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.
Mon 12 Feb 2018
DETAILS of the British EBF’s £1.6million investment in racing were published today as the organisation’s first dedicated annual review was circulated to the industry.
Over 630 flat races carried EBF conditions in 2017, the races being confined to the progeny of stallions contributing income to the fund or individual horses “opted in” by their owners. The record breaking contribution to prize money covered races that held a total prize fund of £6,713,900. Of equal importance to the remit of the British EBF is a responsibility to National Hunt racing; 84 jumps races were run in 2017 under the EBF banner supporting over £650,000 of prize money.
In addition to prize money boosts, support is given to the Flat and National Hunt stallion parades; the TBA Stars of the Future National Hunt Foal Show and important equine veterinary research projects.
Working with the BHA and racecourses, the British EBF have developed series of races to bolster industry initiatives to enhance the racing opportunities for fillies and staying juveniles. National Hunt projects are focused on fillies’ programmes but the ever popular EBF National Hunt Novice Hurdle Qualifier series with its valuable £75,000 final continues to be a flagship investment of this discipline.
Rachael Gowland, Marketing and Communications Manager commented: “The British EBF is an integral part of the funding mechanism for racing in this country. The trustees felt that an annual document to illustrate to the industry where that investment comes from and how it is utilised will create a better awareness of the huge commitment stallion owners have to British racing.”
The 2017 British EBF review will be emailed out with a link to a PDF document to trainers, stallion owners, racecourses and industry bodies as well as being downloadable from the EBF website and social media streams.
You can view and download the review here: British EBF Review 2017
Wed 24 Jan 2018
The announcement of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings yesterday in London highlighted, among other things, how significant the European Breeders’ Fund is to Europe’s racing industry.
In the two-year-old category, 25% of the horses in the top 20 were graduates of British EBF races and 90% of the top ten horses had won EBF races in either GB or Ireland before progressing to stakes racing.
Europe’s third highest rated two-year-old ROARING LION (Kitten’s Joy), owned by Qatar Racing and trained by John Gosden won two EBF races last season at Newmarket before winning the Juddmonte Royal Lodge (Gr.2) and taking second place in the Racing Post Trophy (Gr.1) behind SAXON WARRIOR (Deep Impact).
Gimcrack Stakes (Gr.2) winner SANDS OF MALI (Panis), ranked seventh in the list, was the winner of an EBF novice race at Nottingham in August for trainer Richard Fahey and owners The Cool Silk Partnership. Staying with Northern trainers, Karl Burke trained both UNFORTUNATELY (Society Rock) and LAURENS (Siyouni) to have their first wins in EBF novice/ maiden races before progressing to Gr.1 wins in the Prix Morny and Fillies’ Mile respectively.
Rounding out the top 20, ELARQAM (pictured in the colours of HH Sheikh Hamdan), the regally bred product of FRANKEL (Galileo) and multiple Gr.1 winning mare ATTRACTION (Efisio), ended his juvenile career with a win the Gr.3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket having won on debut at York in one of the British EBF’s Sire/ Dam Restricted Maidens. ELARQAM currently holds entries for the British and Irish 2,000gns in 2018 as well as retaining his place in the Epsom Derby picture.
Further along the list, Royal Ascot heroine HEARTACHE (Kyllachy), Mill Reef Stakes (Gr.2) winner JAMES GARFIELD (Exceed And Excel) and July Stakes (Gr.2) winner CARDSHARP (Lonhro) were all featured and are all graduates of British EBF races.
The British EBF invested well over £500,000 in two-year-old races in 2017, from Class 5 to Listed level; boosting prize money and spearheading the running of innovative schemes such as the Sire/ Dam Restricted Maidens, designed to encourage and promote the racing of juveniles with staying pedigrees.
Photo: courtesy of York Racecourse