Wed 24 Jan 2018
The announcement of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings yesterday in London highlighted, among other things, how significant the European Breeders’ Fund is to Europe’s racing industry.
In the two-year-old category, 25% of the horses in the top 20 were graduates of British EBF races and 90% of the top ten horses had won EBF races in either GB or Ireland before progressing to stakes racing.
Europe’s third highest rated two-year-old ROARING LION (Kitten’s Joy), owned by Qatar Racing and trained by John Gosden won two EBF races last season at Newmarket before winning the Juddmonte Royal Lodge (Gr.2) and taking second place in the Racing Post Trophy (Gr.1) behind SAXON WARRIOR (Deep Impact).
Gimcrack Stakes (Gr.2) winner SANDS OF MALI (Panis), ranked seventh in the list, was the winner of an EBF novice race at Nottingham in August for trainer Richard Fahey and owners The Cool Silk Partnership. Staying with Northern trainers, Karl Burke trained both UNFORTUNATELY (Society Rock) and LAURENS (Siyouni) to have their first wins in EBF novice/ maiden races before progressing to Gr.1 wins in the Prix Morny and Fillies’ Mile respectively.
Rounding out the top 20, ELARQAM (pictured in the colours of HH Sheikh Hamdan), the regally bred product of FRANKEL (Galileo) and multiple Gr.1 winning mare ATTRACTION (Efisio), ended his juvenile career with a win the Gr.3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket having won on debut at York in one of the British EBF’s Sire/ Dam Restricted Maidens. ELARQAM currently holds entries for the British and Irish 2,000gns in 2018 as well as retaining his place in the Epsom Derby picture.
Further along the list, Royal Ascot heroine HEARTACHE (Kyllachy), Mill Reef Stakes (Gr.2) winner JAMES GARFIELD (Exceed And Excel) and July Stakes (Gr.2) winner CARDSHARP (Lonhro) were all featured and are all graduates of British EBF races.
The British EBF invested well over £500,000 in two-year-old races in 2017, from Class 5 to Listed level; boosting prize money and spearheading the running of innovative schemes such as the Sire/ Dam Restricted Maidens, designed to encourage and promote the racing of juveniles with staying pedigrees.
Photo: courtesy of York Racecourse
Wed 17 Jan 2018
The British arm of the European Breeders’ Fund (EBF) has become an Official Partner of The Jockey Club, it was announced today, in recognition of the major investment domestic Stallion Studs make into British Racing via the British EBF.
The partnership is designed to help to heighten awareness within the British Racing industry of the significant contribution the British EBF is making to racing in this country, using the platform The Jockey Club can provide through its 15-strong group of racecourses nationwide.
The vast majority of the £1.6 million per year supplementation of prize money that the British EBF provides is via contributions from the income of stallions standing in Great Britain. EBF enhancements to prize money are always reflected above the minimum value of a race, so owners benefit directly from the fund. The trustees also direct money into parts of the programme that encourage progression or which require support.
Recent Flat racing initiatives include investment in Listed races, the EBF Breeders’ Series of fillies’ handicaps and the sire and dam restricted two-year-old maiden races which support the renewed industry focus on stayers. The 80 National Hunt races which the EBF support have a strong focus on fillies and mares to compliment industry drive in this area.
Founded in 1750, today The Jockey Club is the largest commercial group in British horseracing and stages a range of racing, music and other events and activities at its venues nationwide, including four of the five British Classics, the Randox Health Grand National and The Cheltenham Festival. It is governed by Royal Charter to act as a champion for British Racing’s long-term prosperity, including reinvesting all its profits back into the sport.
Stephen Wallis, Group Director of International and Racing Relations at The Jockey Club, explained why The Jockey Club were keen to initiate the new partnership:
“The European Breeders’ Fund has been an integral part of the landscape of British Racing for more than 30 years. We are proud to stage the largest number of EBF races at The Jockey Club’s racecourses and thus help to facilitate this important initiative for horsemen. We are very pleased to be working with the British EBF now as an Official Partner in the promotion of our sport and in support of our prize money aims. Hopefully the group-wide platform we offer will help to showcase to the industry what a significant contribution the British EBF is making to racing in this country.”
Philip Mitchell, Chairman of the British EBF, commented:
“The trustees of the British EBF are delighted that The Jockey Club is acknowledging British stallion studs and owners’ support of British Racing in this way. We hope that this new relationship will increase the profile of the organisation and further understanding within the industry as to what we do and how we are funded. The Fund is still a vital tool to boost prize money which we could not provide without the support and generosity of the stallion masters.
“We are working with other racecourses and groups on similar projects to the group-wide partnership with The Jockey Club and its racecourses, and hope that the initiative that they have shown in approaching us will pave the way for further industry engagement.”
British EBF/ The Jockey Club
Photo credit: John Hoy (Hoy Cubed Photography)
Thu 16 Nov 2017
The bloodstock news pages are full at present of flat racing stallion prospects for the coming stud season. It is the highest value and most prolific of these horses that provide the bulk of the income for the European Breeders’ Fund and enable the organisation to continually support enhancements to prize money. National Hunt sires however, make up an important part of the stallion landscape in Great Britain and with the jumps season now in full swing, the British EBF have announced their investment in this area of the sport for the coming year.
The popularity of horses such as Overbury Stud’s seven-time Champion British National Hunt sire KAYF TARA and the addition of horses such as CLOVIS DU BERLAIS to the roster at Yorton Farm for 2017 mean that National Hunt stallion contributions to the EBF fund are at an all-time high. This in turn, has led to the EBF being able to maintain its highest ever contribution of £125,000 from the fund into National Hunt racing prize money for the second season running.
The 2017/18 British EBF programme covers 86 races divided into four main categories, the largest of which is the popular Novice Hurdle Qualifier Series. Three further categories focus on the promotion of opportunities for fillies and mares with programmes covering: Novice Hurdles, Novice Chases and NH Flat races. Each carry valuable finals scheduled for March and April next year at Sandown, Newbury and Cheltenham. The total prize money across the British EBF supported National Hunt races for the current season easily tops £650,000.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Rachael Gowland explains how the investment in prize money is possible:
“The British EBF is funded mainly by contributions from the income of stallions standing in Great Britain. As there are fewer National Hunt sires in the country, it stands to reason that the amount of money we invest in National Hunt racing is smaller than for Flat racing. That being said, we have a targeted approach to how we use that money and work closely with the BHA to make sure our aims are in line with those of the wider industry; hence the focus on mares’ races in particular.
We are particularly pleased to announce that as a result of working closely with Sandown Park, we have been able to boost the prize money for the Mares NH Flat Race final at Sandown next spring by £6,000 taking the TPF up to £26,000.
Many other courses have also been able to improve their total prize funds for NH races supported by the EBF, for example, Lingfield Park have increased one of their novice hurdle qualifiers by £2,000. Part of what the EBF aims to do is to encourage racecourse to enhance or match fund our contributions above minimum value for races so it is great to see this happening across the board.”
The British EBF supports National Hunt racing at nearly every course in Great Britain from the flagship tracks of Ascot, Cheltenham and Aintree to the Gold Castle Listed Stakes at Britain’s most northerly course of Perth and the ever popular summer jumps racing fixtures at Cartmel.
In addition to investments in racing prize money, the British EBF also supports National Hunt breeders. The organisation lends nearly £6,000 of support annually to the National Hunt Foal Show, where they sponsor lunch, and the National Hunt Stallion Parade each year; both events organised by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.
Sat 21 Oct 2017
Saturday 21st October
The Irish European Breeders’ Fund has named Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud as their Deputy Chairman. Joe replaces John Osborne after he took up the positon as CEO of HRI Racecourses. Joe will work alongside John O’Connor of Ballylinch Stud who is the current Irish EBF Chairman.
John O’Connor, Irish EBF Chairman, said; “Joe became a Governor of the Irish EBF in 2002, since then he has always brought a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and ideas to everything the Irish EBF has worked on. All the Irish EBF Governors voluntarily give up their time and expertise to make sure funds raised from Irish Stallion Farms are best distributed to benefit Irish racing. Joe’s expertise will help to further strengthen Irish EBF’s position as Irish racing’s largest sponsor.”