The third horse in line to wear the Realta Horse Racing Club silks is our first horse Danielle’s Journey’s half-sister by top sire Westerner. This filly was purchased during the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale, the world’s premier sale of National Hunt racehorses. Her sire, whos stores have reached up to €325,000 was a French owned champion raced by Alec Wildenstein and trained in France by Elie Lellouche.
In 2003 and 2004 Westerner won back-to-back Group 1’s Prix du Cadran and Prix Royal-Oak and was regarded as Europe’s top stayer during this period. In 2005 Westerner won the Ascot Gold Cup and went on to finish second in the 2005 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Westerner is the sire of Cole Harden (Gr.1 World Hurdle wnr), Gilgamboa (Gr.1 Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase wnr), Western Warhorse (Gr.1 Arkle Chase wnr) Captain Cutter (Gr.1 Hurdle wnr) and many other leading jumps horses.
Harringay, the filly’s dam is a five time winner herself who won over £57,000 in prize money including a National Hunt Flat Race as a four-year-old. Harringay also had 3 wins over hurdles at 5 and 6 years and won the J.Smith’s EBF Mares N.H. Novice Hurdle at Newbury. She was placed 4 times over hurdles and placed 7 timeschasing including a 3rd place in the EBF/TBA Mares’ Only Novice Handicap Chase. Harringay’s 2nd dam is Miss Miller, a sister to Fredcoteri who had 9 wins, 8 of those wins over came over hurdles including the prestigious Grade 1 Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in 1985 and the 1983 & 1984 Irish Sweeps Hurdle.