We always strive to buy decent racehorses who will go onto long and successful careers. We ensure their care - as a foal in the paddocks, a yearling in pre-training, or on the track as a racehorse - is second to none. However there will come a time when a horse's racing days are over and we put a big emphasis on making sure they go to a knowledgeable, friendly and caring new home.
Racehorse welfare, both during and after their career, is very important to us and consequently we attract a large number of owners who feel the same. Many of our horses are able to go onto a completely new sphere and together we try our utmost to ensure they enjoy life after racing. Whether in the point to point field, in riding club events, as polo horse, in the showring or simply as a happy hack the vast majority of our retired horses are still enjoying life to the full.
Some of our horses who have gone on to new careers include:
Fruity O'Rooney was an incredible horse for us, winning 10 races throughout his sensational career. He took his owners to some of the most prestigious meetings in the National Hunt world including The Cheltenham Festival, The Hennessy Gold Cup and Ayr for The Scottish Grand National. Read more about his career here. He was retired in April 2016 and is still greatly missed!
Fruity O'Rooney now has a life-long home with Beccy Green. Beccy keeps us regularly updated on this popular horse and we were thrilled to learn that Fruity is excelling in eventing (especially the cross-country section unsurprisingly!)
Imperial Ruby was home bred and was trained in Lambourn by Mick Channon and then Joe Tuite. The horse looked to be a smart individual but simply wasn't in love with racing like his half brothers and sisters (who were all winners!) In 2012 his owners decided it was time for him to move on.
Life for Imperial Ruby (Impy) could not be better! One of his existing owners, Sar, took the horse on and the pair have enjoyed an excellent few years! They have cleaned up on ROR classes and were even crowned the 2017 ROR Show Series Champion! Read more about his showing success here.
South Cape was a loyal servant to us and won 10 races and over £100,000 in prize money throughout his career. He took owners to Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood and was kept close to our hearts as he was our first home bred. At the age of 12 the horse was retired from racing but worked as a lead horse for Gary Moore's string for 6 months.
South Cape moved to resident at the Akehurst's yard. He had a very happy retirement, enjoying time in the paddocks whilst waiting to move to Champion Jockey Ryan Moore's home to be a riding horse for his partner Michelle. However in July 2015, South Cape fell very ill and the vet felt the kindest thing to do was to euthanize the horse. We are deeply saddened by the loss of South Cape, but our little legend still lives fondly in our hearts.
Marmalady was with HOTSR for 6 years and had a fantastic racing career. She proved to be a revelation over sprint distances, winning 5 races and reaching a career high best of a mark of 90. However, during 2016 she had a few setbacks which warranted respect and she was retired in the Autumn.
Marmalady was sold at the Tattersalls Breeding Sale in November 2016 to one of her existing owners. She recently foaled a beautiful filly by Adday and Bobby's Kitten is set to be her next boyfriend.
Capsis Desbois looked set to be a promising horse with a bright future. Half brother to Rebel Fitz and Ubak, he made an encouraging start to his racing career but unfortunately his health issues preventing him from reaching his full potential and in 2017 he was retired from racing.
Capsis Desbois has however been found an ideal home and is currently being retrained by Chloe Mariani to be an eventer. Chloe is part of the French eventing team and we have every faith that Capsis Desbois will be phenomenal in this sphere. We wish this lovely horse every luck in his new pasture.
Outback Princess raced at the age of 2 & 3 in the HOTSR colours and her most respectable performance was finishing 3rd in soft ground at Lingfield Park. She is a small filly, with a huge heart but she didn't quite have the edge for racing so her owners decided to retire her in 2016.
Outback Princess' small size however has proved perfect in her new career as she will eventually be retrained as a polo horse. In the meantime however her Owner Clare, is keen to breed from the filly and her first boyfriend is likely to be Group 1 winner Bobby's Kitten.
In 2012 HOTSR ventured into the world of point to point with Peplum. He was trained by Silver Olympic medalist Tina Cook and he won a point to point under Hannah Grissell in April 2013. Peplum had a successful racing career previous to this, but at the age of 11 it was evident he now deserved a change.
We just knew Peplum's gentle nature would make anyone fall in love with him and he has now got a loving home with Sarah. He has been enjoying some show jumping and cross country jumping and is very much loved.
Royal Battalion joined Gary Moore's string two seasons ago and gave his owners a lot of fun days out at the races including two fabulous wins at Fontwell Park, and several placed efforts. However a fall saw him lose his confidence and love for racing in 2017 and he was retired.
He is currently undertaking ROR demonstrations at Palace House in Newmarket, but will this summer become a permanent member of the Adamski family. One thing is for sure - Royal Battalion (newly named Roy!) will be completely spoilt just as he deserves.
Mohanad was a super horse and gave his owners so much success over the years. He was trained by Mick Channon, Sheena West before moving to Philip Hide's in 2013. He achieved 4 wins for Sheena (on the flat and over hurdles) and was placed 27 times, including 2 placed finishes for Philip.
Mohanad was one of our most loveliest horses so it came as no surprise that Lin Stone (who looked after Mohanad on his holidays) volunteered to give him a life long home! The pair do plenty of hacking and local shows and it's safe to say this horse gets well and truly spoilt!
The Shuffler was a home bred out of our own mare Lucky Dice. He won two races, at Brighton and Chepstow, and was placed at tracks including Epsom, Sandown and Windsor. He had a wonderful character and attitude, and was one of our most popular horses!
He retired at just 4 years old due to reoccurring leg trouble but was perfectly suited to a slightly gentler pace of life. He went to a lovely local new home where he was retrained as a riding horse and competes in pony club events with his young rider.
Portrait Emotion joined Heart of the South in 2012 and made an impression when finishing an extremely close second first time out over hurdles. We had high hopes for this gentle giant but a setback saw an early retirement for Portrait Emotion.
He went to the Racehorse Sanctuary who do a fantastic job with retraining and rehoming horses, and they found Portrait Emotion (now named Bobby!) a perfect home with Mary. He enjoys competing both on the flat and over sticks nowadays.
Deux Etoiles was with Heart of the South Racing for 3 years and after taking some time to fulfil his gigantic frame, it all came together for the horse in 2013. He won 2 hurdle races in great style and looked to progress further. Sadly his fragile legs couldn't take the pressure and it was decided he would be retired.
Deux Etoiles (now named King Louis) is based at a yard in Sussex with Lynne and the pair are a wonderful team who adore each other. The horse still has his issues, but has been competing at local shows and Lynne reports he is brilliant at dressage so this might be the next route she takes with him!
Il Portico was a big gorgeous gelding but never really fulfilled his potential on the racecourse. He had several encouraging fourth placed finishes but in May 2012 it was decided he wasn't in love with racing and he was retired.
Il Portico has surprisingly had a few homes since retirement but is now with a couple in Norfolk. He is doing very well and is enjoying doing some hunting. We are so delighted this gentle giant is enjoying life.