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EBF and Roses Only team up for Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Highlights

Mon 31 Jul 2017

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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.”

British EBF support for TBA National Hunt Foal Show 2017

Fri 28 Jul 2017

EBF NH Foal Show programme advert 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

British EBF Breeders’ Series/ TBA Bonus update

Mon 17 Jul 2017

The British EBF and the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association are pleased to bring you further details of how your filly can qualify to win the £25,000 bonus on offer as part of the European Breeders’ Fund Breeders’ Series 2017.

The series already showcases a valuable collection of handicaps for three year olds and up over a range of distances from 6f to 12f and is brought to a close with  a day of finals carrying a total prize fund of £200,000.  In addition, qualifying fillies can race on the finals day (7th October) for a chance to win a bonus to spend on nominations to a British based stallions of the owner’s choice.

For a full list of the available races in the series and for full details of how to make sure your filly is in the running, follow the media link below:

EBF Breeders’ Series – TBA bonus information

British EBF Veterinary Research Funding Update

Wed 28 Jun 2017

Part of the remit of the British EBF (European Breeders’ Fund) is:

  • to promote and support organisations whose purposes include assisting and improving the breeding of thoroughbred horses
  • to provide financial support for equine research beneficial to the thoroughbred horse

To that end, we are currently part funding a project in to parasite resistance research at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with the HBLB (Levvy board) and the TBA (Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association).

Dr Laura Peachey is a veterinary surgeon with a keen interest in parasitology research. She qualified in veterinary science from the University of Liverpool in 2007, having intercalated with a BSc in veterinary pathology at the Royal Veterinary College in 2005.

Commenting on her funded research and progress to date, Dr Peachey said:

“Resistance of parasites to worming drugs is a grave threat to the Thoroughbred breeding industry. If the available drugs become ineffective, worm infections in young-stock and broodmares will result in significantly reduced growth rates and could cause life threatening outbreaks of disease.

In the Veterinary Parasitology group at the University of Cambridge, we are interested in the development of novel parasite control strategies, which can potentially be used alongside conventional wormers to reduce our reliance on these drugs, and hence slow the spread of drug resistance. My fellowship project focuses on the factors responsible for defining ‘natural’ resistance to worm infections, and on how we might harness these to improve parasite control. In particular, there is increasing evidence that gut bacteria play an important role in immune responses to infection in the horse gut, and hence my research aims to identify bacteria which are associated with an effective response to parasite infection.

The project, thus far, has revealed that there are distinct differences in the gut bacteria in Thoroughbred broodmares with low versus high worm burdens, which may be linked to improved immunity to infection. I am currently in the process of collecting data from young-stock and from post-mortem cases in order to validate these findings. Ultimately, I hope to design evidence based pro- and pre-biotic supplements which utilise the diet to improve horses’ response to worms, thus reducing the frequency of treatment and proportion of horses requiring treatment in the stud farm environment.”

Dr Peachey’s research project will continue until spring 2019.

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