My name is Kieran Looney for ye that might know already and I manage Horse Racing Buddy Club. I have loved racing for a long time and have been profitable punting wise for many years now and started Horse Racing Buddy as a service back in 2018. Before Covid we had over 250 members but one of my main passions was always the ownership side so I combined the two in October 2020 and formed Horse Racing Buddy Club. I have a weekly slot on the voiceover of over 100 independent Bookmakers in Ireland every Saturday..
DAY TO DAY WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE CLUB
So each day works the exact same way in the club , firstly every member is added to both the horseracingbuddy.ie and the Members what’s app group. During the night usually around 2am there is selections but up on website for the next day and these selections have been consistently profitable over time since August 2018 take a look on our website for full list of results. Then the next morning around midday I put up a shortlist of tips that didn’t make the selections to provide a few pointers for that days racing. That is then followed by a 5-10min Voicenote from me with any info , comments on the days racing or any ramblings I might have. That’s me pretty much done then but the chat goes on all day in the community and many people have become great friends and I’m proud to say its the best group of people I’ve seen for some time. There is selections 6 days a week and we are off on Sundays. Instead every Sunday there is a weekly updates regarding our horses be it my thoughts and the trainers thoughts , along with any voice notes ,pictures ,videos provided by trainers and a lookout to their next race or our plan going forward. The only difference to all this system is when we have a horse running I will do a preview from my point of view the night before on what to expect and also the thoughts of the trainer & then on the race day itself the trainer will provide pictures and videos before and after racing and Ill send on video of the race and our thoughts on it.
OUR TRAINERS & HORSES
We have currently 4 Trainers in the club ,
Brendan A Murphy , who trains both True Dreamer & True Commitment.
Ross O Sullivan who trains Spinacia.
John Mcconnell who trains Dothislikethis.
Eddie & Patrick Harty who train Dromod Lad.
We take out a 1 year lease on each horse for the club and re access each one after that year is up.
The share is divided equally between all paying members in the club and is divided yearly to all members. Many will ask but how much as a percentage? I’m afraid the answer to that is it will change as people come and go. This is a racing club not a syndicate so we will continue to grow and in time be able to get more and more horses in the club and raise the quality if possible each time , we will only take on another horses when we have enough members to do so and grow that way. Now be clear this structure is not for everyone has some people like a small group where they own more of the horse. But this way makes it a cheap and accessible way to own a small share in a number of horses with a great community of people as well. We have nearly a 50/50 split between Ireland and Uk at the moment members wise between our 100 members, so we will try and make our next horse in January a Uk national hunt horse. We will strive to have at least 4 horses on the go at all times.
YARD VISITS AND RACE DAYS
We have to be the most unlucky racing club ever , I began this club with the HRI the day before the 1st lockdown was announced in Ireland so we have come along way. Our plan regarding yard visits is we will have one visit once a month at a different yard on a rotating basis so you will get to visit each yard a few times a year at least. Regarding race days , there will be a ballot for badges however I have contacts in nearly every racecourse so I will organise as many extra tickers each time and reduced tickets the best I can. I believe this will be when the club comes into its own really and we will be able to change from the fastest growing racing club in Ireland the Uk to the also one of the biggest will be the goal.
This is quite simple I basically just want to create a great community that we can all enjoy racehorse ownership and take out the fear and make is accessible to everyone and in time compete on a bigger stage. Many will say that’s crazy, but I believe you have to dream big and we will.
I didn’t want to make this too long so I stayed with just all the most important aspects of the club and layed it out in plain English.
Any Questions just message
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BRENDAN A MURPHY
Hailing from a family that has owned winners like Darkorjon who won the 1987 Irish gold cup to Porte Bonheur who won the first flight group 2 at Belmont park in 2009, it was always inevitable that the horse racing bug would get a firm grip on him. It wasn’t until mid 2014 that Brendan joined the family tradition and purchased 2 horses, one of which was a filly by the name of Aurelia Cotta who gave Brendan and his family a 24 hour period he will never forget by not only giving him his first winner but to go on 23 and a half hours later and storm home again in impressive fashion.
Having spent a lot of time working with horses over the next few years Brendan with the support of his family decided to make the life changing move into training. At the end of January 2018 Brendan took out his training licence and it wasn’t long before he got his first runner in Annie Fior who could be got as high as 80/1 placed 3rd in a very competitive handicap at Dundalk Stadium.
A promising start to what proved to be a great year for the novice trainer. The 2019 season produced some impressive stats for our trainer. 50% of the his runs finished in the prize money.
Annie Fior went from a rating of 58 to 90, won 3 races with prices available as high as 66/1,Placed in the Kilboy stakes group 2 as well as a few more handicaps and picked up prize money it a total of 12 runs.
Out of all of the horses that Brendan ran in 2019, only 1 horse failed to pick up prize money. Brendan was awarded the title of leading restricted flat trainer in Ireland 2019 which came as no surprise to many people after the season he had.
For 2020 Brendan has in excess of 30 horses in his care and has high Hope’s for several of his mounts wish eyes firmly set on a lot of pattern races like the 2000 Guineas.
When asked about having Horse Racing Buddy Club on board he was very enthusiastic saying “the most important thing for us as a team is results and public support, we are delighted to have a club like this with a large number of members onboard. We do this job for the trill, the buzz and the excitement. Its nearly impossible to make a living out of training horses and it’s the glory that keeps us going”
Brendan went on to joke “If any trainer claims not to be a glory hunter they are telling lies”
When asked about what is on offer for owners in his yard he said ” we will be organising open days through out the year where members will be invited to visit and experience first hand what happens in horse training facilities and hopefully we will hold a mid summer bbq for owners to enjoy a day with us and their horses. As well as tickets to the races on the day there horse will run and we will also run competitions with Horse Racing Buddy to be part of the big race days we attend”.
Growing up on the edge of the Curragh, it is probably no surprise that I followed both my parents into the racing game, my father Johnny was also a jockey and worked with Mick O’Toole and Con Collins before Kildangan stud for 20 years until his retirement any my mum Anne rode Arc En Ciel to win a bumper for Con Collins at the then Mallow in the summer of 1975 and she also went on to work at Kildangan. She is now working for the Irish Equine Centre in Naas where My sister Robyn works as well.
I rode as an amateur jockey for 12 years, 5 of which, were with Jessica Harrington and 3 with Colm Murphy along the way I have been lucky to ride winners on horses such as Mac’s Joy & Feathered Lady and was involved with top horses such as Moscow Flyer and Spirit Leader.
I have held a dual purpose license for over 4 years and we have gradually built our team up for racing between both codes, with over 50 winners to date. We are now looking forward to continued success in our new purpose built facility.
Training since 2011, I have enjoyed fair success under both codes and enjoyed my biggest success when Baie Des Iles won the National Trial Handicap Chase at Punchestown in early February 2017 as well as winning the Grade 2 Prix des Drags at Auteuil.
A qualified vet, John McConnell began training in 2001 but had to wait until June 2005 for his first winner which came at Bellewstown in the shape of Grand Lili which was ridden by Brian Byrnes. Based in Stamullen, County Meath, John has enjoyed a steady stream of success ever since, with his most notable winners being Sophist in a Grade 3 juvenile hurdle at Fairyhouse in 2006, Orgilgo Bay in the Lartigue Handicap Hurdle at the Listowel Festival in 2014 and with Go Another One in the Grade 3 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle in February 2019. John also boasts a good return on his runners in the UK.
John made the transition from life as a vet to operating an impressive dual code (flat & national hunt) racing yard with more than 60 horses, ranging from top level festival winners such as Pearl of the West (Punchestown Festival 2019) to lower level racers competing in Ireland & the UK.
John’s desire to succeed is born from his love of horses, this is evident in the atmosphere around the yard, the contentment of the animals and the dedication of the staff.
The staff at Rockview are a young, hard working and close-knit group that strive to get the best results for their horses and owners.
EDDIE & PATRICK HARTY
Eddie’s ambition is, with your help, to grow Mulgrave Lodge into one of the leading National Hunt yards in Ireland. Eddie is married to Marie, one of the leading equine veterinary surgeons in the country. He is the first to admit that without her input, the yard would not be as efficient or successful as it is. The line continues. Eddie and Marie’s daughter Carolyn, a student at D.I.T, is a leading show rider and an important cog in the work riding team. Their son, Patrick, is assistant to Nicky Henderson in Lambourn was vast experience and knowledge brings his knowledge to the table and make a outstanding partnership together , he will be helping us as well with pictures videos and voice notes for all our loyal members. This trainer More Then likely best know for Captain Cee Bee and we hope we have a long and successful realtionship with the the yard.