We strive to buy decent racehorses who will go onto long and successful careers, 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 of our horses are able to go onto a new sphere and together we try our utmost to ensure they enjoy life after racing whether in the point to point field, riding club events, as polo horse, in the show ring 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, winning 10 races and taking us to some of the most prestigious National Hunt meetings such as The Cheltenham Festival, The Hennessy Gold Cup and The Scottish Grand National.
He was retired in 2016 and found the perfect home with Beccy. The pair are frequently seen on the cross country course where Fruity has built up a decent amount of rosettes!
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 sold for 325,000 Guineas at the Tattersalls Broodmare Sales in 2018 and raced over in America for a year before being sold in December 2019 to be a broodmare.
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 even crowned the 2017 ROR Show Series Champion! Read more about his showing success here.
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!
Master Poet began his career with Robert Cowell before moving to Gary Moore's in 2019. He finished a close second last summer but unfortunately a few health issues kept him from showing his full potential.
The decision was made to retire him in 2019 and Master Poet has found the best home possible with Maddy. The horse looks incredibly well and is being prepared for the showing/event season ahead.
Marmalady was with HOTSR for 6 years and was a revelation over sprint distances, winning 5 races and reaching a career best of a mark of 90. However, she had a few setbacks during 2016 and was retired.
Marmalady was sold at the Tattersalls Broodmare Sale in November 2016 to one of her existing owners. She gave birth to a filly by Adday who is now in training and a filly in 2020 by Sea The Moon. Sadly shortly after foaling her baby Marmalady passed away.
Sisania won on her hurdling debut for us and looked to have a bright future, but in 2019 it was clear that she was no longer in love with the sport and she was therefore retired.
She found a home with Emily and after having some time off the mare is now being retrained for the season ahead where she is likely to appear in some ROR classes in 2020!
Zambeasy was a consistent horse winning 5 races throughout his career and was retired at the age of 7 after bowing out with a solid 2nd at Salisbury.
Zambeasy found a home with Sarah in Surrey and has been given some time off before beginning his retraining.
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 lost his way a little and was retired from racing in 2017.
Capsis Desbois is now being retrained and looks to be the perfect candidate for eventing. We wish this lovely horse every luck with his new pasture and look forward to following his journey.
Outback Princess raced for us at the age of 2 and 3. She was a small horse with a huge heart but did not quite have the edge for racing and was retired in 2016.
Outback Princess now lives with Clare and has been the perfect Broodmare. Her first foal was a colt by Bobby's Kitten and in 2020 she gave birth to another healthy foal by Sir Percy (right)
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 has the most perfect home with the Adamski family where he undertakes happy hacks, some light work and might even appear at a few classes in 2020!
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!
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 in 2019 Onehelluvatouch has won and finished 2nd in her two classes!
Deux Etoiles was a gentle giant who took some time to come together, but when it did he won two races impressively over hurdles. 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.
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 we wish him every happiness in his well deserved retirement.
Dragons Voice was with Heart of the South Racing for many years, originally in training with Philip Hide before moving to David Menuisier in 2018. He was a winner of 6 races, frequently placed in Class 2/3 company and gave his Owners many fantastic memories over the years.
In 2020 it became evident that Dragons Voice unfortunately didn't have quite the same zest for his racing as he did previously so he was retired from racing. Newly named Flame is now enjoying a quieter life in Shropshire and be retrained as a riding horse/to do some low level competing.
Poetic Lilly was purchased by HOTSR as a foal and was in training with David Menuisier. She won her first race in September 2020 at Lingfield Park under a fine ride from Josephine Gordon.
Lilly is quite a small filly and whilst she had a big heart, David was unsure as to how much further she could progress and the decision was made to retire her from racing. She now resides with two of her syndicate Owners who plan to put Lilly through a re-training programme before finding her a forever home.