gallops in partnership with our sponsors, Leisure Ride Group. In addition to our paddock improvement programme, we have plans afoot to improve acreage for summer turnout.

More Horses - we are constantly seeking to secure a successful future, and it's no secret the horses we have at Condicote are key. We will never cease to improve and strength and breadth of quality horses on the yard at each key milestone in their career. This in turn will attract new owners and partners which is good for the health of the yard and benefits everyone.

Vet Improvement Plan - we've been working closely with our veterinary partner, Jeremy Swan of
Bourton Vale Equine Clinic, to develop an improvement plan for our veterinary care. We've recently successfully trialled a new probiotic and this will continue under Jeremy's expert eye, as well as a programme of heart monitoring. 

Ownership Opportunities & New Horses
Un-named 4-YO Gelding by Presenting

An absolutely gorgeous, dark brown gelding by top and much missed sire, Presenting, so they aren’t making any more of these. 

Young Presenting stock are going for a lot of money now, so we were delighted when Gerry Hogan bought this fellow for us from the Doncaster Store Sale last spring.  Brought along steadily in Ireland by P.J. Colville. 

Famous sons of Presenting include Yorkhill, First Lieutenant, War Of Attrition, Denman and Ballabriggs.  Dam line contains high-quality NH horses such as Dato Star, Fairy Rath and Hoh Invader. 

For sale solely or to go into a syndicate. Will start off in bumpers on decent ground in the spring.

Watch schooling video

2 Shares Remaining in Pirate Look

An athletic individual, with lots of quality by Canford Cliffs and with Galileo in the dam line. Will be targeted at the Fred Winter Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Pirate Look has run 8 times on the flat, winning on his first start in early November last year. He has since been placed on 5 occasions, displaying admirable consistency and achieving a Timeform rating of 86 in the process.

This six share partnership will be managed by Charlie Dee, former pupil assistant to Martin. Charlie will provide frequent communication and full transparency on costs while encouraging everyone to be involved in all aspects of ownership, not least regular yard visits.

1/6 Shares @ £7100 + Training Fees (approximately £3300 per year)
Un-named Filly by Passing Glance

This exciting filly will run in 2018 for the Martin Keighley Racing Club. Memberships available for 2018 and the opportunity to name this filly in our naming competition.

Join today for just £500/annum with no other fees and look forward to your first yard visit on 3rd Feb

New Arrival - Reve

4-YO, won at Chantilly, trained by the famous Criquette Head. By Nathaniel who won the King George and the Eclipse and is the sire of last year’s top Flat horse, Enable, winner of the Oaks in the UK and Ireland, the King George and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.  Lots of top horses in the dam line, particularly Goldikova.  He’s still a colt, which could cause some fun and games in the yard.  Owned by Ollie Ryan.

Watch Video
Watch the replay 

Somewhere To Be wins again!

We're delighted for owner of Somewhere To Be, Paul Amour (pictured), who was there to see him win  the Watch Racing UK Anywhere Chase at Catterick last Wednesday 24th.

The chestnut gelding built upon
his impressive Lingfield win to take the laurels under Aidan Coleman, showing some great jumping in the process and winning by 4 lengths.

This was his second run over fences and we're absolutely thrilled for Paul, and also breeder Zara Tindall.

Winning by a neck

Just in time for the chilly race days ahead are the fantastic scarves ably modelled here by Mr Harry Keighley. Featuring the colours of the Racing Club and Partnerships there's no warmer way to show your support.

Just £15 each and can be bought in person at the yard

Reserve yours today to avoid disappointment



We love to like and share your pictures and posts when and wherever possible. Whether you're visiting the yard or at the race track why not use our hashtag #BePartOfIt to join the conversation next time you post on Facebook, tweet or post to Instagram.

There's an eye on Team

Part of our ongoing commitment to further enhancing the yard is our commitment to our staff. We're determined not only continue to be a great place to work and thrive, but also to be a model employer.

We have recently enjoyed yard visits from both Richard Perham and Yogi Breisner and have benefitted hugely from their knowledge and experience. We're rated as a 3* trainer, the highest standard level and awarded by a distinguished independent panel. We're dedicated to giving our deserving team training, coaching, incentivisation and development to help them fulfil their potential and achieve our shared goals.

It's this that has resulted in us being shortlisted for the Lycetts Team Champion Award, one of just four yards in the under 40 horse category. The winner will be announced on 22nd February, and as well as the incredible pride the winner can take away, there will be a generous cash prize.

Meet the Vet

Jeremy Swan of Bourton Vale Equine Clinic has been working closely with Martin and the team of late on our Vet Improvement Plan (see above).

Jeremy qualified from Liverpool University in 1983. He worked in mixed practices in Pembrokeshire and Upton-on-Severn before joining the clinic. He became a partner in 1988. Multi-talented, he has been actively involved with all aspects of the practice.

He has done a huge amount of stud and AI work in his time. He has been the clinic’s main orthopaedic surgeon and dual colic surgeon. He set up the clinic’s scintigraphy unit to help with lameness investigations and is their primary veterinary surgeon for all things racehorse-related.
Five To Follow

It's tight at the top! Here are the latest standings following Somewhere To Be's win for those of you taking part in our Five To Follow competition:
  1. Anita White and Andrew Lilley  - 99 points
  2. Matthew Baker - 98 points
  3. Carole Carnold - 89 points
  4. Bob Brunt - 78 points
  5. Paul Davis - 78 points
The winners are announced at the end of April, and there are some fantastic prizes to be won, so it's still all to play for with plenty of racing left!
Condicote 10th September
Be sure to check out our YouTube channel: Martin Keighley Racing TV where there are lots of new behind the scenes videos of horses schooling on our 3 gallops. It gives a fascinating insight into training as the season really hots up...

And Finally...

Four legs good. Two skis also good!

We're very grateful to owner Paul Davis for our recent ski trip  to Switzerland where we hit the piste - some harder than others.

Crash of the trip goes to Belinda who, allegedly, sustained bruising to the upper thigh - this bruise a somewhat different definition
of (ski) racing colours!
Warmest Regards
Martin, Belinda, Freddie, Harry and all the team at Condicote Stables

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