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We can now confirm that the 2015 Kevin Ryan Breeze Up syndicate is open. The syndicate will be purchasing from this spring's Breeze Up sales and despite only being open for a matter of hours the first few places have already been reserved, with two owners who had contacted us in December having taken their places. Of course, Kevin’s record with two-year-olds is simply superb, with his 2013 Group 1 Middle Park 1-2 both secured at the Breeze Ups, as was The Grey Gatsby who defeated Epsom Derby winner Australia when taking the second of his Group 1 wins last year. Last year Kevin sourced us Sir Domino from Newmarket's Guineas Breeze Up sale and he has proved an excellent recruit, winning his maiden in great style at Leicester. He's an exciting horse to look forward to in 2015. Kevin and his team will once again be putting in weeks of work ahead of the sales to try and stay where they have been for most of the past decade – ahead of the game. As in recent years we expect this syndicate to once again fill ahead of the sales. More details are available on Kevin’s available horses page.
Kevin Ryan's name is well established amongst the training elite with Group 1 winners featuring regularly on his cv. However, that wasn't always the case, with Kevin starting his training career in 1998 at Hambleton with a relative bunch of waifs and strays. Ever since saddling his winner that year Kevin has made significant year on year investment at Hambleton, taking the historic training facility into the modern age with new barns, an equine spa and state of the art equine treadmill just some of the noteworthy additions and improvements Kevin has made to the yard itself. Significant drainage and gallops investment is behind the superb facility the horses enjoy throughout the year while the yard's own rubber floored medical room is another improvement that is of great benefit for the horses and owners. The regular investment by Kevin has of course reaped huge dividends for his owners with his 2014 Group 1 wins highlighting that a horse trained with Kevin can take on and beat the very best horses in the world, just as The Grey Gatsby did when taking the scalp of Australia in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Kevin's incredible record of having won two-year-old Listed or Group races for each of the last ten years is further evidence of the prowess of the Hambleton inmates. This winter has witnessed more development and investment by Kevin and the results are now there for all to see. The last of the yard's wooden boxes have been replaced with new brick built boxes which are not are not only easy on the eye but also offer the horses slightly more room, and excellent air flow when at rest. Much of the yard has been resurfaced while the area of Kevin's yard near the office and one of his three horse walkers has been widened significantly and resurfaced to offer both horses and owners alike more room to enjoy. Outside the yard a new walkway has also been installed which reduces what was an already safe and short journey to the gallops still further. Some may question why bother with a such a simple, small change but Kevin's commitment to keep improving his facilities has been proved a successful formula over the last 17 years.
We'd like to take this chance to wish all our owners and website users a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. At a time of year when many of us get to relax we recognise that the team at the stables have to work as hard as ever, often in difficult conditions. In recognition of their efforts and hard work throughout the year Hambleton Racing provided warm refreshments over the weekend, with the bacon rolls and mince pies as well received as ever. Caroline, Cosmo, Paul and Simon would like to take this chance to thank all our owners for their support during 2014. We hope you have an excellent Christmas and a happy, winner-filled New Year.
We can now confirm that two new horses are joining the team from the recent Horses In Training Sales. First Sitting joins us to race for David O'Meara and if past evidence is anything to go by he should be a horse to follow. David has a fine record when recruiting from Dermot Weld with nine-time winner Powerful Presence, who also arrived as a maiden, and three-time York winner Anderiego, both joining David at the end of their three-year-old campaign in Ireland, just like First Sitting. The other horse to join David from Dermot Weld's stable is Hit The Jackpot, who has given his owners a year to remember in 2014, winning three races, including the feature on Ladies Day at Ripon. Hit The Jackpot, pictured below with his delighted owners, also placed at York's Ebor meeting and at Ascot to further enhance David's excellent record with recruits from the Weld stable. First Sitting showed plenty of ability in three maiden runs, and as an unexposed full brother to a Group 1 winner looks just the type of horse that can flourish for the change of training regime that David offers. The second horse to join us, Market Share, will also be trained by David. Market Share boasts some quality form having been placed twice at Listed level. The son of Zamindar was beaten around two lengths in a Group 3 race over a mile at Chantilly earlier this year for previous trainer Pascal Bary in France. His form bares the closest inspection and Market Share looks an exciting recruit who should take his owners to some big meetings and race for decent prize money in 2015. Both horses have settled in well since arriving and should give their new owners plenty of fun next year. Just one share remains in Market Share at the time of writing, with four spaces left in the First Sitting syndicate. More details on both horses are available from the team.
It is hardly a surprise, but we can now confirm that our latest yearling syndicate with Kevin Ryan is sold out. The horse concerned, a strong filly by Fast Company, sold out in a matter of days after being offered to existing Hambleton Racing owners, becoming the third consecutive yearling syndicate with Kevin Ryan this year to sell out without going on open sale. The well bred filly looks a very exciting recruit to the team and we’ll have full details and more pictures of her on the website soon. Our next syndicate with Kevin Ryan will be purchasing from the Breeze Up sales next spring. Kevin has a superb record at the breeze ups, having sourced Royal Ascot winner Bapak Chinta, last year's two-year-old Group 1 winner Astaire, and this year's French Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner The Grey Gatsby at the breeze ups in recent years. This year's breeze up syndicate purchased the exciting Sir Domino, pictured winning his maiden easily at Leicester below. Interest is once again expected to be strong and it will be possible to reserve a share in Kevin's breeze up syndicate from the start of December. More details are available from the team.
Monday proved a great day for everyone involved with Sir Domino as their horse recorded an impressive win at Leicester under Graham Lee. The son of Evasive, pictured above striding away from his toiling rivals, had caught many eyes when shaping so well on his recent debut and could be called the winner a long way out on Monday, with Graham never touching him with the whip en-route to an easy win. His owners were understandably delighted as Sir Domino returned to the winners enclosure and clearly have a very exciting three-year-old to look forward to for next year. We'd like to say a huge well done to everyone involved with Sir Domino.
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.