Tue 12 Apr 2016
Tuesday April 12th 2016 – The European Breeders’ Fund is proud to announce the launch of a new EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series for 2016 encompassing 20 races with total prizemoney of £625,000 and culminating in a four-race finale at Newmarket on Sun Chariot Stakes day, Saturday October 1st.
The aim of the Series is to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them for export or retire them.
The Series races are all handicaps for three-year-olds and above, and each has a minimum value of £20,000. They will be contested over six, eight, ten and twelve furlongs at a dozen of Britain’s best racecourses, starting at Ascot on May 7th.
The Series is a collaboration between the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) and the British European Breeders’ Fund (BEBF).
The BEBF, which itself is funded by British Stallion Farms and has paid out more the £30 million in prizemoney over the past three decades, is contributing over £300,000 of the prizemoney. The Levy Board’s Race Incentive Fund has provided an additional sum in excess of £40,000.
The TBA, meanwhile, has put up a bonus worth up to £25,000, whereby any qualifying filly that wins one of the four £50,000 final day handicaps at Newmarket in October will be eligible for a stallion nomination voucher.
Philip Freedman, Chairman of the BEBF, said:
“The BEBF is delighted to be sponsoring a Series which will be of great benefit to breeders.”
“It will provide opportunities for fillies just below listed class and give their owners an incentive to keep them in training in Britain, which in the future will strengthen the country’s broodmare band and benefit the stallions standing at stud here and hence, of course, contribute the funds on which the BEBF depends.”
Julian Richmond-Watson, Chairman of the TBA, said:
“This is a well thought-out series which encourages owners and trainers to keep running their fillies throughout the year and gives them an end-of-season target.”
“On behalf of the TBA, I would like to thank the EBF for their support of fillies who fall just below Pattern Race class.”
Ruth Quinn, Director of Racing Development at the BHA, said:
“This Series is designed to create and enhance opportunities for those fillies often referred to as ‘twilight’ horses. It is a valuable and worthwhile initiative, and one which complements the BHA’s ongoing review into the fillies’ race programme.”
“While we have made great improvements to the fillies’ programme in recent years, the generous prize money provided by the EBF and TBA serves to further strengthen the fare for fillies.”
“It is excellent news, too, that several racecourses, when approached by us, have upgraded races in order to be part of this series.”
Ralph Beckett, trainer of four different European Classic-winning fillies, said:
“This is a terrific new Series, encouraging owners to keep fillies in training who may or may not be capable of attaining black type. It will give those horses valuable opportunities – which were previously scarce – against their own sex and in the core part of the season.”
For further information please contact:
Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders’ Fund
Phone: 01638 667960 or 07788 497644
Thu 5 Nov 2015
The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) reveals the selection of invited National Hunt stallions that will be taking part in the annual Stallion Parade at Cheltenham on Friday, November 13th.
The British based EBF qualified NH stallions making their appearance in this year’s parade are: (listed in alphabetical order):
- BLUE BRESIL
- MOUNTAIN HIGH
- PETHER’S MOON
Commenting on the parade line up, Louise Kemble, TBA, CEO, said: “The TBA is delighted to be able to show a total of five new and previously unseen stallions at this year’s Parade. Together with some of our leading younger NH sires there promises to be a horse to suit everyone’s mare and budget”. The parade will commence at 10.55 a.m on Countryside Day in the Parade Ring. Each stallion will be shown individually with commentary from Director of Doncaster Bloodstock Sales, Tim Kent. For all mare owners intending to support British based sires in 2016 it is the ideal opportunity to view a number of stallions in one place and discuss plans for their mares with the stallions’ connections.
The TBA would like to especially thank the Stallion Parade sponsors, the British European Breeders’ Fund (BEBF); Doncaster Bloodstock Sales (DBS) who have generously sponsored the stallion handlers’ jackets; and Weatherbys General Stud Book Ltd, for their help and support in the production of the TBA NH Yearbook, which will include a report from the NH Stars of Tomorrow Foal Show, details of the stallions at the Stallion Parade and the Elite Mares Scheme for 2016, complimentary copies of which will be handed out at the parade.
TBA Members can gain free entry to Cheltenham Racecourse on the day by producing their valid TBA membership card at the Owners and Trainers desks at either the North or Hall of Fame entrances only. Discounted badges for guests can be purchased at the special advance purchase rate of £25 per person, by contacting Cheltenham Racecourse direct on 0844 5793003 up until Thursday 5th November.
The parade will last for half an hour, after which TBA members and their guests are invited to enjoy the use of the TBA Stallion Parade Marquee (M5 in the Tented Village) where facilities include a cash bar and light refreshments. Stallion connections will also be on hand in the marquee after the parade to answer any questions and a Silent Auction of stallion nominations, generously donated by the respective stallion owners, will be held in support of TBA NH initiatives.
Thu 22 Oct 2015
The European Breeders Fund is delighted with the initiative launched by JCR and ARC and, as one of the largest sponsors in Britain, wishes to do all that it can to support them. Accordingly the British EBF will in future only engage in new joint sponsorships with Authorized Betting Partners. We will work both with those groups and the independent racecourses over the coming months as the allocation of EBF funds, estimated at over £1.3 million for 2016, is determined.
European Breeders Fund CEO
21 October 2015
Wed 21 Oct 2015
Eight valuable handicaps for fillies and mares, run between seven and nine furlongs, are being introduced during the third season of the All-Weather Championships, which starts next week on Thursday, October 29, 2015 and concludes with the £1.1 million Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, March 25, 2016.
The Class Two and Three handicaps, worth up to £27,000 each, take place between January and March next year at Lingfield Park, Kempton Park and Wolverhampton Racecourses.
The European Breeders Fund (EBF) is backing the new races, which provide extra opportunities for fillies and mares through the winter months with the best horses set to compete on Good Friday in the 32Red Fillies and Mares Final worth £150,000.
This extension of its support means the EBF is contributing a total of £109,000 towards prize money during the third season of the All-Weather Championships.
The significant figure is spread across 44 races with EBF conditions at the five All-Weather racecourses in Great Britain – Lingfield Park, Wolverhampton and Southwell, run by the Arena Racing Company (ARC), the Jockey Club’s Kempton Park and Chelmsford City, during the All-Weather Championships. The races range from two-year-old maidens to Listed events.
Philip Freedman, the British EBF Chairman, said: “The British EBF is very pleased to be increasing support for the All-Weather Championships this season by providing funding to assist the programming of a new series of worthwhile opportunities for fillies and mares.
“These races have been designed as specific stepping stones leading towards participation in the 32Red.com Fillies’ and Mares’ Final worth £150,000 on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, March 25, 2016.”
Martin Cruddace, the ARC Chief Executive, welcomed the EBF’s involvement: “ARC established the All-Weather Championships to raise the profile and prestige of All-Weather racing.
“We are extremely grateful to the trustees of the British EBF and stallion owners of British-based sires for extending their existing prize money contribution to include extra races on the All-Weather.”
Kerry Murphy, the EBF Chief Executive, added: “The British EBF’s support of the All-Weather Championships reinforces our commitment to encouraging quality racing across Europe throughout the year.”
EBF SUPPORT BY RACECOURSE DURING THE THIRD SEASON OF THE ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2015/16:
CHELMSFORD CITY: 2 races, EBF contribution £5,500
KEMPTON PARK: 10 races, EBF contribution £29,500
LINGFIELD PARK: 19 races, EBF contribution £51,000
SOUTHWELL RACECOURSE: 5 races, EBF contribution £2,500
WOLVERHAMPTON RACECOURSE: 8 races, EBF contribution £20,500
THE NEW HANDICAPS FOR FILLIES & MARES DURING THE THIRD SEASON OF THE ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIPS:
27 Jan, 7f, £16,500
19 Feb, 7f, £16,500
1 Mar, 8f, £27,000
6 Jan, 8f, £16,500
1 Feb, 8f, £27,000
19 Mar, 7f, £16,500
21 Jan, 8f, £16,500
2 March, 7f, £16,500