Yesterday at Randwick we spoke to horse owner Josh Cunningham (pictured far right), who had his first city runner with Rock My Wand, for trainer Matthew Smith and we asked him a few questions about his exciting day!
Congratulations on your first city runner at Royal Randwick on a Saturday Josh, How are you feeling?
It’s an interesting feeling, a little overwhelmed mixed with some optimism! The anticipation of waiting for your horse to run, it’s a surreal feeling not sure if you want to be excited or sick! But it’s a great feeling – the experience of the theatre of the horse and the viewing area on the front lawn, when you love racing, that’s where you want to be.
Was this the first horse you’ve owned?
I’ve had a few provincial runners before through a friend a few years back, but this is my first city runner. I have 5 horses at the moment but only small percentages in each, which i think is a great way to be involved without breaking the pocket.
Tell us a bit more about the horse you have in today..
She’s a filly by Wandjina out of mare Rose Of Montana, there are 4 horses out of the dam so far and 2 are winners so we are excited about her chances. She’s a nice type, not big but has speed and a little attitude so we hope to see her do well.
How did you become an owner?
Matt Smith, a trainer I have horses with, trains one i got through a syndicate, from there I directly got involved with the stable and assessed the horses coming through their books. Matt bought her at the Inglis sales and i liked the breeding of the Wandjina’s so decided to take a share in her as the first lot of horses i purchased were going to be progressive 3 year old/4 year old types and would be better suited over a bit of distance.
How did you celebrate today?
We were happy with the run all things considering, although not a great deal to celebrate today. She ran well under the circumstances and didn’t have luck in running. So we will look to celebrate in style next time!
Thanks for speaking with us Josh and we wish you all the best for your future runners!