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David's sensational 2014 results continued on Sunday when he saddled Move In Time to land a huge prize in France, the Group 1Prix De L'Abbaye at Longchamp. The in-form six-year-old joined David just under two years ago rated 89 and apparently fully exposed after 25 starts. However, David quickly worked his magic on Move In Time, saddling him to a very impressive first win on his debut for the stable last March, and he's never looked back since. Now established as a Group-class sprinter, he headed to Longchamp having finished second twice over course and distance and went one better on Sunday to bag the £166,658. Sunday's win capped a marvellous four week spell for David, in which he has trained two Group 1 winners, a further Group 2 winner, the Ayr Gold Cup winner and stacks of other winners around the country. All three Group winners began their careers in other stables, offering another timely reminder of David's amazing ability to improve horses from elsewhere. We'll be taking advantage of David's talents with two new syndicates which we will be buying for from the up-coming Horses In Training Sales, which take place at the end of October. The catalogue for the Horses In Training Sales is already out, with no less than 1,539 horses for David and the team to pick from. More details are available from the team.
With so many owners enquiring in recent weeks about our plans for syndicates with David O'Meara next year we can now confirm that we will be buying two horses from the up-coming horses in training sales to go to David next year. With well over 2,000 horses due to be sold at the up-coming Horses In Training Sales there will be no shortage of choice for our experts and David to consider. Last year David sourced his 2014 Group 1 and Group 2 winners from the Newmarket Horses In Training Sale, a source of countless previous winners for David. The Newmarket sale always offers lots of value and we're very much looking forward to working through the many possible recruits with David. If past evidence is any guide there is a great chance that whichever horses join us, they are likely to improve a good deal for joining David O'Meara. Since he started training David’s record with recruits from elsewhere is quite incredible. For our part our experts have a proud record to maintain given every single horse we've purchased from the Horses In Training Sales has won for their owners, such as Hit The Jackpot, a 12,000 Euros purchase who is pictured below after winning the feature race at Ripon on Ladies' Day earlier this year. With so many of our existing owners wanting to get involved in these syndicates we expect this year's Horses In Training Sales syndicates to fill in the days after the horses are purchased. However, it is possible for new owners to get involved in these syndicates by reserving a share ahead of the sales. For more information please contact us for details.
David's Midas touch of improving horses from other stables is no secret anymore. Any number of horses can be quoted when looking at what David can do with recruits from elsewhere with this year's Group 1 winner G-Force a leading example and there is no doubt Custom Cut is another. Joining David after 26 starts in Ireland, the son of Notnowcato looked fully exposed at a decent level when joining David, but in ten starts in his new surroundings the five-year-old has taken his form to a new level this year. A first win at Listed level in late June started a quite remarkable sequence that a has seen Custom Cut win two Listed races, two Group 3 races, and now a Group 2 contest, after Custom Cut bagged the Joel Stakes at Newmarket yesterday. Always in the front rank, he galloped on relentlessly under Danny Tudhope, pictured below after another of his winners in the Hambleton colours, to record an impressive win which suggests he'll be very competitive in Group 1 company. The Custom Cut story shows just what is possible when David takes horses from elsewhere. It will be interesting to see how much further this improving and likeable horse can go.
David's superb run of success shows no signs of stopping and our talented trainer landed another huge prize on Saturday when Louis The Pious took the hugely valuable Ayr Gold Cup. One of the most valuable sprint handicaps of the year and traditoinally one of the hardest to win, the Ayr Gold Cup is the latest big race to appear on David's CV. Louis The Pious may soon be one of David's favourite horses, given the in-form six-year-old also provided the talented trainer with his first Royal Ascot success in June. Giving the manner of his success at Ayr, some of the big Group races could eventually be on the radar of Louis The Pious, as he bids to continue his impressive surge through the ranks.
Sunday proved a really enjoyable social day for owners as they gathered at David O'Meara's stables for an Owners' morning at the stables. With horses on the gallops, fish and chips and ice creams to satisfy appetites, and the weather calm and dry, the day proved a notable success. Owners, who parked handily within the yard itself, were greeted by the Hambleton team and a choice of freshly made drinks and pastries. The refreshments, available throughout the morning, proved a big hit with owners, with a cappuccino just the most popular choice on the day, a short-head in front of a latte. In a very calm environment, owners enjoyed the chance to catch up with one another as the horses prepared to exercise in front of their owners. After the Hambleton horses were jocked up owners the preceded to the gallops to watch the horses exercise, with Hit The Jackpot looking in great form ahead of next weekend's engagement in a valuable race at Newbury. After the horses had been washed off all the Hambleton horses then paraded in front of owners gathered for the horse parade. The horses impressed onlookers with Supreme Occasion particularly taking the eye. Fourth in the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster's St Leger meeting last time out, Supreme Occasion now has the ultra-valuable Tattersalls Millions races on her agenda, and looked typically calm and collected as she posed for pictures in front of her owners. After the horses parade owners enjoyed a very relaxed tour of the yard, getting to see there horses up close and personal while the fish and chips and ice creams were prepared for owners to enjoy. Judging by the outstanding feedback it looks like the fish and chips option may become a firm favourite at our events at David's while the excellent ice creams also went down well. As owners relaxed in the yard after lunch there was plenty of talk and a good atmosphere as those present looked back and what has been a successful year to date and forwards to some more big days ahead. We'd like to thanks all owners who joined us on Sunday for playing their part in making the day such a success.
Saturday proved a red letter day for Kevin and the team as The Grey Gatsby won the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes. The impressive grey had already provided two huge wins for Kevin in the French Derby and Dante Stakes, but topped those efforts with a thrilling win from Epsom and Irish Derby winner Australia. The son of Mastercraftsman was some way behind the principals on the home turn but came with a strong challenge in the straight to down the long odds-on favourite and gain a memorable victory under Ryan Moore. The success means Kevin wins another Group 1 prize with the winner taking his earning towards two million pounds - a quite staggering level of achievement. The Grey Gatsby is now likely to head to Ascot for the Qipco Champion Stakes in mid-October, where a re-match with Australia could be on the cards. That would be a race to savour as Kevin's stable star locks horns with Ireland's best three-year-old again.
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!