Racehorse turned champion show horse Purple Moon to feature at Newmarket Open Day

Among the star equine attractions on view at the Newmarket Open Day on Sunday is a horse who has enjoyed as much success in his second career post racing as he did on the track. 

Formerly trained in Newmarket by Luca Cumani, Purple Moon is among 10,000 horses currently registered with Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) as active in other equine disciplines outside of racing. Purple Moon's racing career finished as a seven year old in 2010, by which time he had won £1.178 million in prize money. His career highlights included winning the Ebor at York and being runner up in the Melbourne Cup.

Purple Moon was retired to Fittocks Stud, which is owned by the Cumani family, until 2011 when owner Craig Bennet gifted him to Fittocks Stud, and Chantal Wootten took him under her wing. In July of that year Chantal took Purple Moon to his first show, a charity event held in Newmarket, where he won three "in-hand" classes and was judged to be champion on the day. However, shortly after he was on his way back to the Cumani's racing yard to be a lead horse and accompany the yearlings out.

In 2012 Purple Moon was back at the stud under the care of Chantal and after repeating their success "in-hand" at the local Newmarket show, Chantal started entering him in ridden classes and spent the winter at local shows educating him before hitting the county circuit. His winning streak continued as he picked up many prizes, including champion ex-racer in-hand and ridden champion and overall champion at Gransden show.

2013 saw him and Chantal winning the prestigious RoR class at the Royal Windsor Show, as well as success at the South Suffolk show, Suffolk show, Royal Norfolk show and finishing second at the RoR nationwide finals at Hickstead. He subsequent qualified for the Horse of the Year Show where he finished 8th overall.

This year, Purple Moon and Chantal went one better, winning their class at the nationwide RoR finals at Hickstead and he has again has qualified for the Horse of the Year Show. While at the Fenland Country show, Purple Moon won three classes, being judged to be champion in-hand, champion ridden and supreme of show.

Together with the current inmates at Luca Cumani's famous Bedford House Stables, Purple Moon will be on show at the Newmarket Open Day on Sunday. Along with the other training yards open on the day, Bedford House Stables will be open from 9.30am to 12.30pm. For more information visit the website: http://www.newmarketopenday.co.uk/