Where are they now?

Harry Topper

It was a sad day at when Harry Topper retired on 26th April 2018 because he will be missed as we loved having him here. He came here as a gangly 4 year old, did us proud and very much reactivated my training career winning 3 graded races including a Charlie Hall and Denman Chase.

We were happy for Harry to leave us sound and still able to enjoy a great life after racing, Yes we will miss his box walking, wind sucking and his happy face.

Harry Topper finished his racing life after winning 8 of his 24 races sound and, all I can say is thank you Harry for all you have done for us.

Following a glittering racing career, Harry Topper is now enjoying his retirement on the hunting field with Joe Docker.

Harry Topper
Harry Topper

North Stack

North Stack now known as Amos/Mossy Moo has been enjoying his retirment with Lesley Shillito for the past six years. He has been competing and winning unaffiliated dressage and eventing. 

North Stack
North Stack

South Stack

South Stack (Amie) is enjoying his retirement with Charlie Lenton and has proven to be a real all rounder, competing in the show ring, winning ROR and Riding Horse classes, he has also been out in the dressage arena with fantastic scores. He is currently turning his hoof to showjumping and xc training so with a bit of luck he will be out eventing next year.

South Stack
South Stack

Darna

Darna was a star for his owners and his us and we retired on 4th May 2016. We bought Darna for Julie and David at The Newbury Doncaster Sales after winning two hurdle races for Willie Amos. Buying him brought Julie and David back into the yard as owners on the retirement of trainer Paul Dalton. Darna won 3 of his 5 races his first season for us and looked a chaser with a big future. Sadly he missed some time off the track due to a slight leg injury and while he was off we also tinkered with his wind. He came back and was impressive at Sedgefield and then of course he won at the Cheltenham Festival.. The owners and trainers dream came true.

Darna
Darna

Russian Lad

Russian Lad has been with Frances Elms since retiring from racing in 2009. He has been enjoying his retirment in the field and taking part in fun rides and riding club activites. His latest challenge has been Dressage to Music which he seems to be enjoying.

Russian Lad
Russian Lad

Sirius Chesnut

Sirius Chesnut ran his final race under rules on 19th April 2013. He has been with Katy Ferrari for just over 3 years now and competes at dressage.  He has competed in the RoR National Championships at Aintree and went to the British Dressage Thoroughbred Championships last weekend and won the Novice Championship!  We also went to the ROR Dressage Championships at Blenheim Palace last week and finished 7th; Sirius is currently excelling in his retirement.

 

Sirius Chesnut
Sirius Chesnut

Rhianna

Rhianna was retired from racing on 23rd July 2016 followng an unsuccessful career in racing, she reallly did not take to it although she had plenty of scope.

Owner Norman Carter retired her to Lizzie Luxton in Devon to go point to point but once again she really didn’t show any signs of enjoying herself, so in 2017 she was sent to try one day eventing which she really took to, winning an unaffiliated event, she was fantastic over the cross country.

Back in pre training this year she seemed to be suffering from a back problem and subsequently has had a reoccurrence of a check ligament injury she had last year. So it has been decided that Rhianna will now be turned out in a paddock until next year when a suitable stallion will be found for her and she will be put in foal.

 

Rhianna
Rhianna

Milord

Milord ran his final race at Worcester on 11th June after an interesting career which started in Germany as a 2 year old which included a run in their Derby. A fourth at the Cheltenham Festival was probably his highlight, although winning was probably better. He raced in 47 races, five of which he won and accumulated a total of £37,512 prize money during a glittering seven year career.


Milord is now enjoying his retirement with Teresa Thurston who has been gradually introducing new experiences such as lunging, cross country schooling and a few cows! He has settled in very nicely and Teresa feels very lucky to have been given the chance with Milord. The aim is to carry on gently schooling and generally broadening his horizons, with the hope that by spring next year, he might be up to a few competitions; the goal is to compete in an unaffiliated event.  

Milord
Milord

Forgotten Hero

Very much a family favourite for his owners David and Julie Martin who bought him originally with the view of running at The Cheltenham Festival. That quickly changed and they kept him flat racing with John Hills where he won four races and over £90,000 in prize money; he climbed to a highest rating of 97 on the flat. Forgotten Hero them came to me with the view of going hurdling and although he never won, he was narrowly beaten at York on two occasions, finishing second in competitive handicaps. We ran a couple of times over hurdles where he also finished second, but we felt after running a total of 40 times, he deserved a good and happy retirement which he now has.

Forgotten Hero is now enjoying his retirement with Laura White where he has been doing in hand showing, finishing second first time out. Laura is aiming to do a dressage test with him in the next two months and training for this is going well. They are both very happy together.

Forgotten Hero
Forgotten Hero

Un Ace

Un Ace was a horse we purchased after he won a bumper on the all-weather for Ben Case. He was an absolute gem to train and started his career with us by winning a novice hurdle at Doncaster and then went straight to The Cheltenham Festival where he ran an absolute blinder, finishing 11 lengths behind Vautour in the Supreme Novice Hurdle. His second season began with two wins over fences at Huntingdon and Doncaster where he then headed back to The Cheltenham Festival where he finished 13 lengths behind our own winner Darna, again another great days racing. Perhaps his best day racing and the day he will be most remebered for, was when he won the Waitrose Novice Handicap Chase at Ascot in March 2015 which was to be the last winner Tony McCoy ever rode at Ascot. So he finished his career in the record books!

Un Ace was retired from racing on 3rd May 2017 and is now residing with chiropractor Steph Targett. He is currently enjoying a lovely summer holiday as Steph is expecting a child but will be coming back into work in November with the plan to go hunting and team chasing in 2019.

Un Ace
Un Ace

 

Bailey’s Blog

20-09-2018 06:57:03 in General by Admin
Plus 11 and raining when driving in. Thursday is our easy day and after yesterday first serious work day that was the case. There was a big turn out for John Dunlop’s memorial service yesterday and the horses at Goffs sold well.. I forgot to mention yesterday that the exceptional flowers that brightened the tables of Ian Will’s party on Tuesday night were arranged by Kerry Bellamy. ...

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