Woolfall Treasure: described as “a gentle giant” and “one in a million”
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Graham Dench 9:16AM 17 JUL 2016
AROUND 70 horse lovers, many of them children, attended an emotional service at Chislehurst in south-east London on Saturday to remember Woolfall Treasure, the popular former dual purpose horse who was found shot dead in a field nine days ago.
The 11-year-old was a regular at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood in a 58-race career which yielded six wins on the Flat and two over hurdles, all but the first for Gary Moore.
He was the only grey among 24 horses and ponies turned out in a field near his Kemnal Manor Stables, when he was the victim of an attack for which no motive has been forthcoming and nobody has yet been apprehended.
Flowers were laid and a poem and letters of condolence were read at the spot at which ‘Woolfie’ was shot. Rosie Margarson, whose father George trained Woolfall Treasure in his early days, Jenny Hall, the BHA’s chief veterinary officer, and Di Arbuthnot of Retraining of Racehorses were among those who wrote letters.
Justine Bowdery, who runs Kemnal Manor Stables, his home for the last year, and Myra McKenna, who bought Woolfall Treasure on the death of her mother, who loved greys, spoke of a horse who was somewhat injury-prone in retirement but “a gentle giant” and “one in a million”.
McKenna, 58, who shared the riding of Woolfall Treasure until about three months ago, when he cut a leg, was moved by the turnout and the many tributes but remains baffled as to why Woolfall Treasure was seemingly singled out.
She said: “I spoke to the police yesterday and they said they were still investigating but that nothing had come to light. It’s just so bizarre. We’ve heard before of horses being slashed, but nothing like this. He was such a lovely horse too.”