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January / March 2020

On the racing front, the start of 2020 has been quiet.  With endless storms such as Ciara and Dennis blowing through in January and February, Middleham in particular had quite a hammering with extensive flooding, but fortunately Karl Burke and his team and John and Kirsty Weymes, who look after our pregnant mare Mayfair Rock, carried on safely with barely a hitch.  Similarly Martin Keighley was afraid that his state-of-the-art carpet gallops would be blown away and was out rolling them down late at night when the gales were blowing.  Our trainers are nothing if not committed.

Constitutional ran consistently over the winter on the all-weather and was in the money in five of his six recent races.  He was sold at the Tattersalls February sale and has headed off to an excellent home in Spain, where he will continue to race on the A/W.  Acey Milan and Dreamsundermyfeet both ran and then unfortunately we found a few physical niggles that needed to be sorted out.  Sarasota Star ran a blinder to be 4th at Catterick, and he will hopefully be winning soon. 

With the bad weather and boggy ground, however, most of our NH horses won’t be seen out again until early spring, including Ben Buie, Dreamsundermyfeet, Lord Condi, Luttrell Lad and Mozzaro.  One of our youngsters, who we’ve had since foal days and is now named Duke Of Luckley, is off to expert Martin Jones to be backed and then, after a summer holiday, he will be in full training as a 3yo juvenile bumper.  However, as he is by Mahler, it could well be that he will be a 4yo before he races – it can take time.

Increasingly we are linking up with other owners outside OfO syndicates, and we will be following Foreshore and Gold Mountain in the spring, with Karl Burke and Martin Keighley respectively.  We’re also involved in a new breeding syndicate with our former Charlie Longsdon trained mare, Scented Lily, heading over to Ireland for a date with Coolmore’s Getaway.

Unfortunately the Covid-19 epidemic took its toll on the country and, inevitably, all racing was suspended.  The safety of the nation had to come first.  Owners for Owners wish everyone the very best and that our friends and owners emerge from the lockdown unscathed.  On the racing front though it was frustrating that Melekhov was not able to reappear in a handicap hurdle at the end of March, nor were Luttrell Lad and Mozzaro able to make their long-awaited bumper debuts.  As with all our horses they have been turned away now, but will come back into training on 1st June and hopefully racing will resume over the spring / summer.  Lord Condi is the only horse to remain in training, and as a summer jumper he is ticking over with Martin Keighley.