MONET’S GARDEN, PEDDLERS CROSS AND LIE FORRIT AMONG THE STARS ON SHOW AT AYR
The evergreen and ever popular 19-year-old favourite Monet’s Garden heads the line-up for the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Parade at the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival. The parade also features fellow Grade One winners Cinders And Ashes and Peddlers Cross, as well as the former Scottish trained favourite, Lie Forrit.
The RoR Parade, generously sponsored by the Peter O’Sullevan Trust, takes place before racing at around 12.15pm in the parade ring, straight after the 2017 Randox Health Grand National winner, One For Arthur, has paraded.
The diverse eight-horse line-up includes three Grade One winners and several Ayr regulars. Each of the eight horses has found a fulfilling second career after retiring from racing, whether it be showing, dressage, showjumping, eventing, hunting or team chasing.
The winner of 17 races from his 32 starts, Monet’s Garden has excelled in his second career. Ridden by Joey Richards, daughter of his former trainer Nicky, the pair have enjoyed great success, including victory at the RoR National Championship Show at Aintree last year when they were crowned RoR Ridden Veteran Champion. The grey was subsequently also awarded the prestigious title of RoR Horse of The Year.
Joey Richards said of Monet’s Garden: “He’s 19 now but you’d think he was a five-year-old, he’s never changed, he’s never aged. He’s always been a real showman, even throughout his racing career, and that’s why I thought showing would suit him. He’s amazing, the horse of a lifetime. He would have done any job, he’s very talented and he’s got that enthusiasm to want to be the best in whatever he does.”
Lie Forrit was in the care of Grand National winning trainer, Lucinda Russell. A winner of 12 races, most notably the Grand National Trial at Haydock in 2015, Lie Forrit was a firm favourite with racing fans. He retired in January 2016 and has since hunted regularly and competed in show jumping, hunter trials and eventing competitions. His rider Jo Luton describes him as “the best hunter I’ve ever had” and is hoping to step him up to affiliated eventing this year.
Details of the 8 horses participating, together with their riders and their current activities, are listed below.
- CHEEKY WEE RED (Dressage) – Ridden by Alice Pullem
9-year-old by Pastoral Pursuits, formerly trained by Alistair Whillans
Twice a winner on the flat at Ayr when trained by Richard Fahey, Cheeky Wee Red retired from racing in 2014. In the hands of Alice Pullem, the mare has thrived at dressage, qualifying for the Pet Plan Championships at Open Novice and Open Elementary level. The combination is now aiming to compete at Prix St George level.
- CINDERS AND ASHES (Dressage and Showing) – Ridden by Brian Story
10-year-old by Beat Hollow, formerly trained by Donald McCain
The winner of the 2012 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, Cinders And Ashes retired from racing in 2015. He has since enjoyed success showing and is working his way towards doing some unaffiliated dressage competitions with a view to eventually graduating to British Dressage.
- LIE FORRIT (Hunting and Eventing) – Ridden by Jo Luton
13-year-old by Subtle Power, formerly trained by Lucinda Russell
A winner of 12 races, most notably the Grand National Trial at Haydock in 2015, the Scottish trained Lie Forrit was a firm favourite with racing fans. He retired in January 2016 and has since hunted regularly and competed in show jumping, hunter trials and eventing competitions. His rider Jo Luton is hoping to step him up to affiliated eventing this year.
- MONETS GARDEN (Showing) – Ridden Joey Richards
19-year-old by Roselier, formerly trained by Nicky Richards
The winner of 17 races, including three at Ayr, Monet’s Garden is one of the most popular NH horses of recent times. In 2010, he overcame a life threatening illness and was nursed back to health by Joey Richards. Since then the pair have had great success in the show ring, including victory at Aintree last year when crowned RoR Ridden Veteran Champion. He was also awarded 2016 RoR Horse of The Year.
- NOBLE ALAN (Showing) – Ridden by Geraldine Mcghie
14-year-old by King’s Theatre, formerly trained by Nicky Richards
The winner of 10 races including on the flat, over hurdles and fences, the highlight of which was the 2009 Scottish Champion Hurdle, Noble Alan was retired from racing in 2015. He has remained at the yard of Nicky Richards and has started his career in the show ring. Last year he was placed regularly, and this year the plan is to compete in more RoR classes with a view to qualifying for a major show.
- PEDDLERS CROSS (Showjumping) – Ridden by Jackie Storey
11-year-old by Oscar, formerly trained by Donald McCain
The winner of the 2010 Neptune Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and of a Grade 2 at the Grand National Festival, Peddlers Cross retired from racing in 2013. He is now based with Brian and Jackie Storey and his kind nature has helped him to adapt to a range of activities, including showjumping, arena eventing and hunter trials.
- SAXONETTE (Showing and Showjumping) – Ridden by Leanne Ferguson
9-year-old by Piccolo, formerly trained by Linda Perratt
A six time winning sprinter on the flat, 35 of Saxonette’s 82 races were run here at Ayr! Saxonette retired from racing in 2015 and since then she has had success in the show ring and at showjumping. Her rider, Leanne Ferguson credits Saxonette as being the horse that kick-started Leanne’s love for racing and led her to taking out a jockey’s license. Leanne’s aim is to compete in affiliated competitions on Saxonette.
- TCHICO POLOS (Showing and Riding Club) – Ridden by Nicki Scott
13-year-old by Sassanian, formerly trained by Paul Nicholls
A six-time winner and placed in Graded company, including when runner-up in the 2010 Future Champion Novices’ Chase at Ayr, Tchico Polos was retired from racing at the end of 2011. Ridden and looked after by Nicki Scott, the pair enjoy hacking and this year Nicki is planning on combining some showing with some riding club activities.