From success on the track to finding a second career that suited him, Caravan Rolls On, has had plenty of twists and turns on his journey to becoming a show horse since retiring from the track in 2015.
Bred at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket, he was trained and raced in the United Kingdom by Peter Chapple-Hyam before coming to Australia with the aim of racing in the Melbourne Cup.
While he may not have featured at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November, he proved his staying pedigree by winning both the 2014 Geelong Cup (2400m) and 2013 Sandown Cup (3200m).
A tendon injury would eventually lead to the end of ‘Rolo’s’ racing career. After which he moved on to breed polo ponies before returning to Geoffrey Faber, the Australian Manager of Qatar Bloodstock, who had him gelded.
After a rehoming opportunity fell through, it was a strange turn of events for Racing Victoria’s Equine Welfare Officer, Samantha Davison, to be on the end Maree McEwan’s (on behalf Geoffrey Faber) phone call to help find ‘Rolo’ a suitable home.
Samantha before joining Racing Victoria had ridden ‘Rolo’ in track work during her time with trainer Danny O’Brien, and was the perfect person to help find him a new home through the Off The Track retrainer network.
It was Racing Victoria Acknowledged Retrainer, Fiona McIntyre, who took up the challenge to re-educate Rolo. With plenty of patience to overcome his quirks, Fiona was able to teach him new skills and identified he would make a good show horse.
Fast forward five years since his time on the track and today ‘Rolo’ and Fiona will compete in the Virtual Windsor Show Week.
From over 160 entries in Class 8, The ROR Ridden, the pair will be judged via a live stream at 11.30am GMT local time (9:30pm AEST).
To view a list of the finalists visit the Royal Windsor Show Week website.