Foran EBF Final Glory for Prendergast and Whelan
Mon 22 Oct 2018
Cedars Of Lebanon capped a tremendous season for Patrick Prendergast and Ronal Whelan with an all the way success in the €120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race Final at Naas Racecourse.
Bought for just €11,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling sale, the daughter of Dandy Man was one of the cheapest yearling purchases in the line-up. Her victory in Sunday’s final brings her earnings on the racecourse to over €100,000 having also won the Foran EBF Qualifier at Naas Racecourse in August.
The tough Cedars Of Lebanon never saw another rival after jumping off at the head of the field and she finished with two lengths to spare over the outsider Sunblessed. Winning Trainer Patrick Prendergast said; “This is a great series and a marvelous race to win so I’m thrilled. This filly is lazy at home and that’s probably why she has lasted the season so well. At home she just eats and sleeps,” said Prendergast. “I’d love to get black type with her but I think that could be it for the season and we’ll try to get that with her next year.”
Yesterday’s final brought the 2018 Foran EBF Series to a successful conclusion. In total 288 horses trained by 68 individual trainers took part in the series. A full field of 16 went to post in the €120,000 Final including Lady Marengo, a series race winner at Navan in September, was the lowest priced purchase at €3,000 while Gustavus Weston also a series winner at Fairyhouse in September, was the highest priced purchase at €55,000. The average price of all the runners through the full series was €20,000.
In a competitive race Cedars of Lebanon was chased home by Ken Condon’s outsider Sunblessed, while Michael O’Callaghan trained both the third and fourth home, Dark Pursuit and Pulsing Dragon.
The first four home are owned by partnerships which once again showcases the Foran EBF Series as a target for the smaller owner and how it has created a platform for this segment of the market to make a significant return on their investment.
John O’Connor Chairman of the Irish EBF said; “This is really what we are all about, getting people to come to the sales and buy a horse and give themselves a chance to find a really good one and we know this from last year’s winner, Yulong Gold Fairy, who ended up a Group filly. Today’s full field is further proof of the popularity of the series and it is great confirmation that the concept is really working and having the desired impact.”
Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director at Foran Equine said: “We’re thrilled with how the series has grown, particularly in the last couple of weeks when we are hearing very encouraging feedback from trainers saying that they are actively looking to buy horses to target this series with. For us it has been great to partner with the Irish EBF and all the stakeholders, this is a good news story and we’re proud to be a part of it. We’ve seen an exciting winner today and we’re delighted for Patrick, Sean and all the connections of Cedars of Lebanon.”
2015 winner – SEVENLEFT, £31,000, Trainer, Sheila Lavery
2016 winner – TREVANNA, €15,000, Trainer, Kevin Prendergast
2017 winner – YULONG GOLD FAIRY, €8,000, Trainer, Dermot Weld
2018 winner – CEDARS OF LEBANON, €11,000, Trainer, Patrick Prendergast