Former racehorse Hard to Catch is heading home to Queensland after being sold back to his former owners at Echuca on Wednesday.TRENT HORNEMAN July 11, 2014 3:18am
In a storyline fit for a movie, a pair of Queensland horse lovers will soon be reunited with their once champion thoroughbred.
Hard to Catch, a striking chestnut, earned more than a million dollars for his owners during his racing career.
They repaid the favour at Echuca’s saleyards on Wednesday, buying him over the phone, so that he can retire comfortably at his old home.
Holly Hall-Perrin bought the horse with his former trainer Pat Duff.
Ms Hall-Perrin said it took less than 24 hours to arrange the sale and organise for his passage home.
After his racing career finished, Ms Hall-Perrin trained him to be a hack for equestrian events.
She then sold him on to friends and the horse went through several hands before being put through the Echuca sales.
Auctioneer John Moyle told the crowd at the saleyards on Wednesday, Hard to Catch was only being sold because he was took fleet of foot for his present owner.
After some spirited bidding, Ms Hall-Perrin spent $900 to get him back.
‘‘It cost a bit to buy him and then get him home, but it is a small price to pay,’’ she said.
‘‘He has a beautiful character and he deserves to come home and retire.
‘‘We own Coleychelle Farm, near Ipswich and we hope he will be a bit of a nanny for our colts.’’
Ms Hall-Perrin said she was made aware the horse was for sale on Tuesday night, after being alerted to a Facebook page for the sales from a friend.
‘‘I think I was up until 1am trying to work it all out’’ she said.
There was an outpouring of support for connections, with the team at www.horses-at-auction.com helping with the telephone bidding and Living Legends, a horse stud for retired racing champions, offering free temporary accommodation.
‘‘I have received so much support, even from people I don’t know. It has been incredible,’’ she said.
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