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Happy New Year - our focus for 2020...

Dear Friends,

Firstly, Happy New Year to one and all! The festive season already feels a long time ago, but we hope you all had an enjoyable break.

The first newsletter of the New Year always gives us the opportunity to set out our aims for the upcoming 12 months and we'd like to share these with you:

Our number one goal for 2020 is more owners and horses in the yard - we'll be expanding our incentive scheme for friends and owners to bring new owners and syndicates into the yard - more details will be released soon. As ever your help is appreciated, please do get in touch if you would like to arrange a yard visit.

On the subject of horses at the yard, we have recently brought in the 4yo Black Panther, who on his debut for the yard scored an extremely encouraging third (by just a neck) at Newcastle on Monday. You'll find his race replay below - Black Panther is for sale, so do get in touch ASAP if interested in finding out more.

You'll have already seen we've invested in better facilities for owners at the yard, with a redecorated and upgraded Owners' Room. Next on the list is a downstairs room for owners - so that on arrival owners will be able to grab a coffee and warm up before heading out to the gallops. 

We're particularly keen to bring in sole and joint owners and always prepared to help form syndicates. Paul Davis is our extremely experienced syndicate manager, part of whose role will be helping any new owners wanting to set one up.

We look forward to meeting friends, owners and family at Cheltenham on Trials Day - you may have noticed in the racing press discussions about expanding The Festival by an extra day. We have similar views to Nicky Henderson and Philip Hobbs who support a 5 day festival as we have punched above our weight at Cheltenham in the past.

We would therefore welcome the chance for more winners at our local course. It's interesting to note Royal Ascot is a five-day meeting and we see no reason why this couldn't be replicated for the premier jumps meeting in the calendar.

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 or yearlings for sale.

Dates for your diary

January 25th - Festival Trials Day, Cheltenham
January 25th - Tattersalls Cheltenham sale
January 28th-29th - Tattersalls Ireland NH sale
January 30th-31st - Tattersalls Newmarket Horses in Training sale
February 4th-6th - Goffs Mixed Sale
February 11th-12th - Arqana Deauville Mixed Sale
If you are interested in attending any of the above events please get in touch
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Ownership Opportunities & New Horses


Black Panther
4yo brown gelding by Nayef

ex Amjaad by Dansili

Black Panther (Beige Silks) finishing third by just a neck at Newcastle on Monday 20th January

Pictures: AtTheRaces

Ideal for a sole owner or small partnership. 
Purchase price £35,000 + VAT

On 20th January 2020 at Newcastle on debut in a Newcomers’ Bumper, Black Panther confirmed his potential as a smart prospect, coming 3rd under Champion Jockey Richard Johnson.  Richard, Martin and the Racing Post were impressed:  “Ran with plenty of credit.  Travelled smoothly into the straight, staying on well.  He should improve, granted a stiffer test of stamina.”  He was closing in on the horse in front with every stride and only missed out on 2nd place by a neck.

Richard’s recommendation was that, as a young, maturing horse, he shouldn’t be over-raced, and not to run again until spring, on a flat track.  The plan is to target the £45,000, 2m 1f Aintree Grade 2 Listed Bumper on Grand National day, 4th April, for his next outing.

He is impeccably bred by Shadwell Stud:  the dam, Amjaad, cost 330,000 gns. as the half-sister to Irish 2000 Guineas winner Power and Royal Ascot 1m 4f Ribblesdale winners Curvy and Thakafaat.  Her sire was Dansili, who produces many middle-distance Group winners and whose stallion fees are over £100,000.  His colt half-brother sold for 110,000 gns. at Tattersalls’ Foal Sale, November 2019.

He is a most beautiful looking animal.  On the gallops he impresses with his attitude and the length and fluency of his stride.  Martin has loved him since day one last September, when he was acquired.  A gorgeous prospect for the future.


For more information about Black Panther, please contact
Martin Keighley on 07767 472547 or
email the yard. to arrange a viewing 


A 6 owner syndicate - just launched

7yo gelding by Milan ex Liss Rua

1/6th Share £2,340 + VAT to include all costs until
end Feb 2020. £350 per month from 1st March


We were thrilled to purchase the fabulous looking Beneagles very recently and are delighted to launch our latest syndicate which is sure to provide the partners with lots of fun and success. Buy in now and you will be going racing in Q1 2020.

Beneagles was previously trained by Alan King, who worked with Martin at David Nicholson’s. Martin contacted Alan, plus Wayne Hutchinson who rode Beneagles, and they both highly recommended him stating that he is has a good attitude, is sound and well put together, and that he may have lost his way in a big yard and would probably benefit from a change of environment and that he will win more races.

Beneagles is just the type of horse that Martin has done so well with in recent seasons, eg Mr Mafia, Capital Force. He’s rated 121, has won two races, been placed 6 times and has picked up prize money in 12 of his (only) 16 race career . 

Martin expects further success from Beneagles in long distance handicap hurdles, before embarking on his Novice ‘Chasing career. Further success surely beckons!  

He’s very nicely bred and is a half brother to the fabulous Pym, winner of 5 races including an impressive win at Cheltenham in December.  

We believe that he will make the perfect syndicate horse, so do get in touch soon as shares are already being claimed.


For more information about Beneagles, please contact Paul Davis on 07307 194998 or Martin Keighley on 07767 472547 to arrange a viewing at the yard.


Those of you who watch ITVs The Opening Show should keep an eye out for a certain Freddie Keighley who'll be appearing in Round 2 of ITV Racing's Mini Me's. 

If the last appearance is anything to go by he'll be putting some of the older presenters out of a job before long...
Warmest Regards
Martin, Belinda, Freddie, Harry and all the team at Condicote Stables


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