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Corelli heads eight contenders out to plunder new EBF Buccaneer prize at Southwell on Friday

Wed 28 Nov 2018

Morning Wonder Winning at Doncaster

Morning Wonder Winning at Doncaster

A new European Breeders’ Fund-backed £20,000 conditions race on Fibresand at Southwell this Friday, November 30, has attracted eight runners, with five rated 90 or more.

The Betway EBF Buccaneer Conditions Race (1pm) over a mile and a half is one of the most valuable All-Weather races of the year at the Nottinghamshire course and includes the 102-rated three-year-old My Lord And Master, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Liam Jones, who is making his All-Weather debut.

My Lord And Master ran well in Derby trials earlier this year, filling the runner-up spot in Listed races at Epsom Downs and Chester, but came home 12th on his latest appearance in Doncaster’s £70,000 Marathonbet November Handicap – a 23-runner race in which consistent six-year-old Not So Sleepy (Hughie Morrison/Graham Lee, rated 97) finished second.

The strong line-up for Betway EBF Buccaneer Conditions Race on Friday also includes Corelli (John Gosden/Robert Havlin, rated 94). The three-year-old colt won on his only All-Weather outing when taking a Tapeta novice race at Wolverhampton 12 months ago and has his first start since finishing third in the Listed Betfred Derby Trial on turf at Lingfield Park in May.

The form of that race has been boosted considerably since, with winner Knight To Behold annexing a G2 contest at Deauville, France, and the second Kew Gardens going on to G1 glory in the Grand Prix de Paris and the William Hill St Leger, the final British Classic of the year which is run at Doncaster.

Busy Street scored over the course and distance at Southwell on his Flat debut in December, 2015, and the consistent six-year-old has won or made the frame on all six of his starts since joining Michael Appleby in May, going up 15lb in the process to a rating of 90.

The son of Champs Elysees was the decisive winner of a handicap over nine furlongs on turf at Yarmouth in August and returns to the All-Weather after coming home third behind Morning Wonder (Kevin Ryan/Josephine Gordon, rated 92) in a 12-furlong Doncaster handicap, the Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap, on October 27.

Southwell’s leading trainer Appleby, who is based near Oakham in Rutland, reported today: “Busy Street is in fine order and this race is something that we have had in our minds for a while.

“He is a very versatile horse trip wise, having won over nine furlongs in the past, and I think this year he could even stay one mile and six furlongs

“He has done really well for us since joining the yard, improving around a stone, and ran well at Doncaster on his latest start

“He has won at Southwell before, so the surface should hopefully not be a problem, and hopefully he can run well.”

All-Weather specialist Victoria Drummond (Mark Johnston/Franny Norton), a three-year-old Sea The Stars filly, also boasts winning form over the course and distance, having scored by a runaway 12 lengths in the Betway Handicap on her penultimate start on November 12.

Southwell and the EBF worked with the British Horseracing Authority to create this new conditions race.

Mark Clayton, Executive Director of Southwell Racecourse, commented: “We are absolutely delighted with how this new race has worked out in terms of entries and runners, with some really good horses set to line-up on Friday.

“The EBF are fantastic supporters across the ARC group, and we’ve worked closely with them and BHA to offer this unique opportunity over a mile and a half on Fibresand.”

Rachael Gowland, Marketing & Communications Manager British EBF, explained: “The British EBF are constantly working with the BHA to pioneer new races that are felt to be of benefit to and enhance the diversity of the race programme.

“The advent of this new conditions race at Southwell over a mile and a half is a perfect example of that and we are delighted it has been well received and supported by trainers.”

Two flagship EBF races on today’s 2YO card at Newmarket

Wed 24 Oct 2018

Cracksman wins EBF Sire Restricted Maiden Newmarket 2016

Cracksman wins EBF Sire Restricted Maiden Newmarket 2016

In common with the last fixture at Newmarket on the Rowley Mile – the Dubai Future Champions Festival – today’s Two-Year Old Day offers racegoers the chance to see the very best young thoroughbreds at the start of their careers, albeit those future stars may be a little more difficult to identify this afternoon than they were 11 days ago.

Recent history tells us that the contest most likely to be a breeding ground for champions is the British EBF Novice Stakes, due off at 4.55.

Three years ago it was won by CRACKSMAN (Frankel) with STRADIVARIUS (Sea The Stars) back in fourth, a pair of John Gosden-trained stablemates subsequently successful in no less than seven Group 1 races who were both triumphant at QIPCO British Champions Day last Saturday, winning the Champion Stakes and Long Distance Cup respectively. Last year’s winner, KNIGH TO BEHOLD (Sea The Stars), has also gone on to great things, scoring in Listed and Group 2 company while accumulating almost a quarter of a million pounds in prize money. Today’s renewal again promises much, with its combatants including GINISTRELLI (Frankel), sporting the black and yellow silks of Stradivarius’s owner-breeder, Bjorn Nielsen, and FAYLAQ, a son of the stallion-of-the-moment, Dubawi, and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe-winning mare, Danedream.

For the last few seasons this one mile contest has been restricted to European Breeders’ Fund-eligible juveniles whose sire or dam won a race at a mile and a half or beyond. This year the British EBF is also supporting the richest race on the card, the £40,000 British Stallion Studs EBF Nursery (due off at 3.45). It has a slightly different restriction – all runners must have a sire or dam who has won over a mile and a quarter or further. As Rachael Gowland, the Marketing & Communications Manager for British EBF, explains:

“This series of Sire/Dam Restricted Races is our second biggest investment in two-year-old racing behind EBF Maiden and Novice Races. It was only begun in 2015 but it has already grown enormously in popularity, attracting high class runners and good field sizes.”

“There is a popular misconception that staying-bred two-year-olds do not run much as juveniles but that is not the case and these Sire/Dam Restricted Races allow those with staying pedigrees to race against each other on a level playing field.”
“The mile and a quarter nursery is Sire/Dam Restricted for the first time today while the one mile novice race, which was instigated just three years ago, fully justified its existence and our investment in 2016 by producing not one but two of the winners from last Saturday’s fabulous British Champions Day card.”

Courtesy of IRB/ Newmarket Racecourse

Foran EBF Final Glory for Prendergast and Whelan

Mon 22 Oct 2018

Presentation for Foran Equine Irish EBF €120,000 Final

Presentation to winning connections for Foran Equine Irish EBF €120,000 Final

Cedars Of Lebanon capped a tremendous season for Patrick Prendergast and Ronal Whelan with an all the way success in the €120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race Final at Naas Racecourse.

Bought for just €11,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling sale, the daughter of Dandy Man was one of the cheapest yearling purchases in the line-up. Her victory in Sunday’s final brings her earnings on the racecourse to over €100,000 having also won the Foran EBF Qualifier at Naas Racecourse in August.

The tough Cedars Of Lebanon never saw another rival after jumping off at the head of the field and she finished with two lengths to spare over the outsider Sunblessed. Winning Trainer Patrick Prendergast said; “This is a great series and a marvelous race to win so I’m thrilled. This filly is lazy at home and that’s probably why she has lasted the season so well. At home she just eats and sleeps,” said Prendergast. “I’d love to get black type with her but I think that could be it for the season and we’ll try to get that with her next year.”

Yesterday’s final brought the 2018 Foran EBF Series to a successful conclusion. In total 288 horses trained by 68 individual trainers took part in the series. A full field of 16 went to post in the €120,000 Final including Lady Marengo, a series race winner at Navan in September, was the lowest priced purchase at €3,000 while Gustavus Weston also a series winner at Fairyhouse in September, was the highest priced purchase at €55,000. The average price of all the runners through the full series was €20,000.

In a competitive race Cedars of Lebanon was chased home by Ken Condon’s outsider Sunblessed, while Michael O’Callaghan trained both the third and fourth home, Dark Pursuit and Pulsing Dragon.

The first four home are owned by partnerships which once again showcases the Foran EBF Series as a target for the smaller owner and how it has created a platform for this segment of the market to make a significant return on their investment.

John O’Connor Chairman of the Irish EBF said; “This is really what we are all about, getting people to come to the sales and buy a horse and give themselves a chance to find a really good one and we know this from last year’s winner, Yulong Gold Fairy, who ended up a Group filly. Today’s full field is further proof of the popularity of the series and it is great confirmation that the concept is really working and having the desired impact.”

Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director at Foran Equine said: “We’re thrilled with how the series has grown, particularly in the last couple of weeks when we are hearing very encouraging feedback from trainers saying that they are actively looking to buy horses to target this series with. For us it has been great to partner with the Irish EBF and all the stakeholders, this is a good news story and we’re proud to be a part of it. We’ve seen an exciting winner today and we’re delighted for Patrick, Sean and all the connections of Cedars of Lebanon.”

2015 winner – SEVENLEFT, £31,000, Trainer, Sheila Lavery
2016 winner – TREVANNA, €15,000, Trainer, Kevin Prendergast
2017 winner – YULONG GOLD FAIRY, €8,000, Trainer, Dermot Weld
2018 winner – CEDARS OF LEBANON, €11,000, Trainer, Patrick Prendergast

SHEIKHA REIKA graduates to Grade 1 victory in Canada

Thu 18 Oct 2018

SHEIKHA REIKA winning at Great Yarmouth earlier this Autumn

SHEIKHA REIKA winning at Great Yarmouth earlier this Autumn

SHEIKHA REIKA, the three-year-old filly by Shamardal, belonging to Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum won the Grade 1 EP Taylor for trainer Roger Varian and jockey Andrea Atzeni recently.

The filly has run in two heavily supported EBF races as part of her recent preparation for the $500,000, Grade 1 contest: in early September, SHEIKHA REIKA ran to a place in one of the British EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series Handicaps at Ascot before notching up an impressive 4 and a half length victory over stable mate RASMINA (Iffraaj) in the 1m2f Sir John Musker Fillies’ Listed race at Great Yarmouth’s Eastern Festival.

The John Musker has seen some smart performers in its long history and this season, consolidated its position as the feature race at Yarmouth’s feature meeting with a prize money boost of £10,000, brought in to being jointly by the British EBF and the course’s management.  She joins the likes of SPEEDY BOARDING (Shamardal), NEZWAAH (Dubawi) and ARABIAN QUEEN (Dubawi) who have all graduated via the Sir John Musker to Gr.1 successes later in their careers.

Rachael Gowland of the British EBF commented:

“This is exactly why we work closely with courses to identify good developmental races to invest our prize money fund in to. Part of the remit of the EBF is to encourage courses to run these types of races for higher prize funds and support that initiative so the right kind of races develop and produce the stars of the future.  We are delighted that our increased investment in the race has been rewarded so quickly and that SHEIKHA REIKA has provided such a flagship win for Great Yarmouth’s feature race of the year.  We are delighted to confirm that our increased investment in the race will remain in place for the 2019 season.”


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