There is a unique feeling that only racehorse owners and trainers know and understand; it’s that nagging, exciting sense of anticipation when you think a horse you own might be better than the average maiden.
I have raced horses for the last 10 years; I bought my first share in 2008 when 10 high school friends and I split 10 per cent in a Perugino filly named Our Peruggia. She won a lowly Ararat maiden but since then I’ve been fortunate enough to own a piece of some far more talented horses, including 2010 Melbourne Cup third place-getter Lucas Cranach, and Group and Listed winners Midsummer Sun and Gris Caro.
But at the moment, it’s an unraced near black colt that is running through my wandering mind.
When a trainer that you know and trust tells you that a horse has talent, you listen to them – not that I needed Shea Eden to explain to me that the Statue Of Liberty colt that I had just seen gallop impressively in the dawn light at Cranbourne had ability, I could see that for myself.
Statue of Liberty x Mrs McVoom colt. (Pic: Supplied)
Since buying a share in the Statue Of Liberty ...