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Danielle's Journey gives charity fund another big boost at Catterick

By Frank Brownlow

Danielle's Journey ran a highly promising race to finish second at Catterick yesterday, following on from a second place at the Down Royal Festival last month.

And yesterday's result was another great boost for the Danielle McGriskin Fund.

Danielle, a local teenager who is currently battling a brain tumour, was given a share in the horse by the Realta Racing Club and prize money won goes directly to the Danielle McGriskin Fund.

The horse was named Danielle's Journey in a bid to raise awareness of the 18-year-old's excellent blog of the same name, which outlines her fight against illness.

Tommy Curran who, along with Sean Maxwell, runs the Realta Club, said: "Realta gave Danielle a share in a horse to help raise awareness of her blog and also to raise funds for her charity.

"We're delighted Danielle's Journey has turned out to be such a fine racehorse and we have high hopes that she can go on to even greater things.

"She was only just edged out at the Down Royal Festival and went very close again at Catterick so we are confident it won't be long until she gets home in front.

"We'll see how she is after her most recent run and then make plans for her next outing."

Danielle's Journey - second yesterday by just half a length to After Tonight - is trained near Larne by Stuart Crawford, whose brother Steven Crawford has ridden the horse on both her racecourse outings.

The trainer said: "Danielle's Journey has shown a lot of promise and we are very pleased with her progress. She will probably race again in the new year."

Crawford, whose stable is among the best in Ulster, added: "Hopefully we'll have a few out at Down Royal's big Boxing Day meeting."

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