Realta Horse Racing Club will go into the 2016/17 National Hunt season with three horses in training, two with Mullingar based Andrew McNamara and one with County Antrim’s and Newlands Farms’ Stuart Crawford.
Our flagship horse Danielle’s Journey will enter her final season as a racehorse as a chaser before becoming a broodmare, trying to replicate her dam Harringay who won in all three forms of National Hunt racing having won a bumper, two hurdles and picked up blacktype in her final season before winning a chase. Danielle’s Journey has two wins to her name and seven places from eleven runs, her best runs coming at our local track Down Royal. For our part Danielle’s Journey, or DJ as we refer to her as, has been a great animal to be associated with.
DJ was purchased as a three-year-old by breeder Ms Elizabeth Hamilton and leased to Realta Horse Racing for her journey as a racehorse through the ITBA Lease Scheme. Danielle’s Journey, while not prolific, has been an incredible animal to be involved with bringing her shareowners to the Northern Ireland Festival Of Racing, the Punchestown Festival, Leopardstown Festival and of course the Cheltenham Festival where she ran in the inaugural Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle where McGrady Financial Services helped with sponsorship of Realta, paving her way to run in our biggest race thus far.
Danielle’s Journey’s legacy was further maintained within our Club when Realta made our first purchase at the 2015 premier sale of National Hunt racehorses, the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale and picked up DJ’s half-sister, a Westerner filly. Our soon to be named Westerner had been working well but picked up a slight injury before her first run, then the summer ground stopped her season. The filly is a strong, athletic animal that we hope can kick on this season and add to the “1’s” attributed to Realta Horse Racing Club.
The Westerner filly is joined at Andy Mac’s with a Getaway four-year-old who was purchased at this year’s Derby Sale. The Getaway filly has been impressing at home and has been doing what work she has been given well, and all being well will run in the early part of 2017. The Getaway is from the progeny of Jollie Bollie who’s offspring have proven themselves, one a winner (Cevaro) for none other than Nicky Henderson.
As one “Journey” comes to an end a new journey will begin with the two debutantes and Realta will look to strengthen our string with our trainers in the months and years ahead. As a progressive horse racing club Realta Horse Racing Club are welcoming enquiries from people that want to become involved with cost effective share-ownership of National Hunt racehorses. To make an enquiry drop us an email to get involved!
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