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Kevin Ryan has long made a habit of winning races at the big meetings and was quick to get off the mark at this year's St Leger meeting with Salateen bagging the first race under Jamie Spencer. The son of Dutch Art made no mistake in the valuable nursery, travelling powerfully up front before readily asserting from a solid field to win well. The standard of this success Listed and Group races will be back on the agenda soon for the exciting juvenile, who ran credibly in a warm renewal of the Group 3 Acomb Stakes on his previous start. The success not only gave Kevin another winner at a big meeting, but also kept his warm run of form going, this being Kevin's fifth winner in the past five days.
Hot on the heels of a first Group 1 winner David reached another notable milestone when winning the two-year-old maiden at Redcar with Snow Cloud, to notch his hundredth winner of the current campaign. Such as been David's meteoric rise in the training ranks another century of winners is almost expected now, but the achievement should not be taken lightly as to have that many winners means the horses need to be in good form pretty much all year round. To hit a century in the first half of September is great going and given how the horses are running it looks certain there will be many more successes to add to the ever-growing winner tally before the end of the year. We've enjoyed some fantastic results with David in 2014 and look forward to many more this year, and of course next year, when our recruits from the yearling and Horse In Training Sales will be in action.
Winning big races and generous prize money is very much in everyone's best interests and Kevin has never been one to shy away from a trip abroad when circumstances are in his favour. This sporting outlook was once again rewarded on Sunday, when Glory Awaits won the Group 2 Topkapi Trophy in Turkey under Neil Callan. The winner received a whopping £225,000 for the success, the most valuable prize on offer at the weekend, topping the British Group 1 prize money comfortably. Glory Awaits, a £33,000 graduate from the DBS Premier Sales, provides yet another great advert for Kevin's talents on the big stage with horses bought at a realistic level. The globe-trotting money spinner is likely to be out and racing again soon.
The success story of David O'Meara shows no signs of slowing down and David entered illustrious company at the weekend when winning his first Group 1 race via G Force in the Haydock Sprint Cup. Coming into the care of David as a once-raced, promising maiden last October, G-Force has never looked back and David's undoubted talent at improving horses from elsewhere has never been more evident. After recording many wins at Group 2 level, a first Group 1 win proves something that many of us have known for a while - that David can win races at the very highest level. We're all thrilled for David and the hard working team. After this success who knows what will be next!
We're delighted to be able to confirm details of this year's DBS Premier Yearling recruits for Kevin Ryan. The DBS Premier Yearling Sales have provided a conveyor belt of winners for our owners over the lest decade, including this year's star two-year-old Fast Act, who has the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at next week's St. Leger meeting as his next target. Kevin Ryan has sourced us two horses this year, a stunning filly by Canford Cliffs, and a quality colt by 2000 Guineas winner Makfi. As predicted, the Canford Cliffs filly sold out soon after joining us whilst it also looks likely the Makfi colt will be sold out in the next few days. More details about the Makfi colt are available from the team.
Sunday proved another really enjoyable as the sun shone down on owners at this year’s summer barbeque. Over the past decade this event has consistently been one of our most popular days and this year’s once again contained the key ingredients for an enjoyable day, namely good company, plentiful refreshments, an entertaining surprise or two and, of course, the horses. The day started on the gallops with owners enjoying a selection of hot drinks, pastries and hot sausages as the conversation flowed in the morning sunshine. Kevin Ryan joined owners on the gallops ahead of the horses arrival and the equine squad looked in great order as Red Paladin led the string up the gallops. As the horses walked back down the gallops owners got closer to the action to get some nice pictures of their horses, who were turned out in great condition by Kevin’s team. From the gallops owners headed into Kevin’s yard for the horse parade, where all the HR horses paraded in front of Kevin’s watchful eye. Owners enjoyed catching up with last year’s Royal Ascot winner Lightning Cloud and this year's star two-year-old Fast Act, pictured below, who was in typically ebullient mood during the parade. The parade closed with two yearlings who joined us from the recent DBS Premier Yearling Sales. The yearlings, by Canford Cliffs and Makfi, were admirably calm and collected as they walked around in front of Kevin and a sizeable audience, impressing everyone with their behaviour. The filly by Canford Cliffs is already fully syndicated while the Makfi colt, on the near side of the picture below, is understandably proving very popular as well. After the horse parade owners enjoyed a relaxed tour of the yard to see their horses and catch up with stable stars such as Classic winner The Grey Gatsby. The action then moved from the yard around the corner to the Hambleton Inn, open exclusively for owners for the morning and afternoon, and enjoyed an excellent barbeque prepared by Tracey which provided some much-needed brain food ahead of this year’s summer barbeque quiz, which offered teams the chance to gain up to 34 points. The Sir Domino and Keep To The Beat teams tied for the runner-up berth prompting a lengthy tie-breaker in which teams either both answered correctly, or incorrectly, to the first six answers, much to the amusement of the crowd. Eventually the Sir Domino team claimed second place behind the aptly named ‘Winners-R-Us’, pictured below receiving their prize, who managed an impressive 32 points in the quiz. After the quiz there was plenty of excitement as owners gathered to watch Cosmo and Simon prepare to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, with our ever-thoughtful trainer Kevin providing some extra ice for Simon’s bucket at the last minute, just to ensure it was as cold as possible. There were no shortage of volunteers to tip the ice over the lads, with Sam and landlord Paul tipping the ice over Cosmo and Brian and Colleen doing the honours for Simon. After a 10-down-to-one countdown the guys received a proper drenching, much to the amusement of everyone. Footage of the challenge, which raised £350 for the charity, wis expected to hit Facebook and Youtube soon. After the ice had melted owners stayed and relaxed into late afternoon over drinks at the Hambleton, as everyone reflected on what had been another enjoyable day in and around the horses. We'd like to thank all our owners for making the day the success it was with a special thanks reserved for John, who kindly took some excellent pictures throughout the afternoon. We'll have more pictures on line soon.
Sunday promises to be a great, fun-filled day for owners as we get together again at Hambleton for a day at Kevin's stables. The HR horses will be cantering in front of owners on the gallops where refreshments will be available before owners head into the yard and see the horses at closer quarters As ever, Caroline has planned some fun and off-the-wall entertainment for after lunch and we're really looking forward to what we hope and expect will be another very enjoyable day. A quick pictorial reminder of last year's event is below.
2014 has been a year of great success on many levels for us but we were proud to break new ground on Wednesday when winning our first ever camel race at Catterick. Race goers and Racing UK viewers have seen our silks carried to success many times at the North Yorkshire venue so it perhaps shouldn’t have been a great surprise to see the impressive Cath Walton guiding Ruby home in our silks to win the first of two races in the Racing Welfare Camel Challenge, despite laughing pretty much continuously for just about the entire race! Cath was one of eight racing celebrities who had generously agreed to take part in the venture organised by a good friend of Hambleton, Anne Jacques-Morgan, who now works tirelessly for Racing Welfare, raising funds for a charity which does so much good throughout the racing industry. Anne’s idea of getting the likes of trainer Ben Haslam, Racing UK presenter Niall Hannity and amateur jockey Cath Walton to ride the camels and raise funds for Racing Welfare in front of active racing crowd was inspired and proved really popular, raising much-needed funds for the charity. We were delighted to support such a worthwhile cause but slightly perplexed there was no stewards enquiry after the final in which Ben Haslam-ridden camel was first past the post ahead of Cath and Ruby. The replays, and the picture below, appear to show a pre-mediated move by the winning rider to hamper our charge, but for which we believe we would have maintained our 100 percent success record in camel races! If Cath could have stopped laughing we feel sure she’d have appealed but the result was allowed to stand. Aside all the fun and laughter it looks as though Anne is set raise well over £1,500 for Racing Welfare. If you would like to help boost the total further you can do so by supporting Anne on the following page.
Success at the Ebor meeting is pretty routine for Kevin Ryan and he finished the meeting as he started, by taking the valuable closing sprint handicap to bookend the meeting. Online Alexander was always travelling well en-route to recording an impressive win in the valuable race under Kevin Stott. Kevin was on hand to greet his winner which capped another successful Ebor week, in which the highlight was a placed horse, rather than a winner, courtesy of The Grey Gatsby’s excellent second in the Group 1 Juddmonte International. Attention now turns to finding next year’s star performers, with Kevin heading off to the sales complex at Doncaster ahead of the DBS Premier Yearling sales, looking for next year’s stars that can perform at big meetings like York.
It’s been another incredible year for David O’Meara and our trainer enjoyed another significant win on Saturday when Custom Cut took the Group 3 Strensall Stakes. David had a great Ebor meeting last year but this year’s leading trainer at York took things a step further this time around by bagging his first Group race at the meeting. Custom Cut is yet another fine advert for David’s ability to improve seemingly thoroughly exposed horses from elsewhere. A solid performer when trainer in Ireland, he joined David late last year and has since taken his form to higher level, improving perhaps as much as ten pounds. That crucial step forward has seen him win his last four races, landing Listed events at Windsor and Pontefract before taking back-to-back Group 3 races at Leopardstown, and now York. This latest big win was followed by another routine win later in the day at Redcar as David rapidly closes in on another century of winners.