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National Hunt Horses, 2018/19

Acey Milan: Anthony Honeyball

Acey Milan

This beautifully correct and athletic gelding by Milan (regularly in the top three of the NH Sires table) was bought privately from Bryan Murphy of the famed Dunraven Arms in Adare in early 2015.  Bryan has had numerous successes in top races on Grade 1 tracks and we’re hoping that Acey Milan performs at the same level.


Acey Milan Chart

This lad certainly did us proud in his first season, finishing as the top bumper horse in the UK by at least half a stone.  He raced five times;  won three, including two Listed bumpers;  and then came 4th in the Cheltenham Champion Bumper.  Will go novice hurdling in the Autumn and we’re hoping he’ll be a top contender in staying hurdles.


Dr Dunraven: Martin Keighley

Dr Dunraven

The sire Dr Massini, by Sadlerís Wells, has done well in NH, not least with Massiniís Maguire, Sound Investment, Rocky Creek and the prolific 13x winner Fosterís Cross. The dam line contains many notable horses including Wahiba Sands who won 11x and was placed 19x and Fistral Beach who won the Bet 365 at Wetherby.


Dr Dunraven Chart

He moved to Martin’s with the blessing of Philip Hobbs after a few initial disappointing runs.  Having sorted out a number of problems, the horse ran a belter at Uttoxeter on his debut for the new yard, finishing a good 2nd staying on, and would have won in a few strides.  Is now over a minor niggle and reappears Autumn 2017.


Lord Condi: Martin Keighley

Lord Condi

Sire Papal Bull, by Montjeu, was a thoroughly genuine middle-distance winner on the Flat, picking up the Chester Vase and the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot. The dam line contains immediate winners in the family while the granddam, Only Royale, won the Yorkshire Oaks. No lack of stamina in this pedigree.


Lord Condi Chart

As a 5yo, he is a big, strong individual with bags of scope, and is a horse that Martin is really excited about.  We found out early on that he must have good ground and prefers a galloping track.  On his third run, at Fontwell in May 2018, he won bravely and decisively.  Will run in the Spring, Summer and Autumn only.


Melekhov: Philip Hobbs


Bought by Aiden Murphy at the Tattersalls Foal Sale in November 2014, this striking son of Sholokhov has developed into a fine prospect.  His sire won the Grand Criterium and quickly gained recognition with the Gold Cup-winning exploits of Don Cossack.  Aiden as buyer & Philip as trainer are a most successful combination.


Melekhov Chart

There are some classy relatives in his dam line such as Bekhara (Grand Prix de Paris), Behrajan (Cheltenham winner) and Barizan (Champion Irish 4yo).  It didn’t take Melekhov long to show that he is a talented individual, with three outings, finishing 2nd and then winning twice in bumpers.  Will go novice hurdling in the Autumn.


Scented Lily: Charlie Longsdon

Scented Lily

By four-time Champion Sire Presenting, from the Best Mate family, this filly is bred in the purple and if she can win over jumps, will have a high residual value. Few sires have produced two Cheltenham Gold Cup winners and three Grand National winners. There are seven Cheltenham winners on the dam side, notably Best Mate.


Scented Lily Chart

Being so stoutly bred, it was always apparent that Scented Lily would need time to develop, and she didn’t run during her first season with us.  Needed the experience in her first four runs in 2017.  Had a pipe-opener at Kempton in 2018 and then was unlucky not to win over a longer trip at Market Rasen.  Should be winning soon.


Ben Buie: Martin Keighley

Ben Buie

Few sires have been more successful than Presenting.  You only have to think of his offspring Ballabriggs, Bally Casey, Denman, Dunguib, First Lieutenant, On His Own, War Of Attrition or Yorkhill.  The dam line of this gorgeous 4yo is also impressive, including the likes of Fairy Rath, Dato Star and Hoh Invader.  A lovely prospect.


Ben Buie Breeding Chart

Bought in May 2017, he needed time to develop into his big frame and was brought along patiently for us in Ireland.  Came over to Martin Keighley in the Spring 2018 and has impressed everyone with his size, scope and beautiful action.  Has been turned away for Spring but should appear in bumpers from Summer onwards.


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