Retired Horses

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9 Year Old Bay Mare

Golan x Amazonian

 

Maisey was retired from racing after suffering a Grade 5 bleed on only her second start for us over hurdles at Taunton. It was in her best interest not to return to the track, and found a lovely home with an EPDS Racing Club member, Emma. Unfortunately because of work commitments abroad, Maisey was returned to our care and, whilst being reschooled for loan by her pervious stable lass (Hannah Gay), she received a diagnosis of Kissing Spines. This was gutting for us, as the photos show she was working well with Hannah. Because of this, Maisey has the potential to go on loan as a companion only. All homes would be vetted by EPDS Racing prior to a non-racing agreement being put in place. If you think that Maisey may be suitable for you, please do contact us.

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11 Year Old Bay Mare

Medicean x Nature Girl

 

Shilpa was retired from racing in 2013, after suffering extensive tendon damage when kicked by a falling horse in her final start at Southwell. This was a tough time for all involved, as this was the first horse owned by the organisation, bought by John & Tracey at Ascot sales in 2012. Fortunately, we had a fantastic win with Shilpa for her owners before this, and thanks to the wonderful work carried out by O’Gorman, Slater & Main Veterinary Group to save her life and repair her tendon, decided that her pedigree was such that she would make an exciting breeding prospect. We are now very pleased to report that we have our first homebred filly foal, by Kayf Tara. She is in the wonderful care of Chandler Manor Stud and is doing remarkably well. It will be a long wait to see this filly on the course, but we are hopeful to enjoy her journey into racing!

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7 Year Old Brown Mare

Strategic Prince x Haiti Dancer

 

Loxley Mezile was retired from racing after some puzzling periods of lameness and a seeming lack of desire to race. She started her career well with some brilliant performances against some successful horses in an All Weather bumper campaign, although then never translated this form into hurdling. Although this was disappointing for her shareholders, we did not believe in persisting with her as she was trying to tell us that her talents were better used elsewhere! After a period of turnout to grow and mature, Poppy’s confirmation has greatly improved and she has remained sound throughout the year. Because of this, Tracey is now planning some groundwork for her, after which she will be available for long term loan. As you can see, she would be a fantastic showing prospect and would be eligible for RoR classes. All homes would be vetted by EPDS Racing prior to a non-racing agreement being put in place. If you think that Poppy may be suitable for you, please do contact us.

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8 Year Old Chestnut Gelding

Pivotal x One So Wonderful

 

Onedin Line is one of our most impressive looking chasers who had us puzzled from day one. We never quite got Odin to finish his races as he should, and there were question marks over his wind. After having this looked at extensively and after finding no real issues there were concerns that the problem may be more serious. Eventually, after his last disappointing run at Market Rasen, it was decided to send him to the specialist vets at Bristol Equine Hospital for extensive testing. It was found that Odin had ventricular problems with his heart, as well as a murmur – and was retired from racing immediately. He is now in the care of Tracey and will be reassessed for his return to light work & hacking in the coming months. Thereafter, he may be available for loan (subject to him passing his vet examinations). All homes would be vetted by EPDS Racing prior to a non-racing agreement being put in place. If you believe that Odin may be suitable for you and you would like to explore the options of a long term loan, please do contact us.

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10 Year Old Chestnut Gelding

Medician x Star Precision

 

Benny was purchased out of Seamus Mullins’ (via Ascot Sales) in 2013. A kind and genuine horse, he ran several races in the EPDS colours before retiring, after falling out of love with the sport. He is now the happy hack of Ellie, and is greatly enjoying his life in part-retirement. Since coming out of racing Benny has enjoyed some days out at local shows, enjoyed a soppy photoshoot with the talented Rose Lewis of Daydream Equine Art and become a hit with the ladies on the yard – always first in line for a carrot and a cuddle! He will soon be tested out as a child’s first pony for baby Alfie (the newest member of the EPDS Team), but we’re all confident that he will take it in his stride. He is a pleasure to have around and we’re excited to see where is retraining can lead!

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7 Year Old Bay Gelding

Helissio / Dawn Bid

 

 

Bishop Lightfoot ran in one bumper whilst still a little on the weak side, running nicely and leading to 1f out before fading. Having had the summer to strengthen and fill out into his frame, he unfortunately suffered an injury on the gallops which led to him missing the entire 2014/15 season. Sadly when bought back into work for his eagerly awaited seasonal debut for 2015/16, he suffered the same leg injury he had done the previous year and we decided that the horse would not stand up to the demands of racing in the long run.

Rebecca is delighted with his recuperation and progress throughout the winter and is very excited by his prospects for a new career in a slightly less demanding sphere. We are very pleased that Bishop is now in the care of the lovely Carly on long term loan and will be re-schooled for Eventing. We are really looking forward to seeing how he progresses and we’ll keep you all up to date on our Blog & Social Media.

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5 Year Old Chestnut Gelding

Papal Bull / Wishfully Tropical

 

 

 

 

Menace was EPDS Racing’s first Twitterati Partnership Horse, who touched the hearts of all those who came into contact with him!

What a huge amount of fun this little chap gave to all his owners, an absolute superstar to us all (even if the results and the handicapper might disagree – what do they know anyway!). At EPDS Racing we have always said that our Horses come first, and we felt that it was better to retire Meance whilst he can still go out and enjoy himself in another role, unfortunately stifle problems meant that he didn’t cope well with the demands of Racing. Menace is currently enjoying some well-earned TLC, and is being looked after by Hannah and her two sons, all three of whom will have great fun with him in time. We’re looking forward to keeping you all posted on his return to work on our blog and social media.

 

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Deceased – Bay Gelding

Classic Cliché x Suir Native

 

Unfortunately, Homer Run was the first loss that was had by the organisation. With only four horses in training at the time, his passing left a very big hole in the organisation and was felt by all of our members, not just those invested in him. Fortunately, Homer had two Class 5 wins for us before stepping up two Classes at Kempton and running very well against Nikki Henderson’s Cocktails at Dawn. He was an enigma to all of us, as you never knew whether he would want a cuddle or whether he wanted to take a chunk out of you – but that aside his grit and determination shone through on the track. He was sadly bought down by a falling horse at Towcester when running another fantastic race and, in spite of the best efforts of the Vets at Donnington Grove, was put to sleep a day after the accident. We have fantastic memories of this horse and were very lucky to have had him running in our colours.

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Deceased – Bay Gelding

Kris Kin x Sweet Innocence

 

Although never strictly an EPDS Racing Partnership horse, many of our members will have fond memories of Shanaderry Kin. Derek ran in the EPDS silks twice under rules and showed serious potential in bumpers – we were all very excited about the horse that he would become as he matured and learned his job. After impressive Point to Point runs in Ireland, Shanaderry Kin was purchased privately by John and bought to the UK to run under rules. This very eye catching son of Kris Kin was very sweet natured and it was a pleasure to have owned him. Derek suffered a fatal pelvic injury on the yard and, in spite of extensive work at Rossdales vets in Newmarket, the decision was taken to have him euthanized. He is very much deserving of his place on the roll call of past EPDS horses, and we are to this day disappointed not to have seen him reach his potential.