Whether it is the attractive prize money on offer, the glitz and glamour of down under racing carnivals, it is no doubt Australia is the country that aspiring global players want to get that win on their passport.
Since the 1800’s Australian racing has captured the interests of international raiders in their quest for equine glory.
The prestige of winning a race on Australian turf has lured some of the world’s most influential people such as Godolphin founder His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and The Queen of England.
Whilst the possibility of Australians owning a racehorse bred to compete on the world stage might have historically been out of reach, miRunners is making this dream now affordable for all to experience.
Australia’s Richest Horse Races:
1. The Everest – $14m
2. The Melbourne Cup – $8m
3.The Golden Eagle – $7.5m
4. The Queen Elizabeth Stakes – $4m
5. The Golden Slipper Stakes – $3.5m
Reaching Everest base camp last year was miRunners owned Zoushack who raced in race one of the ten-race card. In front of a crowd exceeding 40,000 people, the blue, white and grey silks worn by jockey Kerrin McEvoy dashed up the Randwick straight on debut to finish fourth.
McEvoy then reached the peak of success later on in the day when he claimed consecutive Everest titles aboard dual successor Redzel.
The third running of the world’s richest race on turf will again see a star-studded line up take to the track on Saturday to claim a piece of the $14 million purse on offer. As the barrier draw showcased the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge there is no doubt fans from around the globe will be tuned into to see who cements their spot in history.
Aimed at personifying ‘Premature Geriatrification’ Racing NSW has mounted The Everest as an attraction for the younger generations to enjoy racing.
In jetting down south, the first Tuesday in November requires no introduction. From a young age it is ingrained in Australians that the Melbourne Cup is the ‘race that stops a nation’. An influx of international stables targeting the race has shifted this to a global view, with all eyes on Flemington.
This year alone horses from Great Britain, Japan and Ireland have made the trip down to the Southern Hemisphere in an attempt to raid the $8 million staying race.
While the overseas representatives target the great prize money on offer, local races have been strengthened by owner incentive schemes. Offering bonus money to enhance the earning potential of each eligible horse has seen major boosts for breeders and owners to reinvest locally.
With millions of dollars dedicated to these races The NSW Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme (BOBS), Victorian Owner and Breeder Incentive Scheme (VOBIS) and Queensland Thoroughbred Incentive Scheme (QTIS) ensure the earning potential of Australian east coast horses is maximised outside of the big race days.
The fashion and entertainment at carnival race days are yet another appealing factor of the races. Major Australian retailers such as Myer and David Jones turn their stores into a spring carnival haven for people to be dressed the part. While music icons such as Daryl Braithwaite entertain race day crowds to go ‘riding on the horses’.
Julieanne Horsman – miRunners owner of Shezawitness, Gaelic Puzzle, Not A Royal Doubt and Saganaki enjoys spring race day fashion
The game has now changed
Racing is no longer the domain solely of the wealthy. There is a new army of players ready to compete. miRunners provides an affordable leg up for all Australians to jump onboard premium quality racehorse ownership. With access to expensive horses now made affordable, all Australians can now position themselves for an adrenaline-charged experience of a lifetime.
The Everest winning jockey, Melbourne Cup-winning trainers, booming prize money, owners bonuses and an entertaining trackside experience there is now absolutely no reason why you can not be a player in the enthralling boom in Australian racing.