Wed 23 Sep 2015
Increased Prize Money for Irish European Breeders’ Fund Auction Series Final
The Irish European Breeders’ Fund in conjunction with Horse Racing Ireland is pleased to announce an increase of prize money to € 75 ,000 for the Irish Stallion Farm European Breeders’ Fund Auction Race Final. The seven furlong auction series final will take place on Sunday 18 th October at Naas Racecourse. The two year old race will be the culmination of sixteen races staged the length and breadth of Ireland. The final is restricted to two year olds only that are EBF eligible and which have run in at least one race in Ireland that was sponsored by the IEBF and that was confined to horses sold under the hammer at public auction.
John O’Connor, Chairman of IEBF said:
“We are delighted to support this new auction series, aimed at boosting the middle and lower end of the yearling market, and giving these horses a valuable series of races in Ireland with a big pot for the final.
Our aim is the increase the final next year to €100,000 so anyone heading to the yearling sales this year with a limited budget will have a very lucrative series to aim at.”
Michael O’Callaghan, trainer said:
“The series is a great idea, a great initiative and another reason to buy horses and have them in training in Ireland. Any reward that can be given to people who currently buy at this level is very welcome. It is also an incentive for anyone thinking of purchasing yearlings at the sales this year. With the attractive prize money it should grow from strength to strength each year. I will definitely be trying to get my owners to purchase yearlings with this series as a target.”
Thirteen races have already taken place with three more races to run, Dundalk on 25 th September, Dundalk on 2 nd October and Limerick on 10 th October. All horses that have run in any one of the sixteen races are eligible to enter the final race in Naas on October 18 th . Entries for the final in Naas close on Tuesday 13 th October.
Nessa Joyce, Manager
Kill, Co. Kildare
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Tel: +353 45 910 999
Wed 9 Sep 2015
BHA Press Release
9 September 2015
“Stayers’ Maidens” to provide boost to staying race programme
- 10 maiden races to be staged for progeny of staying stallions in 2016 season
- Races will be for two-year-olds whose sire won over 10f or more
- All races will carry enhanced prize money
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced a new initiative as part of the ongoing review of the race programme for staying horses. The development will see the conditions of 10 maiden races over distances of 7f, 8f and 9f adjusted by restricting them to two-year-olds whose sires won over 10 furlongs or more.
The 10 races will carry enhanced prize money support from the British European Breeders Fund (BEBF) and be run with EBF conditions. These races will help to prepare a proportion of the two-year-old population for a future staying career as well as provide encouragement for the ongoing production of such horses. The initiative has been approved by the BHA’s Flat Racing Committee, which includes representation from breeders, owners, trainers and racecourses.
The programme of 10 races will be run during the second half of each season, allowing time for the development of the type of horse that such races are aimed at attracting. As such, four of these races have already been programmed during the latter part of the 2015 season. Each race will carry prize money of £10,000. The race details are as follows:
7 October – Nottingham over 8f
13 October – Leicester over 7f
21 October – Newmarket over 8f
9 November – Kempton Park over 7f
Ruth Quinn, the BHA’s Director of International Racing and Racing Development, said:
“The introduction of these races for specific two-year-old maidens should be seen as a step towards bolstering the programme for stayers in Britain. These races will be part of a process to assist in future-proofing the development of what is a key area for British racing and an extremely important, actually global, role that Britain has regarding the ongoing development of the thoroughbred.
“The races illustrate the BHA’s desire to take further steps to ensure that staying races and horses do continue to thrive, and it also reflects the commitment made in January by the European Pattern Committee to review the European staying programme over the next few years.”
Philip Freedman, Chairman for the BEBF Trustees, said:
“The Trustees are delighted to be able to confirm their support for these new races. Attention has been drawn to the lack of opportunities for the true staying-type and it is hoped that these races will be the first step on the ladder to an enhanced stayers programme.
“With the majority of our funding coming from British stallion owners and having many of the best sires in the world standing in Britain, we are pleased to support these staying maidens and, in turn, the British bloodstock and racing industry.”
Julian Richmond-Watson, the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s (TBA) Chairman, said:
“We are delighted that the BHA and the BEBF Trustees are supporting the TBA’s campaign for the staying horse through the creation and sponsorship of these new staying maiden races, thus sharing our commitment to maintaining and improving the thoroughbred breed.”
Notes to editors:
1. The two-year-old population in 2014 was made up as follows:
- 2869 individual two-year-old runners
- Of which 684 (24%) were by sires that had won over 10f or further during their racing careers
- This equates to 82 qualifying sires out of 246 represented by at least one runner.
2. EPC’s announcement of the changes to the 2015 European programme and commitment to staying and middle races can be seen here:
Fri 7 Aug 2015
The Irish European Breeders’ Fund wish to announce the appointment of Nessa Joyce to the position of Company Secretary and Office Manager to succeed Angela Brown, who retires this year.
Nessa, a native of Co Meath, will join the IEBF from Leopardstown Racecourse, where she is the Racing and Operations Manager. Nessa has worked for Horse Racing Ireland, Racecourse Division, for nearly 7 years. Prior to this, Nessa spent six years working in Lexington, Kentucky in the Bloodstock industry for leading Thoroughbred Sales Company Fasig-Tipton.
John O’Connor, Chairman of IEBF said:
“The Governors of IEBF wish to acknowledge the outstanding contribution Angela Brown has made to the IEBF for over 20 years. Her loyalty and integrity are widely respected within the industry. We would like to wish Angela a long and very happy retirement.
Nessa brings an excellent blend of experience from both the bloodstock and racing industries. As Ireland’s largest sponsor for over 30 years, we believe Nessa’s racecourse experience will further enhance our relationship with the tracks that we support. The IEBF has already contributed over €38 million to Irish Racing and we will look to build on that in the future with Nessa’s help.”
Nessa Joyce said:
“I am excited to start my new position with the IEBF. The IEBF make a substantial contribution to the racing industry in Ireland and I am looking forward to working with the Governors to continue to develop the goals of the IEBF. Nessa will start her position mid to late September.
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Wed 13 May 2015
The British European Breeders’ Fund (BEBF) will contribute in excess of £1.3 million to prize money in Britain in 2015, the largest in the BEBF’s history. Over 600 flat races around the country will receive BEBF funding throughout the year.
A large proportion of the BEBF’s money will be directed to support conditions races, fillies’ handicaps and Listed races in addition to 80% of two year old maiden races.
Racecourses were invited to tender for additional BEBF funding by increasing their executive contribution. This has resulted in around 30 races receiving significant boosts to their funds including the most valuable two year old maiden in the country, the British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden at York, now worth £50,000. There are five valuable fillies nurseries supported including a continuation of sponsorship for the EBF Fillies Nursery at Newmarket on the Saturday of the Dubai Future Champions Festival worth £60,000. The sprint conditions race at the York May meeting that was instigated by the BEBF and York Racecourse has now been upgraded to Listed status and is upped in value to £40,000. Today’s British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes (LR) is a new race to the programme for fillies worth £40,000.
The BEBF chairman Philip Freedman commented: “The BEBF is one of the biggest sponsors of British horseracing. The majority of our funding comes from British stallion owners and currently we have many of the best sires in the world standing here. The BEBF is a vehicle for the bloodstock industry to support racing in a very direct way. Types of races we support are selected to provide a stepping stone for horses’ careers and some of these races need protecting. The aim is to provide tangible support to the right types of races for the breed and we are delighted that the fund is contributing the largest amount in it’s thirty year history in 2015”.
Note to editors: The European Breeders Fund was established in 1983 and is funded predominantly by contributions from stallion owners in member countries. Over €100,000,000 has now been allocated to the European racing industry by the EBF.