Dunlop hoping sisters will provide answer to EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series conundrum

Thu 18 Aug 2016

Trainer Ed Dunlop saddles the half-sisters Sagaciously and Sagely at Goodwood on Wednesday (July 27th) as the new £625,000 EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series reaches its halfway point with a highly competitive ten-runner renewal of the EBF Breeders’ Series Veuve Clicquot Fillies’ Handicap.

This £30,000 mile and a quarter contest is the tenth leg of a 20-race Series which reaches its conclusion at Newmarket on Saturday October 1st with the staging of its final four races, which are each worth £50,000.

The four-year-old Sagaciously has already got her head in front in one of the earlier Series races, when triumphing in a £20,000 event at Doncaster on May 14th.

Her two subsequent starts have both been in Listed company, when a fine fifth in the EBF Stallions Nottinghamshire Oaks on June 1st and then when fifth again in atrocious conditions in the Fred Archer Stakes at Newmarket three weeks later.

A year younger, Sagely also ran in a Listed affair on her latest start, when suffering serious interference in the EBF Stallions Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle, and has been given over a month to recover from that experience.

Earlier, she ran away with a handicap at Ripon on May 15th and then chased home Diploma at York six days later.

Dunlop is not the only trainer to be two-handed in this wide open handicap – Mark Johnston is represented by both last year’s German Group 3 winner, Dessertoflife, and the well-bred Kiltara, who is returning from a nine-month lay-off.

Other leading candidates are Sir Michael Stoute’s Intimation, a half-sister to the recent Group 2 Summer Mile hero, Mutakayyef, and the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Rioca, absent since finishing second in the Listed EBF Stallions Montrose Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket last October.

The aim of the EBF Breeders’ Fillies 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.

A collaboration between the British Horseracing Authority, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the British European Breeders’ Fund (BEBF), over £300,000 of its total prizemoney has been contributed by the BEBF, which itself is funded by British Stallion Farms.

Ed Dunlop, trainer of Sagaciously and Sagely, said:

“Sagaciously has to give a lot of weight and I am not sure that she will be up to giving 15lbs to her little sister, Sagely. But she is in good form and will appreciate the better ground at Goodwood having hated the heavy surface at Newmarket last time.”

“Sagely was pretty much knocked over at Newcastle and should be better suited by turf than the tapeta she ran on that day.”

“The form of her York second was boosted when Diploma won a Listed race last Friday and she has been trained specifically with this race in mind.”

“I am great fan of this new EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series. I think that it is fantastic and long may it continue.”

EBF Breeders Fillies Series News

Fri 15 Jul 2016

Kirk hoping for bold show from Calypso Choir in EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap

Thursday July 14th 2016 – The new EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series continues on Saturday (July 16th) with races at both Newbury and Newmarket. Eight runners have been declared for the Bathwick Tyres EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap over a mile worth £30,000 with trainer Ralph Beckett who recorded five winners last Saturday looking for more success. He saddles Golden Stunner who is bidding to land her hat-trick after wins at Nottingham and most recently at Newmarket.
Calypso Choir is one of 15 declared runners for the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap at Newmarket worth £20,000 over six furlongs. Her rivals include Silver Rainbow who will be looking to follow up on her recent success at Newbury for trainer Charlie Hills.
Calypso Choir finished a close up second on her latest start at Goodwood back in June and her trainer Sylvester Kirk is hoping she can double her winning tally on her seventh start on Saturday.
Sylvester Kirk, trainer of Calypso Choir, said:
“She is in great form, but we have just been waiting for the ground to dry up for her. It is an extremely competitive race but she should give a good account of herself. The faster the ground the better, so I am hoping the rain stays away. The prize-money is great in these EBF Fillies’ Series races so that always helps.”
David Bowe, manager of Littleton Stud, owned by Calypso Choir’s owner, Jeff Smith said:
“The EBF have been instrumental with prize-money and sponsorship over the years and I believe the new EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series launched this year is a fantastic idea. Something like this has been badly needed for a long time, as in the past there have been limited opportunities for three year old and upwards fillies. The prize-money is exceptional and I cannot emphasise enough how much of a success the series has been so far.”
The EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series boasts overall prizemoney of £625,000 and has been 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 or retire them.


Wed 8 Jun 2016

The European Breeders Fund announces an addition to the structure for registering stallions to the EBF.  In a move to reduce the burden for those standing stallions covering small books the minimum fee for registering will now encompass stallions covering 10 mares or less and for an average nomination sold of €2,500 or (£2,000 in GB).

Philip Freedman, Chairman of the British EBF commented, “previously there has been no distinction between a stallion covering around 8 mares or those covering up to 64 mares.  We feel that both financially and administratively this will be more attractive to those standing stallions that fall into this bracket.  Our aim is always to encourage new and existing stallion owners and we hope this change will help”.

Simultaneously the minimum fee to register a stallion to the EBF rises to €500 (£350 in GB) from €450.  Charles-Henri de Moussac, Chairman of the EBF explains “the minimum fee has been held since the start of the EBF and this small increase will ensure that a healthy fund is achieved to put back into prizemoney”.

Funded by contributions from European Stallion Farms the EBF has allocated over €100 million to racing over the last thirty years.




Tue 12 Apr 2016

Tuesday April 12th 2016 – The European Breeders’ Fund is proud to announce the launch of a new EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series for 2016 encompassing 20 races with total prizemoney of £625,000 and culminating in a four-race finale at Newmarket on Sun Chariot Stakes day, Saturday October 1st.

The aim of the Series is to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them for export or retire them.

The Series races are all handicaps for three-year-olds and above, and each has a minimum value of £20,000. They will be contested over six, eight, ten and twelve furlongs at a dozen of Britain’s best racecourses, starting at Ascot on May 7th.

The Series is a collaboration between the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) and the British European Breeders’ Fund (BEBF).

The BEBF, which itself is funded by British Stallion Farms and has paid out more the £30 million in prizemoney over the past three decades, is contributing over £300,000 of the prizemoney. The Levy Board’s Race Incentive Fund has provided an additional sum in excess of £40,000.

The TBA, meanwhile, has put up a bonus worth up to £25,000, whereby any qualifying filly that wins one of the four £50,000 final day handicaps at Newmarket in October will be eligible for a stallion nomination voucher.


Philip Freedman, Chairman of the BEBF, said:

“The BEBF is delighted to be sponsoring a Series which will be of great benefit to breeders.”

“It will provide opportunities for fillies just below listed class and give their owners an incentive to keep them in training in Britain, which in the future will strengthen the country’s broodmare band and benefit the stallions standing at stud here and hence, of course, contribute the funds on which the BEBF depends.”


Julian Richmond-Watson, Chairman of the TBA, said:

“This is a well thought-out series which encourages owners and trainers to keep running their fillies throughout the year and gives them an end-of-season target.”

“On behalf of the TBA, I would like to thank the EBF for their support of fillies who fall just below Pattern Race class.”


Ruth Quinn, Director of Racing Development at the BHA, said:

“This Series is designed to create and enhance opportunities for those fillies often referred to as ‘twilight’ horses.  It is a valuable and worthwhile initiative, and one which complements the BHA’s ongoing review into the fillies’ race programme.”

“While we have made great improvements to the fillies’ programme in recent years, the generous prize money provided by the EBF and TBA serves to further strengthen the fare for fillies.”

“It is excellent news, too, that several racecourses, when approached by us, have upgraded races in order to be part of this series.”


Ralph Beckett, trainer of four different European Classic-winning fillies, said:

“This is a terrific new Series, encouraging owners to keep fillies in training who may or may not be capable of attaining black type. It will give those horses valuable opportunities – which were previously scarce – against their own sex and in the core part of the season.”


For further information please contact:

Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders’ Fund

Phone: 01638 667960 or 07788 497644


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