A former Ascot Gold Cup winner is enjoying his new life as a showjumper after his retirement from racing.
The eye-catching grey Colour Vision was a 6-1 contender in the 2012 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, where he was piloted to victory by Frankie Dettori.
Frankie faced a stewards’ enquiry following the win, into whether he interfered in the final furlong with fellow Godolphin runner Opinion Poll, who finished second by half a length.
The stewards ruled in Frankie’s favour and the pair kept the win.
Owned by Godolphin, the son of Rainbow Quest had a four-year career under Rules before retiring from the track aged five in September 2013.
Rehomer Bev Seymour explained she found the now nine-year-old Colour Vision through the Godolphin rehoming programme in 2015.
“He loves to jump — it was a very easy job for me to train him,” added Bev.
“He is naturally athletic and he has a very good stride for showjumping.
“The transition to showjumping was a bit chaotic in the beginning as when we got to showjumping shows, he thought he was going to race and was very, very excitable.
“He now gets very excited about jumping.”
Colour Vision raced 27 times under Rules, winning six of these starts and notching up £352,484 in earnings during his racing career.
He has enjoyed success over coloured fences, with wins and placings in British Showjumping classes.
Bev explained it has been an “a bonus” that the gelding has taken to showjumping.
“I got him really just to ride and not to compete on,” added Bev. “So the competition side of things has really been a bonus.
“More than anything he is my friend and my pet.”
Article courtesy of Lucy Elder on behalf of Horse & Hound