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It may surprise many but as soon as the curtain comes down on this year’s Ebor meeting the work starts looking at next year’s potential star performers. On Sunday morning the 502 horses catalogued in this year’s DBS Premier Yearling Sales will all be present at the Doncaster sales ground and Kevin’s team of bloodstock experts will by analysing the youngsters closely to see which horses qualify for a further inspection on Monday. Many of the horses have already been seen by Kevin’s team whilst they are being prepared for the sales and that banked knowledge coupled with how the horses show themselves and behave at Doncaster will help Kevin whittle the 500 or so possible purchases into a manageable number of potential recruits. The horses bought in Doncaster will be next year’s exciting two-year-olds and it’s just over a year to the day that Kevin sourced Fast Act from the sales. The speedy two-year-old is likely to be in Group race action again next month, as he is prepared for the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster’s St. Leger, meeting, a race Kevin has of course won before. Kevin’s team feel the quality on show at this year’s sales is likely to be better than ever and owners in this year’s DBS Premier syndicate will be awaiting news from the sales to find out the details Kevin sources for the syndicate. It’s an exciting time of year as Kevin swaps the smart attire of the Ebor meeting for more comfortable clothes for the hard work at Doncaster. Past history suggests it’s highly likely Kevin will return with a smart horse or two with Hototo, Bogart and Fast Act just three purchases from recent years to be hugely successful.
He may not have won but The Grey Gatsby provided Kevin with another impressive result on Wednesday when chasing home this year’s horse of the year elect Australia in the Group 1 Juddmonte Stakes at York. The impressive grey travelled well through the contest before making the dual Derby winner work hardest in a race of outstanding quality. His impressive second earned him another £172,000 in prize money, taking his earnings to date to nearly £1.3 million, and that total looks sure to rise further as the impressive and progressive grey continues to tackle some of the world’s best races. The win followed a perfect start to the Ebor meeting for Kevin, when his daughter Amy brought Blaine with a devastating late run to win the valuable opening sprint handicap that started the meeting. Blaine’s success means our trainer has enjoyed winners for four consecutive years at the Ebor meeting as Kevin’s terrific record of consistency continues.
We are delighted to bring you some of the pictures from Supreme Occasion impressive win at Newcastle. The daughter of Teofilo showed improved form on her debut win at Thirsk and may be out again soon to try to defend her unbeaten record. In the meantime we can enjoy the sunny scenes at Gosforth Park as the Owners of Supreme Occasion have yet another day in the Winners' Enclosure.
Thursday proved another great day for owners of Supreme Occasion as the quality filly won her second race of her promising career at Newcastle. A taking winner on her debut at Thirsk where she bagged the £10,000 Racing Post Yearling Bonus for owners, Supreme Occasion followed up in pleasing style under red-hot stable apprentice Sam James, who always had the filly well positioned. She travelled well through the race before stamping her authority over the Group 2-entered runner-up Arabian Bride in the closing stages. The win sparked some great scenes in the winners’ enclosure as owners welcomed their winner back in before listening intently to Sam’s feedback after the race. The ultra-valuable Tattersalls Millions races are firmly on Supreme Occasion’s agenda later this year but in the meantime this exciting filly is likely to continue gaining experience and prize money whilst giving her owners a fantastic time. We’ll have pictures and reaction to her latest win on line soon.
Saturday promises to be a really exciting day for many of our owners with two runners in action at the Shergar Cup at Ascot. The event is a brilliant occasion for owners as some of the world’s top riders come together for the team-based event, with excellent prize money on offer in all races. Riders wear team colours so those looking to follow the Hambleton horses should note it will not be our familiar silks but the light blue and black team colours of the European team that Grandorio, our first runner on the afternoon in the Shergar Cup Challenge Handicap (2.05) will wear, with a distinguishing light blue cap. Grandorio will be ridden by none other than Frankie Dettori, pictured above, who captains Team Europe and of course will always by synonymous with Ascot after riding all seven winners there in 2006. Few, if any, ride Ascot better than Frankie and it’s sure to be a really memorable experience for owners as they soak up the atmosphere and have the craic in the paddock with the super star jockey. Hi The Jackpot’s owners will not have long to wait for their chance to get involved in the excitement as he goes in the very next race, the Shergar Cup Mile Handicap (2.40). In this race our allegiance will switch to team Great Britain and Ireland as top rider Jimmy Fortune dons the green and black of his team, with a distinguishing white cap. Jimmy is a vastly experienced and of course very experienced around Ascot and it’s a real boost to Jackpot’s prospects to have him aboard. Hit The Jackpot, pictured below after winning the feature race at Ripon on Ladies Day, has given his owners an incredible time this year, winning races at Beverley, Musselburgh and Ripon before finishing runner-up at Ascot last time. His fun-loving syndicate are enjoying every moment and the Shergar Cup will be another memory-making day for his owners. Saturday promises to be another special occasion for all and we’re delighted to give our owners the chance to be involved in such a great event.
There are many important aspects to owning a racehorse. Having a good time at the stables and at the races is of course hugely important while we believe that it’s equally vital to keep our owners bang up to date with all the latest news with their horses. Looking after each owner as an individual is an important part of our sole owner service approach but ultimately of course we want the horses to perform well where it matters – on the racecourse. Over the past decade Hambleton Racing have worked hard to achieve good results, not just by sourcing the right horses, but also by placing them in the right races. Our Racing Consultant, Racing Post Handicapper Simon Turner, helps our top trainers Kevin Ryan and David O’Meara plan the campaigns of the Hambleton horses and the approach has yielded some excellent results. Indeed, our racing record is a very proud one. Since our first year to present day, over 50% of our total runners have either won or been placed. Put simply this means that Hambleton Racing’s owners are odds-on to end up in the winners' enclosure every time they go racing. Such consistent and excellent results have been achieved over the last decade and we’re fully committed to maintaining the excellent levels of success our owners expect over the next ten years. In Kevin Ryan and David O’Meara Hambleton Racing’s owners enjoy the skills of two of the very best trainers around. The expertise of our trainers has helped us amass a talented team of proven horses on a sensible budget, with horses like the Group placed Fast Act and multiple winner Hit The Jackpot great examples. The ability and abundant promise of our current squad gives us plenty of confidence that we can build further on the excellent results achieved over the past ten years. By doing this we’ll ensure that vital ingredient we all crave: success!
We’re pleased to announce a new fixture to Hambleton social diary - a day at the stables of David O’Meara. We’ll be getting together at David’s stables on Sunday, September 14th when our existing owners can join us for a relaxed and informal day. The day will contain all the usual ingredients needed for an enjoyable Hambleton social day and will kick off with the chance to see the Hambleton horses on the gallops before a parade in the yard. Lunch will of course be provided and we’re really looking forward to getting together with owners for another fun, all-complimentary day around the horses.
It’s been an exciting spell of summer racing with some great moments along the way. Whether at the races or the stables, the most important thing for us is that owners enjoy their day and racing experience, and we’ve been inundated with some very kind feedback from our wonderful owners of late. Some comments from our Doncaster HR Owners day can be viewed via our new video on the home page of this site. Here is a selection of other recent comments: ‘What a day Hit The Jackpot runs a great second at Ascot and Supreme Occasion wins her debut maiden. Congratulations to all involved and many thanks to you all at Hambleton Racing. Carry on giving us a great racing experience.’ Tony & Pauline. ‘Well done to everyone at Hambleton Racing for giving myself and Maggie the best days racing of my life. We are still flying high and will not come down for a while.’ Joe & Maggie ‘Thanks for an amazing day at Ascot. Another fantastic run by Jackpot and a first time winner for Supreme Occasion. Cosmo’s hospitality was fantastic and we are still waiting to come down to earth.’ Peter and Sarah ‘I just wanted to say thank you very much for yesterday!! Supreme Occasion was an absolute star and a great job has been done by you all, and especially by David!! The occasion (and especially winning) was one of the greatest days of our life and we hope and look forward to many more good days like yesterday in the future!’ Geoff & Julie ‘Just a quick note to thank you all for sorting our visit today. Paul was a great host and a great help for us as newbies!! We were very impressed with the standards and overall professionalism. The biggest upside was Margaret was so impressed with the stables and the team she is now as keen as I am, which is a plus.’ Paul & Margaret ‘A big thanks to all the team for our best day ever in racing. What a day, it was brilliant! ‘ Eddie
It’s been a memorable year for owners of Hit The Jackpot, and his syndicate enjoyed another great day's racing on Friday when their quality performer finished an excellent second at Ascot. The day was extra special for Tony and Peter who are not only owners in Hit The Jackpot, but also Supreme Occasion, who went one better than Jackpot when winning on her racecourse debut at Thirsk and bagging the Racing Post £10,000 Yearling Bonus. Tony had joked he needed a helicopter to keep up with his racehorse string prior to deciding to head to Ascot rather than Thirsk. The decision was justified when Hit The Jackpot took his 2014 earnings to over £20,000 in the valuable race at Ascot and by that time Tony, Pauline, Peter and Sarah, pictured above, had already hit the champagne with Hambleton’s head racing manager Cosmo to celebrate the success of Supreme Occasion. As the pictures show it was a fun, memory-making afternoon as owners relaxed and enjoyed the moment. Both horses are likely to be in action soon with Hit The Jackpot having a range of valuable options to target prior to a run at the Ebor meeting and Supreme Occasion likely to gain further experience prior to targeting the ultra-valuable Tattersalls Millions races at Newmarket. It promises to be a very exciting time for all concerned!
One of our most popular syndicates is always the DBS Premier Yearling Sales syndicate and we’re pleased to say this syndicate is now open for next month’s sale. The quality on offer at the August DBS Premier Sale is one of the most consistent traits in the modern bloodstock industry with quality horses such as Shoshoni Wind (£15,000) regularly available. The sale, which takes place late next month, turns out classy Group winning horses year in year out, but does so on a budget that makes buying and owning these quality horses realistic. Kevin’s record from this sale is of course excellent with a selection of his recent buys below highlighting the quality on offer. Hototo (£22,000) Winner of Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, the DBS Premier Yearling race, earning over £270,000 Indian Jade (£13,000) Placed at Group 1 level, sold on for over £300,000 Bogart (£32,000) Winner of the DBS Premier Yearling race and Redcar Two-year-old Trophy, earning over £275,000, If any further evidence was needed the likes of Reckless Abandon (£24,000), a two-time Group 1 winner who was sold on for millions to Godolphin shows just what is possible. With all this in mind we are of course excitedly looking forward to seeing what quality Kevin can find for our owners this year. Last year Kevin sourced Fast Act for our owners and the son of Fast Company has given his owners an amazing experience to date, amassing nearly £50,000 in prize money to date whilst taking his owners to some of the biggest race days of ther Summer. He's currently valued at £150,000. Our DBS Premier Yearling Syndicate has not gone on open sale in the past five years, with all shares taken by those reserving a share, or existing owners. We are once again expecting interest to be strong and that this syndicate will be complete ahead of the sales. Plans for this syndicate are now available to view in our available horses area.