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British EBF to sponsor valuable fillies’ nursery on Dubai Future Champions Day

Thu 28 Aug 2014

The British European Breeders’ Fund has collaborated with Newmarket Racecourses to devise a new race on Dubai Future Champions Day with the British EBF sponsoring a seven furlong fillies’ nursery worth £60,000 on the star-studded card on Friday 17th October.

With sponsorship of £40,000 from the EBF added to the total race value, this new race will be the most valuable contest supported by the British EBF and will give a lucrative end-of-season handicap target for juvenile fillies by EBF stallions.

Philip Freedman, chairman of the British EBF, commented: “We are delighted that the income from the stallion studs which funds the EBF has now risen to a level where we can sponsor this race on such an important day for British racing and for two-year-olds.”

The British EBF is a long-standing supporter of fillies’ races, and sponsors 26 Listed races for fillies and mares at racecourses around the country in 2014. The EBF also supports a broad programme of fillies’ handicaps and conditions stakes, as well as the valuable ‘Carrie Red’ nursery at Doncaster in September and the ‘Jersey Lily’ nursery at Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting.

Michael Prosser, head of racing at Newmarket Racecourses, commented: “We are very grateful to the generous sponsorship of the EBF that has aided the staging of this fillies’ nursery which is the most valuable race of its type in Britain.

“It will link in well from a planning point of view for trainers with the existing Jersey Lily, another EBF fillies’ nursery on the Saturday of the Cambridgeshire Meeting, and is a fantastic addition to the Dubai Future Champions Day card, which boasts prize money of £1.075 million this year.”
Over 560 races in the 2014 Flat racing calendar are supported by the British EBF, taking place at every racecourse in Britain. With a total prize money contribution of £1.125m to Flat racing this year the British EBF is one of the largest numerical sponsors in Flat racing.

Fonds European de l’Elevage sponsors Listed 2yo contest at Deauville

Mon 25 Aug 2014

The Fonds European de l’Elevage (French EBF) was delighted to support the Listed Criterium du Fonds European de l’Elevage at Deauville on Sunday August 24th.

The 1600m two-year-old contest offered €122,000 in prize money, making it the richest race sponsored by the FEE in France.

The race was won by the Freddy Head-trained Medley Chic. The son of the Cheveley Park Stud stallion Medicean made all the running to score by a length and a half from Faithful Creek (Bushranger), trained by Brian Meehan, with the favourite, Light In Paris (Aussie Rules), in third.

Bred by Petra Bloodstock, Medley Chic was purchased by head for €130,000 at the Arqana August Sale for owner Olivier Thomas. The colt was already the winner of a 1400m conditions race at Deauville in early August in which he prevailed by a short head in a four-way photo finish.

EBF lends support to Destination Europe

Thu 24 Apr 2014

The European Breeders’ Fund has been announced as a partner in Destination Europe, joining Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM), Great British Racing International (GBRI) and the French Racing and Breeding Committee (FRBC).

In addition, German Thoroughbred Marketing has also joined Destination Europe as a junior partner in the strategic alliance. Full Story

British European Breeders’ Fund to contribute over £1.1m in prize money to Flat racing in 2014

Sun 30 Mar 2014

The British European Breeders’ Fund (BEBF) will contribute £1.125m to prize money in Britain in 2014, with over 550 Flat races around the country to receive BEBF funding throughout the year.

In a change of policy from recent years, a larger proportion of the BEBF’s support will be directed to conditions races, fillies’ handicaps and Listed races. Previously, the bulk of BEBF funding has been directed to maiden races, but additional support will now be targeted at other race types. Full Story

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