27th May 2019
On the 15th May the Class of 2019 from the Irish National Stud were invited to visit Tracey Collins yard for what we thought was a trip to gain an insight into the training of racehorses. What we didn’t expect was to become owners in Tracey’s yard for a day. This opportunity came about when the filly Independent Missy owned and bred by Tracey and her family, was to make her debut at the new Curragh Racecourse on the Friday of the Guineas meeting.
On the race day we were made to feel like owners at the track being invited into not only the parade ring but the owners and trainers area which a number of our group had not experienced before, and was indeed the first time for most of us to be involved in racehorse ownership.
We all met with Tracey Collins in the parade ring and were introduced to our jockey Ross Coakley who seemed upbeat and confident of a good run despite her odds of 66/1. What happened next, none of us could quite believe, as Independent Missy came with a rattling run up the stands rail to only be denied a short head despite all thirty students cheering her home.
Everyone was delighted to be involved and we cannot thank Tracey Collins and her family for their generosity and to HRI Owners for a once in a lifetime experience. All we have done since is talk about that day and we will certainly be looking out for Independent Missy in the future!
Poppy Walton, Class of 2019