The 19-year-old Aintree favourite Monet’s Garden (pictured left), headed the line-up for the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Parade at the Randox Health Grand National Festival.
The parade also featured fellow Grade One winners Denman, Cinders And Ashes and Peddlers Cross, as well as the popular and now reformed character, Mad Moose. The parade was generously sponsored by the Peter O’Sullevan Trust.
Each of the ten horses who participated in the parade has found a fulfilling second career after retiring from racing, whether it be showing, dressage, showjumping, eventing, hunting or team chasing.
Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, said: “All of these horses are wonderful ambassadors for the charity, promoting the versatility of the racehorse.
“We would also like to thank the Peter O’Sullevan Trust for their most generous sponsorship. Sir Peter’s voice will forever be associated with the Grand National so it is great to maintain his connection with Aintree and he was a fervent supporter of horse welfare and would have enjoyed seeing these horses parade.”
Aintree was pleased to welcome the horses and riders in the RoR Parade:
1. CINDERS AND ASHES (Dressage and Showing) – Ridden by Charlotte Bunting
10-year-old by Beat Hollow, formerly trained by Donald McCain
The winner of the 2012 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, Cinders And Ashes retired from racing in 2015. He has since enjoyed success showing and is working his way towards doing some unaffiliated dressage competitions with a view to eventually graduating to British Dressage.
2. JUNIOR (Dressage and Hunting) – Ridden by Abi Frith
14-year-old by Singspiel, formerly trained by David Pipe
A winner at both Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival, Junior ran in the 2012 Grand National. Since his retirement Junior has done dressage and some eventing. His rider Abi Frith is now working for the Holderness Hunt and so Junior will be making his debut on the hunting field next season.
3. LIVERPOOL (Showing and Hunting) – Ridden by Jo Mason
15-year-old by Platini, formerly trained by Mick Easterby
Liverpool ran under rules and in point to points, winning twice. A regular in the hunting field, in the summer Liverpool turns his hoof to showing and his rider Jo Mason rates his greatest achievement as being a finalist at the Horse Of The Year show. In 2015 Liverpool won the prestigious RoR Horse of the Year award.
4. MAD MOOSE (Dressage) – Ridden by Sophie Burkin
12-year-old by Presenting, formerly trained by Nigel Twiston-Davis
A talented racehorse, Mad Moose acquired notoriety on account of his refusing to start and he was retired from racing in December 2014. Under the care of Sophie Burkin, he has adapted really well and enjoys going hunting regularly. Mad Moose has also taken up dressage, landing his first win this spring.
5. MIDNIGHT CHASE (Hunting) – Ridden by Sally Hayward
13-year-old by Midnight Legend, formerly trained by Neil Mulholland
A five-time winner at Cheltenham, Midnight Chase retired in 2013 and has since gone on to excel in a range of activities. Under Sally Hayward he is a Field Master’s horse for the Cheshire Forest. In the show ring, he qualified for Horse Of The Year and he has also completed several British Eventing affiliated events.
6. MONET’S GARDEN (Showing) – Ridden by Joey Richards
19-year-old by Roselier, formerly trained by Nicky Richards
An Aintree favourite, Monet’s Garden won the Old Roan Chase three times. In 2010, Monet’s Garden overcame a life threatening illness and was nursed back to health by Joey Richards. Since then the pair have had great success in the show ring, including victory at Aintree last year when crowned RoR Ridden Veteran Champion. He was also awarded 2016 RoR Horse of The Year.
7. OFFSHORE ACCOUNT (Team Chasing) – Pandora Bailey
17-year-old by Oscar, formerly trained by Tracey Bailey.
A regular at Aintree, Offshore Account’s last run at the track was the 2011 Foxhunters in which he finished third. Since retirement he has struck up a fantastic partnership with Pandora Bailey, daughter of trainer Tracey, going team chasing and hunting. Recent winners of the Isle of Wight Grand National, the pair will continue team chasing this year as part of a RoR team.
8. PEDDLERS CROSS (Showjumping) – Ridden by Brian Storey
11-year-old by Oscar, formerly trained by Donald McCain
The winner of the 2010 Neptune Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and of a Grade 2 race at the Grand National Festival, Peddlers Cross retired from racing in 2013. He is now based with Brian and Jackie Storey and his kind nature has helped him to adapt to a range of activities, including showjumping, arena eventing and hunter trials.
9. TRANQUIL SEA (Eventing) – Ridden by Clemmie Shipp
15-year-old by Sea Raven, formerly trained by Warren Greatrex
Tranquil Sea retired in 2015 following his run in the Grand National. He started his eventing career at the end of last season and has taken to it really well. He has spent the winter doing British Showjumping and his rider Clemmie Shipp’s ambition is to step up the eventing and try to qualify for a CCI* International three-day event.
10. DENMAN (Team Chasing and Hunting) – Led by Charlotte Alexander
17-year-old by Presenting, formerly trained by Paul Nicholls
The winner of the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup, Denman retired from racing in 2011 after a career that saw him win 14 of his 24 races. Since moving to Charlotte Alexander’s yard he has enjoyed hunting regularly and going team-chasing. He will shortly be going into full retirement at his owner Paul Barber’s farm.
For more information go to the website: www.ror.org.uk