Lord Above: Lord Condi on his way to victory at Southwell, July 2020
Business As Usual
It's certainly been an unusual summer, but despite the obvious differences in how we can operate, many aspects have returned to 'business as usual' and we're determined to make the best of it - including trying not to use too much Covid-speak in this newsletter!
Since our last newsletter in April many horses have returned to training and we've had plenty of encouraging races - not least with the fantastic win from Lord Condi at Southwell on 14th July. There's a race report and replay to savour below.
Those of you who follow us on the various social media platforms will already know we've made a significant effort since March to provide both owners and the wider public plenty of content to enjoy - and we've received plenty of plaudits from people all across racing. We firmly believe that trainers need to embrace the tech available to enhance their profile - Martin is especially keen to continue with this in future.
On the subject of harnessing the digital sphere, we hosted our very first Virtual Owners' Day on 2nd August which was hosted by Sky Sports Presenter Hayley Moore, ably assisted by Neil Lloyd of sponsors FBC Manby Bowdler who is himself a whizz-kid on zoom. The session included Q&As with Martin and Jockey James Best, and plenty of video content including a 'parade' of horses with Martin giving his expert view and an interview with jockey James Best. More on this below.
As ever, give us a call if you'd like discuss any aspect of ownership or find out more about life at Condicote Stables.
Virtual Owners' Day 2020
For obvious reasons it would have been impossible to welcome the usual crowds for our annual owners' day. However we're a yard that relishes a challenge, so there was no way we weren't going to do something.
Step forward Neil Lloyd, MD of sponsors FMB Manby Bowdler and all-round video-conferencing guru, and Hayley Moore of Sky Sports Racing who kindly agreed to be our host.
Our Virtual Owners' Day was attended by over 60 people who were able to enjoy plenty of content including yard videos, a parade of horses with commentary from Martin, a jockey's view from James Best plus a quiz and plenty of Q&A
We've uploaded the footage to our YouTube channel, so if you couldn't attend or haven't had a chance to view it yet you can do so here:
Our first win after the resumption of racing was at Southwell on 14th July where Lord Condi came home the 28/1 winner in the Visit signsolutions.org For Racecourse Branding Novices' Handicap Chase under jockey James Best who gave him a very sympathetic and intuitive ride.
It was an encouraging round of jumping and the duo kept up the pressure, challenging for the lead 4 out, before seizing the initiative and holding on to win in gritty fashion.
Well done to the Owners for Owners Syndicate that own him: Andy Ash, John Finch, Steve Harman, George Thornton, Joe Saumarez-Smith and Jo Stainer led by Jon Hughes of Owners for Owners.
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We're delighted to unveil our Horses In Training brochure for the 20/21 season - click the image above to download your copy, which can also be handily stored on your smart device.
You'll find an up-to-date list of horses and owner colours with in-depth description, plus details of the horses and shares for sale.
Three to Tackle
Those of you who were able to join Virtual Owners' Day will know we got the audience participation going with our quiz. Here's a few more questions to test your knowledge of all things Team Keighley.
Question 1 - Solstice Star (pictured above in the Foxtrot Racing colours) is a firm yard favourite and is regularly ridden out by Freddie Keighley. How many times has Solstice Star won for the yard? (Clue: Check out Martin's Blog)
Question 2 - Kayf Tara is the leading NH Stallion, whose progeny have won well in excess of £15m over jumps. How many of his progeny currently reside at Condicote? (Clue: Check out the Horses In Training brochure)
Question 3 - How long is the grass gallop at Condicote?
A) 1 Mile
B) 1 Mile 2 furlongs
C) 1 Mile 4 furlongs?
We're delighted to welcome new owner David Maughan to the yard - who owns the very exciting Black Panther (pictured above). We asked David to tell us a little about himself:
"I live with my wife Lorraine in Mawdesley village, 10 miles south of Preston in Lancashire. We have 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren. During my working life I spent 40 years in the Automotive industry, I then moved into the Life Sciences sector before retiring in April 2019. Recently I made my first foray into race horse ownership purchasing Black Panther from Martin and Belinda. I have been asked many times 'Why have you purchased a racehorse so late in life? ' A good question.
Now retired I have much more time to go to the races and what better way than to watch races when you have an interest in a competing horse. This is the start of an adventure for me where I hope to make more great memories at the races with friends and families.
For my sins I have been a life long Sunderland supporter and I also hold season tickets at Wigan Athletic - my weakness in this area can be seen in my silks. Going forward I am looking forward making new friends, new memories and who knows, I may even see red and white stripes first past the post. Something I have not seen since 1973! "
Five to Follow
Whilst we're not doing the full 'five to follow' competition due to the curtailed season, you may still wish to keep tabs on these five horses, selected by Martin on our Virtual Owners' Day:
Novice Chaser to follow: Back on the Lash (pictured, top) Novice Hurdler to follow: Sarasota Star Mare to follow: Found On (in video, above) Unraced horse to follow: Kazontherazz (pictured above, getting a hug) Dark horse: Ben Buie (pictured on the gallops)
HORSES FOR SALE
1/20th Share just £105 per month
The last horse we acquired from Anthony Honeyball, Solstice Star, proved to be a multiple winner and an absolute legend. “BP” is a most striking individual and it would be wonderful if he proved half as good. Won over 2m at Chelmsford on the Flat, and impressed Racing Post on his hurdling debut as “a sure-fire winner in waiting”.
Recommended to us by Alan King. A good-looking horse from a fantastic NH family, with proven ability in staying hurdles and with a chasing career ahead of him. Should enjoy a change of scenery and is the sort of horse we do well with, as Mr Mafia and Capital Force have shown in recent seasons. Should be a real fun horse.
£2,840 + VAT purchase price. • £350 per month for training and keep.
A big, imposing type who really is a stunning looker. Comes from a good family and closely related to multiple winners such as Indian Hawk and Melekhov. Would have had his debut in bumpers by now without the pandemic. Has really benefited from his spring holiday and is thriving physically. One to look forward to.
Califet has become an exciting sire, producing many highclass winners, and this youngster is bred to go to the top. Has an excellent pedigree with Lord Noelie in the dam line and reminds us of Champion Court; indeed he is from the same stud. Has the size and scope to develop into a chasing type in time, and is now really starting to fill his frame. Looks to be top quality and has class about him. Stable name: “Herbie”. Several tenth shares are available in this syndicate
Ocovango is a young stallion whose first crop has already made headlines with
good winners such as Langer Dan and Glenglass. We trained his half-brother, Ballymountain Boy, to win three races for us including being placed at Cheltenham and was a horse we liked a lot.
Developing into a big, strong youngster who looks older than his age. A fine stamp. Will be broken in next year. Stable name: “Bally’s Boy”.
Unfortunately Black Sam Bellamy died relatively young, having produced many nice types. This youngster is one of his last foals and has been developing very well indeed, thanks to the excellent care of Batsford Stud. We trained his tough and most genuine full sister to win five races. A beautiful colt with a touch of class about him. Will be broken in next year and looks a lovely prospect. Stable name: “Spice Boy”.
Freddie has certainly made the most of Lockdown and has really surprised us all by going from someone who still overthinks what may go wrong whilst riding out his experienced shetland pony to riding out 2, 3 sometimes 4 racehorses every day often on Solstice Star & Black Panther (his favourites). He has even progressed to riding fast work and thoroughly enjoyed upgrading from riding work with his mum to riding work with ex-stable jockey Warren Marston, his godfather! So although not much home schooling happened after half term, not only has his riding come on in leaps and bounds, he's also been busy mowing, helping build the chickens a house and run and helped out a lot around the yard.
He's not been the only one making the most of his summer holidays - he has been joined by a selection of talented kids riding out too which has been fantastic as they are the future of racing and we enjoy encouraging them. Harry Atkins, Harry Greasby and Richard Cook have been riding out regularly and we were also thrilled to welcome Henry Pugh, Ed Vaughan and Grace Vaughan to ride out too a couple of weekends ago. One thing we can assure you of is that the future is bright.
Here are the answers
Question 1 - Solstice Star has won NINE times for the yard
Question 2 - There are FOUR Kayf Tara horses at the yard: Solstice Star, Kazontheraz, Captal Force and Samtara
Question 3 - The answer is ONE MILE 4 FURLONGS
Well done if you got these right!
Martin, Belinda, Freddie, Harry and all the team at Condicote Stables