Tue 8 Aug 2017
York racecourse announced recently that the British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Stakes, to be run at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival and already Britain’s wealthiest maiden, will receive an additional prize money boost this year.
The total prize fund for the race will increase from its 2016 level of £60,000 to a new high of £70,000. Some 22 races, out of the 25 to be staged at the meeting, have seen an increase in prize fund since their 2016 running; with every contest on the opening and closing days set to be more valuable.
York Racecourse Chairman, Lord Grimthorpe, “York is delighted that our continued commercial success in the first half of the season has allowed us to keep investing in the prize money, facilities and experience of racing at York. The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival is our flagship meeting and we look forward to welcoming the racegoers and supporters to York to see the world’s best horses and jockeys competing on the Knavesmire. It already looks set to be a fabulous four days of racing action. Our continued thanks to our supporters and sponsors who help us to invest in racing at York.”
Tue 8 Aug 2017
EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies Handicap (Wednesday 2nd August)
A gutsy performance by BILLESDON BESS (Dick Turpin) saw her win the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap, which saw nine horses line up after seven were withdrawn following heavy rain.
The conditions were no problem for the three-year-old winner, who was ridden by Hollie Doyle for trainer Richard Hannon and in the colours of Pall Mall Partners & Partners. Billesdon Bess is a daughter of Dick Turpin, who was trained by Hannon’s father, Richard Snr, to win the 2005 G2 Richmond Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
Jeanette McCreery, representing the owners, said she was confident of success, adding: “It’s a brilliant day, she was marvellously trained and we couldn’t be more excited.
“She loves the conditions and we thought she would win because she’s tough. That’s what happens when you have horses with Richard Hannon.”
The winning trainer said: “She’s improving and Hollie gave her a lovely ride – she made all the running and gets on well with her. She did it the hard way and is versatile on the ground. There is improvement to come, and I’m pleased for the owners who are lovely people.”
BILLESDON BESS and runners up TITI MAKFI and INDULGED are all now set to run for the £25,000 TBA bonus (subject to qualification criteria) at the EBF Breeders’ Series finals at Newmarket on 7th October where each of the Handicaps are worth £50,000.
Victoria Racing Club EBF British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Maiden (Thursday 3rd August)
Roulette, the evens favourite, who was sixth, beaten two and a quarter lengths on her debut in July, built on that run when victorious in the Victoria Racing Club EBF British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Maiden over seven furlongs.
Michael Bell, who trained the Poet’s Voice Two-year-old filly, commented after the race: “It is very hard work on that ground for two-year-olds. She has never been in front in a race before in her life.
“We said before that we would try and make the running and use her experience.”
“I thought she looked like winning by a couple of lengths at one point, but it really is very hard for two-year-olds in this ground.
“She is a gorgeous looking filly. Barry Hills trained the mother, who hurt herself, and he said to Bill Gredley [owner], this is a very nice filly – you want to keep this. That was good advice from Barry.
“The Gredleys get so much fun out of it [racing], Bill is out twice a week watching them and Tim watches them a lot – they get a lot of fun out of it and it is great to train another winner for them.”
Charlie Hills, trainer of the 5/1 debutante Ripley who came home a neck second to Roulette, said: “I am really happy with her, though she did run a bit green. She handled the ground but I am sure she will be a bit better on better ground. The winner’s experience counts for a lot.”
Mon 31 Jul 2017
The British European Breeders’ Fund have teamed up with London based floral design company Roses Only to introduce some unique owners’ trophies for feature races in the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies Handicaps.
Winning owners of EBF Breeders’ Series Handicaps at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Salisbury’s Summer Holiday meeting and Doncaster’s St Ledger Meeting will all receive a bespoke boxed arrangement of Roses Only’s long stem roses. The arrangements will also be used to celebrate the winners at the EBF Breeders’ Series Finals at Newmarket Racecourse on 7th October.
The first race where winning connections will receive this beautiful memento is the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies Handicap at Goodwood on Wednesday which showcases a field of 16 fillies in a £30,000 contest, the penultimate race on the card on the second day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
Danielle Gubbay, Chief Executive of Roses Only commented:
“I am absolutely thrilled to be able to support the EBF Breeders’ Series; our pastel pink roses and these fillies are a perfect combination in my mind. I also have a deep love for horses, having ridden since I was six years old, so for me it’s a blend of my two passions! Even though I don’t have the pleasure of owning my own horses these days, I am very privileged to be able to ride out for the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment as a volunteer support rider for the Life Guards Squadron. I ride 3-4 mornings a week out of Hyde Park Barracks, Knightsbridge and I get to ride a few of my favourites. They’re big horses, so I’m glad they don’t have the speed of a racehorse!”
Rachael Gowland, Marketing & Communications Manager for the British EBF said:
“We are thrilled to start this partnership with Roses Only; the fit is perfect and it gives us the opportunity to provide a unique and beautiful memento of the races to the winning connections. We hope that it will help highlight this valuable series and the opportunities it presents for the participating fillies. We are very grateful to Danielle for her generous contribution and we hope it will be of equal benefit to Roses Only as it will to the British EBF.”
Fri 28 Jul 2017
Sunday 30th July sees the annual TBA National Hunt Foal Show at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse.
The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association announced:
Foals by first season sires Telescope and Pether’s Moon will be amongst those on show, plus those by leading NH sire Kayf Tara and three from the small final crop of Midnight Legend – sire of this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John.
Entries are separated into four classes according to age and sex, with the first two placed foals in each class going forward to the Championship to decide the Show Champion and Reserve Champion, with generous cash prizes from Goffs UK Limited and prizes from Saracen Horse Feeds to be won.
The six Judges for the day have been selected from Britain, Ireland and France, this includes leading young NH trainer Dan Skelton; trainer Harry Whittington, who celebrated his first Grade 1 winner in 2016 after taking out his licence in 2012; Peter Molony, owner of Rathmore Stud and son of the late celebrated Jumps jockey Martin Molony; Juliet Minton who owns and runs the successful Mill House Stud with husband David; Kinross based NH trainer Lucinda Russell who celebrated a first Grand National win with One For Arthur in 2017 and French trainer Nicolas Bertran Du Balanda who comes from an equestrian background and spent time working for Luca Cumani and Pascal Bary before setting out on his own.
The show promises to be an exciting day, with classes starting at 10.30am followed by a luncheon generously supported by the BEBF – tickets are still available but limited. For further information on the show and to purchase tickets for the luncheon, please contact Melissa Parris at the TBA Office on 01638 661321
The show is sponsored by a £4,000 donation from the British European Breeders’ Fund as part of their support for National Hunt racing and breeding in Great Britain.
You can learn more about the British EBF’s contribution to National Hunt racing from this brochure: BEBF National Hunt Investment 2016/ 17