The article below has been taken from Margie McLoone’s write-up in the Irish Field:
Danielle’s Journey justifies owners’ confidence by bolting up in the mares’ maiden hurdle at welcoming Ayr Racecourse
ELEVEN members of the Realta Horse Racing Club travelled over to Ayr on Tuesday to see Danielle’s Journey justify 11/8 favouritism in the mares’ maiden hurdle over two miles.
“It was fantastic!” declared club manager Sean. “I am delighted for the members of our club and her shareholders. We have always thought very highly of the mare, but to win convincingly by 17 lengths was special. It’s onwards and upwards for Realta! Winners breed excitement and hopefully there’s more to come from Danielle’s Journey and the horses we have coming through.
“We have leased the mare from Elizabeth Hamilton, who you know as Hammy, and she came over with us on the ferry from Belfast and on to Ayr. She has been absolutely fantastic for our club as has her partner David Mitchell from whom we have leased the Golan mare A Touch Of Sparkle. She has run well in two bumpers and a hurdle and we expect her to win soon.
“Danielle’s Journey, who is by Presenting, is out of the blacktype mare Harringay (by Sir Harry Lewis) and, through the Crawford Bros Racing, we bought her half-sister by Westerner at last year’s Derby Sale at Tattersalls; she’s now four. We also have an Ad Valorem five-year-old (Adsup) who Stuart bought at the 2014 Goffs Land Rover Sale who may first go pointing.
“Stuart is our only trainer in Ireland but we are hoping to have a horse with Alistair Whillans, who trained the first winner at Ayr on Tuesday, and this is being organised through Paul Brierley. Although we love racing in Ireland, particularly at Down Royal, they really know how to treat owners across the water.
“We are so lucky in the Club that all the people we deal with are so nice. Elizabeth and David couldn’t be easier to do business with and all the Crawfords – Edith and Robert, the four lads and all their staff – help make the experience of horse ownership a real delight. Some of our members may have the finance to buy a horse on their own in the future but being part of a club like Realta is a great start and it’s a real bonus to go racing with like-minded people.
“It’s also a great idea to lease mares as the breeders then take a real interest in how their stock are progressing and their input is valued. Anyone who would like to join Realta should check out our website where they will find a lot of information.”