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Sep 03, 2018

Racing is a business but at the end of the day, a racehorse is a loving animal that deserves a loving home no matter how fast or how slow when retired.

Darren & Liz Dance take great pride in finding each and every retiree a good home and the satisfaction that comes with that can be as enjoyable as a win on a racecourse anywhere.

In recent times our old warrior Clairvaux was retired after a great career with Matthew Williams that netted his owners over $200k from six wins, including wins at Flemington, Sandown and the infamous Warrnambool May Carnival.

Clairvaux's latest seachange in an attempt to find his old form didn't work, but he did win the heart of a young lady.

When trainer Will Clarken suggested retirement after one run in Adelaide, the feelers were put out for a home.

But we didn't have to look far as one of Clarken's stablehands/tracker riders in Lauren Van Tijn was very smitten with the old boy.

Some quick negotiations and the 'Clairvaux free to a good home' deal was done.

A letter from Lauren confirms the story.

"My name is Lauren and I am the one who has taken on Clairvaux since he's retired from racing.

He is out in the paddock spelling currently and I will bring him back into work the beginning of October to be both a pleasure horse and also a lead pony for my racehorses.

I've sent you a friend request on Facebook that way if you'd like you can see the photos I'll post of him.

I appreciate you allowing me the chance to take on Clairvaux, or as we've named him 'Beetroot'.

And the new name 'Beetroot' - what can we say! Love it!

Another ex-ATB racehorse has a great new home - satisfaction all round for everyone!

Peter Morganti