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Buying into a Martin Keighley Racing Partnership

“Making ownership easy” by joining a ready-to-go partnership organised by Owners for Owners for Martin Keighley

Martin Keighley has organised racing partnerships ever since he came into training, and they have been very successful.  Martin and his expert agents are constantly looking for top quality, high potential young horses.  There is a lot of competition to buy these horses, so as soon as one is found and passes full vetting, they are brought into the yard.  We’re also on the lookout for well-bred and nicely conformed fillies and mares who can be taken on as a free lease from their breeders, as this removes the need for any capital purchase.

Usually we buy the horse ourselves, which means that there’s no requirement for potential owners to do this ahead of the partnership being formed.  This makes it easy to bring owners together into a partnership, depending on their specific requirements and budgets.  Some people want to be in a partnership with a relatively small number of owners (usually 6), but obviously that has a correspondingly higher cost which is why from time to time we also consider larger partnerships (usually 10).

Recently we had the opportunity to take on a very well-bred 4yo filly for National Hunt on a free lease.  If you would like to be involved in this six-owner syndicate and wish to view the horse at Martin Keighley’s, please contact Jon Hughes by phone on 01451 850780 or 07958 763159, or email

Free lease to Martin Keighley Racing Partnership 4, six shares in 4yo filly Pomme De Nuit:  monthly fees of £340 p.p. from 1st October 2017

Pomme De Nuit

We were absolutely thrilled to be able to secure this well-bred National Hunt 4yo filly from her local owner-breeder.  As soon as we heard that Pomme De Nuit was available on a free lease, and so with absolutely no capital cost for owners, we signed her up as the new Martin Keighley Racing Partnership 4 horse from under the noses of several trainers equally keen to have her.  With no purchase cost and only £340 per month in training, keep and ongoing costs per owner, she looks absolutely guaranteed to provide affordable and thoroughly enjoyable ownership.  Martin’s partnerships are organised by Paul Davis and Jon and Jacqueline Hughes, who do a really professional job for the yard with frequent communication and full transparency on costs while encouraging everyone to be involved in all aspects of ownership, not least regular yard visits.

The sire, Midnight Legend, was a very decent NH horse in his own right, winning ten times for David Nicholson and interestingly ridden at home by both Martin and Belinda Keighley.  He produced notably tough, hardy types, most famously Sizing John whowon the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown before landing the Cheltenham Gold Cup as a 7yo.  He has done well with mares such as Midnight Tour who won a Listed race at Cheltenham. 

Pomme is from a gorgeous chasing / point-to-point family through the dam, Apple Days, going back to foundation mare Granny Smith.  Strongbow’s Legend did well for Charlie Longsdon over 2½ to 3 miles plus, while close relative Dabinett Moon has won 11 times including the prestigious Ladies’ Open P2P Championship at Stratford this year, ridded by Claire Hart who looks after a lot of our horses for us and did the pre-training on Pomme.  The full sister, Rosemary Russet, has already won her bumper for Harry Fry and that is the route Pomme will be going down to start off with.  As a stoutly bred filly, it is likely that she will soon be switched to staying hurdle races.  There has never been a better time to be involved in fillies and mares in NH races.


Number of Partners

  • The number of partners varies between 5-10, depending on the horse and the budget.
  • Owners should be racing enthusiasts, combining optimism with realism.
  • Full involvement for all partners in key decisions.
  • Horses run in the colours of Martin Keighley Racing Partnerships.

Cost Management

  • We monitor all costs carefully every month and do everything possible to keep costs to the necessary minimum.  However, it can be quite difficult to estimate the costs for National Hunt, particularly veterinary work, so the above should be regarded as indicative only.
  • Budget for annual training fees and associated costs are estimates.  Precise amounts will vary, depending on time spent in full training, number of runs, transport costs, veterinary requirements, etc.
  • Precise annual accounts are produced, with all surpluses distributed to the partners.
  • All our costs are completely transparent and available to all partners.  There are no mark-ups or hidden margins.

Regular Communication to all the Partners

  • Martin Keighley and Owners for Owners are committed to ensuring that every owner is actively involved with the horse, the yard and the partnership.  There is complete openness on everything to do with the horse and its training.


  • This web site is updated regularly, and every owner will receive regular updates on the progess of their horse(s) as well as anything relating to likely race targets.  There will be lots of photos, videos and open access to visit the horse at Martin’s yard and enjoy the whole Keighley experience.

Partnership Principles

  • Detailed partnership principles are available for every horse and can be obtained from either Paul Davis or Jon Hughes.  We have gone out of our way to make everything completely transparent and easy to understand.
  • All decisions on continuity to be made by the partners, taking on board the recommendations of the trainer.  We will have an annual review with the trainer and this will determine the ongoing plan.
  • All prize-money, and any budget surplus through VAT reclaims etc., to be returned to each partner as an annual dividend.
  • The horse will be sponsored, enabling VAT to be reclaimed and credited to the partnership.
  • All the administration will be done by the Owners for Owners team on behalf of the partnerships, and all we want to do is cover the necessary administration costs, e.g. VAT reclaims, book-keeping, preparation of annual accounts, administration of registrations etc., and web site updates.