FORMER top Irish racehorse, Allied Powers, is having a happy retirement at the age of 12 at Moorcroft Racehorse Retraining Centre at Slinfold in West Sussex, after developing heart problems which curtailed his racing career.
Owners Ed Ware of chief executive of 32 Red, and David Fish, sought the best possible option for this talented horse when he left racing and has sent him to this top quality centre, where Allied Powers will enjoy the rest of his life.
Manager Mary Frances, who has outstanding experience in retraining ex-racehorses, said: “Allied Powers will be with us here for the remainder of his life and his heart is checked twice a year by top equine heart specialist Dr Lesley Young, who is based in Newmarket.”
Dr Young is able to travel with her top specification diagnostic equipment to anywhere in the UK and Ireland to investigate cardiac problems in horses.
Meawhile Allied Powers has stabilised since he arrived at Moorcroft, where he has expert care and stimulating new surroundings.
” He is quite a feisty horse and particularly likes being long-reined. He has stabilised since he arrived here and is enjoying life” said Mary. ” Long reining means he does not have the pressure of a rider on his back, and he enjoys the exercise which keeps him healthy and active.”
She added: “He will be with us at Moorcroft for the remainder of his life and he is now having a great time in his retirement from racing.”
Allied Powers was trained by Michael Bell during his racing career and won the Group Three Prix D’Hedouville at Longchamp and Group Two Grand Prix de Chantilly at Chantilly.
Bred in Ireland, his sire was Invincible Spirit.
He won his first race in 2008, a 12 furlong handicap at Pontefract racecourse in heavy ground, and followed up with victories at Chester and Newbury before going on to win the Kilkerran Cup at Ayr Racecourse.
The following year he won a Listed Race at his first attempt and then stepped up to Group Races.
As a five-year-old he won the Prix D’Hedouville, a Group 3 race at Longchamp under French champion jockey Ioritz Mendiabal. A month later at the same track, with the same jockey, he was an easy winner of the Group 2 Prix De Chantilly.
Meanwhile all other horses in Mary’s care at Moorcroft also benefit from individual attention. They are carefully retrained- and most are fortunate to go on to carefully chosen new homes once they have completed their retraining.
The centre has regular events throughout the year where visitors are able to see the good retraining work at close quarters in displays and demonstrations.
Moorcroft is now funded almostentirely through donations and, like the three other retraining centres elsewhere in the country,Moorcroft is now funded almost entirely through donations and, like the other three retraining centres elsewhere in the country, gets very little funding from Retraining of Racehorses charity, following a massive reduction on an amount they have had for years, since the charity has chosen instead to fund competitions for retrained racehorses.
Support for this local charity is vital to enable it to continue its outstanding work.
Please support one of the main fundraising events of the year, the 18th annual charity lunch and auction in aid of Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Plumpton Racecourse.
It takes place on Monday October 23 with a champagne reception at 11.30am, three course lunch with wine at 12 noon in the exclusive Plumpton Marquee overlooking the racecourse.
Racing personality Mike Cattermole will be persuading guests to bid for some outstanding lots offer and there will also be a silent auction plus an excellent afternoon of racing over jumps at Plumpton.
To buy tickets for this annual Moorcroft event contact Allison Blake at Plumpton Racecourse 01273 890383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org