Irish EBF Prize-money Boost for Auction and Median Series Races
Mon 15 Jun 2020
Irish racing’s largest sponsor, Irish European Breeders’ Fund, have stepped in to further boost prize-money in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series and the new Irish EBF Median Sires Series.
Due to Covid-19 related prize-money cuts, each race in both race series were cut by €1,000, Irish EBF are pleased to supplement the drop in prize-money and restore the value of each race to pre-covid levels. The Irish EBF had previously announced a record annual contribution of €2,500,000 to Irish racing for 2020 in response to the Covid-19 situation.
With racing now scheduled up to the beginning of August, there are ten Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction races and eleven of the new Irish EBF Median Sires races that will each benefit from the €1,000 prize-money boost. The first of the Irish EBF Median Sires races starts today at Fairyhouse and is now worth €25,000 in prize-money, where a maximum field of sixteen will line up to compete for the increased prize-money. The first of the Foran Equine Irish EBF auction maidens will commence at Roscommon racecourse on June 22nd with €20,000 on offer for connections followed the next day by two further races in the series, each worth €24,000, at Navan racecourse.
John O’Connor, Chairman, Irish EBF, said; “At this crucial time for the industry it is important to look after both of these vital race series and continue to offer connections of EBF eligible two-year-olds valuable race opportunities. We commend Horse Racing Ireland on successfully scheduling twenty one races from both series over June and July and we look forward to seeing connections reap the many benefits on offer.”
The new Irish EBF Median Sires series offers a range of valuable races for EBF eligible two-year-olds where the sire’s median price is no more than €75,000, €60,000 or €30,000 along with weight allowances for runners with a lower median sire price. To be eligible to enter the Foran Equine Irish EBF series a two-year-old must be bought for €72,000 or less from a designated yearling or breeze-up sale. Please see the HRI RAS site for full race qualifications https://www.hri-ras.ie/race-planning/qualifications/