€100,000 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders’ Fund Auction Series Final

Wed 12 Oct 2016

The Final of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Race series takes place at Naas on Sunday 16th October and has attracted 25 entries at the second entry stage, including seven from the Ger Lyons stable.

“I think this series is a great idea and I will support it as much as I can,” Lyons said. “It gives the owner something to aim for at the end of the season. The more of these races the better; it is a great scheme that offers an incentive to get people to invest in the game.”

Multiple entries also come from JJ Murphy, who could be represented by Binary Code and Massif Central. Jessica Harrington, Kevin Prendergast and Johnny Levins also have two apiece and the race is likely to go off with the maximum 16 runners, all hoping to secure the €100,000 prize.

Another strong supporter of the EBF Auction Series is trainer Gavin Cromwell, who said: “The Auction Series is a great opportunity for owners and trainers on a budget to firstly win with a two-year-old and then have the chance at a big pot in the Series Final.”

John O’Connor, Chairman, Irish European Breeders’ Fund, said: “We are delighted with the Series and pleased with the support it has received from owners and trainers so far. We would like to see it develop into a bigger and better Series as time goes on and the ambition is to increase the number of races and the prize money. We support all maiden races and they can be very competitive and hard to win, so we feel the Auction Series provides an opportunity to support owners of horses at this lower end of the market. It’s our way of supporting those who put into training horses which didn’t cost a lot of money and the Final offers a nice prize of €100,000 to aim for at the end of the season.”

The 19 qualifying races held throughout the season are aimed at horses purchased as yearlings or two-year-olds at public auction for not more than €72,000, with allowances for fillies and horses purchased at a lower price. Horses have only to run in one of the 19 qualifying races in order to qualify for an entry in the Final.

Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish European Breeders’ Fund, said: “The governors of the Irish EBF are very supportive of this series and want to give purchasers of yearlings and two-year-olds under €72,000 an extremely valuable end-of-season race to target.”


For full up to date race details go to –

Contact Details:
Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish European Breeders’ Fund
Greenhills, Kill, Naas, Co Kildare, W91 FY62
M: +353 85 7590970

New EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series gets thumbs up for 2017 following successful Newmarket finale

Thu 6 Oct 2016

Thursday October 6th 2016 – The new £625,000 EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series, which drew to a successful close with a £200,000 four-race finale at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse last Saturday, has been given the green light to take place in the same format again next season, starting in early May 2017.

The British European Breeders Fund (BEBF) has agreed to renew sponsorship of the Series, investing over £300,000 into its 20 races that were specifically designed to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall just below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them for export or retire them.

It has been well received by the training fraternity, with an average field size of nine runners throughout the entire Series and 43 runners contesting the four big money final day contests.

Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders’ Fund, said:

“We are extremely happy with the success of the EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series in 2016. All 20 races have seen competitive fields and owners and trainers have been very supportive of the initiative as have the racecourses that helped stage the Series.”

“We hope that, by announcing our intention to continue the Series in 2017, owners can now plan to retain fillies they might otherwise have thought about selling or retiring, in the knowledge that there will be valuable opportunities on offer for them throughout next year.”

Notes to Editors
The BEBF is largely funded by stallion owners and has paid out over £30 million into British racing over the past three decades.

For further information please contact:
Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders’ Fund
Phone: 01638 667960 or 07788 497644


Thu 22 Sep 2016

The European Breeders Fund has announced that from September 2016 there will be an additional opportunity to nominate a horse to the EBF. Any horse sired by a stallion standing within Europe that is not registered to the EBF can now be nominated at any age after 1st January of their 2yo year. The cost of this one off supplementary nomination is €12,000 or sterling or dollar equivalent. This new stage will also include those horses sired by a stallion standing outside of Europe (international stallion) not registered to the EBF in addition to the current nomination deadlines.

Note to Editors
The European Breeders Fund is largely funded by stallion owners throughout Europe and has paid out over €100 million in added prizemoney since 1983.
Head Office Newmarket, Kerry Murphy CEO (

Dubka underlines her class and Subtle Knife makes British farewell in new EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series

Thu 18 Aug 2016

The new 20-race EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series continues to produce some high class racing, with the superbly-bred Dubawi filly, Dubka, landing this afternoon’s 11th leg  at Salisbury and the Needwood Blade mare, Subtle Knife, making her final appearance on a British racecourse in leg 12 at Lingfield on Saturday evening.

The aim of the Series is to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall just below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them for export or retire them. It boasts total prizemoney of £625,000, over £300,000 of which has been contributed by the British European Breeders’ Fund, which itself is funded by British Stallion Farms.

***report of Salisbury race with quote from winning connections to be added here***

Trained in Newmarket by Giles Bravery, owned by David Clark and bred by Bravery’s wife, Fiona, Subtle Knife is one of a seven-strong line-up for the £20,000 European Breeders Fund Series EBF Fillies’ Handicap which is run over an extended seven furlongs at Lingfield on Saturday.

Now seven years of age, Subtle Knife has been a late developer, but in the last 12 months she has run no less than 18 times, winning on three occasions and pouching over £35,000 in prize money.  Her best performances have been on her two most recent starts, when finishing second in a Listed race in Sweden and when beating Hawatif off a handicap mark of 82 at Leicester last month.


Giles Bravery, trainer of Subtle Knife, said:

“Subtle Knife is in grand form and this will be her last race in England – providing everything goes well on Saturday she will be off to Germany to run in a Listed race at Dusseldorf eight days later before we retire her. She is in foal to Pastoral Pursuits so is only allowed to race until early September at the latest.”

“We are hoping for a bit of rain at Lingfield – the more that falls the better it will be for her. This is her absolute favourite track and trip – she has only run over the course and distance twice and has won by four lengths or more both times.”

“Her recent form has worked out really well as Hawatif went on to win twice, including at Glorious Goodwood, and a filly that finished behind her in Sweden has since won a Listed race in Norway.”

“She is a classic example of why this new EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series works so well and I have got a four-year-old filly in the yard who will hopefully stay in training next year specifically to run in this kind of race.”

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