What you didn’t know about… Monet’s Garden

Groom Joey Richards tells H&H about the popular grey chaser who beat the odds.

Fact file

Name: Monet’s Garden

Stable name: Monet’s

Age: 14

Height: 16hh

Breed: thoroughbred

Sire: Roselier

Discipline: National Hunt racing

Owner: David Wesley Yates

Trainer: Nicky Richards

Groom: Joey Richards

Best ever result: three-times Old Roan Chase winner (2007, 2009, 2010)

Five things you didn’t know…

1 He has won 17 out of 32 starts under Rules – including his first ever run, a National Hunt Flat race at Ayr in 2003.

2 During his eight-year career he won £683,265 in prize-money.

3 Monet’s Garden has won at eight racecourses – but Aintree is his most successful track, winning there five times.

4 In January 2011 he was given only a 50/50 chance of survival after developing a serious hoof infection and David was advised to put him down.

5 He was going to be called Artist’s Garden – as owner David is an art fan – but as the horse is from France and David loves Monet’s paintings, he settled on Monet’s Garden.

To read the full interview with groom Joey Richards about Monet’s Garden see the 23 February issue of H&H

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