The remarkable adaptability of racehorses was showcased in the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Parade, which took place at 1pm on Al Shaqab Lockinge Day at Newbury on Saturday 20th May.
Between them the nine horse line-up not only boasted racecourse prize money earnings of over £1.3m, they can also lay claim to international representation at horseball, awards won for polo and championships won in the show ring and dressage arena.
Making his RoR Parade debut and a welcome return to the scene of his greatest triumph was Carruthers, winner of the 2011 Hennessy Gold Cup. He was joined by another well-known name from jump racing in Punjabi, the former Champion Hurdler, who is now established as an accomplished dressage performer.
Among the former pattern winners on the Flat featuring in the parade to promote their new careers were Amour Propre, Desert Sea, The Rectifier and Mabait.
Less familiar to racegoers were the likes of Inchloss and Ivan B, but their stories highlight the range of opportunities for a racehorse to find a fulfilling second career, whatever their ability on the track. Inchloss has been a key member of Great Britain’s Horseball team for many years, while the former Mick Channon trained Ivan B is now playing medium goal polo just three years after being bought out of racing. He remains an entire and his owner has hopes he will sire future polo ponies.
This was the first time a RoR Parade has been held at Newbury on Al Shaqab Lockinge Day. In 2017 the parades have been generously sponsored by the Peter O’Sullevan Trust.
For more information about the work of RoR go to the website: www.ror.org.uk
Details of the nine horses participating, together with their riders and their current activities, are listed below.
- AMOUR PROPRE (Showing) – Ridden by Charlotte Cox
13-year-old by Paris House, formerly in training with Henry Candy
A dual Group 3 winner, Amour Propre was a high-class sprinter. Following his retirement from racing in 2012, he was given to Charlotte Cox, who had looked after him when he was in training. The pair have successfully competed in a range of disciplines, including hunter trials, dressage and showjumping. For a horse that was a real “speedster” he has settled extremely well into his life after racing.
- CARRUTHERS (Showjumping) – Ridden by Lily Bradstock
14-year-old by Kayf Tara, formerly in training with Mark Bradstock.
The winner of the 2011 Hennessy Gold Cup, Carruthers amassed £327,000 in winnings during a stellar 43 race career under rules, followed by several point to points with Lily Bradstock, daughter of Mark and Sara. Described as “a talented racehorse who also happens to be wise, kind and a character with incredible charm”, this half-brother to Coneygree is set to remain active and may take-up showjumping.
- DESERT SEA (Dressage) Ridden by Dawn Bacchus
14-year-old gelding by Desert Sun, formerly trained by David Arbuthnot
A Listed winner and placed in the Northumberland Plate and the Chester Cup, Desert Sea won over £116,000 in prize money. Gifted to Dawn Bacchus at the end of his racing career, ‘Dessie’ has been retrained in both dressage and showing, recently finishing in the top 20 at a national dressage finals open to all breeds and in the show ring already qualifying for 2017 RoR National Championship Show at Aintree.
- INCHLOSS (Horseball) – Ridden by David Worthington
16-year-old gelding by Imperial Ballet, formerly trained by Stewart Parr.
A winner of two minor races during his four-year racing career, Inchloss has excelled in his second career of Horseball, becoming an essential part of the Great Britain team. Under David Worthington the pair were the top goal scorers in the World Cup of 2012. Inchloss has also tried a bit of dressage but is currently concentrating again on Horseball.
- MABAIT (Horseball) – Ridden by Ben Berry
11-year-old gelding by Kyllachy, formerly trained by Luca Cumani and David Simcock
The winner of nine races, including a Listed race when dead-heating with Group 1 winner Rio De La Plata, Mabait retired in 2014 after a racing career that took him to Dubai and Istanbul. Under rider Ben Berry, he has become a star at Horseball, representing Great Britain at the 2016 World Cup and winning the Best Horse and Rider combination for the 2016 season. Outside of Horseball, Mabait has also done some dressage and showjumping.
- IVAN B (Polo) – Ridden by Adolfo Tadeo
6-year-old horse by Winker Watson, formerly trained by Mick Channon.
Ivan B had a brief racing career where he ran five times on the flat. Bought to play polo in 2014, Ivan B was judged overall champion at the RoR Racing to Polo Challenge held at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club last September. Currently playing medium goal polo, he is still an entire and his owner Martin Glue says he may take on stud duties later in the year.
- MASTER OF ARTS (Showing) – Ridden by Deborah Newman
12-year-old gelding by Swain, trained by Mark Johnston
Master of Arts completed a six-timer on the Flat in 2008 when trained by Sir Mark Prescott and he also won over hurdles. Retired from racing in 2016 he has since carved out a new career in the show ring with rider Deborah Newman, including a win at the RoR National Championship Show last year and he has already qualified for Hickstead this year. Deborah describes him as ‘a complete diva’.
- PUNJABI (Dressage and Hunting) – ridden by Rachael Kempster
14-year-old by Komaite, formerly trained by Nicky Henderson
Winner of the 2009 Champion Hurdle, Punjabi retired at the end of 2013 and moved to Kinsale Stud, Shropshire. Under Rachael Kempster Punjabi has since competed in unaffiliated Dressage competitions as well as being seen out on the hunting field with the Tanatside Hunt. The plan is to upgrade to affiliated dressage this season.
- THE RECTIFIER (Eventing and Showing) – Ridden by Hannah Baldwin
10-year-old gelding by Langfuhr, formerly trained by Seamus Durack.
A smart performer on the Flat The Rectifier won a Listed race for trainer Stef Higgins and maintained some high-class form for Seamus Durack. Retired in 2016, he was initially given a good break and has only been in work for eight months with Hannah Baldwin, however, he has already competed in dressage, show jumping and cross-country. Hannah is aiming to compete on him at affiliated level in eventing.