Retirement of Mrs Danvers
With great sadness we are set to say farewell to Mrs Danvers as she starts her new life as a broodmare.
This is well deserved. In 2016 she won all her five starts which included the £250k Weatherbys Supersprint, the Listed St Hughes Stakes and the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes. It was her final win which was her toughest, as she broke a long standing course record and raced on a track and surface she did not enjoy yet she toughed it out, beating subsequent Group 1 winner Battash in the process.
Her achievements did not go unnoticed as she was awarded the Racehorse Owners Special Achievement trophy for that year and featured on the main ITV News At Ten. She had a large following. Everybody loves a grey filly but her rags to riches story gave her journey special appeal to so many.
Her dam Rebecca De Winter was injured and rescued from an unknown fate by Connie and Mark Burton. Two hard working and certainly not wealthy horse lovers. She was sent to an unknown and at the time unfashionable stallion Hellvelyn. As a foal Mrs Danvers was poorly and caused the Burtons much worry and expense. She was eventually sent off for breaking to Claire Bonner, where she was far from easy to handle and advertised to 20 trainers for lease as the Burtons were not in a position to fund her training. Two trainers replied, one of them was me. And I was the lucky one to get to train her. She was marched off to Ascot Sale to test the market and qualify her for auction races and in particular the Weatherbys Supersprint. It took just one bid, such was the lack of interest in her, to bring her back to the yard at £1000. She was then offered to the 110 strong Turf Club syndicate for lease and the rest is history!