Realta Horse Racing Club’s season got under way at Newcastle Racecourse last week when Danielle’s Journey lined up in the Beginners’ Chase over 2m. Our flagship horse will enter her final season as a racehorse in training 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 thus far and seven places from twelve runs, her best runs coming at our local track Down Royal and at Ayr.
DJ, as we call her, 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. The mare will continue her education over fences at Wexford on Tuesday (22nd November) and we hope to have a day out at a major event toward the end of the season.
DJ’s legacy within Realta Horse Racing Club was further maintained within our Club when we made our first purchase at the 2015 premier sale of National Hunt racehorses, the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale. Setting out with a purchase budget of around €20k Realta picked up DJ’s half-sister, a good looking three-year-old Westerner filly. The Westerner filly had been working well for her then trainer Stuart Crawford and was ready for her racecourse debut in April 2016 but picked up a slight injury before her first run, then the summer ground and the end of the National Hunt season halted her progress.
In the summer of 2016 a decision was made by Realta Horse Racing to move the filly to Westmeath and to Andrew McNamara. The filly was an athletic animal that had enjoyed a summer break and needed some work to get back into a race-ready condition. Just before the season started the filly’s shareowners decided on a name for the filly. Ricchezza was the name she was given, which is an Italian word meaning prosperity, happiness and success. Ricchezza stepped up her leaning in a schooling bumper at Fairyhouse where she went well and should will now be considered for an entry in December in a Bumper.
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 out of four-time winner Jollie Bollie who’s offspring have proven themselves, one a winner (Cevaro) for Nicky Henderson. Getaway’s first crop are 2016 four-year-old’s and he is already siring winners. Getaway’s stores have sold for up to €150,000 and he is a hot property at stud.
Realta currently have a ten percent share available in Danielle’s Journey and a ten percent share available in our highly thought of Getaway. 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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