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€120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Final Attracts Huge Entry

Thu 14 Sep 2017

Red Persian and Kevin Manning in the centre winning the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race, Leopardstown Photo: Patrick McCann

Red Persian and Kevin Manning in the centre winning the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race, Leopardstown Photo: Patrick McCann

53 horses are entered for the final of the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series at Naas Racecourse with total prize-money of €120,000, up from €100,000 in 2016. It is a timely reminder, before the yearling sales start next week, that horses purchased for €72,000 or less will be eligible for the series next year.

The Foran Equine Irish EBF partnership has significantly boosted prize-money and made the auction series a lucrative proposition for trainers and owners. The series is designed to create wide-scale opportunities for horses purchased as a yearling or a two-year-old at public auction for €72,000 or less, with allowances for fillies and horses purchased at a lower auction price.

John O’Connor, Irish EBF Chairman said: “The purpose of the series is to create opportunities for horses bought at auction in the middle to lower tier of the market (€72,000 or less). 50% of the winners this year were bought for €19,000 or less and two of these winners were bought for €2,500; this proves you can get involved and win races for modest investment. Everyone heading to the yearling sales should target the 2018 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series, which runs from May to October, with 23 races and a minimum prize-fund in each race of €20,000.”

53 horses, trained by 42 different trainers, have been entered to run in the final at Naas Racecourse on Sunday October 15. They include eight winners from the qualifying legs of the series including Patrick Prendergast’s Red Persian. Notably, he was also runner-up in an earlier series qualifier run at the Curragh in May, won by one of Europe’s leading juveniles Beckford, which was probably the best two-year-old maiden run in Ireland this year. Red Persian, would go on to win the €30,000 series race at Leopardstown in June.

Patrick Prendergast, Trainer of Red Persian commented: “Red Persian’s owners are new to ownership, for them to win a two-year-old maiden in Ireland was an incredible experience. There was a return of over €30,000 (prize-money and Plus 10 Bonus) from a €5,000 yearling purchase. The plan is to run Red Persian in the final and the owners, The Persian Red Partnership, are already working on bringing in more people into the partnership, to buy two or three yearlings this year with the 2018 Foran Equine Irish EBF Series as their target.”

Ger Lyons is well-represented with four entrants including the winner of the Bellewstown leg of the series Poetic Light, first time out Curragh winner Would You Believe and Ball Girl.

Ger Lyons, Trainer of Poetic Light, commented: “The €120,000 final of the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series is a great pot to aim for in October for any horse, but you must have a quality one to win on the day. My plan is to target the final with three or four serious horses who I believe have the potential to scoop the big prize.  This series is a great bonus for owners that must be supported into the future by reinvesting at the yearling sales in preparation for next year.”

Gareth Connolly, Sale and Marketing Director, Foran Equine said: “The series has been a great success, each of the races have been strongly supported and with four races left before the final, 57 individual trainers have already run a least one horse in one leg of the series. It is hugely important to us that this series creates opportunities for the industry as a whole and gives owners and trainers a valuable target when buying and training their horse. This series has also allowed us to support our customers and we’re looking forward to a great final in Naas on the 15th October and an even bigger serie s in 2018.”

British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Stakes – Britain’s Richest Maiden Race.

Fri 25 Aug 2017

RIVET wins Convivial Stakes York 2016

RIVET wins BEBF Convivial Stakes York 2016

The British European Breeders’ Fund are proud to be supporting the Convivial Maiden Stakes for the third year today at York.  The Convivial has the accolade of being Britain’s most valuable maiden with its prize money increasing each year under the combined stewardship of York Racecourse and the British EBF, to its current level of £70,000.  In addition, the race carries a Plus 10 bonus which would see an additional £10,000 prize going to a qualified winner.


RIVET (Fastnet Rock), pictured, made exceptional progress through the remainder of his two-year-old career following his 2016 win in the EBF Convivial Maiden.  He won the Gr.2 Champagne Stakes and Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster beating the likes of multiple Gr.1 winner THUNDER SNOW (Helmet); Gr.1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere runner up SALOUEN (Canford Cliffs) and this year’s Gr.3 Bahrain Trophy winner RAHEEN HOUSE (Sea The Stars) in the process.


For seven of the 20 potential runners in today’s race, it will be their first visit to a racecourse; however there are plenty of horses which come the race with promise and experience from their last run. DOSWELL (Giant’s Causeway); GABR (Intello); KANNAPOLIS (Makfi); LAUGH A MINUTE (Mayson); PORTH SWTAN (Invincible Spirit) and MISS MUMTAZ (Lope De Vega) all come to the race with encouraging runs to second place in their last racecourse outing.

2017 EBF Future Stayers Maiden Programme Returns Today

Wed 9 Aug 2017

As part of the British EBF’s continuing support of the staying programme, a series of maiden races for progeny of staying stallions has been instigated and developed between the BHA and BEBF.


Restricted to progeny of stallions that won over 10f or more with EBF eligibility, they offer opportunities later in the season for two-year-olds who may be campaigned in staying races later in their careers.  They were created in 2015 in response to a review by the BHA Flat Racing Committee following a noticeable lack of opportunities for staying types and to help meet a goal of further enhancing the stayers programme.


For 2017, the number of races has been increased again to 11, from 10 the previous year.  The additional race, a trial for the British EBF is a maiden to be run at Musselburgh which further restricts runners to progeny of horses that have won over 1m4f or over.  In a bid to accommodate late maturing types and progeny of international staying stallions, the final two races of the 2017 programme with be run on the all-weather at Chelmsford City Racecourse.


Races towards the end of the programme have also be had the conditions opened up to encompass progeny of mares that have won over the allotted distance, again a trial which the British EBF has assisted the BHA in implementing.


The maiden and novice races are run with a minimum total prize fund of £10,000 each, with several exceeding this, being worth £12,000.


The first of these restricted maiden/ novice races is to be run at Great Yarmouth today and is a seven furlong, Class four contest which carries a total prize fund of £10,000.  The contest has attracted seven runners from 23 entries. Three of the field face their first racecourse debut today with the group headed by first time out winner THE LAST EMPEROR (Azamour) for Roger Varian.


Ruth Quinn, BHA’s Director of International Racing and Racing Development, said:


“As part of the ongoing project to encourage the breeding and buying of a greater number of future stayers, the BHA will seek to grow the number of races, over the next three to five years, for the progeny of either sires or dams who have won over a distance of 10 furlongs or more, with a small number of races being offered for those progeny who won over 12 furlongs or further.  These races should be viewed as an investment for the future and will hopefully act, as part of our wider package of enhancements for the stayer, as an incentive for people to invest in horses with certain bloodlines and which are more likely to demonstrate an aptitude for stamina.  We are delighted that the British EBF is keen to extend its support for these races and to invest in the programme for future stayers.”


ARC Director of External Affairs, Susannah Gill, said:


“We’re delighted to be hosting the first race in the EBF’s 2017 Stayers Maiden Programme. As major sponsors in British Racing we welcome the opportunity to support the work of the EBF wherever possible, while ARC’s recent investment in levelling the home straight has helped ensure Great Yarmouth remains popular with trainers as an ideal location to run young horses.”


The rest of the races in the future stayers’ maiden/ novice programme:


Date Course Category Class Distance Total Prize Fund
09/08/2017 Yarmouth 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 4 7 £10,000.00
08/09/2017 Ascot 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 3 7 £12,000.00
10/09/2017 York 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 3 7 £12,000.00
13/09/2017 Carlisle 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 4 8 £10,000.00
16/09/2017 Musselburgh 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 3 8 £12,000.00
11/10/2017 Nottingham 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 5 8 £10,000.00
17/10/2017 Leicester 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 4 7 £10,000.00
25/10/2017 Newmarket 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 4 8 £10,000.00
06/11/2016 Kempton 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 4 7 £10,000.00
23/11/2017 Chelmsford 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 3 8 £12,000.00
21/12/2017 Chelmsford 2yo Stayers Restricted Maiden 3 8 £12,000.00


EBF Convivial Stakes (Ebor Festival) – prize money boost

Tue 8 Aug 2017

York racecourse announced recently that the British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Stakes, to be run at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival and already Britain’s wealthiest maiden, will receive an additional prize money boost this year.

The total prize fund for the race will increase from its 2016 level of £60,000 to a new high of £70,000.  Some 22 races, out of the 25 to be staged at the meeting, have seen an increase in prize fund since their 2016 running; with every contest on the opening and closing days set to be more valuable.

York Racecourse Chairman, Lord Grimthorpe, “York is delighted that our continued commercial success in the first half of the season has allowed us to keep investing in the prize money, facilities and experience of racing at York.  The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival is our flagship meeting and we look forward to welcoming the racegoers and supporters to York to see the world’s best horses and jockeys competing on the Knavesmire. It already looks set to be a fabulous four days of racing action.  Our continued thanks to our supporters and sponsors who help us to invest in racing at York.”