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Expanded Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Launched

Tue 26 Mar 2019

Expanded Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Launched

Expanded Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Launched

Owners & trainers poised to target €666,000 series with 24 qualifiers, €120,000 final & new €30,000 Nursery Handicap


The Irish EBF and Foran Equine have launched the 2019 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series with two additional qualifying races, a further prize-money boost and a new €30,000 nursery handicap to take place the week after the €120,000 final. Total prize-money for the series has jumped to €666,000 and the number of qualifying races to 24. The two additional maiden races will cater for horses bought for €30,000 or less and the €30,000 nursery handicap will offer qualified runners the opportunity to race over a shorter distance at Navan racecourse after the series final has taken place.

Now in its fifth year the Auction Series has established itself as a principle target for two-year-olds bought at auction for €72,000 or less. Last year’s final winner Cedars Of Lebanon cost €11,000 and giving her owners an eight-fold return on her purchase price from prize-money earned in the series alone.

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.

The first race will take place at Naas Racecourse on Saturday April 13 with the €120,000 final to be held at Naas Racecourse on October 20.

Ger Lyons, trainer & winner of five series races in 2018 said; “It’s a huge addition, any series that brings over €660,000 into the equation has to be applauded. You can only win a maiden once, and when you win a Foran EBF Maiden for at least €20,000 with the opportunity to run for a first prize of €72,000 in the final, it’s very much appreciated by me and many other trainers. I don’t like the theory that people say you write a cheque for a horse and you just tear it up. The series helps make an argument to an owner to get involved, if you get a horse costing less than €72,000, with some ability, you are going to get well paid and it will keep you in the game for another season. For me there has to be some come back to justify staying in the game and this series is a huge step forward.”

Nessa Joyce, Irish EBF Manager said: “The series has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2015, with double the prize-money on offer this year and already double the number of runners taking part up to 2018. In response to requests from the industry, the Irish EBF board with the commitment of our co-sponsors Foran Equine, are delighted to be in a position to add two more maiden races this year, to cater for horses purchased for €30,000 or less. In addition, the new Nursery Handicap will give qualified horses another option to aim for at the end of the series. The series offers new and existing owners a chance to get involved at more modest prices with the potential to reap some of the excellent prize-money on offer.”

Gareth Connolly, Foran Equine said; “We’re really looking forward to the series getting underway at Naas, this will be our third year to partner with the Irish EBF and Horse Racing Ireland as sponsors of the series and it is hugely satisfying to know how well this initiative has been received by the industry. Our overall objective for this sponsorship was to create opportunities for our customers, and to see the growth in prize-money and the number of qualifiers reflected in the growth in runners and individual trainers and owners benefiting from the investment is what it is all about for us.”


For Further Information:

Full series details and conditions – and

Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish European Breeders’ Fund

Greenhills, Kill, Naas, Co Kildare, W91 FY62

M: +353 85 7590970, E: Twitter: @IrishEBF_


Jane Davis, Equine Brand Manager, Connolly’s RED MILLS/ Foran Equine

Goresbridge, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

M: +353 86 3490681, E:  Twitter: @ForanEquine

Review highlights continuing importance of the European Breeders’ Fund to British Racing

Thu 14 Feb 2019


The British EBF’s review of its 2018 activity reveals the maintenance of a consistently high investment in to the prize money of British racing in uncertain times.  During a period when it seems nearly all other organisations have either cut or have announced the imminent reduction of prize money and development funding for the sport, the British EBF were able to maintain its record investment at £1,600,000 in 2018.

Covering over 660 Flat and 85 National Hunt races during 2018, the British EBF continued to support several projects under both codes including Mares’ only Novice Chase, Hurdle and NH Flat race programmes and a series of high-value fillies’ handicaps and races for staying bred juveniles on the flat.  Several changes have been put in place for the future seasons which are also detailed in the report.

Philip Mitchell, British EBF Chairman commented:

“First and foremost, the trustees of the British EBF are again grateful to the British Stallion owners that have voluntarily contributed to the EBF fund.  We aim to ensure that the fund is constantly managed and reviewed to ensure we make the best possible use of the investment.  To that end we have started to make some small changes to the fillies’ handicap programme and have worked with the industry’s Racing Group and the BHA to re-establish our coverage of two-year-old races with EBF conditions.  The juvenile programme is the EBF’s bread and butter and we are working to ensure that the stability of the fund is ensured for future generations by re-focusing a larger proportion of the fund back in to two-year-old races.”

The review also details the EBF’s increased promotion of its activities and integration in to the industry through its newly established partnerships.  Over the last two years, official group partnerships have been secured with both The Jockey Club and ARC; in addition, The British EBF are now supporters of Racing to School and support a monthly feature on British based stallions in industry publication the European Bloodstock News.

British EBF Marketing and Communications Manager, Rachael Gowland explained more:

“Although the EBF has been established for over 30 years, it is sometimes still thought of as a back-ground operation, with many people in the racing and stud industry largely unaware of what we do and where our money comes from.  Establishing partnerships and associations within in the industry helps us promote to racecourses, owners and trainers the importance of the EBF as a much-needed prize money funding mechanism.  Many stallion studs sponsor races in their own right as well as indirectly through the EBF, it is important that the people benefitting from that support are aware of the mechanism and those providing the investment understand and are confident in how we are using it.”

Just over a third of the EBF Flat prize money fund was invested in two-year-old races during 2018.  Races carrying EBF conditions have long been a successful spring-board for juveniles on their way to the top of the rankings, with trainers usually attracted by the knowledge that the vast majority of EBF races run at Class 4 and above benefit from higher prize money levels.  Graduates of EBF races in 2018 included Dewhurst winner TOO DARN HOT (Dubawi) as well as ROYAL MEETING (Invincible Spirit) and ROYAL MARINE (Raven’s Pass), both Gr.1 winners in France and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner LINE OF DUTY (Galileo).  The winners of the Gimcrack Stakes, Vintage Stakes, Coventry and Mill Reef Stakes in 2018 all won an EBF novice on their way to Group success.

Looking to the future, Cheryl Caves, British EBF General Manager had more good news:

“2018 has been a good year for the EBF, thanks to the continued support of our stallion owners.  Early indications show that the strength of the stallion market in Great Britain may allow us to make a small increase to our investment for the 2019 Flat season and to our National Hunt expenditure for the 2019/ 2020 season.”

A digital copy of the British EBF Review of 2018 can be found here: BEBF 2018 review. A copy will also be emailed out to owners, trainers, racecourses and industry participants directly.

€75,000 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Series Final Announced for Punchestown Festival

Tue 22 Jan 2019

€75,000 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Series Final announced for Punchestown Festival

€75,000 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Series Final announced for Punchestown Festival

RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final will take place on Gold Cup Day at the Punchestown Festival

Irish European Breeders’ Fund and Connolly’s RED MILLS today announced that the €75,000 Auction Hurdle Series Final will take place on Gold Cup Day at the Punchestown Festival (Wednesday 1st May).

To enter the €75,000 final, horses must have run in one of the fourteen qualifiers and have not won a listed race or a Grade 1, 2 or 3 race. To date nine of the fourteen qualifying races have been run with the next race taking place on Thursday 24th January at Gowran Park on the prestigious Goffs Thyestes Day. The last four chances to qualify to enter the final take place on 9th February (Naas), 23rd February (Fairyhouse), 4th March (Leopardstown) and 24th March (Downpatrick).

This is the first year of the series, which commenced at the Listowel Harvest Festival. The series was designed to create opportunities for horses bought for €45,000/€30,000 or less at store sales in Ireland and the UK, thereby, giving owners and trainers an opportunity to claim some of the €355,000 prize-money on offer.

The conditions for the qualifying races specify that all horses must be by an EBF registered stallion and bought as an unraced three or four-year-old at a recognised National Hunt Store sale for €45,000/ €30,000 or less, with weight allowances depending on purchase price. In addition, the €5,000 Weatherbys/ITBA NH Fillies Bonus Scheme is in place for all races in the series.

Speaking about the announcement, John O’Connor, Irish EBF Chairman, said; “The Irish EBF board would like to thank Punchestown Racecourse and Horse Racing Ireland in facilitating the series final to take place during the festival. It is an exciting prospect for connections to have a qualified runner at the festival and it gives a chance to one of the 51 trainers, who already have a runner qualified, to take home the first prize on May 1st. The Irish EBF and our co-sponsor Connolly’s RED MILLS are committed to continuing and enhancing the series into the future and in so doing helping to support the NH sector and encouraging the purchase of NH store horses at auction for €45,000 or less.”

Speaking after The Holy One’s win in the RED MILLS Irish EBF Series at Thurles on Sunday, Jessica Harrington said; “I think it’s a great series, it really encourages people to go to the store sales to buy in that price range, some of the races are for horses bought for less that €45,000 and others for less than €30,000 and you have a chance of not taking on the very expensive horses and a lot of very good horses only cost that much. The final is on the radar now for The Holy One, 2 and half miles will suit him, as I think he stays further then today’s 2 miles.”

Eric McNamara, trainer, commented;“This series is a huge benefit to owners and trainers, every trainer I’ve spoken to is 100% behind it and are grateful to the Irish EBF and RED MILLS for their support. To have the final during the Punchestown Festival is a wonderful boost to the series and will focus everyone on qualifying their horses in the last four series races. We fully believe the series will continue to get bigger and better each year.”

Conor O’Neill, CEO Punchestown Racecourse said: “Punchestown is delighted to host the inaugural Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final as part of the 2019 Punchestown Festival on Wednesday 1st May. We continuously strive to enhance our festival race programme in conjunction with Horse Racing Ireland and I believe this race is certainly an exciting addition to that. It’s a fantastic initiative by the Irish EBF which is generously supported by Red Mills and provides a vital opportunity for both Owners & Trainers alike to compete at the festival. Boasting a valuable prize fund of €75,000, I think it will be very well supported by the industry and I would like to thank all those involved for bringing this concept to fruition and we look forward in anticipation to staging the final on Gold Cup Day. “

Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director at Connolly’s RED MILLS said; “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to stage the RED MILLS Irish EBF Hurdle Series Final at the Punchestown Festival. As well as the attractive prize-fund of €75,000 it’s another opportunity for trainers and owners to have a runner at the Festival. We’re very grateful to everyone who helped make this happen. The series is building momentum and with another four qualifiers to go after Thursday’s leg in Gowran, we expect the final will be hotly contested.”


Runner Statistics to date 

# Runners 88
# Individual horses 76
Average Auction Price of all runners €15,428
Average Auction Price of winners €20,755
# Syndicate winners 4
# Individual Trainers 51


RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Races 2018-2019:


DATE Racecourse Race Value Conditions Raceday
11-Sep-18 Listowel €20,000 €45k or less, Mdn 4+ Listowel Harvest Festival
06-Oct-18 Gowran Park €20,000 €45k or less, Mdn 4+ Champion Chase Day
21-Oct-18 Cork €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ (M) Launch of Cork NH season
28-Oct-18 Galway €20,000 €45k or less, Mdn 4+ Autumn Racing at Galway
18-Nov-18 Punchestown €20,000 €45k or less, Mdn 4+ Punchestown Winter Festival
25-Nov-18 Navan €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ (M) Troytown Day
26-Dec-18 Down Royal €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ Boxing Day Meeting
28-Dec-18 Limerick €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ Limerick Christmas Festival
20-Jan 19 Thurles €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ Kinloch Brae Chase Day
24-Jan-19 Gowran Park €20,000 €45k or less, Mdn 4+ Thyestes Race Day
09-Feb-19 Naas €20,000 €45k or less, Nov 4+ Opera Hat Mares Chase Day
23-Feb-19 Fairyhouse €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ Bobbyjo Chase Day
04-Mar-19 Leopardstown €20,000 €45k or less, Nov 4+ National Hunt Finale Day
24-Mar-19 Downpatrick €20,000 €30k or less, Mdn 4+ Ulster National Chase Day
01-May-19 Punchestown €75,000 Novice Final Coral Gold Cup Day




List of Winners and sales information:


Date Track Horse Owner Sale Price Sale
11/09/2018 Listowel Whatsafellatodo Joseph Daniels €20,000 Tattersalls Ireland Derby National Hunt 2016
06/10/2018 Gowran Park Vinnie The Hoddie Five Guys & A Striker Syndicate €45,000 Tattersalls Ireland Derby NH 2017
21/10/2018 Cork Court Maid Rory F Larkin €1,800 Tatts Ireland August N.H. Sale 2016
27/10/2018 Galway Felix Desjy Gigginstown House Stud €29,000 Goffs Landrover NH Sale 2016
18/11/2018 Punchestown Satoshi Fergies On A Sunday Morning Syndicate €30,000 Tattersalls Ireland Derby National Hunt 2017
25/11/2018 Navan Put The Kettle On One For Luck Racing Syndicate €22,000 Goffs Landrover NH Sale 2017
26/12/2018 Down Royal Presented Well Bellamy Syndicate €9,000 Goffs Landrover NH Sale 2016
28/12/2018 Limerick Melly And Me Brian Mellon €14,500 Tatts Ireland August N.H. Sale 2016
20/01/2019 Thurles The Holy One David Bobbett €15,500 Goffs Landrover NH Sale 2016


Corelli heads eight contenders out to plunder new EBF Buccaneer prize at Southwell on Friday

Wed 28 Nov 2018

Morning Wonder Winning at Doncaster

Morning Wonder Winning at Doncaster

A new European Breeders’ Fund-backed £20,000 conditions race on Fibresand at Southwell this Friday, November 30, has attracted eight runners, with five rated 90 or more.

The Betway EBF Buccaneer Conditions Race (1pm) over a mile and a half is one of the most valuable All-Weather races of the year at the Nottinghamshire course and includes the 102-rated three-year-old My Lord And Master, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Liam Jones, who is making his All-Weather debut.

My Lord And Master ran well in Derby trials earlier this year, filling the runner-up spot in Listed races at Epsom Downs and Chester, but came home 12th on his latest appearance in Doncaster’s £70,000 Marathonbet November Handicap – a 23-runner race in which consistent six-year-old Not So Sleepy (Hughie Morrison/Graham Lee, rated 97) finished second.

The strong line-up for Betway EBF Buccaneer Conditions Race on Friday also includes Corelli (John Gosden/Robert Havlin, rated 94). The three-year-old colt won on his only All-Weather outing when taking a Tapeta novice race at Wolverhampton 12 months ago and has his first start since finishing third in the Listed Betfred Derby Trial on turf at Lingfield Park in May.

The form of that race has been boosted considerably since, with winner Knight To Behold annexing a G2 contest at Deauville, France, and the second Kew Gardens going on to G1 glory in the Grand Prix de Paris and the William Hill St Leger, the final British Classic of the year which is run at Doncaster.

Busy Street scored over the course and distance at Southwell on his Flat debut in December, 2015, and the consistent six-year-old has won or made the frame on all six of his starts since joining Michael Appleby in May, going up 15lb in the process to a rating of 90.

The son of Champs Elysees was the decisive winner of a handicap over nine furlongs on turf at Yarmouth in August and returns to the All-Weather after coming home third behind Morning Wonder (Kevin Ryan/Josephine Gordon, rated 92) in a 12-furlong Doncaster handicap, the Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap, on October 27.

Southwell’s leading trainer Appleby, who is based near Oakham in Rutland, reported today: “Busy Street is in fine order and this race is something that we have had in our minds for a while.

“He is a very versatile horse trip wise, having won over nine furlongs in the past, and I think this year he could even stay one mile and six furlongs

“He has done really well for us since joining the yard, improving around a stone, and ran well at Doncaster on his latest start

“He has won at Southwell before, so the surface should hopefully not be a problem, and hopefully he can run well.”

All-Weather specialist Victoria Drummond (Mark Johnston/Franny Norton), a three-year-old Sea The Stars filly, also boasts winning form over the course and distance, having scored by a runaway 12 lengths in the Betway Handicap on her penultimate start on November 12.

Southwell and the EBF worked with the British Horseracing Authority to create this new conditions race.

Mark Clayton, Executive Director of Southwell Racecourse, commented: “We are absolutely delighted with how this new race has worked out in terms of entries and runners, with some really good horses set to line-up on Friday.

“The EBF are fantastic supporters across the ARC group, and we’ve worked closely with them and BHA to offer this unique opportunity over a mile and a half on Fibresand.”

Rachael Gowland, Marketing & Communications Manager British EBF, explained: “The British EBF are constantly working with the BHA to pioneer new races that are felt to be of benefit to and enhance the diversity of the race programme.

“The advent of this new conditions race at Southwell over a mile and a half is a perfect example of that and we are delighted it has been well received and supported by trainers.”