Day At The Track

Standardbred roams streets of major city

02:38 PM 23 Jul 2013 NZST
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Beautifoal pictured at the traffic lights
Beautifoal at Countdown Moorhouse

There is currently a standardbred horse floating around Christchurch, New Zealand, that is becoming very famous, but remarkably, it’s not through winning races.

This Bromac Lodge bred three-year-old filly has had numerous recent sightings including at the traffic lights of some of Christchurch’s busiest streets and at Countdown Moorhouse as can be seen in the photos to your right.

The filly and her owner Richard Hayden also hit headlines back in May when they were seen getting a drink at a fast food joint. There were also regular sightings at Coffee Shop C1 Expresso and a nearby TAB.

Forty-five-year old Hayden has been forced to move to Christchurch temporarily from Blenheim as part of his bail conditions for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

"I'm curfewed in town at the moment, so got no option – got to bring the transport into town," said Hayden back in May.

Richard is the son of the late ‘Bluey’ Hayden who worked for top harness racing trainer George Noble for many years.

Hayden says the filly that he calls Beautifoal loves the liveliness of the city, but also needs her green grass. However, last night one source told Harnesslink they saw him giving it some Chocolate milk, I mean we have all heard of milkshaking, but really?

Police were looking into whether Beautifoal could continue to live in the CBS, but for now nothing has been done about it, and she continues to bring a bit of colour and a few smiles to the central city.

There are also reports that if you are lucky enough to catch Hayden and Beautiful by the Bridge Of Remberance, you may just be lucky enough to score a ride on her.  

by Mitchell Robertson




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