The top 5 reasons to buy into the stunning Rubick X Slainte filly

BONUS – ONE MONTH FEES FREE: Buy into this powerful duo – Bjorn Baker and Rubick X Slainte for the affordable price of $275 plus $15 per month. Buy a unit for you or someone you love for Christmas, receive one month fees free and enjoy the thrill of premium ownership. This is the gift that keeps on giving. Don’t miss out! miRunners bloodstock manager Mick Malone has been impressed by the Rubick X Slainte filly from the start. From his first viewing at Willow Park earlier the year, Malone said to miRunners CEO Steve Brown: “If there is one…

Building a vibrant future for racing – based on ownership for everyone, and a love of horses

miRunners is creating a new grassroots movement that will create a new, much larger pool of racehorse owners for the future, creating greater benefits for everyone in the industry. All of us in the thoroughbred racing industry have a responsibility to nurture its future. It’s the second-largest industry in Australia. Around 50,000 people work in racing, and each year an estimated 2.5 million Australians go to the races. New events such as The Everest and The Kosciusko in New South Wales, and new initiatives such as miRunners’ own Community Horse in Geelong, all fire the imagination of the broader public.…

The scientific reason Winx shattered Black Caviar’s record

To most Australians Winx does not stand out from the crowd or look like a sure winner but looks can be deceiving. She’s now billed as the world’s greatest horse. And we’ve asked some industry experts why this champion is so good. The champion Aussie mare raced into history this weekend at Randwick with her 26th straight victory, surpassing the mark set by the legendary Black Caviar. But Winx is not like Black Caviar. Black Caviar would blitz her rivals with one of the longest strides every measured on a racehorse – a whooping 8.42 metres. When the average racehorse…

miRunners horses are members of the family

Headlines and stories in the news about owners not putting the welfare of their horse first is another myth we need to discuss. As an owner, you know the emotion you feel every time you see your thoroughbred. You admire the sheer physical stature of your horse; you smile when your horse gives you a cheeky nod; you worry when a viral infection is more than just a cold. It is not prompted, it is not scripted. It is how everyone responds to any member of the family. And as an owner you know that patience is a virtue. When…

Craig relishing the opportunity to be involved in ownership of three miRunners thoroughbreds

MiRunners owners come from every walk of life. For most, a single unit on a single horse is a good starting point. But for owner Craig Sherwood, one was never going to be enough. He owns a unit in three horses: Not A Royal Doubt, Zoushack, and Rubick x Slainte. “Until now, I guess like many other miRunners owners, I’d not been able to afford to consider buying a racehorse,” he says. “My children have now grown up, and I’m in a position to be able to consider being an owner. All of us make these types of decision, and…

The 2YO balancing act: training to avoid shin soreness

With the recent thoroughbred birthday meaning a new batch of two-year-old racehorses, many trainers are seeing their stables fill with these youngsters in preparation for the looking 2YO races. As this time rolls around each year, trainers are presented a difficult balancing act to keep their potential runner on the track to debut. The balancing act we are talking about is that of giving the horses enough work and galloping to be fit to race while keeping them sound and healthy in spite of their juvenile skeletal structure. RECENT NEWS: Rubick filly shaping up as a 2YO runner Bone is quite…

Why all horses have a birthday on the 1st of August

This week miRunners celebrates not just one birthday but six birthdays. On August 1st there will be extra bags of carrots in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria for our thoroughbreds as they are each classified as a year older. On Wednesday 1st August all thoroughbreds in Australia will get a year older. Those yearlings coming into their first preps will be qualified for racing and those who are two-years-old will become three-year-old race ready. RECENT NEWS: The benefits of thoroughbred racehorse ownership But not all thoroughbreds were born on the same day, so just how did this miraculous event…

From Magic Millions to 2019 Golden Slipper nomination – the journey for Rubick X Slainte

The ground-breaking miRunners filly Rubick X Slainte was purchased at the 2018 Gold Coast Magic Millions from Willow Park Stud for $275,000 and has now been nominated for the 2019 Magic Millions and 2019 Golden Slipper. This filly, sired by Rubick, the highest-rated 2YO colt of his generation, is a perfect match for leading NSW trainer Bjorn Baker who won the Magic Millions in 2014 with Unecumbered. Rubick X Slainte’s Pedigree Her mother, Slainte, by Not A Single Doubt out of Academy Angel, was big, strong and athletic and extremely fast. She broke track records over 1,000 metres and showed the…

What ownership in Rubick x Slainte looks like

Whether you’re a sports nut, a regular racegoer or simply a lover of horses, nothing beats the experience of owning a premium racehorse like Rubick x Slainte. miRunners makes racing affordable by purchasing premium thoroughbreds, matching them up with Australia’s best trainers and splitting the cost by 1,000 units. Ownership is just $275 (plus a monthly fee of $15). Here’s why you should get involved… 1: Rubick x Slainte is trained by leading Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker Western Sydney based Bjorn Baker has come on board to train Rubick x Slainte. Bjorn Baker is one of Australia’s top trainers and…

Spelling: a blessing or a curse for racehorses?

Owners often cringe when they hear the words “time for a spell”. It can often seem as though their investment is just spending time eating grass, not in the stables and not racing. While it can be frustrating for owners to have to bide their time, the reality is that spelling is a critical and necessary component of developing [and maintaining] a successful racehorse. A fast horse is a happy horse that is both mentally and physically ready for the races. Thoroughbreds – especially young horses – are no different from humans in that they perform better when they are…

What role does a strapper play in racing?

Travelling the world looking after thoroughbreds might sound like a dream, but there is a group of people who are making this dream a reality: the strapper. Strappers look after horses. Depending on their role they may look after a single horse though a lot of the time they have multiple horses they need to take care of. They look after the horses in the stables, in the yards and on race day. They do everything involved in looking after the horse (or horses) assigned to them. The duties include: Cleaning out the stables and yards of their horses Feeding…

Water Training: more than just splashing around

Water training has become an integral part of racehorse training programs but perhaps more importantly, a fun part that nearly all racehorses look forward to. When you think of water and training it is natural to think of rehabilitation but for a racehorse it can be the vehicle to better balance, higher workload rates and co-ordination. Looking first at deep water or pool training, swimming is very intensive: for a horse 10 minutes of swimming equals a normal 1 hour-training session. It is good cardiovascular training in which endurance is built under almost non-existent impact conditions. It ensures the horse…

What’s a bloodstock manager and why are they important?

With the hustle and bustle of thoroughbred sales, it is easy to get caught up in excitement and think every horse that enters the ring will be the next champion but a reality check can occur when you remember that in any given year there can be up to 4,000 yearlings on offer. A bloodstock advisor is employed to provide an independent consideration of each horse, to evaluate conformation and to estimate the yearlings’ potential ability to stand up to rigours of training. RECENT NEWS: Racehorse Ownership at Cost Price with miRunners The standard bloodstock service works through these 4,000…

How Horse Racing Trials Work

You’ve watched your horse be educated, you’ve chosen their racing name, you’ve deliberated over silks designs and now the moment has come for them to hit the track for horse racing trials! Watching your horse trial can feel like the Melbourne Cup but in reality it is just another step in the process of building a racehorse: a racehorse that can handle different tracks, riders and race situations. Horse racing trials are mini races without the pressure. When working in a race preparation, all horses are accustomed to training with stable mates but this is not racing. Racing has a…

What’s a farrier and why is it important?

You’ve heard of a farrier and you may even know that it’s incredibly important. But why? What do they do? And what modern methods are being used to cross over human and horse care? At least every month the farrier visits all miRunners horses. But why? Because there is an old saying that is as true today as it was 50 years ago: “If you don’t have a foot you don’t have a racehorse” That is because you need the foot to be in good condition to maintain soundness. You need the foot to support the rest of the horse.…

Racing Bonuses Explained: what they are and how they work

With countless bonus schemes in place in Australian horse racing, we make sense of them for you and take you through the ones you need to know. When you first purchase a unit or share in a racehorse, the immediate vision every owner has is their horse being first past the post in the next Melbourne Cup. RECENT NEWS: This is why Not A Royal Doubt is a value purchase While not everyone will win the Melbourne Cup with their horse, bonus schemes have become commonplace over the past few years and makes it possible for owners to make decent…

The key horse racing terminology new owners need to know

Are you new to racehorse ownership and all the lingo is confusing you? If you familiarise yourself with these key racehorse terms / terminology you will be able to understand what all the “experts” are talking about. Age of Horse: All racehorses celebrate their birthdays on the same day. This makes it easier to keep track of breeding and records. In Asia and the southern hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore) horses celebrate their birthday on the 1st of August each year. In the northern hemisphere (United Kingdom, Ireland, France, USA and Canada) horses celebrate their birthday on…

How Critical are X-Rays in Buying Yearlings?

X-Ray assessments have become all the rage in yearling inspections and auctions in the past 15 years. Here we go through why they’re used and how much you should allow them to influence your purchase. First of all, don’t be fooled by the x-ray conversations when talking about yearling purchases. Just like pedigree, an x-ray assessment is not a pass or fail for the yearling being considered, it is one of many factors to consider. RELATED NEWS: Why pedigree shouldn’t be your only consideration The culture surrounding x-rays is now one of suitability and practicality. It is one that allows…

Why pedigree shouldn’t be your only consideration

When it comes to purchasing a yearling at sale, the horse’s pedigree should be a consideration but it shouldn’t be your only one. With the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale just under a month away we follow up our discussion on understanding the pedigree page with some tricky questions about other contributing factors to finding a great yearling. It wasn’t too long ago you would have heard “breed the best to the best and hope for the best” in thoroughbred breeding circles. And it is that old adage that has driven the general misbelief that horse racing at the top…

The timing of a spell is critical for a racehorse

Timing is everything in racing and an often misunderstood training tool is a spell and the value created by giving a race horse a spell. Thoroughbreds are no different from us. You know when you’ve hit your stride at just the right time – it’s when you nailed that presentation at work or when your footy team really connected their play just as the finals loomed. When the timing is spot-on your thoroughbred is winning that pinnacle race you have built your preparation around. RECENT NEWS: The art of choosing the right horse So when is the right time to spell?…