Tue 9 Oct 2018
Elusive Bloodstock have announced the acquisition of FALCO from Haras du Grand Chesnaie to join their stallion roster for 2019 and beyond in a deal brokered by Richard Venn Bloodstock.
A proven Group 1 sire of both flat and National Hunt horses, he counts Cheltenham Festival Grade 1 winner PEACE AND CO and ODELIZ a winner of the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet amongst his best horses. With a lifetime winners to runners percentage of 56% his top performers in 2018 on the flat include the Group 3 winner XENOBIA and the improving French Listed winner MAIFALKI. His 2018 National Hunt horses include three-time Listed winner over hurdles at Autueil, the Grade 2 placed and 156 rated, BEAU GOSSE.
A top class race career saw him win the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Longchamp by 3 lengths beating Group 1 winners and subsequent sires Rio De La Plata, Thewayyouare, Tamayuz and Paco Boy.
By sire of sires PIVOTAL who had a memorable weekend with 3 Group winners and as broodmare sire of Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp winner Mab’s Cross and One Master winner of the Group 1 Prix de la Foret, he is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Iron Lips.
James Gray of Elusive Bloodstock said “We are very excited to be standing a Group 1 winner, who will be one of the only stallions standing in the UK to have sired a Grade 1 winner over jumps and a Group 1 winner on the flat. He is a gorgeous Bay by a wonderful sire and offers breeders the chance to breed a racehorse as well as a sales horse as shown by the recent sale of a three year old for €65,000 to Gordon Elliot.”
Richard Venn commented “I have been following FALCO for sometime now, he has produced several quality jumps performers from flat crops when he was standing at Haras de Etreham, he was moved to Haras du Grand Chesnaie in 2015 and covered his biggest books of NH and AQPS mares. Interestingly his biggest crop of proper NH stock will be 3-y-o’s in 2019 and I can see him having plenty more winners. He is a big horse, who gives size and gets good looking progeny, plus he is a good cross for Sadler’s Wells line mares. I can see this proven sire being popular with British NH Breeders.”
Falco will stand at £3,000, Oct 1st SLF and joins Elusive Bloodstock foundation stallion Sun Central whose 2019 fee has been announced as £2,000, Oct 1st SLF. For all enquiries please contact James Gray on +44 (0)7743 042742.
Fri 5 Oct 2018
Some changes have been made to the National Hunt program and with it, the series that the European Breeders’ Fund support, have also been amended.
The first EBF supported National Hunt races of the 2018/ 19 season will be run at Worcester on 11th October. Trainers and owners should be aware that in order to run in the high-value end of season finals of the EBF series, all entrants must now be eligible by running to the required place in a qualifying race.
Today’s edition of the Racing Calendar has a pull out detailing all National Hunt series in the country with qualification criteria. The changes affect: EBF Mares’ National Hunt Flat Race Series, EBF Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Series and the EBF/ TBA Mares’ Novices’ Steeple Chase Series.
Details of the qualifying races can be found on the races section of the EBF website; qualification criteria are shown below and on the Race Series section of the BHA Racing Admin website where a list of qualified horses will also be published.
The E.B.F. & T.B.A. Mares’ Novices’ Steeple Chase Series culminates in the final to be run over two miles about five furlongs at Cheltenham on Thursday, April 18th, 2019.
Qualification for the final requires horses to have finished in the first eight in an E.B.F. and T.B.A. Mares’ Novices’ Steeple Chase Qualifier during the current season.
The E.B.F. Mares’ National Hunt Flat Race Series culminates in the final to be run over about two miles at Sandown Park on Saturday, March 9th, 2019.
Qualification for the final requires horses to have been placed in the first six in an E.B.F. Mares’ National Hunt Flat Race Series Qualifier during the current season
The E.B.F. Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Series culminates in the final to be run over two miles about four and a half furlongs at Newbury on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019.
Qualification for the final requires horses to have finished in the first six in an E.B.F. Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ or Maiden Hurdle Race Series Qualifier during the current season.
The E.B.F. ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Series culminates in the final to be run over two miles about four furlongs at Sandown Park on Saturday, March 9th, 2019.
Qualification for the final requires horses, prior to March 4th, to have been placed first, second, third or fourth in an E.B.F. ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ or Maiden Hurdle race Series Qualifier during the current season.
To read more about the wider changes the BHA have made to the National Hunt program, follow the link below:
Fri 21 Sep 2018
2017 Winner Yulong Gold Fairy
33 trainers have entered 64 horses for Series Final at Naas on Sunday October 21
CLICK HERE to see full list of entries
64 horses are entered for the final of the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series at Naas Racecourse, on Sunday October 21, with total prize-money of €120,000. 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 in 2019.
The entries include six winners from the qualifying legs of the series including the Ger Lyons-trained Kestral Prince and Burmese Waltz. Lyons, who is a great supporter of the series is also responsible for a further six more entries. Jessica Harrington has five entries with her Gowran Park winner, Dragon Roll, possibly the pick of the quintet at this stage. Trainer Sheila Lavery, who won this event in 2015 with Sevenleft, has four entries engaged this time round.
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 2yo at public auction for €72,000 or less, with allowances for fillies and horses purchased at a lower auction price.
Nessa Joyce, Irish EBF Manager, said: “This is the fourth year of the series and the results and statistics speak for themselves. The average price of all runners in the series is just over €20,000, three of this year’s winners were bought for less than €10,000 and last year’s final winner, the Dermot Weld-trained filly Yulong Gold Fairy, was a €8,000 yearling purchase. This tells the story that you can get involved and win races with a modest investment. The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series is now an integral part of the racing calendar and with the yearling sales starting next week, the 2019 series should be part of every owners and trainers plans.”
Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director, Foran Equine, commented: “We are delighted to see the strong entries for the Foran Equine Irish EBF auction series final at Naas on October 21st. For us this series has been about creating opportunities for our customers including the trainers, owners and breeders who are the backbone of the industry. Last year’s final was a brilliant occasion and we are looking forward to working closely with Irish EBF and Naas Racecourse to deliver another exciting final.”
Wed 8 Aug 2018
Nessa Joyce (Manager, Irish EBF), John O’Connor (Chairman, Irish EBF), Gareth Connolly (Sales and Marketing Director, Connolly’s RED MILLS) and Tom Mullins, Trainer.
RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series
14 qualifiers, each worth €20,000, final worth €75,000
Irish European Breeders’ Fund today announced Connolly’s RED MILLS as co-sponsor of the Irish EBF NH Auction Hurdle Series that will run from September 2018 until April 2019. The series gets underway at Listowel on September 11th with a €20,000 maiden and finishes in April 2019 with a valuable €75,000 final and total prize-money of €355,000.
Speaking about the announcement, John O’Connor, Irish EBF Chairman, said: “Irish EBF wholeheartedly welcome the involvement of Connolly’s RED MILLS with the much-anticipated National Hunt Auction Hurdle Series. Irish EBF, Horse Racing Ireland and now RED MILLS will support this series to encourage the purchase of NH store horses at auction and give owners and trainers an immense opportunity to target the series with horses costing €45,000 or less.”
Tom Mullins, trainer, commented: “I think this is a brilliant initiative and a great way to bring new owners into the game, we need these owners to keep it lively and vibrant. To buy a horse for €45,000 or less and be able to target this series with a chance to win and perhaps cover your purchase price is wonderful. I will be checking the auction price of all my horses to see which ones are eligible for the upcoming races this September.”
The series will consist of 14 maiden and novice hurdle races from September 2018 to April 2019, each worth a minimum of €20,000, with a final in April worth €75,000. Entry into the final is limited to horses which have run in one of the previous races in the series. The conditions will specify that all horses must be by an EBF registered stallion and bought as an unraced three or four-year-old at a recognised National Hunt Store sale for €45,000 or less, with weight allowances depending on purchase price. In addition, the ITBA have agreed to boost the series by including the €5,000 Weatherbys/ITBA NH Fillies Bonus Scheme for all races in the series.
Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director at Connolly’s RED MILLS said: “This is more than a sponsorship, this is our direct contribution back to the industry that supports us 365 days of the year. We understand the challenges that trainers and owners are facing and felt this was another perfect opportunity to partner with the Irish EBF to deliver another valuable series. We have had remarkable success with Irish EBF and our partner supplement company Foran Equine, seeing huge interest and participation in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series. The aim is to do the same now on the National Hunt side with RED MILLS.
“Like all things, sport is evolving, and the competitive margins are getting tighter and tighter. Our focus is on evolving our products and services to meet the demands of our customers including a comprehensive approach to high performance nutrition bringing together the science and expertise of both feed and supplements. We hope both these series will give us the opportunity to showcase what we offer while at the same time helping to provide opportunities to our customers.”