It has been a great start to 2019 for Heart of the South Racing with 7 winners already delighting our enthusiastic Owners!
Whilst winners are a huge part of success and happiness within this job, so is finding our racehorses forever loving homes when the time comes for them to retire and we try and turn what can be marked as a sad occasion for their connections into a joyous one! It is something we really do thrive on and we are delighted to have found 3 perfect homes for our recently retired horses:
Zante was a winner over hurdles for his loyal Owners in 2016 and finished in the frame on 3 occasions.
Despite looking like he would return to his winning ways this season, Zante’s attitude towards his racing/racing environment turned sour and it was evident that a change of career was what this lovely boy needed. He was therefore retired from racing in April and found a loving home with Mel based in West Sussex. He will be a riding horse and is already being completely spoilt!
Sisania won on debut for the Gary Moore yard in 2016, but after a string of disappointing runs she moved to Suzy Smith’s yard in the hope this would revitalise her.
Despite running well on her first few starts for Suzy, Sisania sadly started to go back to her old ways, showing signs that she was no longer in love with racing. She was re-homed last week to Emily who has totally fallen in love with “Sassy!” She plans to give the mare some time off before retraining her for some low level eventing and ROR classes – something she is sure to excel at!
Sir Robert Cheval is the story that touches our hearts the most! He was the last foal from our Dam Aunt Ruby and went onto be a 3-time winner, picking up Black Type in 2017 with Robert Cowell.
He was retired from racing last winter due to problems with his knees. We desperately searched for a home for him to be a field companion and to be honest we were running out of hope. However we are elated to tell you that Bobby has found the dream 5 star home as a companion for several shetland ponies, pigmy goats, chickens etc with international dressage rider Nicolle Begovic (wife of Premier League Football Player Asmir Begovic!) It makes us emotional just writing this post as it is nothing less than what this special little horse totally deserves. Happy retirement Bobby!
We will continue to follow our ex-racers in their new homes and cannot thank those that re-home these horses enough for continuing to give them the love and devotion they deserve after racing.