Grandeur is the perfect example of a successful race horse who’s gone on to a sparkling future career off the track. The word “grandeur” is defined as splendour and impressiveness, especially of appearance or style - and Grandeur the horse is a prime example of this very meaning and has very much lived up to that name. “Grandy” as he’s known at home, foaled in April 2009 and is sired by the stallion Verglas.
Owner Yvonne Jacques purchased him as a yearling at the Goffs Orby sale in Ireland in 2010; she loved his walk and his beautiful head. The gorgeous grey began racing as a two year old with trainer Jeremy Noseda in Newmarket. His first outing was at Goodwood, where he finished second. The following trip out saw him record his first win with jockey William Buick; the following season he notched up 5 more wins and various placings.
One of his favourite tracks was Goodwood and in 2013 he won the Class 1 Listed Race setting off as the 6/4 favourite with jockey Ryan Moore. Grandy has travelled all across the world during his racing career: he won the Twilight Derby at The Breeders Cup in California and also the Hollywood Cup - a Group 2 race. He raced at Belmont in New York, Chicago in The Arlington Million and The Hong Kong Cup - reserved for the best 1 mile 2 furlong flat horses in the whole world of Flat racing. “He’s probably travelled more than I’ve been on holiday!”
After a successful 4 years racing and taking his owner to some of the best race tracks in the world, he headed to the National Stud in Newmarket for a break before beginning his second career as a show horse. He was sent to the top show-producer Jo Bates and his re-training began to transform him in to a show horse! Jo said it wasn’t easy and Grandy definitely made it hard work at times as he thought life was permanently lived in the fast lane! Aged 7 he debuted in the show ring and qualified for the HOYS ROR class on his very first show, a year after he finished racing.
He finished 3rd in the 2017 SEIB Racehorse to Riding horse class in 2017 at the Horse of the Year Show and followed it up with another yellow rosette the following year, but this time in the Large Hack class. The turning point in his second career came in July 2018 when he suddenly understood what he was meant to do – he used to be quite nervous in the show ring and really didn’t enjoy standing still but he took confidence in his rider and really began to shine in the ring.
He took the title in the Large Hack class at the Hickstead Derby Meeting, as well as at the BSPS Championship in 2019. Against some of the top ROR horses, Grandeur took the Championship at Royal Windsor. Not only was he competing in the ROR (Retraining of Racehorse) classes, but he cemented his mark as a true show horse against seasoned winners in the hack classes: the icing on the cake of his showing career came at HOYS in 2019 – Grandy rose to the occasion and proved he was one of the most successful ex-racehorses in the showing scene, with no other horse taking top honours in both the ROR classes and the Hack classes at this elite level. He took the reserve in the Large Hack Championship at the coveted Horse of the Year Show and seemed to lap up the atmosphere.
“I feel very lucky to have had him and Yvonne in my life - he certainly has been one of my most special and memorable horses.”
This week Grandy heads off for a well-deserved retirement. He’s travelled all across the world as a race horse winning just under £600,000 and has proven just how versatile thoroughbreds are by not only winning big in the ROR sections, but also good enough to win in the hack classes too. He will live the life of luxury at his owner’s stud where he will be “nanny” to the young horses. Yvonne absolutely adores her horse and has loved being on this wonderful journey with him.
“He loves hacking out with the dogs and he loves his down time - he loves digging holes in the field and wallowing in the mud!! That’s his favourite pastime, as all greys seem to love doing! I am going to really miss him on the yard - he tried virtually every stable on the yard until he settled in his present one and that is his very own bedroom and no one else’s!”