In between matches for his Super Rugby team, Melbourne Rebels, utility back and racing enthusiast Tom English found time to pen a blog about his experience with miRunners so far.
What I like about racing is that it’s a social event. It’s an opportunity to spend time with the people you are close with but in a different setting to a pub or a BBQ and there’s nothing more exciting than watching a race, even more so when you have a share in a horse.
Horse racing was always in and around our family when growing up. My godfather and other family friends used to own horses so we would watch them race. Because of this, racing holds a nostalgic feel for me now, reminds me of my childhood and remains a big reason why I still like being a part of the sport today.
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The opportunity to own with miRunners and start my progression into the racing industry came up when a teammate of mine, Nic Stirzaker, told me about it. I always wanted to own a racehorse growing up, in fact even as we got older my mum and I always toyed with the idea of buying into a racehorse together but dad was always quick to shut it down because it was too expensive.
When Nic told me about how accessible miRunners was and walked me through the process, I was instantly hooked. I was quick to jump on board and I haven’t looked back: it’s been cost effective and is a really great way to get involved in the sport and further my knowledge, love and passion for racing.
I’ve loved it so much I have even got my mum involved! She’s a lot more versed in racing than me and she’s always sending me the videos and talking about the updates with me. We find ourselves just as invested emotionally as people who fully own horses.
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My mum loves racing and for me it’s special that we both have ownership in the same horse. It’s something that we share together and it’s quite nice to have this in common.
miRunners has provided an opportunity for people who didn’t want to commit financially or didn’t have the capacity to commit financially in a racehorse meaning Australians of all walks of life finally have a gateway to get into the sport. For the first time, racing is no longer just for the rich and wealthy: it’s a sport for everybody to enjoy.
The potential of miRunners is its biggest asset: because of the accessibility you can see how it’s bringing a lot of people who wouldn’t normally get involved in racing into the sport. This is going to shift the dynamics in a positive way.
I’m loving my miRunners experience so far because it’s a great opportunity to get involved and understand from the ground up how racehorse ownership works but for a fraction of the price of traditional ownership.
I’m involved in the racehorse industry for just $15 a month and getting up to date information and beginning to understand the intricacies of training a horse from pre-training all the way to what goes on when my horse is about to jump for a race.
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It’s too good an opportunity not to explore and enjoy: it’s been super enjoyable and has increased my interest in the field of racing, particularly with a few people I know now getting on board.
miRunner purchases premium thoroughbred, matches them up with Australia’s best trainers and splits ownership into 1,000 units to make it affordable for all Australians.
View the range of horses and trainers by clicking the button below. Units are $275 each and the monthly fee is $15 to cover training, admin etc.