A former racehorse who now resides in Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire will be showcasing his new talents when he takes part in the Retraining of Racehorses’ Opening Day Parade during the Grand National meeting at Aintree Racecourse on Thursday 3rd April 2014.
After a successful racing career, Nacarat is now enjoying adapting to a new career outside of racing, with the help of the charity Retraining of Racehorses.
During his racing career Nacarat, now 13 years old, ran 38 times over hurdles and fences winning a total of 9 races and over £486,000 in prize money. As a front-running and bold jumping grey, Nacarat was one of the most popular and followed horses in training. He ran five times at Aintree and in 2011 he won the Totesport Bowl Chase. He was also third in the same race in 2010, and in 2009 finished third in the John Smith’s Melling Chase.
Upon his retirement, Nacarat returned to his owners to have a well-earned rest before starting his retraining, with the help of Retraining of Racehorses. He is now well into his transition and is very happy in his new life. He goes hacking most days and the plan is to start hunting him next season.
Retraining of Racehorses is the British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing. It organises an annual parade at Aintree's Grand National meeting for former racehorses to show their ability to adapt to different lifestyles and this year Nacarat has been invited to take part.
Nacarat is owned by Simon Clarke, who said:
“Nacarat had a good rest when he first returned from Tom George's Yard and familiarised himself with his new home. He then had a few weeks schooling and is now hacking out most days with the aim to take him out hunting next season. He is very happy and content in his racing retirement.”
Di Arbuthnot, Retraining of Racehorses Chief Executive, said:
“Everyone involved in horseracing shares a passion for horses. On the track they provide us with so much enjoyment and excitement and it is wonderful that through Retraining of Racehorses or otherwise, former racehorses can find a fulfilling second career. We have almost 9,000 horses currently registered on our database as active in disciplines outside of racing, including polo, showing, dressage and eventing, as well as all those happily engaged in hacking and exercising.
"The Parade at Aintree is a celebration of not only previous Festival winners, but also of horses who have gone to achieve great success in other disciplines.
“Not all racehorses go on to star in a different sphere but the more we can raise awareness of how adaptable they are, the more riders will think about taking on a racehorse on when they are looking for a new horse.”