The Guardsman

Washington VC
2004 Gelding
Present Roll
Mounted Police

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I have a super life after racing story.

Back in 2015 I attended the Melbourne cup carnival, whilst watching the parade finish up the last display to go by was a team of four policmen/women on their horses.

I happen to notice one in particular, I hurried my brother along to follow the officers like a crazy person, and ended up catching up with them and asked if the horse on the second from the end was “the Guardsman” (also named Johnny around the stables) from NZ. The officer riding said yes he was and whilst she was still looking a little side ways at me I explained, I along with Tom Kilkelly trained him back in NZ.

They were so lovely and moved us around the corner to take photos and have a pat etc. 

Johnny had been out on force duties for 6months and was loving it!! He was extremely well taken care of and looked a million dollars.

From a little town at the bottom of the South Island in NZ to the big smoke in Melbourne and making it!!

He was purchased by owners of ours at the time called the “Sue Ping syndicate” made up of a lot of the SOUTHLAND stag rugby players at the time then made his way to Australia to race.

He is now 16years old sired by Washington VC out of Fashion he won twice in NZ and place several times. 

Unbelievable how these horses mean so much to many as trainers and how out of all the horses I could have spotted or seen in a place like Melbourne I knew it was him. 

 Story shared by Tracee



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