Before his recent win, he was very unlucky when running in a Point to Point on 24th March when his reins broke and he had to be pulled up in the home straight. He would have otherwise finished first or second.
Interestingly he is trained by Martin Cullinane. Formally a successful breeder of horses, but with very limited training facilities and employing just one member of staff to ride out, so each horse has to exercise alone.
Martin Keighley is an outstanding and successful trainer who trained Foxtrot’s Solstice Star to three wins this season. Witness Protecton is a horse that is sure to improve for using the the excellent gallops and schooling facilities at Martin’s Condicote Stables. The yard, which is near Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire was for many years the home of David ‘The Duke’ Nicholson.
Witness Protection is a six year old who already has experience of jumping in Point to Point races so he’ll go straight hurdling. He’ll have a short holiday before running through the second half of the summer season and into the first half of the winter season before progressing to chasing next year.
Any horse from Irish Point to Points ‘could be anything’ and there is always an unknown element of how the form will translate under rules. However there are plenty of signs that this is a horse with a lot of ability and who takes his racing well. He is a sensible price and should give us a lot of fun.
“We’ve won three races this season with Solstice Star and I’m expecting Witness Protection to continue providing winners for Foxtrot Racing. Derek O’Connor is a good friend of mine and he was very keen for us to purchase Witness Protection after he rode him in a Point to Point in Ireland. He’s a stunning looking horse and I’m very excited to be training him”. Martin Keighley
All his form and further photographs can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
Witness Protection cost £21,000. There are 20 shares available and the maximum cost to include purchase and costs until 1st November 2019 will be £2,100 per share.
He is currently in training and it won’t be long before he’s ready to run!
This is broken down as £1,050 for the purchase of a 5% share in Witness Protection, £75 to cover purchase costs including vetting and transport and £975 to cover all training and racing costs. After 1st November a financial statement will be distributed to the syndicate and any unspent funds and prizemoney won will be credited to the members.
The total cost of £2,100 per share can be paid either upfront or in monthly instalments of five payments of £420.