A retired racehorse has been shot dead while he grazed in a field in what his owner has called a “sick” attack.1mccoyWhite thoroughbred Woolfall Treasure, known as “Woolfie”, was ridden by jockeys including AP McCoy and Richard Hughes during his career. But the 11-year-old male horse was found near Kemnal Manor Stables in Chislehurst around 3pm on Friday with a gunshot wound in his head.

Stables manager Justine Bowdery said that the incident was “incredible” and that “this kind of thing just doesn’t happen” in Chislehurst. She has promised a reward of £3,000 of her own money to help snare the gunman and told her Facebook friends that she was “counting on” them being caught.

“The police said the gun they used is highly dangerous. It wasn’t an air rifle. This was a proper handgun,” she told the Standard. “Whoever did it, they went up to the horse and shot him at point blank range in the head.”

Woolfie retired in 2013 after 42 flat and 15 jump races. Originally trained by Sussex horse trainer Gary Moore , he was owned and cared for by Myra McKenna, who said Woolfie meant “everything” to her, and explained that he had been nursed back to health following a leg injury in April.