Real Saga X Cubism nominates for 2018 Golden Slipper

Saganaki nominated for 2018 Golden Slipper

miRunners’ first colt, Saganaki, has its first nomination. For the Golden Slipper no less! The Golden Slipper is the world’s richest race for juveniles. In technical terms, the Golden Slipper Stakes is an Australian Turf Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for two-year-olds run over 1,200 metres on turf at set weights conditions, held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney, Australia. Prize money in 2017 was A$3,500,000. RECENT NEWS: Australian public names ground-breaking racehorse The Slipper has been won by racing royalty such as Sebring and – more recently – has proven to be a key race for horses such as…

The perfect Father’s Day gift

The perfect Father’s Day gift: racehorse ownership

Forget supercar experience days, socks and tandem skydives! For the first time this Father’s Day, the perfect gift option is part-ownership of a thoroughbred racehorse. “Owning a thoroughbred racehorse unit is an amazing Father’s Day gift idea,” says miRunners executive chairman Chris Ryan. “Until now, fewer than 100,000 Australians have been able to afford to own a racehorse, because ownership has been expensive and complicated. “Yet millions engage in the sport. Now, anyone can enjoy a wonderful racehorse ownership experience.” Families wanting to buy a unit as a Father’s Day gift can simply enter their details, and with a credit…

At the races

Aussie startup giving the average Australian a chance to own a champion racehorse

miRunners executive director Chris Ryan spoke with Angela Castles of SmartCompany to get the word out: “crowdfunding for horses” will shape the future of Australian horse racing. We’re making it possible for hundreds of thousands of Australians to own a share in a thoroughbred. “We did some market research and worked out only eight per cent of people interested in racing participated as an owner,” Ryan says. “The affordability of high-level [racing] participation is out of most people’s reach. We thought, what if we could do something that was radically different?” Traditionally, horse-racing syndicates cost thousands of dollars to participate…

at the races

AFR interviews Australian startup taking racehorse ownership to the masses

miRunners executive director Chris Ryan spoke last year about how our new Australian start-up is offering punters the chance to buy into a thoroughbred racehorse for as little as $275. Our founders hoped to attract a fresh crowd to the races amid dwindling attendance numbers. With nearly 2000 new Australian horse owners from all walks of life, we’re confident we have a winning model. By making it possible for hundreds of thousands of Australians to own a share in a premium thoroughbred, miRunners hopes to invigorate the future of Australian racing. Regardless of the number of units you own, you…

Julieanne Horsman: Gifting the experience to friends and family

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…

How tech is disrupting the sport of kings.

How technology is disrupting the sport of kings

Imagine a disruptive new market player with an asset with four legs and technology that connects it to buyers by dropping the cost of entry to market by a factor of 50. That’s what technology start-up miRunners has done. Its technology platform makes top pedigree thoroughbred racehorse ownership affordable to anyone from as little as $165 per unit plus a small monthly management fee capped at $15 per month. For the first time, units (ownership shares) can be bought via mobile or desktop in a few simple clicks. In an industry which has traditionally been the realm of wealthy individuals,…

Latoya Asha with miRunners colt.

Imagine that: I’m now a thoroughbred horse owner (and I love it)!

We all have passions, and we all aspire to own something, or be part of a community, that relates to those passions. Mine is horses, and has been since I was a young girl. At school my teachers knew when I was at the races (even if my parents didn’t!). My parents were born in England (for those interested, Dad is Tyrone James and he played professional soccer with Fulham alongside George Best, Bobby Moore, Alan Mullery and Rodney Marsh). On visits back to the UK, I’d spend more of my time with a cousin who bought horses from Gypsies,…

Adam Peacock: The day I fell in love with horse racing

I can remember it like it was yesterday. 1991 mid-year holidays, first year of high school, Dad took us away (to Grafton. Grafton!?!). Now it’s a beautiful place, don’t get me wrong, but six months into higher education, all a kid wanted to do was go down a waterslide or on a rollercoaster to forget about the confusion of algebra and sharing hall ways with those twice his size But Grafton, hugging the mighty Clarence River in NSW’s north, it was. Our uncle lived there. As much as Dad enjoyed Uncle Ron’s company though – and still does – there…

miRunners launch competition to name Australian racehorse

miRunners, a business making racehorse ownership affordable to all, is calling on the Australian public to help choose a name for its new colt recently purchased at the 2017 Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast. About the colt By Real Saga, out of Redoute’s Choice mare Cubism, this colt has pedigree on his side and is being trained by one of Australia’s leading trainers, Kris Lees. Purchased at Magic Millions in January for $165,000 from Queensland-based Glenlogan Park, he was hand-picked by miRunners from thousands of horses. “We believe this colt has the pedigree, stables, training, early education and…

VRC releases 2017 Melbourne Cup tour destinations

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) today announced that 31 destinations will join racing history when they play host to the iconic 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup in 2017. As part of the 15th annual Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour, the $200,000 trophy will travel to towns and cities across Australia and New Zealand, before returning to Flemington for ‘The ‘Race That Stops A Nation’™ on the first Tuesday in November. The successful destinations, selected for their passion for racing and dedication to the community, were announced today at a special event. Racing royalty joined the celebrations, including five-time Melbourne Cup winning…