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Kevin Ryan, Horse Racing, Hambleton Lodge,
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Early Career

Born in Golden, Co Tipperary in 1967 Kevin was the youngest of eight. From a non racing background Kevin did a lot of showjumping and had a few point to point rides. Leaving Ireland at fifteen he took out a conditional licence riding 47 winners.Realising he had always wanted to train Kevin retired from the saddle and joined Jack Berry as Head Lad. During the next six years he gained invaluable knowledge from “The Boss”. Kevin then moved to Yorkshire to assist Richard Fahey. After a couple of years the opportunity arose to move to Hambleton Lodge and go it alone. 

Racing Successes

Kevin’s training career started on 15th June 1998 with a dozen moderate horses, the yard sent out their first winner on 22nd July 1998 at Catterick, Komlucky, followed by two successes at Musselburgh with Silently a horse Kevin claimed for just £6000.Few could have anticipated just how fast things would move on, his determination and positive attitude were rapidly gaining interest from owners. T.C Chiang sent his high class sprinter Eastern Purple who went on in 1999 to give Kevin his first group success at the Curragh. As the years passed the yard grew as did the calibre of horses and Hambleton Lodge became a force at the major meetings. In 2002 Halmahera took his first Portland, a feat he repeated the following 2 years and in the process making history.

In 2005 Kevin made the breakthrough at the top level when Amadeus Wolf took the Group 1 Middle Park and this was quickly followed by Palace Episode’s win in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy. The following year brought about another Group 1 with Desert Lord winning the Prix De L’Abbaye, and a first win at Royal Ascot as Uhoomagoo cut through the field in the Buckingham Palace Handicap. Having now trained 28 Group winners, Kevin has firmly established himself among the top trainers in Britain. As well as Group performers he has also trained 5 Royal Ascot winners, 3 Ayr Gold Cup Winners and has a host of other big races to his name, both at home and internationally. After a near miss in the 2013 2000 Guineas, Kevin became a classic winning trainer as The Grey Gatsby emphatically beat a strong field in the Prix Du Jockey Club (French Derby).

The Team

Although the Trainer always gets the praise the job would be impossible without a good team. The yard has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with each member of staff working hard to bring success. It is a family run business with Kevin’s wife ensuring the yard runs smoothly from the office. His daughter Amy, the 2012 champion apprentice, is one of the leading female jockeys and rides out daily. Adam, his son, is assistant trainer and will be seen working in the yard and at the racecourse. All of this produces a friendly and close knit team, keen on bringing success and enjoyment to every owners experience at Hambleton Lodge.

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Contact details: Hambleton Lodge, Hambleton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2HA

Tel: 01845 597622

Email: kevin.hambleton@virgin.net 

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