British EBF Graduates shine at the Royal meeting 2017

Mon 26 Jun 2017

HEADWAY wins the EBF Chester Super Maiden (image courtesy of Chester Racecourse)

HEADWAY wins the EBF Chester Super Maiden (image courtesy of Chester Racecourse)

Royal Ascot 2017 presented us with some of the most exhilarating and competitive racing the meeting has seen in recent years. It was a triumph for the small owner, the syndicate and the owner/ breeders.

In all, over the course of Royal Ascot, well over 40 two-year-olds competed at stakes level, having had their previous run or win in an EBF supported race in Great Britain. With over 70% of two-year-old races restricted to horses that are EBF qualified, it is perhaps unsurprising that such a number of the Royal Ascot juveniles can be considered EBF graduates.  When they go on to excel by winning or being placed at Group level at one of the most prestigious meetings in the world after just one or two runs within the EBF system, however, it highlights the importance of safeguarding Conditions races and promoting prize money in higher class maiden and novice contests.


Coventry Stakes (Gr.2)

HEADWAY (Havana Gold), pictured, is a true product of the EBF system in Great Britain.  Having been placed second on debut in the Dreweatts Newcomers’ EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes and franking the form of that race in his own right by going on to win the first of the British EBF Super Maidens, introduced this year, at Chester.  He showed an eye-catching turn of pace and won that contest comfortably by three lengths in late May and graduated to run in the opening race of the Royal meeting at Ascot for the Royal Ascot Racing Club.

The Racing Post analysis said of his run: “travelling well and picking up to have every chance, but finding the winner the stronger stayer. He could be one for the July meeting at Newmarket…”

HEADWAY still holds an entry for the valuable Weatherby’s Bank £300,000 Conditions Stakes during the Ledger meeting at Doncaster later in the season.


Queen Mary Stakes (Gr.2)

HEARTACHE (Kyllachy) was bred by Whitsbury Manor Stud, (themselves standing several top-class EBF qualified stallions) and leased to the Hot To Trot Syndicate.  Her debut win came from her only previous start at Bath Racecourse on 26th May 2017 when she demolished her rivals to take the contest by six lengths.  The Racing Post reported in their analysis of the race:

“She handled the quick conditions expertly and recorded a time significantly faster than the first division. Held in high regard at home, she’ll now head to the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.”

The filly was 11-1 going in to the prestigious Gr.2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and having relished the fast ground at Bath, proved too good for the 23-strong international field that included the highly fancied filly from America HAPPY LIKE A FOOL, trained by Royal Ascot specialist Wesley Ward.

HEARTACHE is the first foal out of Compton Place mare PLACE IN MY HEART (GB), herself a Listed winner and Gr.3 placed over the minimum trip.

Sam Hoskins one of the co-founders of the syndicate told us:

“We are hugely privileged to lease such a brilliant filly in HEARTACHE. She provided our 75-strong syndicate with the day of their lives at Royal Ascot when winning the Queen Mary and is a filly of huge potential for the future.

The Hot To Trot Syndicate was founded 6 years ago by Luke Lillingston and myself with the aim to provide an affordable way of getting involved with exciting fillies raced with top class trainers. I am delighted and very grateful to her outstanding owner/breeder Whitsbury Manor Stud who have this filly’s dam who won the Whitsbury-sponsored Lansdown Stakes (Listed) at Bath, a race Whitsbury actually saved from near extinction through their sponsorship.”

You can learn more about the Hot To Trot Syndicate here:


Norfolk Stakes (Gr.2)

SANTRY was the 2017 Brocklesby winner so expectations will always have been high for his progression through the juvenile ranks.  The Declan Carroll trained son of Tweenhills sire Harbour Watch also clocked up an impressive 2 ¾ length victory at York’s Dante meeting in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes; this time beating IT DON’T COME EASY who went on to win an EBF Conditions race at Musselburgh in June, breaking the course record in the process.

SANTRY ran an excellent second in Thursday’s Norfolk Stakes to finish just half a length behind the impressive Aidan O’Brien trained SIOUX NATION (Scat Daddy).  He was unlucky not to win under a front running ride from Champion Jim Crowley but the result has not deterred his trainer who thinks that either the Nunthorpe back at York or the slightly longer distance of the Middle Park are not beyond this promising young colt.

SANTRY is out of Shamardal mare BABYLONIAN, from family which includes two-year-old Listed winner EMPIRE DAY.


Albany Stakes (Gr.3)

The Gr.3 Albany Stakes for two-year-old fillies was a strongly run affair with a few of the juveniles running quite freely. The field split in to two groups with the first two horses (Different League (FR) and Alpha Centauri (IRE)) coming from the far side group.

EBF graduate TAKE ME WITH YOU (Scat Daddy) raced prominently throughout the race on the stands side to finish the best of her group and third in the race overall.  The Jeremy Noseda trained filly had her first and only start at Newmarket just two weeks before the Royal meeting in an EBF Novice race over 6f and finished third on that occasion also.

The next possible outing for TAKE ME WITH YOU is the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.  She was an $800,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale at the start of the year and is owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred Ltd.


British EBF Graduates head to today’s Coventry Stakes

Tue 20 Jun 2017

HEADWAY wins the EBF Chester Super Maiden (image courtesy of Chester Racecourse)

HEADWAY wins the EBF Chester Super Maiden (image courtesy of Chester Racecourse)

Part of the remit of the European Breeders’ Fund is to support races that promote and develop a horse’s career. The investments in contests such as Conditions races and Listed races is an essential part of that approach; as is the new structure for funding a series of “super maidens” initiated this year.

A recent example was KHALIDI’s win in the British EBF funded Cocked Hat Stakes (Listed) at Goodwood in May. The son of High Chaparral took the contest convincingly and earned his right to line up in the Epsom Derby as a result. The Gr.1 probably came too soon after Goodwood but the fact that his trainer, John Gosden, rated the quality of the Cocked Hat good enough to give the winner a shot at one of the toughest races in the world, is testament to the fact that the EBF regularly seeks out and supports races that enhance the developmental opportunities for the breed, including staying types.

Today’s Gr.2 Coventry Stakes for juveniles over 6f at the Royal meeting, likewise exhibits some good examples of horses that have progressed from competitive EBF races in their last run to earn the right to take the stage against some of the world’s best two year olds.

CHOOKIE DUNEDIN (Epaulette) was a winner of debut for Scottish trainer Keith Dalgleish when taking the EBF Stallions Novice Stakes by a head at Ayr on 24th May.  He will be ridden gain today by Dougie Costello.  The colt is a homebred for the Raeburns from a stakes winning family and runs in the colours of Raeburn Brick Ltd.

HEADWAY (pictured), by Tweenhills’ in form first season sire Havana Gold, will line up for William Haggas who’s yard is currently sporting an eye-catching 26% winners/ runners strike rate.  HEADWAY was second on debut in a highly competitive Class 4 EBF Maiden at Newbury in late April and recently progressed to win the first of the British EBF’s new “super maiden” races (worth £20,000) at Chester just over a month later by three lengths.  A 60,000gns yearling purchase for the Royal Ascot Racing Club; the colt was bred in Great Britain by Whatton Manor Stud, Global Equine and Larry Stratton.

The Clive Cox trained PRINCE OF THE DARK, by another first season sire, Cheveley Park Stud’s Cartier Champion Sprinter Lethal Force, also made a winning debut in an EBF race.  The Alan Craddock owned and bred colt won the Class 3 British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes at Bath in May.  He is out of a Red Clubs mare FAN ROUGE, herself a winner over 6f and half-sister to two year old Group placed sprinter HAIKBIDIAC.

Finally, ZAMAN (Dutch Art) is one of two Godolphin runners in the Coventry Stakes today and was a 160,000gns yearling purchase from British breeders Laundry Cottage Stud.  Charlie Appleby currently sits on a 30% winners/ runners strike rate, so ZAMAN may well improve from his debut win at York in the Class 3 EBF Novice Median Auction Maiden Stakes at the end of May over 6f.

In all, nearly 40% of the British trained runners in the Coventry have progressed to run today, directly from an EBF supported race.


Rachael Gowland

British EBF new wave of ‘Super Maidens’ as part of funding re-structure

Fri 26 May 2017

Chester Racecourse will host the first of the British EBF’s races in its re-vamped programme of tiered funding for two-year-old maiden and novice races on Saturday 27th May 2017.


The British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes, a class 2 contest over 6f has a total prize fund of £20,000, including a British EBF contribution of £10,000.


The race marks a significant change in approach to how the British EBF distributes its funding. The trustees, after industry feedback, made the decision to re-target it’s funding in to improving prize money levels in higher quality races.  Other high value maiden races are run at Salisbury, York and Newmarket.


The re-directed funding also includes a second year of support for the BHA “Stayers Maiden” project to provide opportunities later in the season for two-year-olds who may be campaigned in staying races later in their careers.  Restricted to progeny of stallions that won over 10f or more with EBF eligibility; they were created in 2015 in response to a review by the BHA Flat Racing Committee following a noticeable lack of opportunities for staying types and to help meet a goal of further enhancing the stayers programme.

Irish EBF Announce New Initiatives

Fri 5 May 2017

To further support the Irish Racing Industry, Irish EBF have announced five new initiatives targeted at the grassroots of Irish Racing


The purpose of the Irish EBF is to annually re-invest the income contributed from Irish based stallion owners directly into Irish prize money. For 2017 further investment was allocated to create five new initiatives to bring the commitment to Irish Prizemoney to €2 million. Speaking about the new initiatives John O’Connor, Chairman, Irish EBF said “The aim of the Irish EBF is target funding to where it will make a difference. We annually review the spend and this year we were in a position to expand our objectives to include a series for National Hunt Handicaps, Best Turned Out Prizes for grooms, a focus on staying races in Ireland, expansion of Fillies Handicaps and a partnership with Foran Equine for an Auction Series. These initiatives will complement our regular programme of races and we are confident they will make a difference to the grassroots of the industry”


  • The new €300,000 Irish EBF Summer National Hunt Handicap Series is designed to support twenty middle range handicaps (with rating caps of 109 or 116), comprising 14 hurdles and 6 chases, which will be run for an increased prize money value of €15,000 each, during the summer period. This is part of an overall initiative by Horse Racing Ireland to provide more competitive options for middle to lower tier National Hunt horses. Speaking about the new initiative, William Flood, Governor, Irish EBF said “The Irish EBF are committed to annually support National Hunt racing in Ireland and this series goes to the core of our values. We are determined to make the series a regular feature, therefore we are inviting interest from commercial sponsors who would like to partner with the Irish EBF. A partnership will solidify the series and directly benefit the grassroots of National Hunt racing in Ireland”


  • Working with the Association of Irish Racecourses, a commitment was made to sponsor the Best Turned Out prize for 275 Irish EBF supported races to the tune of €100. This was made possible by sharing the costs 50/50 with the racecourses. Each racecourse have committed to match the €50 Irish EBF will give towards the Best Turned Out prize. Over a 12 month period nearly €28,000 will be awarded to the hard working grooms that play such a fundamental role in each raceday. Speaking about the new project, Bernard Caldwell, Chairman, Irish Stablestaff Association said “The Irish Stablestaff Association wish to thank and congratulate the racecourses and the Irish EBF for their new initiative. €100 as a best turned prize is a wonderful incentive for grooms to have their horses turned out to perfection. The prize goes a long way in repaying the dedication shown by grooms and we appreciate the commitment shown to our members.”


  • On Saturday May 20th, at Navan Racecourse, the Irish EBF will sponsor a new Listed race, The €75,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Yeats Stakes over 13 furlongs. This is part of the European Pattern Committee long term Stayers Project, aimed to enhance the overall European stayers’ programme, with a view to incentivising the breeding, owning and training of quality staying horses in Europe. As a further commitment to supporting staying races, the Irish EBF have increased the contribution to three year old and three year old and upwards median auction maiden races of 9f or further. The aim is to target support for produce of stallions that are likely to produce staying progeny.


  • In an effort to create more opportunities for flat-bred Fillies to help enhance their value within the competitive environment of handicaps, the Irish EBF have provided additional sponsorship for Fillies only handicaps. This year, eight additional races were added to give a total of 25 Fillies only Handicaps, with a total prize fund of under €600,000. John Osborne, Vice Chairman, Irish EBF said “This is a significant increase in support by the Irish EBF. It will open up new opportunities to owners of flat-bred Fillies. Fillies make up half of our production and then become the broodmares of the future, these handicaps provide a pathway to black type and a chance to increase their paddock value.”


  • Saturday May 6th, marks the first race in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series, at Cork Racecourse. Eight two-year-olds go to post for the €25,000 prize fund. As a group their average purchase price from four different sales companies (Keeneland, Arqana, Goffs and Tattersalls) is €30,000. The next race will be on the opening day at the Curragh on Saturday May 13th where two-year old maidens will compete for €25,000. The long term aim is to establish the series as a target for purchasers of yearlings and 2yos at public auction. Purchasers at the upcoming Goresbridge Breeze-Up sale will have the unique opportunity to buy in May and race straightaway in the series between June and October, if they are purchased for €72,000 or less. Further details and race criteria can be found at


Overall the Irish EBF will spend €2 million on sponsorship of Irish Racing in 2017. Approximately €1.5 million is allocated to 270 flat races and about €500,000 is allocated to over 140 National Hunt races. This investment goes to help ensure a healthy and vibrant future for racing in Ireland, only made possible by the generous contributions given voluntarily by Irish Stallion Farms.




For Further Information:
Nessa Joyce


Irish European Breeders Fund

Greenhills, Kill, Naas, Co Kildare, W91 FY62

Mob:    +353 85 7590970

Tel:      +353 45 910999


Irish EBF NH 2017 Summer Series Races
Date Venue Conditions
Friday 12 May 2017 Kilbeggan Handicap Hurdle (80-116)
Wednesday 17 May 2017 Punchestown Handicap Steeplechase 5yo and up (0-116)
Thursday 18 May 2017 Clonmel Handicap Hurdle (116 = 11.10)
Wednesday 24 May 2017 Wexford Handicap Steeplechase 5yo and up (109 = 11.10)
Saturday 3 June 2017 Tramore Handicap Hurdle (80-109)
Sunday 4 June 2017 Kilbeggan Handicap Hurdle (80-109)
Monday 26 June 2017 Kilbeggan Handicap Steeplechase (0-116)
Sunday 9 July 2017 Limerick Handicap Hurdle (80-109)
Tuesday 18 July 2017 Killarney Handicap Steeplechase 5yo and up (0-116)
Saturday 22 July 2017 Limerick Handicap Hurdle (116 = 11.10)
Monday 7 August 2017 Cork Handicap Hurdle (80-109)
Tuesday 22 August 2017 Sligo Handicap Hurdle (116 = 11.10)
Friday 25 August 2017 Kilbeggan Handicap Hurdle (80-109)
Saturday 2 September 2017 Wexford Handicap Steeplechase (109 = 11.10)
Monday 4 September 2017 Roscommon Handicap Hurdle (80-109)
Thursday 7 September 2017 Clonmel Handicap Hurdle (80-116)
Thursday 7 September 2017 Clonmel Handicap Hurdle (116 = 11.10)
Saturday 23 September 2017 Navan Handicap Hurdle (116 = 11.10)
Monday 25 September 2017 Roscommon Handicap Steeplechase (116 = 11.10)
Thursday 28 September 2017 Clonmel Handicap Hurdle (80-109)
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