Kevin’s Breeders’ Cup win
9th November 2020
Another chapter was written in the outstanding training career of Kevin Ryan on Saturday night as Glass Slippers provided Kevin’s first Breeders’ Cup win.
Kevin wasn’t just breaking new ground personally – this was Europe’s first ever win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, which helps bring home the magnitude of the achievement.
Kevin is a renowned for being a superb placer of his horses and the win of Glass Slippers means the two horses he has travelled over for the Breeders Cup to date have now won and finished runner-up, East finishing second in the 2018 Juvenile Fillies Turf.
This was a third Group 1 success of the year for Kevin, another incredible achievement by any standards. Kevin has trained for Hambleton’s owners for over 15 years and is a true sportsman – he was the first person on the phone after Glen Shiel just edged out his own Brando in the Group 1 Champions Sprint at Ascot for us last month.
Kevin’s guidance, support and advice have been key to the progress Hambleton Racing has made over the years. Time and again Kevin has sourced great horses for our owners to enjoy and it’s great to see the man who helped us start the journey with Hambleton, enjoying his best ever results.
Glass Slippers was superbly handled at Keeneland by another great friend of Hambleton’s, Tom Eaves. Tom is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet and reminded everyone what a great jockey he is on Saturday with a copybook ride aboard Glass Slippers.
There is little doubt Kevin’s Breeders’ Cup win with Glass Slippers was one of the training performances of the year.
Kevin produces Group class two-year-olds year in year out and it’s great to see one of the most consistent and prolific trainers in the game achieving such outstanding results.