Robert Oliver’s lightweight show cob The Duke has been retired.

The 11-year-old will be hunted by Robert’s daughter Sophie with the Belvoir, Leicestershire.

Simone Cuddy’s The Duke won on many occasions with Robert — including claiming the cob of the year title at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in 2007, beating the 2006 HOYS supreme So Smart, and the Queen’s Cup at the Royal Cornwall.

Sophie is in charge of the Belvoir hunt horses.

“Sophie’s really looking forward to it — it’s a wonderful Christmas present for her,” Robert told H&H.

“We will miss him though, he’s been part of our yard for over five seasons and has won many times.”