Brujo was found by Gary Witheford when he travelled to Andalusia in Spain in April, 2002. When Gary met him he was in a poor way, he was a big grey colt tied to a wall, with a serreta iron [a serrated band] on his nose and they said he was crazy and he was going to be shot for meat that evening.
When he finally arrived in Burbage the top of his tail was absolutely raw where he had sat down in the lorry and he didn’t understand what grass was. Now he is a truly amazing horse, now 19 years old and in fine form, he has some very talented progeny on the competition circuit and is also the star of Gary Witheford’s demonstrations around the country.
He is, like his owner, a workaholic and relishes the chance to give Gary a run for his money – the next event will be at Lingfield Racecourse on 11th April so if you want to see them in action why not enjoy a day at the races too? Visit the event page on Gary’s Facebook page for further info.
Denman - known affectionately as 'The Tank' - was back at Newbury Racecourse last week. He was applauded in the Parade Ring and then he led out the entries for the race that carries his name: The Betfair Denman Steeple Chase. As he galloped back from the start with a great turn of speed, he was applauded again.
He will be 15 years-old in April and is now being retrained by Charlotte Alexander as a hunter and a team-chaser - a member of her Lycetts: A Class Act team.
Officially retired in 2011, two years ago he suffered an infection of the bone that could have proved fatal. He has recovered well.
Denman ran 24 races and won 14 of them, coming second in five and third in one - earning prize money of £1,141,347. He won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, two Hennessy Gold Cups and the Lexus Chase - and was famous for his rivalry with Kauto Star.
Up at Ridgeway Racing, Neil King's training yard near Barbury Castle, they are all very proud of nine year-old mare Southway Star.
And justifiably so: in November she chalked up four 'chase victories in 18 days.
Neil King bought Southway Star at October's Ascot sales for £2,300. She had, after all, begun her racing career in 2008. He is obviously very fond of this "this cracking little mare who jumps for fun."
She is small - and, they say, calm and good natured. She is now owned by The Ridgeway Racing For Fun syndicate - and won them over £15,000 with those four wins.
Then on December 1 at Plumpton she bid to make it five wins in a row. But Southway Star felt the pressure and could only manage fourth place.
But from the look of this spry mare there is, as they say, “much more in the tank”.