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Copeland and Carryonharry have both been retired from racing and have returned home to their owners.
Copeland has been retired after an excellent career at the highest level, spanning 8 years in which he won 11 races and was placed numerous times from 63 runs. He has campaigned in the top staying races on the flat as well as the best 2-2½ mile hurdle races.
His most notable wins were in the Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury in 2002 in which he beat Rooster Booster and the 2004 Scottish Champion Hurdle. He has also won several top handicap hurdles as well as being placed in the Tote Gold Trophy, Champion Novice Hurdle, Scottish Champion Hurdle, Lanzarote Hurdle, Axminster Hurdle, Welsh Champion Hurdle, the County Hurdle and many more, including finishing second to Best Mate in his novice hurdle career. Tony McCoy, David Casey, Barry Fenton and Jamie Moore were the jockeys privileged to win on him.
He has amassed over £370,000 in prize money and ran creditably throughout last season in some high class races at the age of 10. His owners, Professor and Mrs Silk have decided to retire him while still in good form and at the top. There are not many opportunities for him and rather than see him come down the handicap it was decided to retire him sound and in good health and to finish his career on a high. He will be looked after at home and used to educate the young horses. He is a wonderful horse to deal with, a real character who has a wonderful temperament. Copeland will be missed at Pond House where he has given so much pleasure over the years but we wish him a long and happy retirement.
Below are listed some of his career highlights:
1999 WON William Hill Handicap Hurdle Sandown D J Casey
2000 2nd Tote gold Trophy (Hcap Hdle) Newbury G Tormey
2000 2nd Martell Mersey Novices Hurdle Aintree A P McCoy
2002 WON Handicap Hurdle Cheltenham A P McCoy
2002 WON Tote Gold Trophy (Hcap Hdle) Newbury A P McCoy
2002 2nd Axminster Hurdle Wincanton A P McCoy
2002 2nd Welsh Champion Hurdle Chepstow A P McCoy
2002 WON Masai Hurdle Sandown A P McCoy
2004 3rd County Hurdle Cheltenham J E Moore
2004 WON Scottish Champion Hurdle Ayr J E Moore
Picture By Bill Selwyn
Carryonharry gave Gerry Supple his biggest career win at Kempton in December 2002 after a superb display of jumping. He also went on to provide Andrew Glassonbury with his first winner under National Hunt rules and will always be remembered as a very special horse by these two jockeys. He went on to win nine races in his time at Pond House from 1999 to 2005 and is another that will be missed by all.
Everybody loved Harry at Pond House mainly because of his cheeky character - all of the boys knew that they had to sit tight when he came back into training, as he would do his best to dislodge them! The girls in the office enjoyed the stories from Mrs Silk when he was on his summer holidays and kept jumping out of his paddock into the rose garden!
Harry is enjoying his retirement at home with Mrs Silk and her daughter Emma, who takes Harry hunting with the Kent and Surrey Bloodhounds. He still has his spectacular jump and is showing the younger horses how it is done.
During Carlovent's time at Pond House he was a wonderful servant for his sporting and loving owners, the Batterham Family. He had a total of 53 runs during his six-year career and he won on no less than 14 occasions. He won at ten different racecourses in his native France and Great Britain including winning twice at Aintree at the Grand National meetings in 2001 and 2003. As a three year old he ran up a sequence of three wins at Chepstow over distances up to 2m4f. This included winning the Free Handicap Hurdle, which shows the beginning of 'proper' jump racing. As he advanced in years he was stepped up in distance and he was running against good stayers, which included Baracouda and Deano's Beeno. Although he had his own style of jumping he did win four races over fences as well as the ten over hurdles!
Carlovent now lives about five miles from the yard with Katie who used to be one of the secretaries at Pond House. He has become inseparable from his companion, Murphy and they are like double trouble - where you find one, you find the other! During the winter months when he is used to being in full work he must think that he is on a permanent holiday as time only allows for him to be ridden once a week, but he is ridden most evenings in the summer. He has competed in a local fun ride over 12 miles where he was awarded his first rosette. Carlovent was not the only retired racehorse on this ride as he met up with Kendal Cavalier who ran in the 1999 and 2000 Grand Nationals!
Carlovent, now known as Dewberry, has settled into his new life very well although he is a bit mischievous - he loves to squeal and to play in the field. He is thought of as one of the family and is thoroughly spoilt!
Doualago, who retired from racing to continue his career as a successful eventer has turned into a dragon! Doualago lives a happy life with the Hibbitt family in Leicestershire where he regularly hunts and competes.
Doualago (in green) as the Dragon
Their local Pony Club staged a dragon hunt in the celebrations of St George's day. St George and the pony club followers chased Doualago and it looks like a good day was had by all.
Also a team of ex Pipe trained horses competed in the Fernie team chase - the team included Please Ring Me, Refute (still going strong at the age of 23), Flawed Logic and Fabulon. They all had a wonderful time. It is lovely to keep hearing of these horses and their success, we are all so happy that they have happy and loving retirement homes.