Forty-three Contenders Remain on Target for €120,000 Auction Series Final

Tue 15 Oct 2019


Presentation to winning connections of Champers Elysees, winner of €30,000 qualifying race at the Curragh, 29th September, 2019.

Eleven auction maiden winners stand their ground ahead of Foran Equine Irish EBF Final

Forty-three horses remain in the €120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Final at Naas on Sunday after today’s forfeit stage, including eleven horses who have each won a qualifying race over the summer.

Noel Meade, who has enjoyed great success with his juveniles this season, has the highest numerical representation with six possible runners remaining, headed by Roscommon and Navan series winners Helvic Dream and Layfayette, while Jessica Harrington has five still in contention including Elite Legion and For The Trees, who landed qualifiers at Listowel and Sligo respectively.

Miss Myers, who landed the last race in the series at Limerick, heads a quintet representing Kilkenny trainer Tom Mullins, while Willie McCreery’s Lustown Baba and Windham Belle with Johnny Murtagh’s Champers Elysees are others to have landed qualifiers who will be vying for the €72,000 winner’s prize.

Johnny Murtagh, trainer of Champers Elysees and Borelli said; “We will hopefully be double handed in the final, both are being trained for the race. We are delighted to be a part of it, it is a great initiative.  We can now tell owners ahead of the sales or when selling them on all about the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series with a final worth €120,000 and they can be a part of that.”

Commenting on the final, Jessica Harrington, trainer of a record six series winners said; “The whole reason behind this scheme is to try incentivise new owners into the game and it is fantastic for the industry.  This Sunday’s final is a €120,000 race and it will be highly competitive and will take a very good horse to win it this year.”

Nessa Joyce, Manager Irish EBF said; “the 2019 series and €120,000 final has become a serious target for many owners and trainers. It is sensational to see such growth in the series over the last five years. To acknowledge the growth, the Irish EBF board wanted to reward all runners in the series by giving them another shot at great prize-money. A new race, the €30,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Nursery Handicap will be run at Navan racecourse on Wednesday 23rd October over 5 furlongs 164 yards. To enter, horses must have run in one of the qualifiers and be EBF eligible. This is another example of how the Irish EBF board are continuously working with the industry to enhance the options available to owners and trainers of two-year-olds.”

Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director, Foran Equine: “The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series continues to be an enormous success. It is designed to create opportunity within the industry and to hear the positive feedback from the owners, trainers, jockeys and breeders who are benefiting from the sponsorship is significant. This feedback confirms to us, that this is the right investment back into the industry that supports our business. With the level of prize-money on offer on Sunday, it’s no surprise to see the final so well supported and we’re looking forward to an intriguing contest at Naas. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the series and the Irish European Breeders Fund for working so closely with our team to continuously develop this partnership.”


Eleven 2019 series race winners are entered in the final – Brunelle (Ger Lyons), Champers Elysees (Johnny Murtagh), Elite Legion (Jessica Harrington), For The Trees (Jessica Harrington), Helvic Dream (Noel Meade), Layfayette (Noel Meade), Lustown Baba, (Willie McCreery), Miss Myers (Tom Mullins), Schroders Mistake (Ken Condon), Stela Star (Tom Mullins) and Windham Belle (Willie McCreery).

€18,453 is the average auction price of horses who are entered in the final, with a price range from €800 to €70,000. 33 of the 43 horses were purchased at auction for €25,000 or less.

The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series is designed to create wide-scale opportunities for horses purchased as a yearling or a 2yo at public auction for €72,000 or less, with allowances for fillies and horses purchased at a lower auction price. The final is open to horses which have run in one of the qualifying races and which are EBF eligible.

  • Total prize fund of 2019 series – €666,000
  • Each of the 24 qualifying races will have a minimum prize-fund of €20,000 as well as the added benefit of being Plus 10 registered, whereby qualified winners will be eligible for a bonus of €12,500 giving a winning owner a potential pay-out of just under €25,000. Horses must also be by an EBF registered sire to qualify.
  • New race – The Foran Equine Irish EBF Nursery Handicap of €30,000 is another option for qualified runners to target at the end of the series. It will be run at Navan racecourse on Wednesday 23rd October over 5 furlongs 164 yards. The same qualification criteria applies i.e. must have run in one of the qualifiers and must be EBF eligible.