We had the most enjoyable time at the naming day for our 2-year old filly by Raven’s Pass on 13th April 2016.
We began our day by meeting at the National Stud café in Newmarket to enjoy some light refreshments and so owners in the partnership could cast their vote from the list of names they had provide. We then hopped into a bus and were given a very interesting and thorough tour of the beautiful National Stud.
First, we reached the boarding yard where our very own Raven’s Pass filly has been enjoying a mini break to mature. She has quite clearly benefitted from the break because she looks absolutely incredible! She has grown, filled out and her coat was looking extra healthy in the spring sunshine. Here we announced the horse’s winning name, which is…… Raven’s Lady! (Congratulations to Robert & Robin whose suggestion it was.) The name will certainly be admirable if the filly goes onto become a broodmare as there is reference to both the Sire, Raven’s Pass, and Dam Pivotal Lady.
The tour of the Stud also included a visit to the nursery yard, which contained foals just a few weeks old, before we were able to see the slightly older foals out in the paddocks with their mums (it was very difficult not to stroke their adorable heads!) We then paid a visit to the Stallions currently standing at the National Stud and got to meet Toronado who was previously trained by Richard Hannon and has proved to be very popular as a Sire this year – at £15,000 a pop! We also learnt about a general day of being a Stallion (lucky boys!) and facts about the legends that have stood at the Stud, including the sensational Mill Reef. It was then off the Newmarket Races for Day 2 of the Craven meeting – where Ibn Malik (by Raven’s Pass) won a Listed Race!
It was an extremely enjoyable day and we were very lucky to have the glorious weather on our side.