At this week’s Magic Millions, miRunners and Racing Queensland have announced a groundbreaking partnership set to revolutionise racehorse ownership for Queenslanders. The new partnership brings together the expertise and proven success of miRunners, and the industry authority of RQ to create an exciting new way for Queenslanders to have access to premium and affordable thoroughbreds.
The announcement will see miRunners expand the number of thoroughbreds available and trained from Queensland and continues miRunners’ push to offer ownership opportunities across more communities across Australia, and globally.
Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell was excited to support miRunners’ plans to purchase high-quality yearlings at this week’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale and also, for the first time, at the QTIS March Yearling Sale.
“There’s nothing like the thrill of owning a share in a racehorse, especially when it’s bought in Queensland and trained in Queensland,” he said.
“This innovative partnership aims to introduce a new generation to the excitement of premium horse ownership that is both highly rewarding and affordable.” – Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell
On the first day of the Magic Millions Yearling Sales (Wednesday) miRunners purchased Highgrove Stud’s Written Tycoon x Sponsored filly for $176,000. This yearling will be trained by leading Queensland horseman Rob Heathcote at the historic Eagle Farm racecourse.
Highgrove Stud’s Written Tycoon x Sponsored filly to be trained in QLD by Rob Heathcote purchased by miRunners on Day One of the Magic Millions 2019
Heathcote, who trained the legendary Queensland sprinter Buffering, is delighted to be the first trainer to take part in this exciting initiative.
“I am thrilled to join Racing Queensland and miRunners to bring new people to our sport,” he said. “Any time you have the opportunity to train a blue riband horse from the upper-echelon is exciting.”
“Many people still think racing is the sport of kings and that you require a king’s wage to get involved. This initiative proves that’s no longer the case.” – Rob Heathcote
miRunners co-founder Steve Brown said, “This is such an exciting next step in the miRunners story, and we’re very excited to partner with Racing Queensland.
“Having partnerships like this gives Australians another great reason to become racehorse owners because they can buy into horses closely aligned with their states.
“We know from our experience with Tony Gollan and Lyrical Girl that Queenslanders are looking for affordable and premium thoroughbreds to own, we also know that previously Queenslanders haven’t been afraid to look interstate to achieve this.
“Now they can participate in their own territory. This partnership will ensure Queenslanders are able to experience the thrill of owning a regally bred colt or filly in their home state, with a leading local trainer. Queenslanders will be able to be part of their own ownership community with some of the best Queensland trainers and take on the southern competition with a premium product!
“As with every miRunners owner, this new generation of Queensland owners will receive weekly updates from their trainers, which is where we find there is a fantastic bond quickly built between owner and horse, which as existing miRunners owners know well is incredibly rewarding.
“These industry initiatives allow miRunners to accelerate our vision for thoroughbred ownership for everyone, and give the industry bodies access to our proven technology, processes, relationships and access to thousands of potential owners.”
Expanding the miRunners Queensland stable
Written Tycoon x Sponsored is the second premium miRunners horse offered to Queenslanders, with five-time premier trainer Tony Gollan currently offering ownership in a 2yo Your Song filly who is a full sister to the exciting Hollaback Girl.
Recently named Lyrical Girl by owners’ vote (another miRunners benefit), she was purchased for $275,000 at last years Magic Millions sale, and some units remain on offer at $275 each.
RQ CEO Brendan Parnell added: “This is an important step in Racing Queensland’s plan to increase the ownership and participation pool, which is critical to the future sustainability of Queensland racing.”
Early potential owners in Written Tycoon x Sponsored can register interest below:
View our full stable here, and keep checking back in as miRunners grows our stable in Queensland and around Australia.