England cricketers hoping for a Dream come true
England cricketers Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Eoin Morgan will be looking for some domestic success on the racetrack this weekend before the trio head Down Under to take on Australia this winter. You can experience the dream of shared ownership at inthepaddock.co.uk.
The trio are part owners of Elysium Dream, a three-year-old filly trained by Richard Hannon in Lambourn, who lines up at Newbury on Saturday. On her last run, the filly managed to lead home a field of 28 to land a valuable handicap at Newmarket – with Morgan interrupting the wedding of fellow cricketer Jason Roy with his celebrations.
“I was actually in the middle of a wedding at the time of her victory a couple of weeks ago,” the ODI captain revealed to #ThisFillyCan.
“I sort of snuck out the back, I watched it in the toilets in a château in France and gave honestly the biggest scream you’ve ever heard. Obviously, I alerted the bride and groom and they were just happy everything was alright, they didn’t realise I was celebrating but it’s an amazing feeling.”
There could be cheers in the skies this weekend as Elysium Dream’s race coincides with Anderson and Broad’s flight to Australia, as they get ready to contest The Ashes, and it could be down to Morgan, who will join the squad in time for the ODI internationals, to provide updates to the pair.
“The win at Newmarket was incredible,” said Broad. “It is very hard to put it into words but the excitement you get watching with friends is a very similar buzz to actually playing sport. For the next race I am going to be at about 35,000 feet but hopefully with modern technology there will be a bit of WiFi and I can keep in some sort of touch. Watching the races, I get incredibly nervous about 15 minutes before and then once it’s done the elation of seeing her run nicely is what it’s all about.”
As well as victory on the track, Elysium Dream also provided the trio with the opportunity to sample a day as an owner at Royal Ascot, giving Broad the perfect birthday present when she ran a very credible fifth in the prestigious Chesham Stakes.
“Ascot was my highlight,” said Broad. “It was actually my 31st birthday as well, so the whole family met in the pub before for a bite to eat then we got the coach down. For me, I have always loved horses, they have always been in the family a little bit but the actual experience of being able to go to Ascot on a day like that, to run as well as she did, she was in the race all the way until the final furlong. Obviously, we have had two fabulous wins, but the highlight was the experience of Ascot.”
Morgan added: “Winning is a great feeling, regardless of what sport you’re involved in, but for me it’s probably a little bit different. You don’t have a great deal of input or control over the outcome but to be a part of something like this is very special.”
As well as the big days out, ownership has also provided Broad and Morgan with the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see how a racing yard operates, with Broad admitting that he is now hooked on the sport.
“I’ve loved the experience, coming here looking round the yard and seeing how professional it is and seeing what good hands Elysium Dream is in, it makes it all the more worth it. It’s been an incredible eight months and something that has got me completely hooked and so interested and fascinated, so I’m sure if Morgs (Morgan) gave us the nod then we’d go down that route again.”
Hannon describes the trio as “brilliant to train for” and says Elysium Dream is in good form as she looks to round her season off in style.
“She’s been a dream boat, she’s been able to run at all the nice meetings, she’s been to Newmarket’s July meeting, Royal Ascot, she won the major sales race at Newmarket, we have had a fabulous time out of her. When you do get the right horse, it’s an absolute pleasure, it becomes a family wedding every time the horse runs: parents, sisters and brothers all come and win or lose they have a great day. She didn’t cost a lot of money and it’s gone really well, it’s been fabulous.
“She has come out of her race great, as you can see. She carries a bit of weight anyway; she’s had plenty of runs this year, but she seems to be getting better and better.
“Eoin is very keen, he likes to come up and get involved with the training and the picking of races. It’s been a massive success, they’ve had some good runs and some bad runs which has been important for them to feel the ups and downs.”