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Esken Rose’s naming day

5th August 2021

Glorious sunshine greeted owners earlier this week on an enjoyable day for Esken Rose’s syndicate, who assembled at Kevin Ryan’s Hambleton Lodge stables to name their filly.

As the sun beat down on the lovely setting of Kevin’s yard and gallops, nestled at the top of the Hambleton Hills, owners ensured sunglasses were at hand as they gathered in the yard.

One of our trusted catering partners Steve was on hand to provide some tasty treats and excellent drinks for owners as they surveyed the scene at Kevin’s historic stables.

As lattes were sipped and croissants enjoyed owners prepared to leave the yard to watch their soon-to-be-named filly exercise on the gallops.

Thoroughbreds exercising on Kevin’s gallops is nothing new. Indeed, the gallops are steeped in history as racing was taking place here several hundred years ago!

The daughter of Hootenanny, pictured above, is blissfully unaware of what’s gone before and coped really well with her extra audience for the morning, impressing onlookers with her professionalism as she breezed past the gallery.

As she cantered back down, there was plenty of chance for her to receive some admiring glances from her owners, as they were able to see her at close quarters.

Upon her return to the yard, it was time for owners to get to know their horse a little better, as those all-important complimentary naming day pictures were taken.

Once owners had enjoyed the chance to see their filly and look around the yard everyone headed off to the award-winning Carpenters Arms for drinks ahead of the naming meal.

As ever, the superb catering at the Carpenters went down well, before Hambleton’s head racing manager Cosmo took to the floor to announce the name, Esken Rose, as the winner of the naming vote.

Owners toasted Esken Rose with champagne while Ian, an owner in three horses with Hambleton, earned himself a prize bottle of champagne for suggesting the successful name.

With Esken Rose looking in great form and plenty of good conversation and laughter throughout the day, her all-complimentary naming day proved a real success.

Her owners clearly have much to look forward to with their filly, a recent recruit from the breeze-up sales. We look forward to her taking her first steps onto the racecourse!

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