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€75,000 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Series Final Announced for Punchestown Festival

Tue 22 Jan 2019

€75,000 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Series Final announced for Punchestown Festival

€75,000 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Series Final announced for Punchestown Festival

RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final will take place on Gold Cup Day at the Punchestown Festival

Irish European Breeders’ Fund and Connolly’s RED MILLS today announced that the €75,000 Auction Hurdle Series Final will take place on Gold Cup Day at the Punchestown Festival (Wednesday 1st May).

To enter the €75,000 final, horses must have run in one of the fourteen qualifiers and have not won a listed race or a Grade 1, 2 or 3 race. To date nine of the fourteen qualifying races have been run with the next race taking place on Thursday 24th January at Gowran Park on the prestigious Goffs Thyestes Day. The last four chances to qualify to enter the final take place on 9th February (Naas), 23rd February (Fairyhouse), 4th March (Leopardstown) and 24th March (Downpatrick).

This is the first year of the series, which commenced at the Listowel Harvest Festival. The series was designed to create opportunities for horses bought for €45,000/€30,000 or less at store sales in Ireland and the UK, thereby, giving owners and trainers an opportunity to claim some of the €355,000 prize-money on offer.

The conditions for the qualifying races 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/ €30,000 or less, with weight allowances depending on purchase price. In addition, the €5,000 Weatherbys/ITBA NH Fillies Bonus Scheme is in place for all races in the series.

Speaking about the announcement, John O’Connor, Irish EBF Chairman, said; “The Irish EBF board would like to thank Punchestown Racecourse and Horse Racing Ireland in facilitating the series final to take place during the festival. It is an exciting prospect for connections to have a qualified runner at the festival and it gives a chance to one of the 51 trainers, who already have a runner qualified, to take home the first prize on May 1st. The Irish EBF and our co-sponsor Connolly’s RED MILLS are committed to continuing and enhancing the series into the future and in so doing helping to support the NH sector and encouraging the purchase of NH store horses at auction for €45,000 or less.”

Speaking after The Holy One’s win in the RED MILLS Irish EBF Series at Thurles on Sunday, Jessica Harrington said; “I think it’s a great series, it really encourages people to go to the store sales to buy in that price range, some of the races are for horses bought for less that €45,000 and others for less than €30,000 and you have a chance of not taking on the very expensive horses and a lot of very good horses only cost that much. The final is on the radar now for The Holy One, 2 and half miles will suit him, as I think he stays further then today’s 2 miles.”

Eric McNamara, trainer, commented;“This series is a huge benefit to owners and trainers, every trainer I’ve spoken to is 100% behind it and are grateful to the Irish EBF and RED MILLS for their support. To have the final during the Punchestown Festival is a wonderful boost to the series and will focus everyone on qualifying their horses in the last four series races. We fully believe the series will continue to get bigger and better each year.”

Conor O’Neill, CEO Punchestown Racecourse said: “Punchestown is delighted to host the inaugural Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final as part of the 2019 Punchestown Festival on Wednesday 1st May. We continuously strive to enhance our festival race programme in conjunction with Horse Racing Ireland and I believe this race is certainly an exciting addition to that. It’s a fantastic initiative by the Irish EBF which is generously supported by Red Mills and provides a vital opportunity for both Owners & Trainers alike to compete at the festival. Boasting a valuable prize fund of €75,000, I think it will be very well supported by the industry and I would like to thank all those involved for bringing this concept to fruition and we look forward in anticipation to staging the final on Gold Cup Day. “

Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director at Connolly’s RED MILLS said; “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to stage the RED MILLS Irish EBF Hurdle Series Final at the Punchestown Festival. As well as the attractive prize-fund of €75,000 it’s another opportunity for trainers and owners to have a runner at the Festival. We’re very grateful to everyone who helped make this happen. The series is building momentum and with another four qualifiers to go after Thursday’s leg in Gowran, we expect the final will be hotly contested.”


Runner Statistics to date 

# Runners 88
# Individual horses 76
Average Auction Price of all runners €15,428
Average Auction Price of winners €20,755
# Syndicate winners 4
# Individual Trainers 51


RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Races 2018-2019:


DATE Racecourse Race Value Conditions Raceday
11-Sep-18 Listowel €20,000 €45k or less, Mdn 4+ Listowel Harvest Festival
06-Oct-18 Gowran Park €20,000 €45k or less, Mdn 4+ Champion Chase Day
21-Oct-18 Cork €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ (M) Launch of Cork NH season
28-Oct-18 Galway €20,000 €45k or less, Mdn 4+ Autumn Racing at Galway
18-Nov-18 Punchestown €20,000 €45k or less, Mdn 4+ Punchestown Winter Festival
25-Nov-18 Navan €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ (M) Troytown Day
26-Dec-18 Down Royal €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ Boxing Day Meeting
28-Dec-18 Limerick €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ Limerick Christmas Festival
20-Jan 19 Thurles €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ Kinloch Brae Chase Day
24-Jan-19 Gowran Park €20,000 €45k or less, Mdn 4+ Thyestes Race Day
09-Feb-19 Naas €20,000 €45k or less, Nov 4+ Opera Hat Mares Chase Day
23-Feb-19 Fairyhouse €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ Bobbyjo Chase Day
04-Mar-19 Leopardstown €20,000 €45k or less, Nov 4+ National Hunt Finale Day
24-Mar-19 Downpatrick €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ Ulster National Chase Day
01-May-19 Punchestown €75,000 Novice Final Coral Gold Cup Day




List of Winners and sales information:


Date Track Horse Owner Sale Price Sale
11/09/2018 Listowel Whatsafellatodo Joseph Daniels €20,000 Tattersalls Ireland Derby National Hunt 2016
06/10/2018 Gowran Park Vinnie The Hoddie Five Guys & A Striker Syndicate €45,000 Tattersalls Ireland Derby NH 2017
21/10/2018 Cork Court Maid Rory F Larkin €1,800 Tatts Ireland August N.H. Sale 2016
27/10/2018 Galway Felix Desjy Gigginstown House Stud €29,000 Goffs Landrover NH Sale 2016
18/11/2018 Punchestown Satoshi Fergies On A Sunday Morning Syndicate €30,000 Tattersalls Ireland Derby National Hunt 2017
25/11/2018 Navan Put The Kettle On One For Luck Racing Syndicate €22,000 Goffs Landrover NH Sale 2017
26/12/2018 Down Royal Presented Well Bellamy Syndicate €9,000 Goffs Landrover NH Sale 2016
28/12/2018 Limerick Melly And Me Brian Mellon €14,500 Tatts Ireland August N.H. Sale 2016
20/01/2019 Thurles The Holy One David Bobbett €15,500 Goffs Landrover NH Sale 2016


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

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