Gold Cup winners lend star quality to Opening Day Parade at Cheltenham

Former Gold Cup winners Kauto Star and Denman showed all their old sparkle in front of a big crowd when leading the Retraining of Racehorses’ parade on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday 11th March 2014. The parade showcased how well they and eight other former racehorses have taken to their second careers.

The parade was the first of this year’s Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) parades, which were introduced in 2008 and are now an established part of major jump racing festivals at Cheltenham and Aintree, as well as Ascot’s King George Day in July.

Speaking to Horse and Hound, RoR Chief Executive, Di Arbuthnot, said:

“There was a real buzz around the parade ring, with the horses' former owners and trainers also thrilled to see their horses looking so well and enjoying life after racing.

“We are delighted with the response from racing audiences and the increasing popularity of these parades, they are now very much part of the major festivals’ calendar.”

Retraining of Racehorses is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing. The parades provide an opportunity to show racegoers how former racehorses can adapt to excelling in a wide of different disciplines following the conclusion of their racing career. 

There are currently over 8,000 horses registered with Retraining of Racehorses as active in other equine disciplines outside of racing, including Polo, Showing, Dressage and Eventing, as well as those horses happily engaged in hacking and exercising.

The former racehorses who took part in the parade have been lovingly retrained and are excelling in their new careers:

Blazing Bailey (Hunting) – Sarah Welford

Crystal D’ainay (Team Chase/Hunter Trials) – Charlotte Burke

Kauto Star (Showing) – Laura Collett

Barber’s Shop (Showing) – Katie Jerram

Deep Reflection (Showing) – Helen Newbold

Denman (Hunting/Team Chase) – Charlotte Alexander

Monkerhostin (Hunting) – George Beilby

Miko De Beauchene (Hunting) – Tracey Phillips

Lightening Strike (Hunting) – Sharon Francis

Ashkazar (Hunting) – Verity Murphy