Second year of EBF Fillies’ Series hailed a success
Mon 9 Oct 2017
The second EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series came to a close today with the running of its final four races of the 20 race series, an initiative available to 3yo+ fillies with a total prize money value of £625,000.
The four £50,000 open handicaps over six, eight, ten and 12 furlongs boasted competitive fields resulting in four very worthy winners from across the country. The Series has been specifically designed to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall just below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them for export or retire them.
PIXELEEN (Pastoral Pursuits ex Ballyalla) won the six furlong British EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series Sprint Handicap Stakes for Somerset based handler Malcolm Saunders, as well as giving Jockey Adam Kirby the second leg of his winning double on the card today.
The one mile British Stallion Studs EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series Handicap Stakes was won by PEACH MELBA (Dream Ahead ex Nellie Melba) who was one of three runners across the card who was eligible for the £25,000 Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) bonus.* Peach Melba is also the fourth generation filly for Owner-Breeder, Lady Lonsdale’s, foundation mare.
Mark Johnston, Trainer of Peach Melba, said;
“The Owners are Breeders and they were actually thinking of retiring the filly in the middle of the season. I said well let’s not retire her until she stops earning her keep which she did very nicely today and she has also earned her place with a really nice stallion in the next year and that couldn’t have been better. She really deserves it as she is a decent filly, a model of consistency and I am sure she will make a great broodmare.
“The temptation with a filly like this is to have gone in search of international black type so it was nice to have an incentive [in the form of the EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series] to keep her here in Britain.”
Claire Sheppard, Chief Executive, Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA), said;
“We are delighted that the TBA £25k Bonus was won once again on the finale of the EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series. Peach Melba has performed consistently on the track, and is a deserving winner of the stallion nomination voucher. It is hoped that the funds will encourage the owner-breeders to retain her for a broodmare career and to continue their bloodstock activities.’
The Hamdan Al Maktoum owned Neshmeya (Lawman ex High Heeled), was the very worthy winner of the British EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series Middle Distance Handicap Stakes over ten furlongs for Trainer-Jockey combination, Charles Hills and Harry Bentley.
The final contest of the eight race card, the EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series #thisfillycan Handicap Stakes over 12 furlongs, was won by Cribbs Causeway (Rip Van Winkle ex Bristol Fashion) for Beckhampton based Trainer Roger Charlton.
Rachael Gowland, Marketing and Communications Manager, British European Breeders’ Fund, said;
“We were delighted with the field sizes on today’s races and that PEACH MELBA came away from the day with the TBA bonus for a very good owner/ breeder. The series is establishing its place on the Racing calendar and we are looking forward to its renewal in 2018.”
Notes to Editors
About the British European Breeders’ Fund (BEBF)
Formed in 1983, the British European Breeders’ Fund is funded mainly by UK stallion owners and has contributed over £31.5million directly in to the prize money of British Racing; supporting over 600 flat races and 85 national hunt races each season.