The remains of a racehorse that went missing on military firing range in January have been found.

Zimbabwe, owned by East Sussex trainer Philip Sharp, has not been seen since throwing his rider and bolting onto the 22 sqkm range on 8 January.

The horses were being exercised on Camber Sands due to the bad weather and heavy snow, but the horse disappeared onto the nearby military property.

The remaining riders didn’t follow due to a “danger keep out sign”.

At the time the police were not allowed on to the range, but despite an army search party and a helicopter search no trace was found.

But last week the gelding’s remains were found in a 20ft ditch by workmen.

The horse was identified by Mr Sharp by its tendon boots. The cause of death is unknown but Mr Sharp believes Zimbabwe may have died from hypothermia.

Zimbabwe won six races from 22 starts — including the 2003 Irish Cesarwitch while he was in training with John Oxx.