25 Remain on Target for €120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Final

Tue 10 Oct 2017


Presentation to winning trainer Tom Mullins and winning jockey Niall McCullagh from Nessa Joyce (Irish EBF) and Garrett Connolly (Foran Equine) after Powersville wins her 2nd Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race at Naas. Sunday 24th September. Photo: Patrick McCann

Eight auction maiden winners stand their ground ahead of Foran Equine Irish EBF Final

Twenty five horses remain in the €120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race Final at Naas on Sunday after today’s forfeit stage. These include Tom Mullins’ Powersville who has already claimed two races in the series in the colours of his wife Helen. There is strong British interest in the race for the first time with Rufus King from the Mark Johnston yard still in the mix while Apple Anni is set to represent Mick Channon.

Other winners of previous races in the series who could run for the first prize of €72,000 include Johnny Murtagh’s Beach Wedding, Noel Meade’s Cocohulababy, Tom Cooper’s Lisard Lady, Ger Lyons’ Poetic Light, Patrick Prendergast’s Red Persian, Tracey Collins’ Sollertia and Dermot Weld’s Yulong Gold Fairy, a winner at the Galway Festival and could be reopposed by Quizical and Captain Vancouver who followed her home that day.

Andrew Slattery’s Spiorad Saoirse is another Galway July Festival winner, while Ball Girl, third in a Group 3 at the Curragh, and Verhoyen, runner-up in a Listed race at Naas in May, are others who bring a good competitive level of form to the table.

Sheila Lavery, Trainer: “It’s a great series and I try to target horses at it. It can be a great payday for those inexpensive horses and it gives the smaller yards a chance. Sevenleft won it the first year for us and we went home with over with €45,000, it was better than winning a Group race.”

Brendan Duke, Trainer: “The Broghie Man has won €26,500 and he cost €7,000. This has always being the plan to qualify him for the final and he will be difficult to beat over seven furlongs at Naas. The series is fantastic and Foran Equine and Irish EBF must be commended, some of the winners of the qualifiers only cost €2,500. It gives the small trainer and owner something to look forward to and a really good prize at the end of the rainbow.”

Andrew Slattery, Trainer of Spiorad Saoirse: “The plan is to run Sunday, I think he’ll run well, I think he’ll be a better 3yo, he ran over 6f at Naas the last day and it was a bit short for him. I think 7f will suit him better. The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series is a great incentive, it makes it easier to get an owner. It gives trainers like us a great chance.”

Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director, Foran Equine: “The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series has been an enormous success. Designed to create opportunity within the industry, Sunday’s final showcases the impact it has had. For us the sponsorship of this series has been a way to give back to the industry that has supported our business for over 40 years. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the series, including the owners, trainers, jockeys, breeders, racecourses and Horse Racing Ireland. I would also like to thank the Irish European Breeders Fund for working so closely with our team to promote and develop our partnership and we’re looking forward to a great final at Naas on Sunday.”

Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish EBF: “The purpose of the series is to drive interest in the middle to lower end of the auction market. Based on feedback, we are very encouraged that the series is fulfilling a need for trainers and owners of two-year-olds. The purchase price of the entries in the final start from €2,500, with an average of just under €20,000, which demonstrates that you can get involved in ownership for a modest investment.”

Second year of EBF Fillies’ Series hailed a success

Mon 9 Oct 2017

PEACH MELBA wins EBF Breeders' Fillies Series 1m final 2017

PEACH MELBA wins EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series 1m final 2017

The second EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series came to a close today with the running of its final four races of the 20 race series, an initiative available to 3yo+ fillies with a total prize money value of £625,000. 

The four £50,000 open handicaps over six, eight, ten and 12 furlongs boasted competitive fields resulting in four very worthy winners from across the country.  The Series 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 for export or retire them.

PIXELEEN (Pastoral Pursuits ex Ballyalla) won the six furlong British EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series Sprint Handicap Stakes for Somerset based handler Malcolm Saunders, as well as giving Jockey Adam Kirby the second leg of his winning double on the card today.

The one mile British Stallion Studs EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series Handicap Stakes was won by PEACH MELBA (Dream Ahead ex Nellie Melba) who was one of three runners across the card who was eligible for the £25,000 Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) bonus.*  Peach Melba is also the fourth generation filly for Owner-Breeder, Lady Lonsdale’s, foundation mare.

 Mark Johnston, Trainer of Peach Melba, said;

“The Owners are Breeders and they were actually thinking of retiring the filly in the middle of the season.  I said well let’s not retire her until she stops earning her keep which she did very nicely today and she has also earned her place with a really nice stallion in the next year and that couldn’t have been better.  She really deserves it as she is a decent filly, a model of consistency and I am sure she will make a great broodmare.

“The temptation with a filly like this is to have gone in search of international black type so it was nice to have an incentive [in the form of the EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series] to keep her here in Britain.”


Claire Sheppard, Chief Executive, Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA), said;

“We are delighted that the TBA £25k Bonus was won once again on the finale of the EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series. Peach Melba has performed consistently on the track, and is a deserving winner of the stallion nomination voucher. It is hoped that the funds will encourage the owner-breeders to retain her for a broodmare career and to continue their bloodstock activities.’

The Hamdan Al Maktoum owned Neshmeya (Lawman ex High Heeled), was the very worthy winner of the British EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series Middle Distance Handicap Stakes over ten furlongs for Trainer-Jockey combination, Charles Hills and Harry Bentley.

The final contest of the eight race card, the EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series #thisfillycan Handicap Stakes over 12 furlongs, was won by Cribbs Causeway (Rip Van Winkle ex Bristol Fashion) for Beckhampton based Trainer Roger Charlton.

 Rachael Gowland, Marketing and Communications Manager, British European Breeders’ Fund, said;

“We were delighted with the field sizes on today’s races and that PEACH MELBA came away from the day with the TBA bonus for a very good owner/ breeder. The series is establishing its place on the Racing calendar and we are looking forward to its renewal in 2018.”


Notes to Editors

About the British European Breeders’ Fund (BEBF)

Formed in 1983, the British European Breeders’ Fund is funded mainly by UK stallion owners and has contributed over £31.5million directly in to the prize money of British Racing; supporting over 600 flat races and 85 national hunt races each season.

€120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Final Attracts Huge Entry

Thu 14 Sep 2017

Red Persian and Kevin Manning in the centre winning the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race, Leopardstown Photo: Patrick McCann

Red Persian and Kevin Manning in the centre winning the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race, Leopardstown Photo: Patrick McCann

53 horses are entered for the final of the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series at Naas Racecourse with total prize-money of €120,000, up from €100,000 in 2016. It is a timely reminder, before the yearling sales start next week, that horses purchased for €72,000 or less will be eligible for the series next year.

The Foran Equine Irish EBF partnership has significantly boosted prize-money and made the auction series a lucrative proposition for trainers and owners. The series is designed to create wide-scale opportunities for horses purchased as a yearling or a two-year-old at public auction for €72,000 or less, with allowances for fillies and horses purchased at a lower auction price.

John O’Connor, Irish EBF Chairman said: “The purpose of the series is to create opportunities for horses bought at auction in the middle to lower tier of the market (€72,000 or less). 50% of the winners this year were bought for €19,000 or less and two of these winners were bought for €2,500; this proves you can get involved and win races for modest investment. Everyone heading to the yearling sales should target the 2018 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series, which runs from May to October, with 23 races and a minimum prize-fund in each race of €20,000.”

53 horses, trained by 42 different trainers, have been entered to run in the final at Naas Racecourse on Sunday October 15. They include eight winners from the qualifying legs of the series including Patrick Prendergast’s Red Persian. Notably, he was also runner-up in an earlier series qualifier run at the Curragh in May, won by one of Europe’s leading juveniles Beckford, which was probably the best two-year-old maiden run in Ireland this year. Red Persian, would go on to win the €30,000 series race at Leopardstown in June.

Patrick Prendergast, Trainer of Red Persian commented: “Red Persian’s owners are new to ownership, for them to win a two-year-old maiden in Ireland was an incredible experience. There was a return of over €30,000 (prize-money and Plus 10 Bonus) from a €5,000 yearling purchase. The plan is to run Red Persian in the final and the owners, The Persian Red Partnership, are already working on bringing in more people into the partnership, to buy two or three yearlings this year with the 2018 Foran Equine Irish EBF Series as their target.”

Ger Lyons is well-represented with four entrants including the winner of the Bellewstown leg of the series Poetic Light, first time out Curragh winner Would You Believe and Ball Girl.

Ger Lyons, Trainer of Poetic Light, commented: “The €120,000 final of the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series is a great pot to aim for in October for any horse, but you must have a quality one to win on the day. My plan is to target the final with three or four serious horses who I believe have the potential to scoop the big prize.  This series is a great bonus for owners that must be supported into the future by reinvesting at the yearling sales in preparation for next year.”

Gareth Connolly, Sale and Marketing Director, Foran Equine said: “The series has been a great success, each of the races have been strongly supported and with four races left before the final, 57 individual trainers have already run a least one horse in one leg of the series. It is hugely important to us that this series creates opportunities for the industry as a whole and gives owners and trainers a valuable target when buying and training their horse. This series has also allowed us to support our customers and we’re looking forward to a great final in Naas on the 15th October and an even bigger serie s in 2018.”

British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Stakes – Britain’s Richest Maiden Race.

Fri 25 Aug 2017

RIVET wins Convivial Stakes York 2016

RIVET wins BEBF Convivial Stakes York 2016

The British European Breeders’ Fund are proud to be supporting the Convivial Maiden Stakes for the third year today at York.  The Convivial has the accolade of being Britain’s most valuable maiden with its prize money increasing each year under the combined stewardship of York Racecourse and the British EBF, to its current level of £70,000.  In addition, the race carries a Plus 10 bonus which would see an additional £10,000 prize going to a qualified winner.


RIVET (Fastnet Rock), pictured, made exceptional progress through the remainder of his two-year-old career following his 2016 win in the EBF Convivial Maiden.  He won the Gr.2 Champagne Stakes and Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster beating the likes of multiple Gr.1 winner THUNDER SNOW (Helmet); Gr.1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere runner up SALOUEN (Canford Cliffs) and this year’s Gr.3 Bahrain Trophy winner RAHEEN HOUSE (Sea The Stars) in the process.


For seven of the 20 potential runners in today’s race, it will be their first visit to a racecourse; however there are plenty of horses which come the race with promise and experience from their last run. DOSWELL (Giant’s Causeway); GABR (Intello); KANNAPOLIS (Makfi); LAUGH A MINUTE (Mayson); PORTH SWTAN (Invincible Spirit) and MISS MUMTAZ (Lope De Vega) all come to the race with encouraging runs to second place in their last racecourse outing.

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