On October 23 2001 I finally achieved my dream of “owning a racehorse”, well the next best thing anyway.
I saw an advertisement in the newspaper for the Elite Racing Club, a club that lets you share in a number of horses for a year, for a very affordable price. Any prize money won during the year would be distributed amongst all of the many owners.
Elite Racing was just starting to make a name for itself as a very good club and they were winning some good races.
Mysilv had been a standard bearer for them winning many big races. her best success coming at the Cheltenham Festival in the Triumph Hurdle.
The time I joined the club there were not too many outstanding horses, Mysilv by that time had long left the scene, Dancing Bay was about the best, a dual winner on both the flat and over hurdles at a decent level and he was still improving to eventually reach group class.
There was what was to prove in the future to be a very nice 2 year old sprinting home bred called Baralinka trained by Paul Cole.
I was eagerly waiting and anticipating my very first runner as an owner.
That first runner turned out to be called Knighted running in a handicap hurdle at Aintree of all places, the home of the Grand National, but unfortunately he fell in a race won by Ballynatin Blue.
Disappointment didn’t take long to turn to joy, as my 3rd runner was to be a WINNER Miracle Kid was his name taking a handicap hurdle at Warwick, trained by the genius Nicky Henderson, ridden by John Kavanagh.
Empire Park made it consecutive victories at Towcester winning a selling hurdle, what a start! 4 runner and 2 winners, this seemed all too easy, but racing being racing you are soon brought down to earth, most likely to be in your very next race.
So that was the way my time as an owner got under way, chapter 3 will focus on the big race victories and many major highlights.
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