From humble beginnings, Yorkshire-based Kevin Ryan has established himself as one of the best in the business.
He has trained more than 1750 winners with (Amadeus Wolf (2005 Middle Park), Palace Episode (2005 Racing Post Trophy), Desert Lord (2006 Prix De L’Abbaye), Astaire (2013 Middle Park), The Grey Gatsby (2014 Prix Du Jockey Club and Irish Champion Stakes), Brando (2017 Prix Maurice De Gheest), Hello Youmzain (2019 Sprint Cup and 2020 Diamond Jubilee), Glass Slippers (2019 Prix De L’Abbaye, 2020 Flying Five, 2020 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint) all being Group 1 victors for him.
Born in Golden, Co Tipperary in 1967, Ryan was the youngest of eight and from a non-racing background. He did a lot of showjumping and had a few point-to-point rides before leaving Ireland at 15 and riding 47 winners as a conditional. Injuries and a lack of rides set him on a path to becoming a trainer.
He worked for Jack Berry and then became assistant trainer to Richard Fahey, a long-time friend from their days riding.
Ryan flew solo from Hambleton Lodge near Thirsk in 1998 with Komlucky being his first winner on July 22 of that year. The yard was once famously the base of the legendary Sir Noel Murless.
In addition to Champions Series glory at Royal Ascot with Hello Youmzain, he has had six other winners at the meeting plus had four winners of the Ayr Gold Cup in Advanced (2007) Our Jonathan (2011) Captain Ramius (2012) and Brando (2016).
His Glory Awaits also ran a fine race to finish second (to Dawn Approach) at odds of 150-1 in the 2013 QIPCO 2000 Guineas.