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Seasons Meetings

Dear Friends,

It's been an extremely busy month and we've plenty to share with you this issue.

The winners keep coming with back-to-back wins for Solstice Star, and a fantastic win for Forecast at Lingfield on 13th November - race reports and replays to enjoy below.

We've also been delighted to welcome some new owners, as well as a huge number of visitors - over 150 in the last month including from Hot To Trot Racing, The Racegoers Club and we very much look forward to seeing friends old and new from our own Racing Club today.

We'd like to reiterate that visitors are very welcome to the yard, even with racing on - so do get in touch if you're coming over to see us.

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.

Green and Yello:  Members of Hot To Trot Racing watch Mello Yello working on the gallops
Dates for your diary
If you are interested in attending any of the above events please get in touch

Not just for Christmas...

The foals have arrived!

Meet (L-R) Basil, Sage and Herbie, recently purchased by Paul Davis and Gerry Hogan at the
Irish Foal Sale .

There is significant value in buying talented NH stock as foals and we're going to have a dedicated foal area at the yard which gives us all the pleasure of following them as they grow.

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 I 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.

'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 having been bidding on several foals in the previous two days, but where the prices were getting silly. The 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 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. 

There has already been significant interest, with some shares already taken.

A perfect Christmas gift? Definitely something to be enjoyed by the family over and over for years to come. 

Want to know more? Contact Paul for details
Picture: Chepstow Racecourse on Facebook

Race Report: Chepstow 21st November

Its a win-win situation for Foxtrot Racing as Solstice Star again took the laurels at Chepstow to make it two-from-two, this time in the Angela Nettlefold Memorial Handicap Hurdle on November 21st with Champion Jockey Richard Johnson on board.

He made plenty of running before making his presence felt 2 out, finishing strongly to win by 2 1/4 lengths.

We're absolutely delighted for Foxtrot Racing whose Dan Abraham is also the chairman of the Racehorse Syndicates Association. 

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Picture: Lingfield Park on FaceBook

Race Report: Lingfield 13th November

Members of the E,G & B partnership, owners of Forecast, had plenty to smile about with a dominant performance at Lingfield on 13th November, Conor Shoemark on board.

The 6-yo gelding started calmly, before making headway 5 out. Seizing the initiative 3 out he pulled well clear after the last and won by an eventual 15 lengths, much to everyone's delight.

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Ownership Opportunities & New Horses

3yo bay filly by MAHLER

ex Bobset Leader by Bob Back

£6150 + VAT per 1/6th share including all training fees and keep to
1st January 2019;  £350 per month thereafter

It isn’t very often you get the chance to secure such a well-bred and well put together filly as this one and so we were delighted to secure her for the price we did – especially as our agent, Gerry Hogan, told us that if we didn’t buy her then he would buy her himself as he was so convinced of her value.

Mahler is really making his mark as a National Hunt sire with his early jumps progeny and has already sired the hugely talented three times graded winner Sutton Place and the seven times winner and Grade 1 placed Ms Parfois. It’s no surprise that Mahler is producing top class staying progeny since he was a top-class stayer himself, winning the 2 miles Queens Vase at Royal Ascot finishing 3rd in the Melbourne Cup over the same distance when still a 3 year old.

The dam of our filly, Bobset Leader, has already produced two black-type horses from just 3 runners making our filly a half-sister to the 146 rated and four times winner Shantou Bob, and the 144 rated and three times winner Uncle Danny. Shantou Bob was most effective over 3 miles and Uncle Danny over 2 ½ miles so there is a high class staying feel to her pedigree.  

We expect “Betsy” to be just as talented as her half-brothers on the racetrack where we are looking forward to seeing her run under the ‘Martin Keighley Racing Partnership 5’ banner. We are confident she will have a long and successful racing career as she has the size and scope to jump fences. 

She was broken in by Martin Jones and returned to the yard in late July. Martin has already fallen in love with her as she has a great attitude and clearly enjoys her work. The current thinking is that she will be an end of season bumper filly who graduates to longer distance hurdling next seasons. She already possesses a great attitude to her work and she’s sure to give the Partnership many years of fun before eventually becoming a much sought after and valuable broodmare. She’s a lovely animal and a fantastic prospect and has already been entered for the valuable Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival, 30th April 2019.

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


3yo bay gelding by MOROZOV

ex Baraza by Kalanisi

£3,900 + VAT per 1/10th share including all training fees and keep to 1st January 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.

Attracting Owners into the Sport

Four of our owners, as well as running syndicates and partnerships, are also active in the Racehorse Syndicates Association:  Dan Abraham (Foxtrot – Solstice Star), Sam Hoskins (Hot To Trot – Mello Yello), Paul Davis (MKRP and MKRC) and Jon Hughes (Owners for Owners).  Dan is Chairman, Sam and Jon are on the committee and Paul is a member. 

They are working closely with the powers-that-be in Holborn on a New Ownership Strategy, designed to attract and retain more owners. They have done this really well for us, so it’s odds-on that they will be coming up with great ideas for the benefit of the sport.  If you want a graphic illustration of why a proper strategy is required – there are now more owners in National Hunt racing aged over 80 than are under 40!

We will keep you posted through the newsletter as nationwide initiatives emerge

The Martin Keighley Racing Club

Memberships for 2019 are open and filling up fast - this must be the ideal Christmas present for the racing fan.

Club membership includes two horses to follow, the chance to get owners badges and associated access on race-days, and 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 with no other fees to pay.

To find out more simply get in touch

Behind The Colours
Meet one of our newest owners at the yard - Matt Capp

Matt says:

"The Mahler gelding, Robsam, is the first horse I've ever owned. The Yeats will be the second, so I'm very excited.

My racing background is very much that of a not particularly knowledgeable enthusiast. My interest started in the days of old stars such as Sea Pigeon, Night Nurse and Monksfield. Then onto Wayward Lad, Dawn Run, Dessie etc. Invariably national hunt meetings and I've normally been able to take in the Festival for a day or two. So, this has always been an ambition/dream!

I live in Pinner, Middlesex. I worked in the City for over 30 years and 3 years ago set up my own small business, a franchised gym. The kids have flown, the mortgage paid, the gym seems to be doing ok so the natural step was a racehorse or two!

I'm really looking forward to watching Robsam and the Yeats gelding progress."


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Team Focus

This month meet Maggie & Hannah our amazing physios
Hannah Ashton is our massage specialist. She writes:

"A physiotherapists hands are vital - palpation really helps us understand how they are feeling. As a physiotherapist I'm interested in the horses' symmetry, suppleness and muscle elasticity. One issue can have a knock on effect throughout the body. Muscle must be elastic, soft and supple. You've no doubt seen occasions in races where the horse has to quickly adjust to a slip, trip, missed stride or when asked for a long one over a fence.

We need to make sure both sides of their body are symmetrical - muscle development should be the same on the right as it is on the left.  How often do you see a horse veers to the left or the the right after take off?  In a race this can lose valuable seconds, so for this reason it is essential we find a cause and solution.

Horse racing requires the horse to go from the most flexed in it's limbs to the most extended quickly and in one stride, this gives them the power and speed. The tests I do can show whether it is something physiotherapy can resolve or whether we need to include other professionals.

To compliment my treatment we often use therapeutic ultrasound - the sound waves cause a vibration in soft tissue or fluid & will give circulation a boost, good blood flow will bring valuable nutrients to the targeted area and with an influx of new blood. In the case of racing, I've found using ultrasound along the back can significantly help with any soreness or tension, and around joints such as fetlocks, knees and hocks in the case of repetitive strain injury or known changes.  

Once I have finished treating a horse I want to ensure that I have ticked every box.  If all this is achieved then they should be able to work to the best of their ability.
Maggie Turner is our skeletal specialist. 

She writes: "Racehorses are like any athlete and benefit from regular physiotherapy and chiropractic Intervention. 

I have known Martin and Belinda for over 20yrs initially working with them at David Nicholson’s then joining their team when they set up Keighley Racing.

I’m routinely at the yard on a Monday morning checking the horses that are due to run that week and any others that are showing problems, however living 2 miles away means I can be on hand for any urgent cases.    

I specialise in musculoskeletal neck, back and pelvic problems using manual therapy and draw on electrotherapeutic modalities such as ultrasound and laser etc. when needed.

The manual techniques I use are the Ellis technique which involves reflex inhibition and muscle release combined with chiropractic adjustments.

Whilst assessing and treating I am also looking for changes in movement and underlying muscular soreness to predict and prevent more serious long-term injuries. 

People always ask, ‘do you treat muscles or bones?’

My thoughts are that within the neck and back there is little distinction. 

If you mobilise a back joint, you will affect the overlying musculature and if you release muscular tension in the back the underlying joints will be affected. The end aim is to minimise pain and stiffness and restore function which in turn improves performance."

Follow the star: If you have Solstice Star in your selection you're no doubt happy this month...

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 - Alex Steedman - 31 points
2nd - Belinda Keighley - 28 points
3rd - Alan Stickey - 26 points
Jt 4th - Jim Burley - 23 points
Jt 4th - Irene Ryan - 23 points


From all of the team at Condicote we wish you all a very
Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

The weather may be getting colder but you'll always get a warm welcome at Condicote Stables, do come and see us when you can. 

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

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