These former racehorses are unsuitable for re-homing due to injury, temperament or age but will have a safe home at Greatwood to live out the rest of their days in comfort. Each of these horses is assessed to see if they are suitable to be used in the Horse Power programme to help children with special educational needs, giving them a new focus.
11th Apr 1992 - Far North – Sans Dot
Ran 57 times, with a very successful career. In a career spanning eleven years, Deano’s Beeno had an excellent hurdles record of 11 wins, one of which was in Ascot’s Grade 1 Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle, beating the outstanding Baracouda on level weights and ending his run of 10 consecutive victories. Six of his hurdle wins were in Grade 2 events. A fast and fluent jumper, he was one of racing’s top staying hurdlers. In addition to multiple hurdle wins, he also won on the flat and over fences. He retired from racing in June 2004 and was gifted to Greatwood, possibly because of his renowned quirkiness.
7th Mar 1991 - Capote – Gay Fantastic
Ran 58 times with 17 wins and 12 places. Probably Po’s remaining claim to fame was that he loved Chepstow and he won the Welsh Champion Hurdle on three consecutive years. Again, owned by The Late Jim Weeden, Po is the reason why Greatwood was mentioned in Jim’s Will. Po has been with us for over five years. We did ride him out when he first came to us but it was Jim’s particular request that Po should remain with us until the end of his days and so we thought that he may as well enjoy a well deserved retirement. Po is a really good horse to look after and despite his illustrious career over hurdles has never come up with any injury or problem. He is a self-contained horse and doesn’t have a particular pal, thus is fairly philosophical about where we stable him, he doesn’t care who is standing next to him. This is unlike some who throw a blue fit if a ‘best friend’ isn’t in the right place. About the only time that Po throws a bit of attitude is when he is in the field shelter. As far as he is concerned, the field shelter is his, and woe betide anyone that has the audacity to enter. To that end we have had to buy another one and now he runs between the two shooing the horses out.
28th April 1989 - Pilgrim (USA) – Bundler (USA)
Ran 49 times with 7 wins and 13 places. We took on this fellow because his owner couldn’t afford to keep him any longer. He is a nice big sort of horse, he had been on his own prior to his arrival and he really enjoys the company of the other horses. We are hoping that given a little time that we may be able to use him for Horse Power but we will have to know a little more about him before we can risk him stepping out of line.
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