For all passionate horse racing fans, it is almost imperative that the 1983 award-winning film, Phar Lap has been a must-watch in the family home.
The iconic scene of strapper Tommy Woodcock played by Tom Burlinson running the ‘Wonder Horse’ into Flemington for the 1930 Melbourne Cup will forever be edged in Australian history.
But it was earlier in January this year that miRunners made their own history when Dusty Tycoon required a police escort to The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday, alike to the one of Phar Lap.
Following an oil tanker crash on the main highway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the M1 was closed.
Caught in the traffic gridlock alongside Dusty were several horses, including star Queensland 3YO Alligator Blood and the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr trained Euphoric Summer.
While the miRunners community waited on the edge of their seats to see if their star-studded filly would arrive on time, race day officials relieved some of the nerves by amending the 2YO Classic start time to 4.45 pm (45 minutes later than originally scheduled).
Following an eventful four-hour float trip Dusty Tycoon eventually arrived on course at the Gold Coast by way of a police escort to over 700 cheering supporters and a very relieved trainer, Robert Heathcote.
Dusty Tycoon on course in the stalls pre-race
Located along the home straight was the exclusive miRunners area which resembled a sea of blue as Dusty Tycoon supporter caps were the headwear of choice. Bonded together by the love of their racehorse, they cheered, laughed and made memories to last a lifetime.
There was a sea of blue ready to cheer on Dusty
Despite finishing 14th following a tough run in transit, the entire community was immensely proud of their girl Dusty as she provided them with the opportunity to experience racing on Australia’s biggest stage.
A big thanks must be extended to trainer Robert Heathcote, jockey Dale Smith, bloodstock agent Mick Malone and Shannon from Emeran Park who have all been instrumental in the care and training of Dusty.
Trainer Robert Heathcote with Dusty Tycoon
With her three-year-old season just around the corner, we know Dusty Tycoon is lapping up the Queensland sun in her paddock before she gets back to business.
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY- miRunners welcomed a new addition to the stable from the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Lot 383.
A colt by Golden Slipper and Magic Millions winning stallion Capitalist from Hollywood Mistress, a sibling to Dusty Tycoon.
LOT 383, a striking colt from Highgrove Stud
Joining the stable of Robert Heathcote at Eagle Farm it sure looks to be a case of history repeating itself with aspirations for this colt to follow in Dusty’s footsteps.
“For many, we can start the journey again. While the journey with Dusty is not over, I got to the sales here and where did I go? I went to Highgrove Stud.” Heathcote said. “I fell in love with a horse I saw straight away.”
miRunners Head of Bloodstock Mick Malone selected this colt as one not to go home without and was thrilled we were able to secure the purchase.
“Lot 383 miRunners team we have purchased for $180,000, I have got to say I’m wrapped with the price.” Malone said.
“A family that has produced a Magic Millions runner in Dusty Tycoon our own horse, so this colt is very closely related.”
Units will be available to purchase in the coming days from $198 per ownership unit + $16 per month.
The newest addition to the miRunners stable, Capitalist x Hollywood Mistress colt
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