Harry Fry Racing takes pride in ensuring every horse receives first-class care at Higher Crockermoor, but their journey after racing is equally important.
Harry and Ciara will make recommendations to ensure every horse has the opportunity to find a happy retirement home or a chance to excel in another sphere.
A huge amount of pleasure is taken in watching horses progress after life in racing and below are some lovely examples of these stories what we are delighted to share with you.
ROCK ON RUBY
Rock On Ruby is a horse Harry and Ciara credit for much of their success. ‘Ruby’ as known by the team, enjoyed a glittering career at the very top, a specialist over hurdles, he was one of the most consistent horses of his time.
A stellar 2011-12 season saw him victorious in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, and although officially trained by Paul Nicholls at the time, victory in the race was widely credited to Harry and Ciara who had been masterminding his training program at home.
Collecting the Relkeel and Ascot Hurdles, he was retired in 2015 and has remained in the care of Harry and Ciara since. He spends his time leading young horses up the gallops and his wonderful placid nature means their eldest daughter Ruby (named after Rock on Ruby) enjoys riding him around the yard. He is a much-adored member of the team and Ciara is looking forward to hunting him this season with the Cattistock Hunt.
Owned during his racing days by The Twelfth Man Partnership, Opening Batsman was retired in 2019 after seven-and-a-half seasons. Amassing over £140,000 in earnings, a hallmark of his successful career was his tough temperament and physic. Winning several competitive handicaps, his biggest win came when scoring in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton in 2013.
Having recently retired, he has relished a long summer in the field with his great friend, Rock On Ruby. Over the pending months, he will enjoy hacking around Higher Crockermoor keeping a watchful eye over youngstock. Harry is also gearing up for a few days hunting on him this season.
A runner in several Maiden contests over the 2018/19 season, Toodlepip never showed a liking to racing but her athleticism caught the eye. A decision was made that she would be retrained by Rosie Fry, sister to Harry, on behalf of her supportive owner Mrs. Thomas.
Toodlepip adapted brilliantly, and with a sensible attitude it wasn’t long before she found a lovely Eventing home. Fit and ready to compete, she is looking to take part in BE100s when British Eventing commences in the next few months.
Looked after during his time at Harry Fry Racing by Hayley Gilmore, following injury, he was kindly given to her following retirement. Having had a year off, he is now back in work and enjoying a quieter life.
He is ridden out regularly with General Ginger, whom Hayley also rehomed, and the plan is to take him to local shows. He is a lovely easy horse and gorgeous individual to look at. Currently a blank canvas, we look forward to watching them progress.
From 11 runs over hurdles, General Ginger enjoyed two wins, two seconds and two thirds for the Hazard Chase Racing Syndicate before joining Hayley Gilmore in retirement.
Hayley heard about ‘Ninja’ through a friend working for Harry Fry Racing at the time, and the rest was history. With a keen interest in endurance, Hayley has started teaching him the ropes, which is easier said than done as he still thinks he’s off racing! A combination of pole work and quiet rides has seen him start to relax into his new retirement home. Much adored, he has a home for life with his friend Superb Story.
Owned by Phil and Lorraine Fry since a 3-year-old, they enjoyed many great days of the racecourse with Shuil Royale, notching up ten wins with him during his career.
Retired in 2017, ‘Shuily’ was sent to be retrained by Eventer Sarah Perry where he competed successfully in unaffiliated events. Still owned by Phil and Lorraine he was transferred to a friend, Zara, who learned to ride again on him after many years out of the saddle.
Currently based at Kingston Maurward Equestrian College, Zara continues to ride him regularly alongside level 3 students. His sensible, honest characteristics and beautiful jump make him a firm favorite. Zara has her sights set on several dressage competitions over the coming months, a combination to watch in ROR classes!