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Group race glory can never be taken for granted, except it seems when dealing with Kevin Ryan. The training maestro had tasted Group race success in each of the last past ten years at the start of 2014 and the success of Hamza in Newmarket’s Group 3 Abernant Stakes on Thursday maintained that incredible sequence of achievement. Hamza, purchased by Kevin for £25,000 from the Doncaster sales ring, is another shining example of Kevin’s ability to be able to source quality winners without breaking the bank. Co-incidentally the cost of Hamza mirrors the average purchase price of Kevin’s four Royal Ascot winners over the past three years and once again shows it’s quite possible to compete successfully in top races without spending a fortune. Our trainer has been working hard down at this week’s breeze up sales at Newmarket but feels it more likely he’ll be able to secure a nice ready-to-go two-year-old from Doncaster next week for this year’s Breeze Up syndicate. A similar type to Hamza would do nicely!
It’s an exciting time for owners involved in our Kevin Ryan Breeze Up syndicate with Kevin and his sales team at Newmarket this week at the Craven Breeze Up Sale, which kicks off the quality breeze up sales season. Of course, a lot of the hard work is already done ahead of the sales but that said it’s imperative to watch not only each horse as they breeze ahead of the sales, but also at the pre-breeze when the horses get a look at the racecourse for the first time. There are undoubtedly some interesting types on offer at Newmarket and Kevin feels there are a strong selection of horses at next week’s Doncaster sale as well. With so much hard work already done and Kevin’s professional team working hard at the sales the task of selecting the right horse for the syndicate could hardly be in better hands – last year Kevin secured Group winners Hot Streak and Astaire from the breeze ups to further his excellent record with young horses. As soon as the horse is purchased the horse will then be made available for Hambleton’s existing owners to consider. With the majority of the shares in the syndicate already sold it looks certain that the Breeze Up Syndicate will be the ninth straight two-year-old syndicate to sell out without going on open sale.
We've been bowled over by some lovely comments since Sunday's owners day and the feedback we've recevied is very much appreciated. We'd like to sincerely thank everyone for their kind words as would the staff at Doncaster who told us that our owners were the best group of people they had ever catered for. Here are a selection of the kind comments. Just to say that my colleague and I really enjoyed our first Owners day. Hospitality Superb. Faith in Hambletons Trainers David and Kevin paid off at the Bookies Expense. The caterer’s Apple pie was a Group 1 Winner. Thanks to all involved, Derek Karen and I would like to thank Hambleton for a fantastic day at Doncaster races. All the Hambleton Racing team were very friendly and professional and the people we met were fantastic. After meeting other owners and the Hambleton Racing team we know that we made the right choice joining the Hambleton Racing Syndicate and we look forward to meeting with everyone again in the future. Thank you all once again, Ian & Karen I just wanted to send you all an email to thank you for hosting a fabulous Owner’s Day yesterday. It was a great idea to get everyone together at the start of the flat season to network and continue to develop new friendships A thoroughly enjoyable day all round! See you all soon, Leanne Thanks for yesterday I hope the owners appreciated the effort put in to make it yet another memorable day. Thanks again to the team. Brian Jo, Phil, James and myself would like to thank all of you for a tremendous day out at Doncaster on Sunday. We thought the day was professionally well put together to give all of us a most enjoyable day out. We think that the idea to bring everyone together at the beginning of the season was a particularly great idea, giving everyone the chance to meet other owners expressing their hopes for the forthcoming season. The tipsters proved a great hit on our table with, not just their expert views which came to fruition for those who followed them, but for the way their comments were put over to all in such a jovial manner. Once again we all had a great day out. Thank you very much. Ray, Jo, Phil and James. Many thanks for a super day ,as always the hospitality was excellent and everything well organised, Kind regards x x Derek & Margaret Thanks to you all for another wonderful owners day. We thoroughly enjoyed it once again and well done to you all for organising it. Looking forward to a good racing season and hope to meet up with you all soon. Irene & John Many thanks for a memorable day ! Dan & Lucy Just to say "thank you" for another Owner's day yesterday; very professional and enjoyable as usual. Pleased with the Conduit suite, which was just as good as the Royal Box in my opinion, and of course we had a great group of people on table 4! Best wishes, Eric and Jean Many thanks for our day at Doncaster, it was good to meet up with old and new friends. The lunch and hospitality you gave us was great and we actually made a small profit on the racing so it was a very good day. Now the flat racing has started we are looking forward to the race season with our new horses. Best Regards Richard and Margaret
One of the highlights of the Hambleton social calendar is our complimentary owners’ race day, held within Doncaster's excellent main stand. The occasion, held at Doncaster’s Lincoln meeting, once again proved very popular and a big success on Sunday with a significant sum raised for charity and Hambleton’s owners enjoying a great day from some of the best seats in the house at Doncaster, with owners located alongside the winning post and enjoying unrivalled views of the action. Once owners had arrived and made themselves comfortable Bill Warby, a legend of the Northern Racing scene and friend of Hambleton Racing, was joined by Hambleton’s own Simon Turner, David O’Meara’s right-hand man Jason Kelly, and Adam Ryan as the quartet, pictured below, guided owners through the racing action. Adam and Jason provided owners with the inside line on the Ryan and O’Meara runners and there were plenty of winners highlighted with Bill particularly excelling in giving strong mentions to winners at 7-1 and 9-2 and Jason impressing everyone by passing a vote of confidence for his stable’s 6-1 winner. Hambleton have always supported racing charities and this year we were doing our best to raise funds for Jack Berry House, which thanks to Jack’s tireless efforts is currently under construction in Malton and will provide a fabulous resource for all injured riders to recuperate after injury. The quality of the complimentary catering was excellent and very well received as owners relaxed, enjoyed the racing and looked forward to what promises to be a very exciting 2014 season. Through the afternoon a great atmosphere developed as new and old owners got acquainted in an informal and fun environment in which new friendships were formed and old friendships developed. It was great to see so many new faces getting to know some of our old friends as some owners got their first taste of how Hambleton like to do things. Before the final race of the day Caroline reminded owners not to forget their new Hambleton Racing umbrellas, though thankfully on a very pleasant afternoon there was no need to use them, and presented Jason, an owner in our two-year-old filly Seeking Approval who was unable to attend last weekend's naming meal, with a bottle of champagne in recognition of his suggestion winning the naming vote. After the final race had been run, the Hambleton team set to work totting up the scores in the Jack Berry House tipping challenge, which asked owners to select a horse in each of the eight races, the winner to be the owner who returned the best level stake profit, which Hambleton would multiply by five for the benefit of Jack Berry House. Top marks - and a few prizes - went to Roger and Kay, owners of Nelson’s Pride who found three winners, all at decent odds to earn £500 for Jack Berry House. After the tipping competition presentation owners, many of whom who were staying close to the racecourse, relaxed for a hour or so after racing as some firm friends looked back on a very enjoyable afternoon. On behalf of Hambleton Racing we’d like to say a big thank you to all owners, not only for all the kind words about the day but also for helping make the day the success it was.
The eve of the flat season is here which means there are just two days to go to our much-anticipated Owners Day at Doncaster. 2014 is building up into a very exciting year with some exciting two-year-olds already progressing well and a very strong team of horses for owners to enjoy, headed by last year's Royal Ascot winner Lightning Cloud, who looks bigger and better than ever this year. Our complimentary Owners Day at Doncaster should be a great way to get the ball rolling for the season. The badges have been sent out, the seating plan finalised and everyone is really looking forward to what should be a really enjoyable day. We will of course have news and reaction from the day on line early next week.
It's been a busy and enjoyable few days at Hambleton as Fast Act and Seeking Approval have recieved their racing names on their respective naming days. Here we're pleased to bring you a few more naming day pictures.
Flat turf racing is just a week away and for owners of our two-year-old colt by Fast Company it looks likely to be a very exciting start to the season with talk of an early debut a consistent feature of today’s naming meal at Hambleton. Piping hot tea and coffee, warming fires and a selection of biscuits greeted owners at the Hambleton Inn as owners assembled for some Hambleton hospitality and to get a closer look at their exciting young horse. There was a buzz of anticipation on the gallops as the striking chestnut worked impressively upsides recent Wolverhampton winner Bapak Bangsawan in front of his owners. Kevin Stott, aboard for the gallops, certainly seemed impressed, as were his owners, who got chance to take some pictures and videos as he came down the gallops quietly to enable everyone to get the chance to get some pictures of him in his slower paces, and a closer look at him. After the horses had exited the gallops owners were taken back to the yard to see their horse at really close quarters as photographer Louise Pollard prepared to take those all important naming day photos of horse and owner. There was something of a wait ahead of the photo shoot as a much-appreciated drink was taken by the soon-to-be-named colt who didn’t seem to have a care in the world as he satisfied his thirst. Water consumed, and a little make up applied, the young horse soon became more alert as he was led before his owners for the photo shoot, for which he behaved really well for such an inexperienced colt. After the pictures were taken owners made their way around the yard, with new owners getting the chance to see Kevin’s impressive facilities and existing owners having time to catch up with their other horses in the yard. As the temperatures dropped slightly thoughts turned back to the Hambleton Inn, the open fires, and of course lunch on the all-complimentary day. There was a great atmosphere in the pub as owners warmed up and discussed the action they had just seen in the yard and on the gallops over a drink or two ahead of lunch. After an excellent meal the anticipation grew as Hambleton’s Caroline Turner made her debut announcing the name of the horse. The name ‘Fast Act’ was well received by all and earned Leanne and Steve, who suggested the successful name, a bottle of champagne for their efforts. Judging by the talk of an early entry in a £10,000 Racing Post bonus maiden Fast Act’s moniker could prove very apt. It’s possible this exciting young horse could be away and racing before the end of the first full week of the season, but not before our annual Owners Day at Doncaster, which takes place next Sunday. If the last two days at Hambleton are any guide, it promises to be a day to remember as our owners once again come together to enjoy Doncaster’s excellent facilities.
The excitement and anticipation for the new season is gathering all the time and owners in our lovely filly by Approve enjoyed a great day at the stables on Friday as their young lady earned her racing name – Seeking Approval. Owners initially gathered at the Hambleton Inn, opened especially for the morning, and enjoyed coffee and tea and the chance to catch up in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. As owners enjoyed refreshments their filly was prepared for her gallops exercise, where the soon-to-be-named filly was ridden by Kevin’s talented apprentice Kevin Stott. As owners gathered on the gallops there was some good banter as their filly galloped on strongly next to a two-year-old filly by Speightstown in front of an admiring audience. After Seeking Approval had enjoyed a quick wash off her owners then got the chance to get up close and personal with her as photographer Louise Pollard took those all-important naming day photos to ensure everyone had a great picture of themselves with their new pride and joy. With the photo shoot complete owners enjoyed a relaxed stroll around the yard to catch up with their other horses in the yard before returning to the Hambleton Inn for drinks in front of the warming fires before lunch. With many owners already active owners in other horses with Hambleton the atmosphere was as friendly as ever with new owners given a warm welcome to Hambleton. The food of the Hambleton Inn was typically excellent as owners relaxed and discussed the morning, ahead of the announcement of their horses’ name. As is traditional at our naming meals, landlord Paul Cooper welcomed all owners to the Hambleton before announcing the result of the naming vote in reverse order. Seeking Approval, suggested by Jason, proved the successful name, and a very popular one too, with just about all owners giving her top, or second top marks when scoring the possible names. After that owners were relaxed in the pub with trainer Kevin Ryan as everyone began to look ahead to the new season with their exciting two-year-old. With the season very much on the horizon and Seeking Approval looking so well on her naming day there seems an excellent chance this exciting filly will prove an early season runner for her syndicate. It certainly promises to be a very exciting few weeks for everyone involved as this exciting young horse begins to get ready for her racecourse debut. Owners don’t have to wait too long for our next Naming Meal, which takes place tomorrow, as our Fast Company colt’s owners get together for what promises to be another great morning at the stables.
The Lincoln weekend is always significant in the flat racing calendar and this year holds extra importance for Hambleton with our annual Owners Day being held at the meeting for the first time. The day is always a very enjoyable occasion as our owners get together in a fine location to discuss the hopes and dreams for the new season whilst watching a very good card of flat racing at a top racecourse. With just nine days to go the countdown is well and truly on as the menus, seating plans and plans for the day are finalised. The tickets for Doncaster will be being posted out early next week and the Hambleton team are really looking forward to starting the season with a great day at Doncaster.
The waiting is nearly over; the flat season is drawing near and for owners in our two-year-olds by Approve and Fast Company the excitement will go up a level this weekend. Both young horses have taken their exercise really well over the winter and look nice, forward two-year-olds that should give their owners plenty of fun early in the season. Of course to get away and racing the horses need a name and that will be rectified this weekend when owners come together for their syndicate’s naming day at Hambleton, where owners get the chance to see just how far their horse has developed as they exercise on the gallops before having their picture taken with their pride and joy. After that owners will head off to the Hambleton Inn to discuss the mornings events and of course the announcement of the name after the meal which is traditionally made by pub landlord Paul Cooper. The horses look in great form and we're really looking forward to the two naming days, which really do mark the countdown to the opening of the 2014 flat season.