Trainer Mark Kavanagh thrilled to see retired star return to the limelight at Relaxed Racing Media Launch.

After watching his former Group 1 winner Maldivian steal the show at today’s Relaxed Racing media launch at Caulfield, leading trainer Mark Kavanagh has described the satisfaction he gets from seeing his retired stars enjoying retirement.

Maldivian returned to Caulfield, the scene of his 2009 Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes victory, arriving with Rugby League star Billy Slater in the saddle for the launch of Victorian racing’s exciting new marketing campaign, Relaxed Racing.

A winner of three Group 1 races and close to $3 million in prizemoney during a distinguished career on the track, 11-year-old Maldivian now spends his days overseeing the development of young horses at Kavanagh’s Gisborne property.

“This old horse is just a star,” Kavanagh said.

“He now resides at my Gisborne property as a yearling nanny and a bit of a babysitter.”

“Often with young horses it’s good to have an older horse in there to settle them down and he does a great job along with another old favourite of mine, Catapulted.”

Click here to watch highlights of today’s Relaxed Racing Media Launch.

Kavanagh said he took an active interest in the post-racing careers of his horses and praised programs like Racing Victoria’s Off The Track initiative that offer thoroughbreds the chance to showcase their talents in different disciplines.

“We make sure that, through Off The Track or other avenues, we find somewhere good for our horses to live,” Kavanagh said.

“They’ve done their best for us on the track so ensuring them a nice retirement is the least we can do.”

Another of Kavanagh’s former Stakes winners kicking goals since leaving his stable is Fusaichi Pegasus gelding Tipungwuti, now a highly promising eventer for young rider Andrew Heseltine.

The Flemington trainer said Tipungwuti has given him the indication that he would be suited to a multi-disciplined event career and said he wasn’t surprised that the horse is being touted as a future star.

“Tipungwuti was one of the most talented horses I’ve ever trained and he was an extremely nimble horse who deserved a really good home because I thought he would go that way (eventing) and be able to do that,” Kavanagh said.

“He’s on his way to being a top eventing horse and he is a champion in his current household.”

Story compliments of Racing Victoria/Off the Track

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