Villagers had a whip round to buy a retired racehorse for the stable boy who saved its life 10 years ago.
Ellerslie Tom was facing the knacker’s yard after deliberately throwing off top jockeys during races.
But stable boy Paul Sheldrake won the horse’s trust and it went on to win almost £100,000 at meetings across the country.
Paul was heartbroken when the owner moved “Tom” to another racing stable and it only won one more race before being retired five years ago.
He ended up being advertised on Facebook where eagle-eyed horse lover Kay Sinclair-James spotted the distinctive white blaze down his face.
Kay lives near Paul in Clarbeston, Pembrokeshire, and knew of the strong bond between the horse and his former stable boy.
She got in touch with other equestrians in the area and overnight they raised £500 to buy Tom as a gift for Paul who filled up with tears at seeing his …