British EBF support boosts Racing with Pride Initiatives

Thu 9 Jun 2022

Racing with Pride silks to be worn in the British EBF supports Racing With Pride Stakes at York on 10 June

2021 saw the advent of the first significant activation of Pride Month activities for the LGBTQ+ community through the work of the industry social group Racing with Pride. The Trustees of the British EBF were proud to be at the forefront of this project, offering not just pledges but real world support.

The British EBF donated one of its most valuable races, a Class 3 Fillies’ Handicap at York Racecourse to Racing with Pride so the group could have a focal point for a day out at the races and a platform from which to promote their goals and welcome people to the sport.

This year, the project has developed again. With the backing of the British EBF and its utilising its unique relationship with British racecourses, Racing with Pride have been able to provide a social event at this year’s renewal and have successfully reached out to the York Templars an inclusive rugby club to welcome new race-goers.

Both York Racecourse and Racing with Pride have worked hard to bring this project to fruition and help it develop and the British EBF are delighted that the practical support we are showing for the LGBT community is paying dividends.

The Racing With Pride rainbow silks will be carried for the first time at a British turf flat racecourse, by the five year old filly Zim Baby and jockey Jim Crowley, in The British EBF Racing With Pride Fillies’ Handicap (3pm), worth £34,000 at York Racecourse on Friday 10 June.

With full support from Zim Baby’s owners the unique Silks have been transferred to Fosnic Racing from Racing With Pride specifically for this Friday’s race, which has been named in support and recognition of Pride Month and the LGBT+ community in horseracing.  Furthermore, the sponsorship of the race has been generously donated to Racing With Pride by The British European Breeders’ Fund.

Zim Baby’s trainer Mick Appleby, a prominent member of the LGBT+ community in racing , commented:

“It’s good that racing is welcoming everybody into the sport, recognising different genders and orientations – welcoming people into racing with open arms.

“Zim Baby is going to be running in the ‘Racing With Pride’ silks. I’d like to think she’ll run a good race. It would be a bonus if she can win. We’ve just freshened her up, so she’s in good order and hopefully she’ll run a decent race.”  

Chairman of Racing With Pride, David Letts added:

Racing With Pride is delighted to partner again with the British EBF and York Racecourse to celebrate Pride month. This visible activation is an important signal of support for the LGBTQ+ community, both within racing and beyond, and publicises the year-round commitment from these organisations to our work. It is an exciting bonus to have the Racing With Pride silks in use on the day and huge thanks go to Zim Baby’s connections for their support.”

Further activation celebrating Pride month will also be taking place around York Racecourse across its two-day fixture, with the Pride rainbow flag set to fly from the top of the grandstand on both days. Furthermore, players from The York Templars an inclusive rugby union team will also join Racing With Pride and York Racecourse as guests and enjoy the afternoon of racing, including the chance to judge the best turned out of the 3pm race and form part of the trophy presentation party.

William Derby, Chief Executive of York Racecourse commented:

““We are very grateful for the British European Breeders’ Fund’s support in enabling this special celebration of the nationwide Pride Month within racing and at York.  We are delighted to be an active and enthusiastic supporter of Racing With Pride and to welcome all members of our community to York for everyone to enjoy.  We wish Zim Baby and Jim Crowley, Mick Appleby, Fosnic Racing and everyone at Racing With Pride the very best of luck in the race.”

Racing With Pride Silks

The silks were created from a competition run by Racing With Pride, to design silks that will increase visibility of LGBT+ support within racing and on racecourses last year.   Three designs were chosen by the Racing With Pride committee and were then put to a public vote, with the winning design brought to life by racing silks supplier, Allertons.  Partners Katie Doyle and Ellen Lincoln, part of the Racing With Pride community, won the public vote and Great British Racing captured them seeing the silks being manufactured at Allertons. Watch a video of how the silks were created here: 

CABLE BAY receives British EBF Stallion Special Merit Award

Wed 1 Jun 2022

CABLE BAY: wins the British EBF Stallion Special Merit Award (TBA Flat Celebration Dinner)

Nominees for seven of the award categories at the annual TBA Flat Breeders’ Awards were announced on Wednesday recognising the significant success of individuals and teams across the industry.

The event, sponsored by The Jockey Club, The National Stud and drinks reception partner Newsells Park Stud, will take place on Wednesday, 6 July at Chippenham Park near Newmarket and feature the presentation of fourteen awards including the previously announced statistical awards for British-based stallions and breeder.

British EBF Stallion Special Merit Award: Cable Bay

The British EBF Stallion Special Merit Award seeks to recognise British based stallions that have rewarded breeders without necessarily standing at high fees or covering blue blooded books of mares. MAYSON (Cheveley Park Stud) was the last winner, reflecting a milestone season in 2020 topped by producing his first Gr.1 winner OXTED.

CABLE BAY (Highclere Stud), a previous year’s nominee, caught the eye of the Bloodstock industry panel with his combination of reliability and ability to produce top class horses, while standing at fees well below £10,000 for almost his entire career. With a lifetime winners/ runners strike rate of 50%, CABLE BAY provides winners at all levels with magnificent reliability. Meanwhile, he has produced top class horses such as Gr.2 winners LIBERTY BEACH and KING’S LYNN and Gr.1 placed DRAGON SYMBOL.

Panelist Marting Stevens commented: “Cable Bay operates at a good strike-rate and is able able to get headliners like Dragon Symbol, King’s Lynn and Liberty Beach. Importantly, he has rewarded a wide range of small British breeders.”

TBA Trustee Anita Wigan said: “We are looking forward to welcoming guests once again to the beautiful Chippenham Park for what will be an enjoyable evening celebrating with our members and the wider industry. The categories look very competitive this year which is testament to the quality of British bloodstock and the breeders who invest so much time, effort and money into our industry.

“I would like to thank all of the event’s supporters, including headline sponsors The Jockey Club and The National Stud, as well as Newsells Park Stud for their kind sponsorship of the welcome reception. We are also grateful to welcome both new and returning partners including Barton Stud, British EBF, Goffs UK, New England Stud and Tattersalls.”

The awards and nominees:

TBA Stud Employee Award, sponsored by New England Stud
Lisa Brown (The National Stud)

Noel Challinor (Northmore Stud)

Sophie D’Apolito (Chapel Stud)

Roger Davies (Cheveley Park Stud)

David Gardner (New England Stud)

Beverley Woodley (Chasemore Farm)

Langham Cup Small Breeder of the YearCorps Commerce
Homecroft Wealth
Mascalls Stud
David Ward
Wretham Stud

TBA Silver Rose Bowl – Flat Breeder of the Year
Cheveley Park Stud
Kirsten Rausing
Shadwell Stud

TBA Silver Salver – Special Merit Award
HM The Queen 
Lawn Stud
Lordship Stud
Normandie Stud

H.J. Joel Silver Salver, sponsored by Barton Stud – Flat Broodmare of the Year
Beach Frolic

Filly of Merit Award, sponsored by Goffs UK
Inspiral (Cheveley Park Stud)
Loving Dream (Lordship Stud)
Romantic Time (Wretham Stud)
Vadream (Crispin Estates Ltd)

Industry Merit Award
Chasemore Farm (For support of people and industry initiatives)
Lanwades Stud (For environmental sustainability work – the planting of 200 trees)
James O’Donnell (Leader of the industry’s Environmental Sustainability Working Group)

Dominion Bronze
To be announced at the Flat Breeders’ Awards Evening

Andrew Devonshire Bronze
To be announced at the Flat Breeders’ Awards Evening

British EBF Stallion Special Merit Award
Winner previously announced: Cable Bay

The Queen’s Silver Cup – Leading British-based Flat Breeder (Flat earnings)
Winner previously announced: Godolphin

BBA Silver Cigar Box – Leading British-based Stallion (Flat earnings)
Winner previously announced: FrankelBarleythorpe Stud Silver Cup – Leading British-based Stallion (Individual Flat winners)
Winner previously announced: Dubawi

Tattersalls Silver Salver – Leading British-based First Season Sire (Flat earnings)
Winner previously announced: Ardad