It’s hard to beat the rush you get as the horse you backed thunders past the finishing post in first place. But there is one feeling that tops it – the thrill of cheering your horse home, surrounded by other excited owners.
Anyone who has been to the races has probably entertained the idea of owning a racehorse but dismissed it as expensive, complicated or both. It doesn’t have to be though and miRunners provides the easiest and most affordable stepping stone into racehorse ownership.
miRunners first came to my attention at a wine dinner at Royal Randwick. I struck up a conversation with the lady sitting next to me and she told me about her friend’s new business which split racehorses into 1,000 units, making ownership significantly more accessible. Previously the maximum number of owners a horse could have was 20. I started looking into miRunners the next day.
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I have small shares in a handful horses that mostly race in country NSW & the ACT. They’re all bargain buys and a couple have done pretty well. Even the ones that haven’t performed have brought me a lot of joy through the friendships I have formed and different racetracks I have visited.
The idea of having another horse to follow for only $165 up front plus $15 a month was too good to pass up so I purchased a unit in the colt with Kris Lees. I wouldn’t be able to afford a share in a premium yearling like this via traditional methods but with miRunners I can.
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Friends and family often come with me to the races but I wanted them to experience that unique thrill of watching their own horse race too, so when I bought my unit I also bought one as a surprise for my brother. I chose a bundle which included two years of training fees so he won’t have to worry about a thing. He loves receiving the email updates about the colt and the experience has taken his interest in racing to another level.
As the Director of Young Professionals in Racing I regularly get asked about racehorse ownership and as soon as I heard about miRunners, I knew it would be perfect for our members. Dozens have already signed up and when one member goes to visit the horse, they always take photos for the others. We also message each other when the colt’s brothers and sisters and racing.
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While I have high hopes for our colt I know it’s going to be a cracker of a ride regardless of his ability with so many people to share the experience with. For those that missed out on owning a unit in Saganaki, make sure you secure you spot in the next colt or filly!
Julieanne Horsman is the Director of Young Professionals in Racing