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Hall of Fame
The 1994 gelding, Bindaree, won the 2002 Grand National, ridden by Jim Colloty and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davis. He is now enjoying a second career in dressage.
Former Grand National winner, Royal Athlete, thrived in his later life, which included Junior Side Saddle classes with Cordelia Chugg
Fort Duchesne was bought out of racehorse trainer Michael Madgwick's yard after running 24 times, winning once and being placed 4 times. Entered in the Ascot Bloodstock Autumn Sale in 1986 he was recommended to polo pony trainer, David Morley by Michael's brother, Philip as "this is one you should buy, he'll do you".
David bought him for 1,000gns and knew the first time he sat on him that he had something special about him. He was renamed Chesney and was quietly trained during the winter ridden by Johnny Wade who took him into low goal polo in 1987. He was then taken over by David Morley who finished up playing 15-goal polo at Guards Polo Club at the end of the season.
Leading polo player, Carlos Gracida sat on him after the Gold Cup in 1987 and told David, "have him ready for me next season". Carlos returned in 1988 and forged a relationship with Chesney that wrote history: winning three Gold Cup finals at Cowdray Park in the British Open Championships where he was 'Best playing pony' in 1988, 1989 and 1991.
A racehorse in 1986 and champion polo pony in 1988. A rapid rise to fame in the polo world!
Chesney was bought by the Hurlingham Polo Association chairman, Christopher Hanbury for the Sultan of Brunei and he continued to play polo for several years. He is now happily retired in Gloucestershire and took part in a parade of racehorse champions at Lambourn Open Day in 1996.
Chesney is still thought of in polo circles as an exceptional polo pony and a true champion.
Lizawake won a total of ten races including the 1963 Beechers Chase at Aintree. He ran in the Grand National in 1963, 1964 and 1965. Later in that year Tom Brake suggested to his owner Mrs Mary Marshall, that he would make a showjumper and thus at the age of 12 years he began his second career.
He went on to become one of the most consistent horses in the country for the next eight seasons, winning all over from the Royal Cornwall Show to the Royal Highland and the Supreme Championship at the Three Counties Show. At the age of 17, in 1970, he put up a great performance to jump a height of 7ft 3.5 inches in the John Player High Jump at Nottingham.
Make A Stand
Champion Hurdle winner, Make A Stand, simply enjoys hacking around the countryside and hunting in his retirement from racing.
Grebe, ridden by Peter Robeson, was part of the British Team on twelve occasions helping to win the Nations Cup six times. His individual successes included the 1972 Grand Prix in Palermo and the Championship in Barcelona, 1974 Everest Double Glazing at Wembley.
Originally called Pharvish, born in 1963, a chestnut gelding, by Even Money out of Oxonian Girl (by Oxonian). He raced in three hurdles races, falling twice!
Oxonian Girl went on to create a dynasty of good pure bred TB show jumpers: Pix, 1967 was the only other one to have raced. Other offspring were Cockatiel, 1969; Waxswing, 1970 (won Nations Cups); Grouse, 1973; Bushlark, 1975; Dunnock, 1976. Information kindly supplied by Mrs Robeson.
Philco was the famous flea bitten grey ridden by showjumper David Broome. Born in 1968 he is believed to be by Native Dancer, who was also the maternal grand-sire of Northern Dancer! Philco raced in America before coming to the UK. Among many show jumping wins was the King George V Gold Cup in 1997.
Workboy was ridden by Brigadier 'Monkey' Blacker. On his retirement from racing in 1955 Workboy had won 13 steeplechases and been placed 16 times.
Principal show jumping successes in his second career included: winner of the Imperial Cup, White City International Horse Show in 1959. Member of the winning British Nations Cup Team in Madrid. Winner of the Saint Humberto Cup Lisbon, and 2nd in the Imperial Cup and the King George V Gold Cup, White City in 1960.
Workboy, born in Ireland in 1945, was a black gelding by Tiverton, out of Bride's Cottage according to Weatherbys. However in Brig Blacker's book "The Story of Workboy" he claims that Workboy was by Stoccado.