It’s OK. You’re not going insane or having flashbacks. Our old mate Desert Jeuney, affectionately known as DJ, retired from racing in early 2017. But he won again recently, this time off the track.
DJ is now well cared for and loved by our veterinarian Dr Emma Nicol who works tirelessly like many in the industry to care for or place retired horses post their racing career. Here is DJ winning his ribbons after a show event recently. He was always a physically impressive gelding.
Nigel was fortunate enough to be asked to train this son of Desert King by Classic Bloodstock Services. Affectionately known as “DJ”, he scored four victories early in his career – three at metropolitan level.
His placings in two Group races are even better examples of his true qualities. He placed behind Trust In A Gust in the Group 1 Toorak Hcp in the Spring of 2014 and then followed up with a placing in the Group 2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley.
In the Spring of 2015 DJ added a fifth win to his resume, the $120k Browns Sawdust and Shavings Cup at Pakenham, after running a creditable fourth in the Group 3 JRA Cup and Moonee Valley (just ahead of Prince of Penzance!).
In the Autumn of 2016 he suffered a minor injury and was off the scene until a return in late Spring 2016. He ran very well in a couple of those races including a third placing in the Listed Cup Day Plate at Flemington.
We are very fortunate and proud to have the support of many professional and hobby equestrian enthusiasts who either take good care of our retired racehorses or put us in contact with others that can.
An important part of this process is to establish written contracts with each horse’s new owner. It’s vitally important to us that should one of the horses previously trained at Blackiston Racing ever be sold, moved on or re-homed after leaving our stable, that we are notified.
We would like to keep more in touch with all of our retired racehorses via their new owners and carers, whether they be enjoying a new equestrian pursuit or are living a life of leisure. So watch this space for more news!