Owners Watching Gallops

Naming Days at Kevin’s

28th March 2019

There’s nothing quite like the anticipation of the Flat season with an unraced two-year-old. There was certainly a buzz at Kevin Ryan’s stables across Friday and Saturday last week as owners arrived for their all-important naming days.

The journey of watching your young horse develop over the winter as they build their fitness and physique ahead of starting their racing career is both interesting and exciting, as the dreams of having your own racehorse becomes reality.

The experience is very social too, as owners in our two-year-olds fillies by Starspangledbanner and No Nay Never found at Hambleton Lodge last weekend. The Hambleton team offered a warm welcome to all syndicate owners over the days as the syndicates got the chance to get together as a group for the first time.

Of course, the young horses went into their respective naming days without a racing name. After thoroughly enjoyable and unhurried visits to Kevin Ryan’s excellent yard we had Stars In The Night and Dublin Rocker crowned – two fabulous names that really sound the part – at The Carpenters Arms to a champagne toast.

It’s just as well the horses have great names as both fillies look really exciting prospects for their owners, who all enjoyed the chance to see their youngsters exercise on Kevin’s gallops with fellow members of the Hambleton string ahead of a private photo shoot with Hambleton’s official photographer, the excellent Louise Pollard.

All the usual elements of our famous naming days were present last week, tasty, home-made treats and quality hot drinks from Rosie and excellent complimentary catering at the award-winning Carpenters Arms. The images in the diary hopefully offer a taste of the experience.

Charlie, pictured above, was the owner successful in naming Stars In The Night, whilst Michael and Anelise, also owners in Celebrity Dancer and Wild Hope suggested Dublin Rocker.

Attention now turns to the season ahead with these two exciting fillies. The young ladies will doubtless be a hot topic of conversations amongst their syndicates at Doncaster this weekend.