We strive to buy decent and sound horses who enjoy long successful careers and indeed many provide fun for their owners over a number of years. Some (especially the successful fillies with broodmare potential - read more about dual Group Winner Raven's Lady selling for 350,000gns to the USA here) go to the sales if that's best option and the time is right.
However there can be time when retirement is the kindest outcome and we put a big emphasis on making sure our horses go to a knowledgeable, friendly and suitable new home.
Racehorse welfare, both during and after their career, is vital to us at HOTSR as we are a team who have grown up with a genuine love for horses. Consequently and thankfully we continue to attract owners with the same important values.
Many of our ex-horses are able to enjoy a new sphere whether in the point to point field, eventing, as polo horse, in the ROR show ring or simply as a happy hack.
Ex-horses. Where are they now?
Fruity O'Rooney really was the horse of a lifetime with 9 wins to his name & some thrilling memories at the likes of the Cheltenham Festival, Scottish Grand National & the Hennessy. He is very special to HOTSR & his Owners.
He was retired in 2016 aged 13 and found the perfect home with Beccy and it was no surprise he excelled with his cross country, competitions & dressage to a high standard. He will gently be coming back into work over the summer to have the odd spin on the gallops & a jump for fun!
Raven's Lady provided HOTSR with our first Group victories & she will always hold a special place in our hearts! She won 6 races in total and finished in the prize money frequently. She was the horse of a lifetime for her Owners!
She was sold for 325,000 Guineas at the Tattersalls Broodmare Sales in 2018 and raced in America for a year before being sold in December 2019 to be a broodmare. Her first foal by Justify is Ramatuelle who won on debut in France before recently winning a Group 3! She is the spitting image of her mother.
Imperial Ruby was home bred and looked to be a smart individual when in training. However he simply wasn't in love with racing so in 2012 the decision was made for the horse to move on.
One of Imperial Ruby's existing owners, Sar, now owns the horse and the pair have enjoyed an excellent few years! They have cleaned up on ROR classes and were crowned the 2017 ROR Show Series Champion! Most recently he completed the treble and won the title of ROR Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse Championship at the Royal Windsor Horse Show!
South Cape was a our first home bred who won 10 races & over £100,000 in prize money. He took us to Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood. At the age of 12 the horse was retired from racing.
South Cape moved to the Akehurst's yard where he had a very happy retirement, enjoying time in the paddocks whilst waiting to move to Jockey Ryan Moore's home to be a riding horse for his partner. However in 2015, South Cape fell and unfortunately could not be saved. We miss him greatly!
Royal Battalion gave his owners a lot of fun days out at the races including two fabulous wins at Fontwell Park. However a fall saw him lose his confidence and love for racing in 2017 and he was retired.
He enjoyed almost 5 years with Eloise & her family competing in low level showjumping, XC and dressage (where he won a rosette!) before it became apparent he wanted a quieter life still. It was a hard decision for Eloise but Roy is now on loan as a happy hack with a lovely girl named Emily. He is also the complete centre of her word!
Oh So Fruity is a half brother to our sensational chaser Fruity O'Rooney and had big shoes to fill. He made an encouraging start to his career but unfortunately had a wind issue that could not be rectified.
He was retired in 2016 and had 3 homes before he found his home for life with Robyn. These pair are a match made in heaven and Oh So Fruity won his first ever show in June 2018! He enjoys a quieter pace of life these days and is very happy in his home.
Mohanad was a super horse who achieved 4 wins for Sheena West (on the flat and over hurdles) and was placed 27 times, including 2 placed finishes for Philip Hide.
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 it's safe to say this horse gets well and truly spoilt
The Shuffler was a home bred out of our mare Lucky Dice. He won two races, and was placed many times. He had a wonderful character and attitude, and was one of our most popular horses!
He retired at 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 home where he was retrained as a riding horse.
Portrait Emotion joined us in 2012 and made an impression when finishing a 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 found a perfect home with Mary. He enjoys competing both on the flat and over sticks nowadays.
Onehelluvatouch was bought at the foal sales in 2013 and won a race for us. However during her 4yo season she unfortunately had an incident at the races that damaged her confidence and therefore her Owners made the decision to retire her.
She was quickly rehomed and now has a new life with Carl in Hampshire. We are thrilled to learn that Onehelluvatouch has already won several showing classes & she will compete again later on this summer.
Il Portico was a gorgeous horse but never really fulfilled his potential on the racecourse. He had several encouraging placed finishes but in 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.
Good Luck Charm was a home bred in 2009 and grew up to be one of HOTSR most popular and consistent horses. He was a winner of 9 races, placed frequently and raced a huge 93 times! He was in love with his job and was known for behaving more like a 2yo than an 11yo on the Gary Moore gallops.
At the age of 11, Good Luck Charm was retired from racing in 2020. He now has a forever home locally with two of his syndicate Owners and enjoys his quieter life with his buddy Rosie by his side.
Dragons Voice was with us for many years, originally in training with Philip Hide before moving to David Menuisier in 2018. He won 6 races, was frequently placed in Class 2/3 company and gave his Owners many fantastic memories over the years.
In 2020 it became evident that the horse unfortunately didn't have quite the same zest for his racing so he was retired. He was originally rehomed to a family in Shropshire before being homed to Sarah who utterly adores him! He enjoys relaxing out in the field with Sarah's other TB and has just began his retraining for some combined training & ROR classes.
Poetic Lilly was purchased by HOTSR as a foal and was in training with David Menuisier where she won over a mile. She is quite a small filly and whilst she had a big heart, David was unsure how much further she could progress so the decision was made to retire her.
Two of Lilly's syndicate Owners took her on to enjoy the retraining process & spent a lot of time bringing her on. Lilly found a lovely home initially but as can happen things did not work out due to various reasons. She has now moved on & we hope will shortly find that forever connection with the right person.
Latin Knight was a big, fragile type who required plenty of time and patience from his Owners. It was lovely to see him reward their patience with a fantastic 2nd on his racecourse debut, followed by another placed effort.
However Latin Knight unfortunately suffered a setback in 2020 which saw him meet an early retirement. The horse is such a kind and genuine individual and it didn't take him long to find a perfect home with Nicky. He now lives a happy life in the paddocks.
Trafalgar Boy was a promising individual who was placed behind Shishkin in a bumper before finishing 2nd on his hurdling debut. We had high hopes for his racing career but unfortunately a previous injury reared its ugly head and he was retired from racing, finding a lovely home with Paulina in Devon.
Since retiring Nelson has been competing in Devon County Shows & this Spring he won the Open ROR Class & qualified for Hickstead.
Invincible Lass is beautiful daughter of Invincible Spirit who we had high hopes for. She was a consistent performer on soft ground but a cyst on her elbow saw her retire from racing young.
She was purchased privately in 2021 to move to France and become a broodmare where she was covered by Group 1 winner Study Of Man. She handled her first pregnancy very well and this spring foaled a beautiful filly who we cannot wait to follow with great interest!
We purchased Pivotal Time as a foal so he will always hold a very dear place in our hearts! He went into training with David Menuisier at the age of 2 however a standard foot injury never healed correctly so he was retired from racing young.
After some time out in the paddocks, Pali moved to Palace House in Newmarket to begin his retraining. He took to this well but his foot issue still intermittently reared its ugly head. With a little help from the saddle fitter at Palace House, we were able to find Pali a prefect home as a therapy horse!
Isayalittleprayer was purchased as a foal in 2017 and we instantly fell in love with her character. She gave a respectful debut for Gary Moore at Glorious Goodwood aged 2 and finished in the frame over both codes many times.
Unfortunately a reoccurring injury meant she retired from racing in 2023 and found a lovely home with an experienced couple near Durham. They plan to give the filly some time off before retraining her as a happy hack and for some low-level shows.
Cilaos Glace was and always will be a total eye-catcher because he is the spitting image of Black Beauty! He won 3 times over hurdles/fences with Oliver Sherwood & was retired in 2023 after seemingly racing out of love with his job.
Booty was quickly rehomed with experienced rider Caroline who is now gently riding him. He's been on 3 fun rides, trips to the local pub and his schooling is coming on really well. The plan is for Booty to start at novice level in the autumn team chase season before progressing onto hunting.
Quloob was another popular horse amongst his Owners & the Gary Moore team. He won 5 races in total and took his Owners to some of the prestigious flat meetings before returning due to an injury.
He has however found a wonderful home with Tara in Lambourn who gave him plenty of time off before gently building him back up and doing some jumping with him. It looks like the pair could enjoy some fun later this year.
Waikiki Waves won 8 times over the sticks and was incredibly popular amongst his Owners & the Gary Moore team. He gave us such fun over the years but decided in 2023 that he had enough of racing and virtually retired himself!
We were patient in rehoming Waikiki & gave him some time off to recharge. However HOTSR's Eloise went to have a sit on him and well, the rest is history - he now is loving life with Eloise & her family! To say Waikiki is adored would be an understatement. He still likes to be kept busy, and the plan will be low-level competing once he's ready. For now he enjoys lots of hacks, lessons & love.
Aiguillette was our last home bred foal and was a winner over a mile before he was retired from racing in late 2022.
A young lady named Saffron has followed Aiguillette's career throughout as she currently has his Dam Lucky Dice so when she heard he was retired she jumped at the chance to offer him his forever home! Aiguillette now enjoys his days out in the paddock with his mum alongside being a happy hack!
Ruby Yeats was a wonderful NH mare winning 4 races for us and providing Owners with some great days at the races. Our journey isn't over with Ruby just yet though as whilst she retired from racing in 2022, she went onto become our mare for our breeding syndicate!
In April 2022 Ruby was covered by Planteur successfully and on 27/03/23 she produced her first foal - a very correct & beautiful filly who has been nicknamed Twiggy. We cannot wait to see Twiggy grow as the develops into a racehorse & Ruby is currently carrying her second foal by Golden Horn.