Greatwood welcomes new arrivals from trainers' yards - eventually in need of new homes
The Greatwood Charity does not only successfully put retired racehorses to work with disadvantaged young people, it also finds new homes for many of horses that come to its fields and barns at Clench Common, just south of Marlborough.
In the past few months they have been working to settle in seven new horses - most with some success on the racecourse behind them - and one who never saw a starter's flag.
Beacon – a four-year-old bay gelding had ten starts with four wins and earnings of £73,343. Beacon was sired by the great flat racehorse Paco Boy. He last raced at Sandown in July 2015.
Beacon arrived at Greatwood on April 1 from the Highclere Racing Syndicate having been trained by Richard Hannon Senior. Beacon has been recently gelded, so has been paired up with a sensible older horse. He will be given a year to completely settle in before being brought into work next spring.
Sixteen-year-old Temoin was trained by David Bourton and had more outings under National Hunt rules than on the flat. A bay gelding, he had 41 starts, eight wins and total earnings of £87,021. He last raced at Uttoxeter in June 2011 when he finished ninth out of a field sixteen in a two-and-a-half mile handicap hurdle.
Thirteen-year-old Prince Villevert was trained in Hampshire by Emma Lavell. Another bay gelding, he had five starts - two on the flat, one over hurdles and one over jumps - recorded one win and had total earnings of £3,392.
Temoin and Prince Villevert both arrived at Greatwood in September. Their previous owners were no longer in a position to take care of them. They have enjoyed a winter break during which they thrived and Greatwood now looks forward to bringing them both back into work this Spring and finding them new homes.
Geoff is an unraced five-year-old. He arrived at Greatwood on in October from David Simcock’s yard in Newmarket. He arrived with no name and after much deliberation as to what to call him it was decided he looked like a Geoff and it has stuck ever since!
Geoff was owned by Mr Al Basti one of Greatwood’s main sponsors. After a couple of years in training it was decided that Geoff wasn’t going to make the grade and he came to Greatwood unraced. Geoff will now have the summer to completely settle into his new regime out in the paddock with his new friends before being brought into work in the hope of finding him a good home.
Eleven year-old Knock A Hand - a brown gelding - last raced over hurdles at Carlisle in March. He had 28 starts, seven wins and earnings of £54,770 - the majority from chases. The nine-year-old Tresor De Bontee last raced at Sandown in March - in a race for amateur military riders. In his career this bay gelding had 24 starts, five wins and earnings of £26,175.
Knock A Hand and Tresor De Bontee both arrived at Greatwood at the end of March from Herefordshire trainer Kerry Lee. After successful racing careers they will be given time to settle into their new, more relaxed lives before being re-trained and found new homes for life.
The Irish-bred five-year-old Kernoff's last run was at Meydan in February 2015 - was unplaced and then retired. He had 14 starts, three wins and earnings of £33,749.
Kernoff came to Greatwood on April 1. He had been used as a companion at a nearby stud farm. His owners thought he was being wasted as a companion horse, so asked if the Greatwood Charity could find him a home as he is such a lovely horse with a kind temperament.
He has settled in 'fantastically well - taking to life at Greatwood like a duck to water' and they are looking forward to putting him into work this summer.