CROWD RACING OWNER LENA HARTL ANSWERS THE CROWD RACING QUESTIONS

LENA HARTL OWNS SHARES IN BORN TO FINISH, OUR NEW FILLY AND THE DETAINEE,

AND SHE HAS SHARED HER THOUGHTS ON HORSE RACING AND BEING A RACEHORSE OWNER


 Lena and her boyfriend, Liam Humphrey, have been involved with Crowd Racing for a couple of years now. The timing of this Q & A session is perfect as Lena originally became involved after receiving a Valentines Gift from Liam.
This Owner Q & A is the first in a series of them, featuring members of the Crowd. Some fascinating stories are on their way for sure!

FAVOURITE CURRENT JOCKEY

Leighton Aspell for the Jumps
Jim Crowley on the Flat

 FAVOURITE PERSON IN RACING? TV PERSONALITY/ TRAINER/ STABLE BOD etc

Joseph O’Brien.
Love him. I suppose it’s because he started riding big winners when I first moved to England, so I saw his name pop up a lot and now I can follow him as a trainer. 
If Crowd Racing ever get a horse in Ireland with him… I’ll most likely be in with a share 🙂

FAVOURITE ALL TIME HORSE?

This is a bit random I guess, but I’d have to go with Maistro (GER). He was a fan favourite at the course in Munich, which is my hometown!

FIRST EVER EXPERIENCE OF RACING?

That would have been when I was about 12 years old. I went to Riem/Munich with my mum and a friend. None of us had ever been to the races, but a friend of my mum’s was a regular and took us along. I think it was literally just a tent with wooden tables in (like the ones you have at beer gardens). My mum went up to one of the ladies at the Tote and said. “Those are my kids and they are allowed to have 1 Mark on each race.” So each race my friend and I went to the parade ring, picked a horse and then put a 1 Mark place bet on the horse we picked. Didn’t win anything all day.
 
I only really started to regularly go to the races once I had moved to England, where racing is much more popular than in Germany. My boyfriend is a massive fan, always has been ,and he took me along and started explaining the betting side, form reading etc. to me. Which is usually completely lost on me! I have absolutely no clue what he is talking about most of the time…

I pick horses with pretty names. 🙂


 WHY GET INVOLVED IN RACEHORSE OWNERSHIP?

Well, the first shares I got were in Born to Finish and The Detainee. They were a Valentine’s present from by boyfriend, who already had shares. I think, he got them for me mainly because he got annoyed of me referring to his horses as “our” horses…
Fantastic present if you ask me! Ownership is a step up, from “just” going to the races! You get to go to the yard and see the horse and follow it’s career, get updates and at the races you get to go into the parade ring and meet the trainer, jockey and staff that care for the horse. 
Syndicates make it affordable and as a couple we get to enjoy the experience together, so it’s like date night 😉 but we’ve also met some very nice people through Crowd Racing that we see at the courses when the horses run.
 Lena Hartl

 WHICH RACECOURSE / RACE THAT YOU ARE YET TO ATTEND, WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEND? 

I tend to plan our holidays around racing and where possible combining sightseeing and racing. The Dubai World Cup was fantastic and we also went to a horse race in Vanuatu!! That was a bit random, so was the Austrian Oaks!
 
As far as races/courses I still want to go to and see there are quite a few, some obvious ones, like the Melbourne Cup or Killarney, but there’s also a few others I’d like to see that are more obscure, like:
Dingle races. I was in Ireland last year and wanted to go, but it was postponed. We went to Cork instead 😉
White Turf in St Moritz, where they run on snow, would be something differnt to see and also the Seejagdrennen in Germany, where the horses (and jockeys) have to SWIM through a little lake!

IF YOU COULD SEND ANY MARE TO ANY STALLION, WHICH COMBINATION WOULD YOU LIKE TO OWN?

Snow Fairy and Maistro and I’d hope for it to be grey, like Maistro… unfortunately he’s gelded.
So, I guess the obvious stallion would be Frankel.

WHICH HORSE CURRENTLY IN TRAINING WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO OWN?

My favourite horses now are definitely Born to Finish and the Detainee, I already own them.
If there was a Snow Fairy / Frankel foal I would be very excited and would want to own it. Doubt I could even afford a tiny share in it though 😉

 RACE YOU WOULD LIKE TO OWN THE WINNER OF THE MOST?

 The Derby or the Oaks, depending on what my Snow Fairy/Frankel foal turns out to be. Joking aside, I’ve been to both days every year since I moved to England and having the winner of the big race would be fantastic… actually just having a runner in any of the races would make me happy!

FAVOURITE RACE COURSE?

Goodwood. I love the atmosphere, especially the retro feel during Glorious Goodwood. It’s always an excellent occasion to dress up smartly, which I love as part of the experience and the setting is lovely. A runner here would be great, as it’s also our local course.

WHAT IRKS YOU MOST IN RACING?

 From the perspective of someone who is relatively new to racing and doesn’t know much about the ins and outs I feel that often the racing community, Trainers, Jockeys, Owners, staff and fans seem to be very defensive and not very open minded to change and criticism from the media, the non-racing world or even from someone within their community.

 WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST POSITIVE CHANGE IN RECENT RACING?

 I’ll give that one a pass, don’t think I’ve been following it long enough to see massive changes.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FACED BY RACING?

Staff I suppose. Without staff there wouldn’t be any races. You see trainers complaing about not having enough staff and struggling. I’m sure that’s true, equally however, I can understand not wanting to work for minimum/low wage with weekends, early starts, not enough spare time etc. making a social life and planning for the future difficult. Pretty much all the job adverts I see online are for “experienced” staff. I’m not saying put someone on a horse that hasn’t ever sat on one, but maybe it’s possible to progress people through from yard staff (with no experience) that don’t ride to riders, as obviously there aren’t enough there at the moment. That would, on the trainers’ side, mean putting effort in training people, giving them lessons, sending them to courses and I guess trainers might worry that they put the work in and then people leave… but it might, over the long run, add to the pool of people who can ride and work! You could give them a contract that they have to stay with you for a certain amount of time in oder to pay you back for the training you gave them or otherwise pay you back money.

You could change the way you do things, change the rotas, so working hours are more accommodating etc… I’m sure that things could be done, give people incentives to join and, crucially, stay!

I’ve heard that Daniel and Claire Kubler, who Crowd Racing have the Dandy Man filly with, are a fantastic yard to work for. Maybe others should check with them what they are doing differently?

(These are my impressions, I don’t know how people run their yards, so things may be very different to how I perceive them in which case it might be worth educating “the public” as there may be riders out there, who may be interested in joining the industry once they know more about the working conditions)


 BEST EXPERIENCE AS AN OWNER TO DATE?

 When Born to Finish had his first win ever at Lingfield! 


 

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