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British EBF welcome racing re-start with over £140K of support

Mon 1 Jun 2020

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At the start of May, the British European Breeders’ Fund (British EBF), which supports over 600 flat races a year, announced its aim to spend its full £1.68million of prize money enhancements in 2020, with a focus on the initial stages of resumption using the funds accrued during racing’s suspension.

Tuesday sees the organisation sponsor for the first time since the re-start at Kempton Park with support of the British EBF Unibet Snowdrop Fillies’ Listed Stakes the following day at the same track.

With a commitment to support divisions of any confined novice or maiden races run in June, the British EBF will be providing in excess of £140,000 of prize money enhancements to British racing during the first month of resumption.  Their support covers 90 individual races, including 8 Listed races, each receiving £5,000.

British EBF Trustee and BHA Pattern Committee Member, Emma Berry commented:

“The return of British racing is of course welcomed across the industry and as the sport’s financial wheel starts to turn again, the British EBF is delighted to be able to provide a kickstart with vital extra funding derived from racing’s original self-help scheme. The British EBF has been working closely with the BHA to give its backing to almost 100 races in the first phase of the resumption to help stimulate the industry through enhanced prize-money at Listed level and below.”

Eye-catching graduates of last year’s EBF two-year-old races feature strongly this week as postponed Classics loom large in the programme.  Wednesday 3rd June sees HYPOTHETICAL contest the Gr.3 Unibet Classic Trial Stakes under Frankie Dettori following the colt’s 5 length success in the EBF Future Stayers’ Series Stakes at Chelmsford in December for trainer John Gosden.  While TREFOIL, CONVICT and KING CARNEY, all three winners of EBF Future Stayers’ Series races in 2019, hold entries in Listed races during the first week of the new season.  This race series, spearheaded by the British EBF, is part of an industry wide promotion of juvenile opportunities for staying bred horses.

The British EBF makes annual prize money contributions of over £1.6million to flat racing. These are strategically focused towards developmental races and the support of specific areas (such as opportunities for fillies), deemed to be of overall benefit to the longevity of the industry and the breed.  Looking ahead, the organisation is making plans to provide support for an extended flat programme in to November and December, ensuring appropriate support is offered throughout the season.