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British EBF maintain annual National Hunt support for 2020/ 2021 season

Thu 22 Oct 2020

Thanks to the health of the domestic National Hunt stallion market in recent years; the trustees of the British EBF are pleased to announce that support for the 2020/ 2021 Jumps Season will remain unchanged at around £120,000.

The money is divided between the ever-popular National Hunt Novice Hurdle Series with its final at Sandown in March and 3 initiatives to support National Hunt mares.  These include series with finals for National Hunt bred mares over hurdles and chase fences and a non-qualifier-based programme of mares’ bumpers.

In line with the British EBF aim of ensuring all funding is directed to prize money, 100% of their contributions to National Hunt races this season are to be reflected above the BHA minimum value of a race.

Simon Sweeting, Chairman of the British EBF and owner of successful National Hunt stallion stud, Overbury, commented:

“The British EBF National Hunt support is lower than our contribution to flat racing but it is proportional to the income we receive from National Hunt/ Dual Purpose stallions and to the number of races we cover under each code.  We support around 85 jumps races each season, against a figure of nearer 700 for flat racing.

Our £120,000 prize money enhancement is vital in a season such as this. Owners can be confident that where they see EBF in a race title, the prize money is guaranteed to be higher than the required BHA minimum value for the class.

We are very grateful for all our contributions, from both flat and national hunt stallion owners, who have contributed a combined total of £36 million since 1983.