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Our latest syndicate, the Kevin Ryan Breeze Up syndicate, has already proved very popular as Kevin bids to secure a horse to build on last year’s stunning results with his breeze up acquisitions. Over the course of April and May over 700 horses will be catalogued and breeze under the watchful eye of Kevin and his team and but in many cases it will not be the first time that the team have seen the horses in action. Hard work and research have proven great allies to Kevin in the past as he goes about the business of securing quality young horses without breaking the bank. Part of the process is seeing the horses prepared while they are still with their sales yards and it’s obviously a nice advantage to have to be able to take riders over to sit and breeze upon the horses that many will only see for the first time at the sales. We’ll be discussing the results with Kevin ahead of the start of the Breeze Up sale season as we bid to secure another quality horse for owners to enjoy. More details can be found on Kevin’s available horses page.
The headline may sound crazy but rest assured it’s all in a good cause. It’s true: David O’Meara is indeed set to ride a camel later this year at Catterick’s charity raceday on 27th August. The day is in aid of the excellent charity Racing Welfare which does so much good looking after the interests of the unsung heroes of our sport. Over the past decade Hambleton Racing have supported many of racing’s key charities including raising thousands of pounds for Racing Welfare, who serve the needs of racing personnel from the beginning of their careers through to retirement. The wide range of help provided includes mentoring schemes for young workers, advice for those coping with illness and disabilities, right through to specialist counselling and support at times of need or personal crisis. In this case Hambleton Racing are helping by sponsoring the camel in question (no details or form card available yet!) that will be ridden by David in the Hambleton silks. It promises to be a great, fun day and we will of course have further details on line later this year about the day.
There were some great scenes at Southwell on Thursday as Amy Ryan made her second ride back from injury a winning one aboard Star Up In The Sky. Amy, who was crowned champion apprentice in 2012, had suffered an awful fall from Bogart at York late last summer and following advice from the experts had delayed her return from injury until the early months of 2014. A comeback spin at Kempton a few weeks earlier provided a first return to action and the highly talented young rider wasted little time in returning to the winners’ enclosure, producing a strong, well timed challenge aboard Star Up In The Sky on Thursday to make her second ride back a winning one. Amy was understandably delighted with the return to winning ways as her father Kevin welcomed her back into first place. Amy’s current strike rate of 50% will be hard to maintain through 2014 but it’s great to see her back riding and we’re very much looking forward to getting Amy back in the Hambleton silks in the near future.
With just six weeks to go till the start of the flat season and the yards a hive of activity we're all beginning to look forward to another great season of racing. This year the season will kick off with something of bang with our complimentary Owners Day at Doncaster, on the first weekend of the flat season. We’ve had some great times at Doncaster at our previous Owner days and Sunday March 30th promises to be another as many old friends get together at the start of the season. Many owners will be joining us for the first time at a Hambleton social gathering and can rely upon receiving a warm welcome to owning with Hambleton. We're all looking forward to the day which promises to be the perfect way to celebrate the start of the 2014 flat season.
Another young horse that is progressing very well at Kevin’s yard is our filly by Approve, who has developed nicely over the winter and looks a picture of health. The DBS Premier graduate has a possible date at the Ebor meeting on her agenda in a big sales race and as a half-sister to the tough, Listed placed winner Lily Rules looks an exciting horse to look forward to. Kevin reports her attitude has been excellent in all her work and while it’s still some time till any go-faster buttons are considered at home everyone who has had anything to do with the filly has only pleasant things to say. Kevin has had any number of top young horses under his care and this filly is currently enjoying the same preparations that those horses enjoyed. It will not be long before her owners get together at the stables for her naming day, when the filly will be named and her owners will get the chance to see her in action on the gallops and get up close and personal with the filly at the stables. The excitement is certainly building as the new flat season draws closer.
It’s too early for any of the young horses to be going through the gears at home just yet but the young horses are certainly stepping up their workloads now as they continue to build muscle and fitness ahead of the start of their racing careers. One horse who is really starting to look the part is our two-year-old by first-season sire Fast Company. A strong colt, he looks a picture at home and is coping easily with his exercise regime at the moment. Kevin is a past master at preparing these young horses for action and knows when to push the buttons and when to ease off as he prepares the two-year-olds for the challenges that lie ahead in their racing careers. This experience, skilled approach is a one of many important elements that helps explain why Kevin enjoys so much success with two-year-olds, training Listed or Group winning juveniles in each of the last nine years. Last year Kevin's cup overflowed as he enjoyed a stellar year with the two-year-olds, securing a 1-2 in the Group 1 Middle Park, not to mention winning the Group 2 Gimcrack at York and other significant big races. It’s very early days but past history shows it’s nigh on certain there are a few Group class performers amongst Kevin’s class of 2014. At this stage the dream is very much alive for this young horse and his owners.
We can confirm that our well bred filly be Teofilo is sold out. She looks a very exciting young horse and it will not be long till her owners will be heading to the stables for her naming day. Our next syndicate this year is the 2014 Kevin Ryan Breeze Up Syndicate, which is already open and nearly half full already. Kevin’s record with Breeze Up purchases is quite amazing and we’re really looking forward to seeing what our trainer and his excellent team can source for us this year. More details about the syndicate can be found on Kevin’s Available Horses page.
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. For the past seven years 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 a long period and we’re fully committed to maintaining the excellent levels of success our owners expect. 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 for 2013, not to mention a selection of seriously exciting two-year-olds. The promise the young horses are showing coupled with the quality of the older horses gives us plenty of confidence that we can build further on the excellent results achieved in the previous seven years. By doing this we’ll ensure that vital ingredient we all crave: success!
There is little doubt the David O’Meara winner meter is about to start ticking over faster and faster with the yard back at full capacity and the horses looking in great order. David is delighted with the progress of the horses and was very positive about our filly by Teofilo when we caught up with him this week. Her trainer explained that she’s developed well since arrival and waltzed through the breaking in process, showing a fine attitude along the way. As David says, she has a proper pedigree, being by a Group 1-winning two-year-old who has already sired several Group 1 winners out of a mare that has produced a Group 1 placed horse that won Group races , not to mention several other talented individuals. David views her as a filly with a bit of quality and with her progress so serene this year has backed off her in recent weeks to allow her to blossom further. David has entered this exciting filly, in which we have just one twelfth share left available, in the two ultra-valuable Tattersalls Millions races for which this exciting filly is one of just 100 qualified entries. It will not be long before her owners gather for this exciting filly’s naming day at the stables to see more of the filly in person and of course give her that all important racing name. After that the excitement will really start!
The two-year-olds are busy, the top jockeys are back in the yard and there is an undeniable buzz around the O’Meara and Ryan yards at the moment as the horses continue to gear up for the start of the season. With much racing talk focused on Cheltenham it’s easy to forget Doncaster’s Lincoln meeting is less than seven weeks away but there is no escaping the fact at the yards with the gallops busy and the many horses freshly clipped in preparation for the new season. The young horses are changing all the time at the moment and are really starting to look the part as their preparation for the new season continues apace. Everything is certainly bubbling up nicely as the hard work continues to prepare the horses for the challenges that lie ahead in 2014. With some exciting young horses to look forward to and some star quality returning to action, this year promises much and the countdown to the new flat racing year is firmly under way.