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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


The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Announces NH Stallions Taking Part in Annual Parade

Thu 5 Nov 2015

The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) reveals the selection of invited National Hunt stallions that will be taking part in the annual Stallion Parade at Cheltenham on Friday, November 13th.

The British based EBF qualified NH stallions making their appearance in this year’s parade are: (listed in alphabetical order):


Commenting on the parade line up, Louise Kemble, TBA, CEO, said: “The TBA is delighted to be able to show a total of five new and previously unseen stallions at this year’s Parade.  Together with some of our leading younger NH sires there promises to be a horse to suit everyone’s mare and budget”.  The parade will commence at 10.55 a.m on Countryside Day in the Parade Ring. Each stallion will be shown individually with commentary from Director of Doncaster Bloodstock Sales, Tim Kent. For all mare owners intending to support British based sires in 2016 it is the ideal opportunity to view a number of stallions in one place and discuss plans for their mares with the stallions’ connections.

The TBA would like to especially thank the Stallion Parade sponsors, the British European Breeders’ Fund (BEBF); Doncaster Bloodstock Sales (DBS) who have generously sponsored the stallion handlers’ jackets; and Weatherbys General Stud Book Ltd, for their help and support in the production of the TBA NH Yearbook, which will include a report from the NH Stars of Tomorrow Foal Show, details of the stallions at the Stallion Parade and the Elite Mares Scheme for 2016, complimentary copies of which will be handed out at the parade.

TBA Members can gain free entry to Cheltenham Racecourse on the day by producing their valid TBA membership card at the Owners and Trainers desks at either the North or Hall of Fame entrances only. Discounted badges for guests can be purchased at the special advance purchase rate of £25 per person, by contacting Cheltenham Racecourse direct on 0844 5793003 up until Thursday 5th November.

The parade will last for half an hour, after which TBA members and their guests are invited to enjoy the use of the TBA Stallion Parade Marquee (M5 in the Tented Village) where facilities include a cash bar and light refreshments. Stallion connections will also be on hand in the marquee after the parade to answer any questions and a Silent Auction of stallion nominations, generously donated by the respective stallion owners, will be held in support of TBA NH initiatives.