Wed 12 Oct 2016
The Final of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Race series takes place at Naas on Sunday 16th October and has attracted 25 entries at the second entry stage, including seven from the Ger Lyons stable.
“I think this series is a great idea and I will support it as much as I can,” Lyons said. “It gives the owner something to aim for at the end of the season. The more of these races the better; it is a great scheme that offers an incentive to get people to invest in the game.”
Multiple entries also come from JJ Murphy, who could be represented by Binary Code and Massif Central. Jessica Harrington, Kevin Prendergast and Johnny Levins also have two apiece and the race is likely to go off with the maximum 16 runners, all hoping to secure the €100,000 prize.
Another strong supporter of the EBF Auction Series is trainer Gavin Cromwell, who said: “The Auction Series is a great opportunity for owners and trainers on a budget to firstly win with a two-year-old and then have the chance at a big pot in the Series Final.”
John O’Connor, Chairman, Irish European Breeders’ Fund, said: “We are delighted with the Series and pleased with the support it has received from owners and trainers so far. We would like to see it develop into a bigger and better Series as time goes on and the ambition is to increase the number of races and the prize money. We support all maiden races and they can be very competitive and hard to win, so we feel the Auction Series provides an opportunity to support owners of horses at this lower end of the market. It’s our way of supporting those who put into training horses which didn’t cost a lot of money and the Final offers a nice prize of €100,000 to aim for at the end of the season.”
The 19 qualifying races held throughout the season are aimed at horses purchased as yearlings or two-year-olds at public auction for not more than €72,000, with allowances for fillies and horses purchased at a lower price. Horses have only to run in one of the 19 qualifying races in order to qualify for an entry in the Final.
Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish European Breeders’ Fund, said: “The governors of the Irish EBF are very supportive of this series and want to give purchasers of yearlings and two-year-olds under €72,000 an extremely valuable end-of-season race to target.”
For full up to date race details go to – www.irishebf.weebly.com
Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish European Breeders’ Fund
Greenhills, Kill, Naas, Co Kildare, W91 FY62
M: +353 85 7590970