A Tribute to Old Friends

RAPPORTEUR & friend MURPHY (ASSEMBLY DANCER)

RAPPORTEUR was put to sleep in August 2012 with his friend MURPHY (racing name ASSEMBLY DANCER. They had been together here for 14 years and were both given to Grace after their, very different, racing careers.

RAPPORTEUR ran 84 times over seven seasons, a middle distance flat horse. He won a total of 19 races, all at Lingfield, breaking the course record. On one occasion, after his  retirement, Lingfield named a race in his honour and he made an appearance to parade. He returned there a few years ago on a HEROS Charity Race Day, where he once again paraded and we were all so proud that at 23 years old he looked a picture and thoroughly enjoyed himself.

MURPHY raced 36 times over four seasons, a dual purpose horse he never really found his distance, racing from mile on the flat to almost 3 miles over hurdles. MURPHY’s career started inauspiciously when he ‘slipped up’ in a flat race at Naas. Although managing a second place and a couple of third places he was never the victor.

He and RAPP were a fine pair together in retirement and would always be seen at each other’s side picking grass and will always have a place at the heart of HEROS Charity.

ITS A SNIP

SNIPPY was put to sleep on New Year’s Eve 2010 following a bout of colic. He had been enjoying his last few days in a herd of old timers – he would have been officially 25 years old on New Year's Day. We will remember him very fondly as he was a really lovely old gentleman and was quite a character. Charlie Mann, who rode him to victory in the Pardubice, was extremely sad to hear the news, but holds some wonderful memories of such a wonderful camapaigner.

We sadly said goodbye to two other HEROS Club horses in 2010, GOOD SAMARITAN and COIN OF THE REALM. We would like to pay tribute to all three who were all very special and wonderful boys.

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