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British EBF maintain record support for National Hunt Racing

Thu 16 Nov 2017

Sandown.NH2©SandownPark

The bloodstock news pages are full at present of flat racing stallion prospects for the coming stud season. It is the highest value and most prolific of these horses that provide the bulk of the income for the European Breeders’ Fund and enable the organisation to continually support enhancements to prize money. National Hunt sires however, make up an important part of the stallion landscape in Great Britain and with the jumps season now in full swing, the British EBF have announced their investment in this area of the sport for the coming year.

The popularity of horses such as Overbury Stud’s seven-time Champion British National Hunt sire KAYF TARA and the addition of horses such as CLOVIS DU BERLAIS to the roster at Yorton Farm for 2017 mean that National Hunt stallion contributions to the EBF fund are at an all-time high.  This in turn, has led to the EBF being able to maintain its highest ever contribution of £125,000 from the fund into National Hunt racing prize money for the second season running.

The 2017/18 British EBF programme covers 86 races divided into four main categories, the largest of which is the popular Novice Hurdle Qualifier Series. Three further categories focus on the promotion of opportunities for fillies and mares with programmes covering: Novice Hurdles, Novice Chases and NH Flat races.  Each carry valuable finals scheduled for March and April next year at Sandown, Newbury and Cheltenham.  The total prize money across the British EBF supported National Hunt races for the current season easily tops £650,000.

Marketing and Communications Manager, Rachael Gowland explains how the investment in prize money is possible:

“The British EBF is funded mainly by contributions from the income of stallions standing in Great Britain.  As there are fewer National Hunt sires in the country, it stands to reason that the amount of money we invest in National Hunt racing is smaller than for Flat racing.  That being said, we have a targeted approach to how we use that money and work closely with the BHA to make sure our aims are in line with those of the wider industry; hence the focus on mares’ races in particular.

We are particularly pleased to announce that as a result of working closely with Sandown Park, we have been able to boost the prize money for the Mares NH Flat Race final at Sandown next spring by £6,000 taking the TPF up to £26,000.

Many other courses have also been able to improve their total prize funds for NH races supported by the EBF, for example, Lingfield Park have increased one of their novice hurdle qualifiers by £2,000.  Part of what the EBF aims to do is to encourage racecourse to enhance or match fund our contributions above minimum value for races so it is great to see this happening across the board.”

The British EBF supports National Hunt racing at nearly every course in Great Britain from the flagship tracks of Ascot, Cheltenham and Aintree to the Gold Castle Listed Stakes at Britain’s most northerly course of Perth and the ever popular summer jumps racing fixtures at Cartmel.

In addition to investments in racing prize money, the British EBF also supports National Hunt breeders.  The organisation lends nearly £6,000 of support annually to the National Hunt Foal Show, where they sponsor lunch, and the National Hunt Stallion Parade each year; both events organised by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.

Joe Foley Appointed as Irish EBF Deputy Chairman

Sat 21 Oct 2017

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Saturday 21st October

The Irish European Breeders’ Fund has named Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud as their Deputy Chairman. Joe replaces John Osborne after he took up the positon as CEO of HRI Racecourses. Joe will work alongside John O’Connor of Ballylinch Stud who is the current Irish EBF Chairman.

John O’Connor, Irish EBF Chairman, said; “Joe became a Governor of the Irish EBF in 2002, since then he has always brought a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and ideas to everything the Irish EBF has worked on. All the Irish EBF Governors voluntarily give up their time and expertise to make sure funds raised from Irish Stallion Farms are best distributed to benefit Irish racing. Joe’s expertise will help to further strengthen Irish EBF’s position as Irish racing’s largest sponsor.”

Full Field to Contest €120,000 Auction Series Final

Fri 13 Oct 2017

Red Persian and Kevin Manning in the centre winning the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race, Leopardstown Photo: Patrick McCann

Red Persian and Kevin Manning in the centre winning the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race, Leopardstown Photo: Patrick McCann

A full field of 16 will line up in the €120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Final at Naas on Sunday after this morning’s declarations stage, including a first British runner in the race with Apple Anni set to represent Mick Channon.

Among the leading fancies will be Dermot Weld’s Yulong Gold Fairy, who won a race in the series at the Galway Festival in the familiar Zhang Yuesheng silks and will be reopposed by Quizical and Captain Vancouver who followed her home that day. Quizical will be representing Sheila Lavery who won the inaugural running of the Auction Final in 2015 with Sevenleft.

Chris Hayes, who won the race last year on board Kevin Prendergast’s Trevanna, teams with the trainer’s nephew Patrick this time around to ride Red Persian, who followed home one of Europe’s top juveniles in Beckford in a series qualifier at the Curragh in May before winning the Leopardstown leg.

Tom Mullins’ Powerville, already a winner of two legs of the series, bids for a third success, while other winners of previous races in the series who will bid for the first prize of €72,000 include Johnny Murtagh’s Beach Wedding, Noel Meade’s Cocohulababy, Tom Cooper’s Lisard Lady and Tracey Collins’ Sollertia.

Andrew Slattery’s Spiorad Saoirse is another Galway Festival winner, while Ball Girl, one of two from the Ger Lyons yard who was third in a Group 3 at the Curragh, and Michael Grassick’s Verhoyen, runner-up in a Listed race at Naas in May, are others who bring a good competitive level of form to the table.

Ger Lyons, Trainer of Ball Girl and Burmese Blazer: “We run two on Sunday and hopefully one will collect some of the big prize. Ball Girl is in with a good chance and it would be a great end to the season for her to finish in the money. The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series is a great addition to our yards targets and hopefully we will have more firepower for next year’s series.”

John O’Connor, Chairman, Irish EBF: “Sunday’s €120,000 final marks the third year of the auction series, significantly this year, the series was boosted by joining forces with Foran Equine. Their involvement enabled the series to grow and become an important element of the Irish juvenile racing programme. The Irish EBF trustees want the series to continue to flourish and we urge all purchasers of yearlings for €72,000 and under and who are EBF eligible to target the series in 2018.”

Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director, Foran Equine: “Sunday’s final is shaping-up to be a fantastic contest, with a €120,000 at stake it’s no surprise that a full field has been declared. It is particularly satisfying that the 16 declared runners where purchased for between €2,500 and €48,000, with an average auction price of just over €14,000. We’re very grateful to everyone who has supported the series and especially the Irish European Breeders’ Fund for working so closely with our team to promote and develop our partnership.”

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Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish European Breeders’ Fund
Greenhills, Kill, Naas, Co Kildare, W91 FY62
M: +353 85 7590970, E: info@irishebf.ie Twitter: @IrishEBF

25 Remain on Target for €120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Final

Tue 10 Oct 2017

Naas

Presentation to winning trainer Tom Mullins and winning jockey Niall McCullagh from Nessa Joyce (Irish EBF) and Garrett Connolly (Foran Equine) after Powersville wins her 2nd Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race at Naas. Sunday 24th September. Photo: Patrick McCann

Eight auction maiden winners stand their ground ahead of Foran Equine Irish EBF Final

Twenty five horses remain in the €120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race Final at Naas on Sunday after today’s forfeit stage. These include Tom Mullins’ Powersville who has already claimed two races in the series in the colours of his wife Helen. There is strong British interest in the race for the first time with Rufus King from the Mark Johnston yard still in the mix while Apple Anni is set to represent Mick Channon.

Other winners of previous races in the series who could run for the first prize of €72,000 include Johnny Murtagh’s Beach Wedding, Noel Meade’s Cocohulababy, Tom Cooper’s Lisard Lady, Ger Lyons’ Poetic Light, Patrick Prendergast’s Red Persian, Tracey Collins’ Sollertia and Dermot Weld’s Yulong Gold Fairy, a winner at the Galway Festival and could be reopposed by Quizical and Captain Vancouver who followed her home that day.

Andrew Slattery’s Spiorad Saoirse is another Galway July Festival winner, while Ball Girl, third in a Group 3 at the Curragh, and Verhoyen, runner-up in a Listed race at Naas in May, are others who bring a good competitive level of form to the table.

Sheila Lavery, Trainer: “It’s a great series and I try to target horses at it. It can be a great payday for those inexpensive horses and it gives the smaller yards a chance. Sevenleft won it the first year for us and we went home with over with €45,000, it was better than winning a Group race.”

Brendan Duke, Trainer: “The Broghie Man has won €26,500 and he cost €7,000. This has always being the plan to qualify him for the final and he will be difficult to beat over seven furlongs at Naas. The series is fantastic and Foran Equine and Irish EBF must be commended, some of the winners of the qualifiers only cost €2,500. It gives the small trainer and owner something to look forward to and a really good prize at the end of the rainbow.”

Andrew Slattery, Trainer of Spiorad Saoirse: “The plan is to run Sunday, I think he’ll run well, I think he’ll be a better 3yo, he ran over 6f at Naas the last day and it was a bit short for him. I think 7f will suit him better. The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series is a great incentive, it makes it easier to get an owner. It gives trainers like us a great chance.”

Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director, Foran Equine: “The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series has been an enormous success. Designed to create opportunity within the industry, Sunday’s final showcases the impact it has had. For us the sponsorship of this series has been a way to give back to the industry that has supported our business for over 40 years. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the series, including the owners, trainers, jockeys, breeders, racecourses and Horse Racing Ireland. I would also like to thank the Irish European Breeders Fund for working so closely with our team to promote and develop our partnership and we’re looking forward to a great final at Naas on Sunday.”

Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish EBF: “The purpose of the series is to drive interest in the middle to lower end of the auction market. Based on feedback, we are very encouraged that the series is fulfilling a need for trainers and owners of two-year-olds. The purchase price of the entries in the final start from €2,500, with an average of just under €20,000, which demonstrates that you can get involved in ownership for a modest investment.”

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