We always strive to buy decent racehorses that will hopefully 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. Many are able to go onto a completely new sphere, whether in the point to point field, in riding club events, in the showground or simply as a happy hack. 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 with his cross country, show jumping and even dressage.
Imperial Ruby was a home bred horse 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 crowned ROR Champion at Hickstead in 2017! Read more about his showing and dressage success here.
South Cape was a loyal servant to us and he won 10 races and over £100,000 in prize money throughout his career. He took his 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 wife 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, he was a true legend and will be hugely missed.
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 needed to be respected and she was retired in the Autumn,
Marmalady was sold at the Tattersalls Broodmare Sales in November 2016 to one of her existing owners. She is now in foal to Group 2 sprint winner Adday (who is having his first year at Stud) and we can't wait to see what they produce.
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. She is currently being retrained to be a polo horse! Her preparation is going brilliantly and all being well she will be ready for her first match in 2018.
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.
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!
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 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!
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.
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 vet nurse named Helen in Newmarket for a pleasure horse/hack. He is doing really well and taking part in many pub hacks and sponsored rides. We are so delighted this gentle giant is enjoying life.