Geelong Racing Club is partnering with miRunners, the organisation making premium thoroughbred racehorse ownership affordable, in an industry-first: to offer the Geelong community accessible and easy ownership of a premium thoroughbred racehorse – the Geelong horse.
For the Geelong Racing Club, this initiative creates a new opportunity for everyone in the Geelong area to form new ties, and to enjoy a personalised, engaging and year-round experience with the miRunners Geelong horse.
What’s on offer for the Geelong community
The Geelong community thoroughbred will be Not A Single Doubt X Countess Dehere, miRunners’ seventh horse, which will be trained by Troy Corstens out of his Malua Racing Team Corstens operation. The filly will be based at Geelong racecourse.
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MiRunners makes premium thoroughbred ownership easy and affordable, with a purchase model that’s elegant and simple. It buys premium-level yearlings and then, without markup, offers ownership in these young thoroughbreds as 1,000 units.
Each unit in the miRunners Geelong horse therefore costs $198, plus a fee of $15 per month to cover all costs . If more than one unit is bought, the monthly fee drops to $5 for the second unit on.
Units in Not A Single Doubt x Countess Dehere will be available for purchase from Sunday 2 September via this web site.
Benefits unique to community owners
Unit owners in miRunners’ Geelong horse, Not A Single Doubt X Countess Dehere, get a number of benefits. Being a community-owned horse, they will choose the filly’s name, and influence and choose the design of her racing silks, which will also carry unique community branding. They will also meet her at special events, receive a certificate of ownership, get weekly video updates from Troy Corstens and the Malua Racing team, have access to a private area at race meets, share pro rata any prize money won, and share in the proceeds of her sale at the end of her career.
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Peter Murrihy, President, Geelong Racing Club, on this exciting new initiative
“This is a great opportunity for everyone in the Geelong area to become more-involved in premium horse racing, and it forms part of the program Geelong Racing Club has, to continually form new ties with the community we operate in.
“Our partnership with miRunners allows the people of Geelong, and others, to have a great way to be part of the sport, with a very small financial outlay. Previously available only to the wealthy, having a community thoroughbred of this quality to offer to hundreds of future owners is a great initiative. It’s so important for our sport to involve the public beyond attending one or two races each year, and it’s so important that our community can engage with our club on multiple levels. This is about creating new interest in premium thoroughbred racing at the grassroots level.”
Trainer Troy Corstens – one of Victoria’s best
Troy Corstens’ first involvement with a major winner was Triple Group 1 winner Helenus. He purchased him as a yearling and enjoyed success with his father Leon, training the colt to the 2002 Caulfield Guineas and VRC Derby. His next major Group 1 horse was the international hero Starspangledbanner. Another Group 1 winner for the stable was Awesome Rock in the 2016 VRC Mackinnon Stakes. The most-recent major winner for Troy was Spring Choice in the Port Adelaide Guineas and latest Group 1 winner was Montoya’s Secret in the ATC Storm Queen Stakes.
Troy is a regular entrant in Victoria’s top-trainer lists. He is known for his judgment of promising future stars, able to see the early potential in a horse as evidenced by current youngsters such as Thrillster and Really Swish.
Troy Corstens’ total career winnings to date are $10,154,854. He has 226 career wins to his name, including two Group 1 wins.
He’s excited about this new future with Geelong Racing Club.
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“MiRunners is a fantastic concept, and I’m very proud to be part of it. MiRunners is about making thoroughbred ownership possible for everyone, but it’s also about making great young horses available to us trainers. Without miRunners I would not have this opportunity to work with and develop such a promising filly. She has both type and pedigree, and that’s unusual and special. To bring her on for everyday Australians who will become her owners will be fantastic. Thoroughbred racing is a great leveller, and we need everyone to be part of our industry!”
Introducing your Geelong horse, Not A Single Doubt X Countess Dehere
Troy Corstens and the miRunners team are excited about the prospects for the Geelong horse, Not A Single Doubt X Countess Dehere.
Here’s what miRunners expert Mick Malone had to say about the filly: “She has really developed since we purchased her back in February. She has a beautifully fluent action, big strong forearm and gaskins, great depth of hip, and lovely short cannons. Her attitude towards all aspects of her work has continued to impress all that work with her. She handled the breaking and learning stage really well, and has filled out beautifully. Her sire Not a Single Doubt is without question one of Australia’s most sought-after sires. We are very excited by her rapidly growing potential.”
Steve Brown of miRunners is equally excited about this breakthrough initiative
“Our industry has to create new ways to engage as many Australians as possible in this wonderful sport, with something that lasts beyond a day at the races. Shared ownership of premium level thoroughbreds, trained by Australia’s leading trainers, creates a new connection with the public, and new foundations for the long-term future of our industry.
“This announcement with Geelong Racing Club builds on the success we’ve had with our first six yearlings, four of which are already sold-out. Units in these six horses have been bought by individuals right across Australia. Now we’re creating a community focus for units in horse number 7, Not A Single Doubt x Countess Dehere , anchored by the Geelong Racing Club.
“What’s unique in being a miRunners owner is the experience. It starts from the moment you buy your first unit, you become totally involved in the progress and welfare of the horse, you see unique insights available only to you as an owners, you form new friendships with your co-owners, and the value extends far beyond a day at the races. For our community partners, it’s a unique way to bond with the animal and additionally form new community bonds.”