UPCOMING RACEDAY MATCHEM STAKES DAY, Saturday 28 September

What’s In A Name? Dean Street

The second in our monthly series of stories behind naming a winner at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth or Hollywoodbets Durbanville. This month we look at Dean Street.

It’s been an extraordinary journey for partners James Drew and Mike Fullard. They had their first winner in their colours in 1989 and 35 years later, and they’re still churning them out, with their next milestone being 500. They struck gold (and white and blue as per their distinctive silks) at Hollywoodbets Durban July Day when Cafe Culture won the Grade 2 Post Merchants. The name suggests the partnership have had a good time over the years.

These days James’ wife Lee-Ann is the third member of a partnership that’s stood the test of time. When Dean Street won over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on 22nd June, it again pointed to the close bond these owners enjoy. Many of the horses they’ve won with have had names that resonate – there’s another five-time winner! – with the fun they’ve had as owners.

When asked how Dean Street was named, James said. “Dean Street is the location in Newlands of the restaurant, Mamma Roma. Us owners and breeders (Ridgemont) always go there for a meal. We’ve been going there for a long time! But, I have to be honest. Neither Mike nor I name our horses – Lee-Ann does and she has a reason for every name!”

So, let’s hear more from Lee-Ann and how she got to name Dean Street, whose win in June was the fifth in the gelding’s career. “Yes, it’s true,” she says. “I usually get given the task of naming the horses. Dean Street’s mother (Echuka), was owned and raced by James and Michael and two good friends of theirs. They regularly gather for drinks or lunch to celebrate their wins. Or, even just as an excuse to celebrate!

“They particularly enjoy a few glasses and a good Italian meal at Mamma Roma in Dean Street, hence the name. I’m told that they always request ‘the steak with the green stuff’, which as far as I’m aware is basil sauce! It’s always accompanied by something to wash it down!”

And she laughs. Which is what racing partnerships are all about: friendship, fun, good times and camaraderie. Here’s raising a glass to celebrate Dean Street.

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Vaughan Marshall saw it coming from a long way out. What he envisaged then, the racing community is seeing now.

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