Fruity O’Rooney achieved nine incredible wins for Heart of the South throughout his career and took his owners to some of the top meetings in the National Hunt world. He was retired in April 2016, at the grand age of 13, but it has come as no surprise that he is excelling above and beyond in his new career.
Fruity O’Rooney is loved by his owners more than any other horse we know! Rightly so, as this brave little chaser who stands at just 15.2hh, has competed at the highest levels including the SkyBet Chase at Doncaster (where he finished third despite a slipped saddle,) a solid fifth place finish in the Scottish National at Ayr and even the Hennessy Gold Cup where Fruity finished a respectable seventh behind Bobsworth (which was considered one of the most competitive Hennessy’s of late.)
The highlight of Fruity O’Rooney’s career however has to be finishing an unbearably close second in the JLT Specialty Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2012. Fruity O’Rooney ran the race of his life, leading the entire way and over the last fence only to be passed on the run in. An emotional day we shall never forget!
Fruity O’Rooney is well known for his gutsy attitude and brave front running performances and there are very few people who don’t recognize his name! We will never forget the cheers as this old boy battled hard to win his ninth race at Ascot in November 2015, and there were plenty of happy tears from Fruity’s connections!
Fruity O’Rooney was retired in April 2016, after he had a few niggles which needed to respected. The horse is now living with Beccy who has fallen head over heels in love with Fruity (how couldn’t you!?) Fruity has already done several competitions and events and has exceeded with his show jumping and cross country. We love hearing about his new ventures and wish him every success in his new career.
March 26th 2003
|Ile De Bourbon (USA)
|Blushing Groom (FR)
|Ship Yard (GB)
|Guillaume Tell (USA)
|Lady Clodagh (FR)