Purple Moon has joined the National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket for visitors to meet.
Purple Moon has joined the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) team at the National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket for the winter. Visitors will be able to meet the talented globe trotter during the Christmas period along with stable mates Our Vic, Jonnie Skull, Highlife Dancer and Famous Poet.
Purple Moon’s racing career finished as a seven-year-old in 2010 by which time he had won over £1.78 million in prize money. Trained by Luca Cumani, his career highlight was winning the Ebor at York Racecourse in 2007 as well as being placed in multiple Group One races around world the including the Melbourne Cup and Hong Kong Vase. Since retirement from racing, Purple Moon has had a highly successful second career in Showing. In 2013 he won the prestigious RoR Tattersalls class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and also won the same class at the South Suffolk Show, Suffolk Show, Royal Norfolk Show and was 2nd in the flat section RoR Tattersalls finals at Hickstead. All his Showing success has been with rider Chantal Wootten.
After retirement from Showing, Purple Moon spent some time off at the Cumani’s Fittocks Stud, before he joined the Rothschild Yard at Palace House. He will now be assessed to find him a suitable ‘third career’, and is currently enjoying all the attention from visitors, and has been particularly enjoying meeting children visiting on educational school trips!
David Hunter, RoR Trustee said;
“We are thrilled to have welcomed the much loved Purple Moon to the RoR team at Palace House. Not only was he a highly successful racehorse but his record in the RoR Show ring has been outstanding. He is now a 14 year old and is looking for a quieter career which we will work towards during his stay with us. He will be available for visitor ‘meet and greet’ duties as well as some of the RoR demonstrations that form part of the behind the scenes daily tours at 11.30 and 2.30 daily.”
Sara Cumani, owner of Purple Moon said;
“Purple Moon first came into our lives in June 2007 after making the top price of 440,000 Guineas at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale the previous year. He was purchased by Craig Bennett who had hopes of him making a Champion Hurdler, however this was not meant to be, and he asked us to train him back on the flat. He was a delight to train and gave us all tremendous thrills, first winning a Listed race at Goodwood and then going on to win the Ebor at York earning himself a trip to Australia for the Melbourne Cup (Group 1) where he finished a gallant 2nd. His globetrotting continued with a second in the Hong Kong Vase (Group 1) and a third in the Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1) amongst others. Since retiring he has excelled in his RoR Showing classes is the perfect all round horse, he is beautiful, kind, loves people and a joy to have around.”