The current leading trainer at York, Karl Burke, is hoping the upwardly mobile Poptronic can hit the high notes in the British Stallion Studs EBF Lyric Fillies’ Stakes on Friday evening at York’s ‘Music Showcase Weekend’.
The lightly-raced three-year-old has won all of her last three starts, including a one-length success in a Group 3 contest at Newcastle last month.
That victory means the David and Yvonne Blunt-owned Poptronic must carry a 5lb penalty for the extended mile and a quarter contest on the Knavesmire. But at 107, she is comfortably the highest-rated filly in the field of seven and looks highly likely to head the market.
Burke, who trains at Spigot Lodge just to the west of Middleham, said: “Very much an improver, she’s a filly we’re hoping is good enough to run in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks – hence we want to give her an experience of the track.
“She’s a Group 3 winner and she’s carrying the penalty, but there wasn’t that many options around. And with the owners being local, we all decided that it was a good spot to go for.
“She’s a lovely filly. We probably did well to win with her at the back-end as a two-year-old. A lot of people wouldn’t have bothered running her. All she’ll do is keep improving physically and hopefully that will transfer into improvement in form as well.
“She‘s in great form. She looks as though she has got stronger again. She’s quite a light-framed filly – a big filly that has still got a lot of strengthening up to do but she looks in good condition.
“I’m hoping we can get to the Ebor Festival but she’d obviously want to be going and winning this race nicely and use it as a stepping stone for the rest of the year.”
The going at York is currently good-to-firm, which Burke feels is unlikely to inconvenience Poptronic. He said: “She’s a good-actioned filly – she’s quite forward-going – so I have no real issues with the ground.”
Achelois is another interesting runner, having finished a narrowly-beaten second over course and distance in the John Smith’s Cup just under a fortnight ago. A further eye-catching declaration is the John and Thady Gosden-trained Judith, who is two from two career starts.
With only a couple of months to go before the first British EBF £100,000 2yo Series Final at Goodwood on 6 September, the EBF have updated the lists of horses eligible to enter both this race for fillies and the colts & geldings final at York on 7 October.
Both races are worth £100,000 each and any EBF registered 2yo that has finished in the first 6 in an EBF 2yo Restricted Stakes qualifier in Britain is eligible to enter. The lists are sorted by trainer under the race they have qualified for.
The series, new in 2022, has attracted 253 individual runners over 54 qualifiers to the end of June representing 98 different trainers.
Both finals have normal closing entries with no forfeit stages.
The list of fillies qualified to run in the British EBF £100,000 2yo Series Final at Goodwood on 6 September can be found here.
The list of colts and geldings qualified to run in the British EBF £100,000 2yo Series Final at York on 7 October can be found here.
With the flat racing season well and truly underway, the list of 2yos qualified to enter the British EBF £100,000 2yo Series Finals at Goodwood at York is looking healthy!
With 54 qualifiers already run, there are still plenty more opportunities to make your EBF registered 2yo eligible to enter our 2 £100,000 finals. The fillies’ race is first at Goodwood on 6 September and the colts & geldings get their opportunity at York on 7 October.
Full conditions of each final can be found on the BHA Racing Admin website (search under Fixtures & Races, then Race Series). We are currently working with the BHA to get a live list of qualified horses up on this section of the website.
In the meantime, you can find a list (correct to mid-June) of qualified horses by trainer and listed under which final they are qualified for here: Qualified Horses June 2022. This document also lists the remaining EBF Restricted Maiden and Novice races through which you can make your horse eligible for the finals. All horses placed 1 – 6 in a race on the list will be able to enter the appropriate final.
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: https://youtu.be/AtY-K1-A120