British EBF Graduates head to today’s Coventry Stakes

Tue 20 Jun 2017

HEADWAY wins the EBF Chester Super Maiden (image courtesy of Chester Racecourse)

HEADWAY wins the EBF Chester Super Maiden (image courtesy of Chester Racecourse)

Part of the remit of the European Breeders’ Fund is to support races that promote and develop a horse’s career. The investments in contests such as Conditions races and Listed races is an essential part of that approach; as is the new structure for funding a series of “super maidens” initiated this year.

A recent example was KHALIDI’s win in the British EBF funded Cocked Hat Stakes (Listed) at Goodwood in May. The son of High Chaparral took the contest convincingly and earned his right to line up in the Epsom Derby as a result. The Gr.1 probably came too soon after Goodwood but the fact that his trainer, John Gosden, rated the quality of the Cocked Hat good enough to give the winner a shot at one of the toughest races in the world, is testament to the fact that the EBF regularly seeks out and supports races that enhance the developmental opportunities for the breed, including staying types.

Today’s Gr.2 Coventry Stakes for juveniles over 6f at the Royal meeting, likewise exhibits some good examples of horses that have progressed from competitive EBF races in their last run to earn the right to take the stage against some of the world’s best two year olds.

CHOOKIE DUNEDIN (Epaulette) was a winner of debut for Scottish trainer Keith Dalgleish when taking the EBF Stallions Novice Stakes by a head at Ayr on 24th May.  He will be ridden gain today by Dougie Costello.  The colt is a homebred for the Raeburns from a stakes winning family and runs in the colours of Raeburn Brick Ltd.

HEADWAY (pictured), by Tweenhills’ in form first season sire Havana Gold, will line up for William Haggas who’s yard is currently sporting an eye-catching 26% winners/ runners strike rate.  HEADWAY was second on debut in a highly competitive Class 4 EBF Maiden at Newbury in late April and recently progressed to win the first of the British EBF’s new “super maiden” races (worth £20,000) at Chester just over a month later by three lengths.  A 60,000gns yearling purchase for the Royal Ascot Racing Club; the colt was bred in Great Britain by Whatton Manor Stud, Global Equine and Larry Stratton.

The Clive Cox trained PRINCE OF THE DARK, by another first season sire, Cheveley Park Stud’s Cartier Champion Sprinter Lethal Force, also made a winning debut in an EBF race.  The Alan Craddock owned and bred colt won the Class 3 British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes at Bath in May.  He is out of a Red Clubs mare FAN ROUGE, herself a winner over 6f and half-sister to two year old Group placed sprinter HAIKBIDIAC.

Finally, ZAMAN (Dutch Art) is one of two Godolphin runners in the Coventry Stakes today and was a 160,000gns yearling purchase from British breeders Laundry Cottage Stud.  Charlie Appleby currently sits on a 30% winners/ runners strike rate, so ZAMAN may well improve from his debut win at York in the Class 3 EBF Novice Median Auction Maiden Stakes at the end of May over 6f.

In all, nearly 40% of the British trained runners in the Coventry have progressed to run today, directly from an EBF supported race.


Rachael Gowland