Prince of Arran and Purple Moon, who were both placed in the Melbourne Cup, will be among the retired racehorses parading during the Dubai Future Champions Festival at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile this Saturday (October 9th).
Due to begin at 12.15pm, the parade will feature nine retired racehorses and aims to showcase the versatility of the thoroughbred together with the range of activities now open to horses when they finish their racing careers, thanks to the work of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).
Parading alongside the recently retired Prince Of Arran and the now 18-year-old Purple Moon will be five horses formerly raced by Godolphin, each of which has been a beneficiary of the Godolphin rehoming programme en route to finding a long-term home and a second career.
More information about the horses parading can be found here.
Francesca Cumani said: “It would be hard to find a horse who over the course of his life has meant so much to so many people. After a remarkably varied career, he now finds himself a resident in my garden, although if he could come into the house and sit on the sofa with a cuppa and a chocolate biscuit he would be really at home.”
Natasha Eaton, who travelled with Prince Of Arran and who will ride him in the parade, said: “Following his retirement from racing, he will be taking up residence at Charlie Fellowes’ parents’ farm in Abbots Ripton (Cambridgeshire) where we will begin his retraining.”