Not every Thoroughbred, no matter how strong its bloodlines, is destined to become a top-class racehorse. Even for successful horses, racing careers can be short.
Godolphin's rehoming and retraining program finds ex-racehorses new homes and new careers. With a little retraining, a Thoroughbred can make a perfect mount for many different equine disciplines—eventing, dressage, polo, field hunting, or even working with large birds of prey.
After coming through the Godolphin Rehoming Programme, former Godolphin racehorse Shubaat (GB) is enjoying his new life working with Artemis, the golden eagle, at Dartmoor Hawking in England.
The 11-year-old Monsun gelding was a winner over jumps and on the flat in his 17-race career. At Dartmoor Hawking, he joins another Godolphin Rehoming Programme graduate Caymans (AUS). Caymans, a 12-year-old son of Secret Savings, mostly raced in Australia where he won the 2008 Betfair Sandown Guineas (G2) and ran third in the 2009 Turnpoint Royal Randwick Guineas (G1).
Watch Shubaat at work: