2017 EBF Future Stayers Maiden Programme Returns Today

Wed 9 Aug 2017

As part of the British EBF’s continuing support of the staying programme, a series of maiden races for progeny of staying stallions has been instigated and developed between the BHA and BEBF.


Restricted to progeny of stallions that won over 10f or more with EBF eligibility, they offer opportunities later in the season for two-year-olds who may be campaigned in staying races later in their careers.  They were created in 2015 in response to a review by the BHA Flat Racing Committee following a noticeable lack of opportunities for staying types and to help meet a goal of further enhancing the stayers programme.


For 2017, the number of races has been increased again to 11, from 10 the previous year.  The additional race, a trial for the British EBF is a maiden to be run at Musselburgh which further restricts runners to progeny of horses that have won over 1m4f or over.  In a bid to accommodate late maturing types and progeny of international staying stallions, the final two races of the 2017 programme with be run on the all-weather at Chelmsford City Racecourse.


Races towards the end of the programme have also be had the conditions opened up to encompass progeny of mares that have won over the allotted distance, again a trial which the British EBF has assisted the BHA in implementing.


The maiden and novice races are run with a minimum total prize fund of £10,000 each, with several exceeding this, being worth £12,000.


The first of these restricted maiden/ novice races is to be run at Great Yarmouth today and is a seven furlong, Class four contest which carries a total prize fund of £10,000.  The contest has attracted seven runners from 23 entries. Three of the field face their first racecourse debut today with the group headed by first time out winner THE LAST EMPEROR (Azamour) for Roger Varian.


Ruth Quinn, BHA’s Director of International Racing and Racing Development, said:


“As part of the ongoing project to encourage the breeding and buying of a greater number of future stayers, the BHA will seek to grow the number of races, over the next three to five years, for the progeny of either sires or dams who have won over a distance of 10 furlongs or more, with a small number of races being offered for those progeny who won over 12 furlongs or further.  These races should be viewed as an investment for the future and will hopefully act, as part of our wider package of enhancements for the stayer, as an incentive for people to invest in horses with certain bloodlines and which are more likely to demonstrate an aptitude for stamina.  We are delighted that the British EBF is keen to extend its support for these races and to invest in the programme for future stayers.”


ARC Director of External Affairs, Susannah Gill, said:


“We’re delighted to be hosting the first race in the EBF’s 2017 Stayers Maiden Programme. As major sponsors in British Racing we welcome the opportunity to support the work of the EBF wherever possible, while ARC’s recent investment in levelling the home straight has helped ensure Great Yarmouth remains popular with trainers as an ideal location to run young horses.”


The rest of the races in the future stayers’ maiden/ novice programme:


Date Course Category Class Distance Total Prize Fund
09/08/2017 Yarmouth 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 4 7 £10,000.00
08/09/2017 Ascot 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 3 7 £12,000.00
10/09/2017 York 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 3 7 £12,000.00
13/09/2017 Carlisle 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 4 8 £10,000.00
16/09/2017 Musselburgh 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 3 8 £12,000.00
11/10/2017 Nottingham 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 5 8 £10,000.00
17/10/2017 Leicester 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 4 7 £10,000.00
25/10/2017 Newmarket 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 4 8 £10,000.00
06/11/2016 Kempton 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 4 7 £10,000.00
23/11/2017 Chelmsford 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 3 8 £12,000.00
21/12/2017 Chelmsford 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 3 8 £12,000.00