Monday, August 06, 2012
We are devastated to report that we have lost Kadouchski after he sustained what transpired to be a fatal injury to his pastern at Market Rasen on his 50th racecourse appearance.
William Kennedy did well to pull Kadouchski up sharply after he felt him go amiss behind and early indications were that he might be able to survive his injury. He was heavily bandaged and sedated by the racecourse vets who allowed him to travel directly to Newmarket Equine Hospital.
Very sadly, x-rays showed that his pastern was too badly damaged to offer any hope of surgical repair or natural healing and we were left with no choice but to put him down. He died just after 10pm on Sunday.
A glance at Kadouchski’s form figures point to the fact that, although he was a multiple winner, he was really only moderate in the wider racing world. This, however, doesn’t even begin to do the little horse justice.
He came to Beverley House Stables as a four-year-old maiden and not long afterwards was given to us by his owner/breeders who no longer wished to race him themselves. We decided it was worth taking a chance on keeping him in training and he quickly repaid that decision, winning a Leicester hurdle on his first start in John’s colours followed by another hurdle victory at Sandown.
Kadouchski had much of 2010 off the track through a minor but niggling injury but returned on 1 December to give our apprentice Hannah Nunn her first ride in a race. He won again at Sandown the following February and then recorded his first Flat win at Kempton the next month. His first Flat turf win was a memorable one as it was also Hannah’s first ever winner, at Folkestone on 7 July 2011. Horse and jockey were reunited in June to score again over course and distance.
Kadouchski’s footnote in history will be as a 25-length winner of the world’s oldest race, the Town Plate at Newmarket, when ridden by his owner/trainer, who had retired from race-riding 24 years earlier. He gave John and all of us involved with the stable one of our best ever days when romping to victory over the 3m6f course last August. The picture of the happy occasion adorns the homepage of this website and will continue to do so.
It’s hard to bear that slightly less than a year later Kadouchski’s life has ended. In remembering our lovely horse we also remember Chris Watson, who was killed in a fall from him on the gallops here in Newmarket in 2010. Chris, a passionate racing fan and keen amateur rider, shared Kadouchski’s undwindling enthusiasm for the game and he loved riding him above any other horse in the stable.
Kadouchski was all heart. As tough a warrior as any you’ll find at any level within racing, but kind and delightful to deal with in his stable. We’ve had two of his half-sisters in training here and his half-brother Douchkirk remains in the yard but Kadouchski was a one-off. He can never be replaced but will always be loved and missed. It gave us all an enormous amount of pleasure and pride to be involved with him and his loss to the stable is immeasurable.
b g by Ski Chief ex Douchka (Fijar Tango)
Bred by H Charlet and D Charlesworth Owned by John Berry
50 starts for 7 wins and 15 places
25 April 2004 – 5 August 2012
'Though small, I gave my all. I gave my heart.' – Paul Mellon