Fri 9 Mar 2018
Over half of the entries received for the 2018 running of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse this spring have either won or been placed in a British EBF race as a two-year-old. The list of horses still aiming for the first Classic of the new flat season, which was published on 7th March, consists of no fewer than 36 potential runners that graduated from an EBF Novice or Maiden race (52%).
Of particular note are the three entries of ELARQAM (Frankel), HERCULEAN (Frankel) and MERLIN MAGIC (Camelot) who all won British EBF supported Sire/ Dam Restricted Maiden races. These contests have been designed specifically to provide high value opportunities for progeny of stallions or race mares who were stayers themselves to race against each other as juveniles. The races are in their third year and the average field size has increased year on year, as have the number of races in the programme.
Thu 1 Mar 2018
HEADWAY wins the EBF Chester Super Maiden (image courtesy of Chester Racecourse)
Royal Ascot runner-up Headway is among six three-year-olds declared to run in the £45,000 Listed 32Red Spring Cup (3.30pm) over seven furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield Park this Saturday, March 3. The 32Red Spring Cup is one of four races which will be broadcast live from Lingfield Park on ITV1.
Headway (William Haggas/James Doyle) opened his account impressively in the first ever British EBF “Super Maiden” at Chester over six furlongs in May 2017, before going down by a head to Rajasinghe in the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The son of Havana Gold, owned by the Royal Ascot Racing Club was not at that level on soft ground at Glorious Goodwood, finishing sixth in the G2 Richmond Stakes, but returned to form when third in the G2 Gimcrack Stakes at York’s Ebor Festival on August 26, his most recent outing.
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Wed 21 Feb 2018
For the first time ever at a Jump racecourse, Cheltenham will host a raceday devoted exclusively to races for fillies and mares.
Taking place on day two of The April Meeting, Thursday, April 19, the mares’ raceday offers a seven-race programme, with £190,000 in prize money.
The richest races are the £40,000 Listed European Breeders Fund/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase Finale and the £40,000 Kingston Stud Supporting The IJF 4-Y-O Fillies’ Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.
The British EBF have focused their support on mares in National Hunt racing for some years, following investment in projects run in conjunction with the TBA and British Horseracing Authority. The organisation funds 12 mares’ novice/ novice handicap chases each season which culminate in this flagship event at Cheltenham. The series is worth a total of £165,000 with EBF investment at around £30,000.
Simon Claisse, Regional Head of Racing, South West & Clerk of the Course, Cheltenham, said: “I am delighted that Cheltenham is to be the first Jump racecourse to stage an all-mares’ racecard.
“The running order on the second day of The April Meeting previously had four all-mares races on it and we very much hope that the seven races will be well-supported.
“With two mares-only races at The Festival and this card following four weeks later the mares’ programme is developing and, hopefully, owners be encouraged to run mares at the Home of Jump racing, especially late in the season.”
From British EBF/ Jockey Club Racecourses
Wed 14 Feb 2018
The deadline to nominate two year olds to the European Breeders Fund by a stallion not registered to the EBF is on February 15th. Kerry Murphy of the EBF explains, “owners and trainers looking to campaign a horse in Europe should check that it is EBF nominated as over 80% of two year old maiden/novice races in GB, Ireland, France and Germany are confined to EBF eligible’s. By nominating, your horse will be qualified to compete for a pool of over €5million available in added prizemoney. This nomination stage largely relates to horses by stallions standing in the US and Japan”. The current fee is $3,000 or equivalent up to 15th February and will rise to $6,000 after this date.
Kerry Murphy (CEO, European Breeders Fund)
Notes for Editors:
European Breeders Fund
Chairman: Philip Freedman
The European Breeders Fund was launched in 1983 to boost the value of two year old maiden races and has expanded to include GB, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland with Czech Rep and Spain also registering stallions to the programme. The EBF has paid out over €100,000 towards prizemoney throughout Europe as well as supporting valuable veterinary research. Predominately funded by stallion owners contributing to the fund it is one of the largest and most consistent supporter of European racing and breeding industries.