Danielle’s Journey (Presenting ex Harringay – 2010, B, F) was Realta’s first horse in training as a just turned four-year-old. When she arrived at the yard she had not been broken and was very much an unknown quantity fresh from the sales. Danielle’s Journey was eleven months in training before her first run finishing second by a short head at Down Royal during the 2014 Northern Ireland Festival Of Racing. “DJ” has been a great horse for us to build on having five runs so far winning impressively on St Patrick’s Day at Down Royal, a very close second twice, sixth in the prestigious Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association Premier Fillies Bumper at the Punchestown festival and third on her hurdles bow at Sligo. She is a mare with a brilliant attitude and has collected prizemoney every time she has run thus far. Realta consider ourselves to have touched lucky to get such a good animal to get our club started and we hope she can get further 1’s against her name this coming season. Danielle’s Journey will continue over hurdles this coming season and we believe she can improve as the season goes on.
A Touch Of Sparkle (Golan ex Another Sparkle – 2010 G, F) was our second horse in training and will be the second to wear the navy and royal blue Realta Horse Racing Club silks. “Sparkler” was fresh from the field and came into training as a four-year-old. Realta took her on a lease agreement rather than buying through the sales meaning we could offer a well-bred horse with untried potential to her future shareowners without an up-front cost or buy-in. A Touch Of Sparkle is from the excellent family of Wounded Warrior and Sword Of Destiny and has relations who run in the Gigginstown House colours.
Sparkler is a sound jumper and we look forward to seeing her this Autumn making her debut, possibly at the 2015 Northern Ireland Festival Of Racing at Down Royal at the end of October. Realta have strong hopes for this horse that has continually improved at home and the plan will be to run in a few bumpers before going over hurdles, this is when we will see the best of her.
Westerner ex Harringay – 2012 B, F.
We became aware that DJ’s half-sister was going to the Tattersall’s Ireland Derby Sales so we organised to go to the sale and if possible bring her home. Harringay, the dam of four time winner Playhara who won four consecutive races, one for Nicky Henderson then three for Martin Todhunter is a five time winning blacktype mare who won over £57,000 in prize money during her career. These races included a National Hunt Flat Race as a four-year-old, three times over hurdles aged 5 and 6 and also a Handicap Chase at Newbury.
“Willow” is by top sire Westerner who in 2003 and 2004 won back-to-back editions of the Group Ones Prix du Cadran and Prix Royal-Oak in France. His 2004 performances earned Westerner his first of two consecutive Cartier Racing Awards as Europe’s top stayer on the flat. We bought this filly (third produce) who would be a physically stronger looking animal than her older sisters in the hope that she will continue our club’s development. It is early days with her but we hope she could be an excellent horse that will bring us success.