Irish EBF lends valuable support to Irish Champions Weekend

Mon 15 Sep 2014

The Irish European Breeders’ Fund played a significant role in the inaugural Irish Champions weekend, sponsoring no less than five races with a total race value of €630,000 over the star-studded two days.

The five Irish EBF races over Irish Champions Weekend highlight the quality and diversity of races supported by the European Breeders’ Fund.

Toe The Line (Shantou) was a poignant winner of the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund “Petingo” Premier Handicap at Leopardstown on the first day of the Champions Weekend. Trained by John Kiely, the five-year-old mare was bred by the late Alan Lillingston at the family’s Mount Coote Stud, and triumphed in front of many of his family and friends.

Trainer Brian Ellison travelled over from North Yorkshire to mount a successful raid on the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund “Sovereign Path” Premier Handicap on the same card.

The winner, Baraweez (Cape Cross) can also claim a connection to Mount Coote Stud, having been consigned by the operation as a yearling. Bought then by Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, the four-year-old was snapped up by his owner AR Barnes for 30,000gns at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale last year, and rewarded that purchase with first-place prize money of €90,000 at Leopardstown.

The opening race of Irish Champions Weekend was the Ballylinch Stud European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden, run over 7f and won by Tamadhor (Arcano). Bred and owned by Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, the filly is from the top family of Memory and Remember Alexander.

The action got underway at the Curragh on the second day with the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund “Bold Lad” Sprint Premier Handicap. The race was won in a tight finish by the David O’Meara-trained Watchable (Pivotal).

EBF Premier Handicaps bookended the day, with the final race of the card, the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund “Northfields” Handicap, going to Adjusted (Montjeu) for Aidan O’Brien.

British EBF to sponsor valuable fillies’ nursery on Dubai Future Champions Day

Thu 28 Aug 2014

The British European Breeders’ Fund has collaborated with Newmarket Racecourses to devise a new race on Dubai Future Champions Day with the British EBF sponsoring a seven furlong fillies’ nursery worth £60,000 on the star-studded card on Friday 17th October.

With sponsorship of £40,000 from the EBF added to the total race value, this new race will be the most valuable contest supported by the British EBF and will give a lucrative end-of-season handicap target for juvenile fillies by EBF stallions.

Philip Freedman, chairman of the British EBF, commented: “We are delighted that the income from the stallion studs which funds the EBF has now risen to a level where we can sponsor this race on such an important day for British racing and for two-year-olds.”

The British EBF is a long-standing supporter of fillies’ races, and sponsors 26 Listed races for fillies and mares at racecourses around the country in 2014. The EBF also supports a broad programme of fillies’ handicaps and conditions stakes, as well as the valuable ‘Carrie Red’ nursery at Doncaster in September and the ‘Jersey Lily’ nursery at Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting.

Michael Prosser, head of racing at Newmarket Racecourses, commented: “We are very grateful to the generous sponsorship of the EBF that has aided the staging of this fillies’ nursery which is the most valuable race of its type in Britain.

“It will link in well from a planning point of view for trainers with the existing Jersey Lily, another EBF fillies’ nursery on the Saturday of the Cambridgeshire Meeting, and is a fantastic addition to the Dubai Future Champions Day card, which boasts prize money of £1.075 million this year.”
Over 560 races in the 2014 Flat racing calendar are supported by the British EBF, taking place at every racecourse in Britain. With a total prize money contribution of £1.125m to Flat racing this year the British EBF is one of the largest numerical sponsors in Flat racing.

Fonds European de l’Elevage sponsors Listed 2yo contest at Deauville

Mon 25 Aug 2014

The Fonds European de l’Elevage (French EBF) was delighted to support the Listed Criterium du Fonds European de l’Elevage at Deauville on Sunday August 24th.

The 1600m two-year-old contest offered €122,000 in prize money, making it the richest race sponsored by the FEE in France.

The race was won by the Freddy Head-trained Medley Chic. The son of the Cheveley Park Stud stallion Medicean made all the running to score by a length and a half from Faithful Creek (Bushranger), trained by Brian Meehan, with the favourite, Light In Paris (Aussie Rules), in third.

Bred by Petra Bloodstock, Medley Chic was purchased by head for €130,000 at the Arqana August Sale for owner Olivier Thomas. The colt was already the winner of a 1400m conditions race at Deauville in early August in which he prevailed by a short head in a four-way photo finish.

EBF lends support to Destination Europe

Thu 24 Apr 2014

The European Breeders’ Fund has been announced as a partner in Destination Europe, joining Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM), Great British Racing International (GBRI) and the French Racing and Breeding Committee (FRBC).

In addition, German Thoroughbred Marketing has also joined Destination Europe as a junior partner in the strategic alliance. Full Story

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