STARS OF THE PAST.
HAM N'EGGS. 01 January 1991. Robellino- Rose And The Ring. Owner-M.H.O.G. Racing.
How can you not have anything but the greatest respect for a tough versatile horses such as Ham N'Eggs, a well above average performer on the flat,winning three times in the early part of his career, followed by a second career, winning three times over hurdles, and twice over fences.He was one of 11 representatives of his dam, Rose And The Ring to see a racecourse, we also trained his half brother Lay The Blame, who was a dual winner.
Ham N'Eggs started out life racing with the Richard Hannon yard, racing five times during a very successful juvenile career, winning on both his second and third appearances at Leicester, and Beverley, in July, and August of 1993 over seven furlongs.His best effort as a three year old came first time out at York at the May meeting, winning over a mile, with Pat Eddery in the saddle.The handicapper raised him to a mark of 95 for that effort, which would prove to be a career high.He struggled to get competitive in some very competitive handicaps after that, including racing in the 'Britannia' at Royal Ascot, and 'The Tote Festival' handicap, also at Ascot in September 1994.
After his Winter break, and a gelding operation, Ham N'Eggs returned for his four year old career, and once again put up his seasons best effort first time out, finishing second at Goodwood. He raced just four more times for the Hannon yard, including a return to Royal Ascot,where he finished 20th of the 32 runners in 'The Royal Hunt Cup'.
Ham N'Eggs was bought by Micky at the Newmarket sales in the Autumn of 1995 as a dual purpose horse, but as Ham N'Eggs had only ever raced once past a mile, there must have been stamina doubts.He made his hurdles debut at Wetherby in February 1996, finishing fifth, before going to Newcastle in March, where he was placed in third.Any stamina doubts were laid to rest in April at Hexham, where over two miles he put a field of 21 to the sword,wining as the 15/8 favourite.He followed up at Cartmel in May, and then just three days later at Hexham he made it a hat-trick of novice hurdle wins.
Ham N'Eggs next had two unsuccessful attempts on the flat, before returning to hurdles in August at Cartmel, where he finished second from a mark of 113.After a short break, he returned at Wetherby in February, where he finished runner up again, and receiving a jumps career high mark of 119.
Ham N'Eggs didn't race again until December, when his attentions were turned to chasing.He never got competitive on his debut at Hexham, but won a novice chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day, on his second attempt.He raced a further seven times over fences during the 1997-1998 season, never finishing out of the first four. He would race for us, for just one more season, racing a further five times, his final win coming at Catterick in November,but his mark had dropped to just 82.His last race for us was also at Catterick in December, but he did appear one more time in a Hunter Chase in February 2000 at Sandown, for the yard of M.J.Gingell, where he fell for the only time in his career, at the seventh fence.
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