Wed 8 Aug 2018
AFTER the phenomenal successes of recent graduates of the British EBF support Sire & Dam Restricted Maiden races, which include last week’s Gr.1 Goodwood Cup winner STRADIVARIUS (Sea the Stars) and multiple Gr.1 winner CRACKSMAN (Frankel); the 2018 series kicks off tonight at Great Yarmouth.
The program of races, designed to encourage two-year-old opportunities for horses with potential staying pedigrees, has gone from strength to strength following support from the industry and racecourses and the success of the horses that have used them as stepping-stones to progress their racing careers over the classic distances and beyond.
There are now 15 races in the program and the British EBF were delighted to use the opportunity of the launch race at Great Yarmouth today to announce the addition of a highly prized Sire and Dam Restricted Nursery Handicap at Newmarket on 24th October. The Class 2 contest over 10f will be worth £40,000 and will take pride of place alongside a Sire/ Dam Restricted Maiden on the same day, dedicated to two-year-olds, run over a mile.
Michael Prosser, Director of Racing for the Eastern Region of Jockey Club Racecourses commented:
“We were delighted to be able to secure this brand-new opportunity for a high value Nursery Handicap to be staged on the two-year-old show case card in October at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile. The race it sits alongside on the card produced both CRACKSMAN and STRADIVARIUS from its first running and we are dedicated to promoting a solid foundation for the stayers of the future through these races which all benefit from EBF financial contributions.”
Today’s race at Great Yarmouth has attracted seven runners from yards noted for their production of staying horses including the likes of John Gosden, Michael Bell and Andrew Balding. Of the 2018 renewal of the race, Richard Aldous, Clerk of the course at Yarmouth said:
“Today’s race looks interesting and we’ve attracted a good field from the 15 entries we had. This race is an important feature for Great Yarmouth and is part of a set of developments that we have partnered with the British EBF on this year; the culmination of which will be the John Musker Fillies’ Listed Stakes at our showcase Eastern Meeting which has had its prize money increased from £40,000 to £50,000 this year with help from the EBF.”
Thu 2 Aug 2018
CARAVELA PROVES STELLAR in EBF Fillies’ Handicap
The Mick Channon-trained Caravela (11/1) captured the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap under Andrea Atzeni, the sixth race on day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
The four-year-old daughter of Henrythenavigator launched a powerful challenge towards the outside of the field in the home straight and responded willingly to Atzeni’s urgings to score by a length and three-quarters from Roger Charlton’s Savaanah (4/1), who filled the runner-up position in the 10-furlong contest.
Channon, registering his first victory at this year’s Qatar Goodwood Festival, commented: “Caravela won nicely today. We thought she had a chance and we are delighted she has won.
“She is quite a valuable filly who is by Henrythenavigator and we think there is a bit more to come from her.
“She hasn’t been the easiest horse to train and has had lots of niggles throughout her career. We’ve had to wait for her, but if they’re good you don’t mind waiting!
“Getting black-type would be the plan for her now if we could take that route. I think there is a final to this EBF Breeders’ Series so we will look at that.
“It would be great to get black-type for her. In the last five or six months, she has been a pleasure to train and long may it last.
“Hopefully, she keeps improving and we could have a go at a Group or Listed race with her.
Atzeni, registering his second victory of the 2018 Qatar Goodwood Festival following Stradivarius’ victory in the G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup, remarked: “Caravela won well. She is the sort of filly who needs a strong gallop and I think in the future, she could stay a mile and a half.”
Atzeni rode Without Parole in today’s feature race, the G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes. Trained by John Gosden, the 7/4 favourite was forced to make most of the running and was unable to repel an array of challengers in the home straight, eventually trailing home in seventh behind 9/1 scorer Lightning Spear.
The Italian rider commented: Discussing the race with John Gosden beforehand, it was clear that there was not going to be much pace on.
“He had to make most of running and I didn’t really want to lead on him, but I had no choice.
“When the rest of the field came to him. He did pick up nicely but faded late on. He is a horse who I think prefers to have something to aim at – he’s better than that as she showed at Ascot last time.
One and three quarter lengths separated the first two home, with Caravela, an 11/1 chance trained by Mick Channon, coming out on top from the 4/1 Roger Charlton-trained Savaanah.
Charlton commented on his three-year-old filly’s run: “I am pleased really – I thought she ran another solid race.
“Silvestre [de Sousa, jockey] wasn’t sure whether she was quite the same as she had been when she won at Salisbury. But that was only a two-horse race
“We beat the winner (Caravela) there, a sort of bloodless victory where the handicapper put us up four pounds.
“I thought we would beat her again today, but Caravela has run very well, she has never been out of the places. The winner was rated 77 not that long ago and now she is in the 90s.
“I think we will try a Listed race with Savaanah soon.”
4.45pm EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap
1 Caravela (Jon & Julia Aisbitt) Mick Channon 4-8-09 Andrea Atzeni 11/1
2 Savaanah (Prince A A Faisal) Roger Charlton 3-8-09 Silvestre de Sousa 4/1
3 Four White Socks (S Stuckey) Luca Cumani 3-9-02 Luke Morris 5/1
Mon 4 Jun 2018
Richard Fahey took the first race of the Investec Derby Festival, the Investec Woodcote EBF Conditions Race, with Cosmic Law. The trustees of the British EBF and Epsom Downs Racecourse have worked hand in hand with headline sponsors Investec to improve the prize money for the 2yo contest by £20,000 since its running last year.
Ridden by P J McDonald, the No Nay Never two-year-old colt was highly impressive, drawing away from the field to score by six lengths at odds of 10/1 in a time of 1min 11.95 seconds.
Fahey said: “I was expecting him to run well. But it’s amazing – you sit in the car on the way here, reading the paper, and you see he is the outsider. You think I’m getting this very wrong here – or someone is, anyway. It’s just nice to see him win. He’s a grand horse and a horse we like. He’s quite a laidback character and is getting better with racing, but to win by six lengths – I didn’t see that.
“Six furlongs suits him – five is his bare minimum. He went to Carlisle [over that trip] and only got going 50 yards from the line and took off, and PJ [McDonald] said the penny just dropped. Some horses need racing, some need looking after, but he’s one who definitely improved from racing.”
Asked about what Cosmic Law what do next, he replied: “Coming down in the car I was thinking about the Coventry [at Royal Ascot] and then that we had no chance, but it is definitely in my mind and I will speak to [owner] John Dance. He’s a good-minded horse and if any horse could do it, it’d be him.
“We galloped nine horses on our grass and they have all won. They all finished in a heap that day and I thought ‘Well, there’s no star there’, but it looks like there are three or four stars among them. We are quite happy at the moment with the two-year-olds.
“I am delighted for John Dance, who is a big supporter of the northern trainers. It was great to see Laurens win in France the other day – she is representing the north, not just John – and I am delighted for him because he invests a lot of money and it’s great that he is getting the reward.”
Wed 16 May 2018
Entries for a brand-new EBF novice race for two-year olds closes tomorrow (17th May 2018).
The Class 3, British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes will be staged at Great Yarmouth on 23rd May, which had a fantastic opening meeting earlier in the month with the likes of WITHOUT PAROLE (Frankel) making his seasonal reappearance, over six furlongs and carries at total prize fund of £15,000.
The race has been specifically designed to attract potential Royal Ascot two-year olds; providing valuable racecourse experience for the juveniles ahead of progression to possible runs in races such as the Coventry or Albany Stakes (both Gr.2) by making use of the two-year-old friendly straight at Yarmouth.
The race came in to being as a result of consultation between the BHA, Arena Racing Company and the British EBF and has been funded in part via the BEBF Development Fund.
Rachael Gowland, Marketing and Communications Manager of the British EBF explained:
“The British EBF are always looking to improve graduating opportunities for EBF two-year-olds; after the success of the likes of HEARTACHE, HEADWAY, TAKE ME WTH YOU and SANTRY all progressing via EBF maiden/ novice races to win or be placed at the Royal meeting in 2017, the chance to further enhance this area of our portfolio was very attractive.
We are lucky to have several exciting pre-Ascot opportunities in our sponsorship program and this provides a great enhancement to our EBF races for 2018 along with our increased involvement in similar races at Chester’s May meetings, Lingfield and York’s Dante Festival.”
Richard Aldous, Clerk of the Course at Yarmouth added:
“Our opening meeting showcased Great Yarmouth with excellent field sizes. Every season, stars of the future learn their craft on our track, which we have put a great deal of work into in recent years. We are always ready to welcome trainers from across the region, and country where possible, to take advantage of the great racing surface we have here and we are looking forward to taking this race forward with the British EBF.”