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news National hunt stars Un Temps Pour Tout & Moon Racer join team Clare Poole

10th May 2019
Un Temps Pour Tout and Moon Racer with Claire Poole, photo courtesy of Jo Sutherst Photography

Following their recent retirement from racing last month, Un Temps Pour Tout and Moon Racer who both ran in the colours of Bryan Drew and Professor Caroline Tisdall, have left David Pipe’s yard to embark on new careers with Clare Poole at her Gloucestershire yard.

In total they won 14 races, including 3 Cheltenham Festival successes, whilst reaching the frame on a further 18 occasions and netting over £630,000 in prize money.

Moon Racer in March 2015 ran out a facile winner of a vintage Grade 1 Cheltenham Festival Bumper, beating the likes of Modus, Yanworth, Supasundae and Bellshill with ease despite a troubled passage. Having switched his attentions to hurdling, he boasted some fine efforts during his novice season, twice easily accounting for the following year’s Champion Bumper (and subsequent Tote Gold Trophy winner) Ballyandy at Perth and Cheltenham in the Grade 2 Sharps Hurdle. At last season’s Scottish Grand National meeting, Moon Racer landed the 2m 5 1/2f handicap hurdle at his first attempt at the trip.

Un Temps Pour Tout was a high-profile addition to the team at Pond House, following a good career in France during which he had won Listed and Grade 3 contests. In 2015 Pipe took Un Temps back to France, where he won the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil (The French Champion Hurdle) under an inspired ride by James Reveley. He twice became a winner on racing’s biggest stage at the Cheltenham Festival, landing back to back victories of the Ultima Chase in 2016 and 2017.

In landing the second of his Cheltenham Festival success, under top weight of 11-12 and a mark of 155, Un Temps Pour Tout produced one of the finest weight carrying performances witnessed at the Festival for many years. Incredibly, Un Temps only won twice over fences – both times at the Festival!

David Pipe says “these have been two amazing horses with a fantastic racing record between them, a bittersweet time for the yard, sad to see them leave but also excited to see them shine in their new careers with Clare.”

Team Clare Poole are dedicated to the retraining of ex-racehorses, ensuring they go on to have happy new careers when they leave the race track. The wellbeing and care of each horse is key whilst with us – from our yard here in rural Gloucestershire we offer a safe, trusting and relaxed environment with fabulous facilities. We are ideally situated for attending all of the country’s best shows and venues.

We are firm believers that trust is essential when producing horses and that this is very much a two-way relationship on which a strong foundation is based. It is very important to Clare that she plays a personal part in the day to day routine of each horse to fully understand their individual requirements.

All the horses follow a varied routine combining daily turnout with riding out, schooling, clinics, and polework/jumping. All this in a calm yet stimulating atmosphere makes for happy horses performing to the best of their ability.

Our ultimate goal is to ensure every horse is given the opportunity to follow a specialist training plan to ensure they go on to successfully fulfil another career once their racing days are over.

“This is a very exciting time for the yard” says Clare, “we are privileged to be entrusted by Bryan and Caroline with their amazing horses and are very much looking forward to seeing what makes each of them tick during their retraining and subsequently getting them out and about competing in their second careers.”

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