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Changes to EBF National Hunt Mares’ Series

Fri 5 Oct 2018

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Some changes have been made to the National Hunt program and with it, the series that the European Breeders’ Fund support, have also been amended.

The first EBF supported National Hunt races of the 2018/ 19 season will be run at Worcester on 11th October.  Trainers and owners should be aware that in order to run in the high-value end of season finals of the EBF series, all entrants must now be eligible by running to the required place in a qualifying race.

Today’s edition of the Racing Calendar has a pull out detailing all National Hunt series in the country with qualification criteria.  The changes affect: EBF Mares’ National Hunt Flat Race Series, EBF Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Series and the EBF/ TBA Mares’ Novices’ Steeple Chase Series.

Details of the qualifying races can be found on the races section of the EBF website; qualification criteria are shown below and on the Race Series section of the BHA Racing Admin website where a list of qualified horses will also be published.

The E.B.F. & T.B.A. Mares’ Novices’ Steeple Chase Series culminates in the final to be run over two miles about five furlongs at Cheltenham on Thursday, April 18th, 2019.

Qualification for the final requires horses to have finished in the first eight in an E.B.F. and T.B.A. Mares’ Novices’ Steeple Chase Qualifier during the current season.

The E.B.F. Mares’ National Hunt Flat Race Series culminates in the final to be run over about two miles at Sandown Park on Saturday, March 9th, 2019.

Qualification for the final requires horses to have been placed in the first six in an E.B.F. Mares’ National Hunt Flat Race Series Qualifier during the current season

The E.B.F. Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Series culminates in the final to be run over two miles about four and a half furlongs at Newbury on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019.

Qualification for the final requires horses to have finished in the first six in an E.B.F. Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ or Maiden Hurdle Race Series Qualifier during the current season.

The E.B.F. ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Series culminates in the final to be run over two miles about four furlongs at Sandown Park on Saturday, March 9th, 2019.

Qualification for the final requires horses, prior to March 4th, to have been placed first, second, third or fourth in an E.B.F. ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ or Maiden Hurdle race Series Qualifier during the current season.

To read more about the wider changes the BHA have made to the National Hunt program, follow the link below:




€120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Final Attracts Competitive Entries

Fri 21 Sep 2018

2017 Winner Yulong Gold Fairy

2017 Winner Yulong Gold Fairy

33 trainers have entered 64 horses for Series Final at Naas on Sunday October 21

CLICK HERE to see full list of entries

64 horses are entered for the final of the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series at Naas Racecourse, on Sunday October 21, with total prize-money of €120,000. It is a timely reminder, before the yearling sales start next week, that horses purchased for €72,000 or less will be eligible for the series in 2019.

The entries include six winners from the qualifying legs of the series including the Ger Lyons-trained Kestral Prince and Burmese Waltz. Lyons, who is a great supporter of the series is also responsible for a further six more entries. Jessica Harrington has five entries with her Gowran Park winner, Dragon Roll, possibly the pick of the quintet at this stage. Trainer Sheila Lavery, who won this event in 2015 with Sevenleft, has four entries engaged this time round.

The Foran Equine Irish EBF partnership has significantly boosted prize-money and made the auction series a lucrative proposition for trainers and owners. The series is designed to create wide-scale opportunities for horses purchased as a yearling or a 2yo at public auction for €72,000 or less, with allowances for fillies and horses purchased at a lower auction price.

Nessa Joyce, Irish EBF Manager, said: “This is the fourth year of the series and the results and statistics speak for themselves. The average price of all runners in the series is just over €20,000, three of this year’s winners were bought for less than €10,000 and last year’s final winner, the Dermot Weld-trained filly Yulong Gold Fairy, was a €8,000 yearling purchase. This tells the story that you can get involved and win races with a modest investment. The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series is now an integral part of the racing calendar and with the yearling sales starting next week, the 2019 series should be part of every owners and trainers plans.”

Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director, Foran Equine, commented: “We are delighted to see the strong entries for the Foran Equine Irish EBF auction series final at Naas on October 21st. For us this series has been about creating opportunities for our customers including the trainers, owners and breeders who are the backbone of the industry. Last year’s final was a brilliant occasion and we are looking forward to working closely with Irish EBF and Naas Racecourse to deliver another exciting final.”

Connolly’s RED MILLS join forces with Irish EBF to Sponsor Auction Hurdle Series

Wed 8 Aug 2018

Nessa Joyce (Manager, Irish EBF), John O’Connor (Chairman, Irish EBF), Gareth Connolly (Sales and Marketing Director, Connolly’s RED MILLS) and Tom Mullins, Trainer.

Nessa Joyce (Manager, Irish EBF), John O’Connor (Chairman, Irish EBF), Gareth Connolly (Sales and Marketing Director, Connolly’s RED MILLS) and Tom Mullins, Trainer.

RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series 

14 qualifiers, each worth €20,000, final worth €75,000

Irish European Breeders’ Fund today announced Connolly’s RED MILLS as co-sponsor of the Irish EBF NH Auction Hurdle Series that will run from September 2018 until April 2019. The series gets underway at Listowel on September 11th with a €20,000 maiden and finishes in April 2019 with a valuable €75,000 final and total prize-money of €355,000.

Speaking about the announcement, John O’Connor, Irish EBF Chairman, said: “Irish EBF wholeheartedly welcome the involvement of Connolly’s RED MILLS with the much-anticipated National Hunt Auction Hurdle Series. Irish EBF, Horse Racing Ireland and now RED MILLS will support this series to encourage the purchase of NH store horses at auction and give owners and trainers an immense opportunity to target the series with horses costing €45,000 or less.”

Tom Mullins, trainer, commented: “I think this is a brilliant initiative and a great way to bring new owners into the game, we need these owners to keep it lively and vibrant. To buy a horse for €45,000 or less and be able to target this series with a chance to win and perhaps cover your purchase price is wonderful. I will be checking the auction price of all my horses to see which ones are eligible for the upcoming races this September.”

The series will consist of 14 maiden and novice hurdle races from September 2018 to April 2019, each worth a minimum of €20,000, with a final in April worth €75,000. Entry into the final is limited to horses which have run in one of the previous races in the series. The conditions will specify that all horses must be by an EBF registered stallion and bought as an unraced three or four-year-old at a recognised National Hunt Store sale for €45,000 or less, with weight allowances depending on purchase price. In addition, the ITBA have agreed to boost the series by including the €5,000 Weatherbys/ITBA NH Fillies Bonus Scheme for all races in the series.

Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director at Connolly’s RED MILLS said: “This is more than a sponsorship, this is our direct contribution back to the industry that supports us 365 days of the year. We understand the challenges that trainers and owners are facing and felt this was another perfect opportunity to partner with the Irish EBF to deliver another valuable series. We have had remarkable success with Irish EBF and our partner supplement company Foran Equine, seeing huge interest and participation in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series. The aim is to do the same now on the National Hunt side with RED MILLS.

“Like all things, sport is evolving, and the competitive margins are getting tighter and tighter. Our focus is on evolving our products and services to meet the demands of our customers including a comprehensive approach to high performance nutrition bringing together the science and expertise of both feed and supplements. We hope both these series will give us the opportunity to showcase what we offer while at the same time helping to provide opportunities to our customers.”


2018 British EBF Sire/ Dam Restricted Maiden Races kick off tonight at Gt. Yarmouth

Wed 8 Aug 2018

EBF Sire and Dam Restricted Maidens 2018

AFTER the phenomenal successes of recent graduates of the British EBF support Sire & Dam Restricted Maiden races, which include last week’s Gr.1 Goodwood Cup winner STRADIVARIUS (Sea the Stars) and multiple Gr.1 winner CRACKSMAN (Frankel); the 2018 series kicks off tonight at Great Yarmouth.

The program of races, designed to encourage two-year-old opportunities for horses with potential staying pedigrees, has gone from strength to strength following support from the industry and racecourses and the success of the horses that have used them as stepping-stones to progress their racing careers over the classic distances and beyond.

There are now 15 races in the program and the British EBF were delighted to use the opportunity of the launch race at Great Yarmouth today to announce the addition of a highly prized Sire and Dam Restricted Nursery Handicap at Newmarket on 24th October.  The Class 2 contest over 10f will be worth £40,000 and will take pride of place alongside a Sire/ Dam Restricted Maiden on the same day, dedicated to two-year-olds, run over a mile.

Michael Prosser, Director of Racing for the Eastern Region of Jockey Club Racecourses commented:

“We were delighted to be able to secure this brand-new opportunity for a high value Nursery Handicap to be staged on the two-year-old show case card in October at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile.  The race it sits alongside on the card produced both CRACKSMAN and STRADIVARIUS from its first running and we are dedicated to promoting a solid foundation for the stayers of the future through these races which all benefit from EBF financial contributions.”

Today’s race at Great Yarmouth has attracted seven runners from yards noted for their production of staying horses including the likes of John Gosden, Michael Bell and Andrew Balding.  Of the 2018 renewal of the race, Richard Aldous, Clerk of the course at Yarmouth said:

“Today’s race looks interesting and we’ve attracted a good field from the 15 entries we had.  This race is an important feature for Great Yarmouth and is part of a set of developments that we have partnered with the British EBF on this year; the culmination of which will be the John Musker Fillies’ Listed Stakes at our showcase Eastern Meeting which has had its prize money increased from £40,000 to £50,000 this year with help from the EBF.”

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