A first-starter’s fast-finishing second at Murray Bridge earlier this month has generated a buzz among the horse’s Dare to Dream owners.
Trained by Ryan Balfour, She’s Krupt is part of a Thoroughbred Racing SA initiative that gives more South Australians a chance to become racehorse owners.
Launched last year, TRSA’s Dare to Dream competition saw 25 winners score a 10 per cent share in two racehorses for themselves and nine friends, with all costs – including jockeys, vet and training fees – paid for two years.
Three-year-old filly She’s Krupt made an auspicious racetrack debut at Gifford Hill, coming from well back – after a sluggish start – to finish stoutly and go down by a narrow margin.
Jadan manages the 10-person Daring Dreamers syndicate and said group members were eagerly awaiting her debut race – and were thrilled with the horse’s showing.
“We watched it live on TV and the horse performed wonderfully, better than expected,” he said.
“We were a bit worried at the start, but it showed a lot of promise. Everyone in the syndicate was really excited afterwards.”
Jadan says syndicate members were kept well informed about the progress of She’s Krupt both before and after the race.
“It was quite good actually, especially in the lead-up to the race, because (the Balfour stable) put out some good videos,” he said.
“It was the same after the race: we got a report from the jockey and Ryan as well.
“All the videos get shared around between all the syndicate members and we all watch them. The videos and online (information) allowed us to still feel connected.
“Obviously it would’ve been better to be there, but it was still quite good.”
Like many of the Dare to Dream competition winners, She’s Krupt is Jadan’s first experience with a racehorse, and he says the concept is working.
“I’ve never had anything to do with them before,” he said, “but this is definitely a way to spark interest.”
Jadan’s view is shared by Shed Hoppers syndicate manager Grant.
“I’ve never really been into horses, but my wife, Judy, signed me up for the competition and I happened to win it,” said
“I’m definitely more interested in it now, after watching that (run) – it was a bloody beauty.
“Both of us were yelling at the mobile phone watching it. I’m already looking forward to watching her run again.”
Grant said his syndicate members were similarly excited about the first-up performance and were looking forward to the day when they can watch She’s Krupt run in the flesh.
Matthew Kelly, from Ryan Balfour Racing, described the post-race reaction as “lovely”.
“One of the ladies who’s in it shared our post, saying what a wonderful experience it was,” Matthew said.
“We want genuine people saying racing is great; people who aren’t already converts like the rest of us.”
She’s Krupt will have her second start in race three at Balaklava on Wednesday.