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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: https://youtu.be/AtY-K1-A120 

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
Godolphin
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
Aghareed
Beach Frolic
Reckoning

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 

PROJECT DANTE RETURNS TO DANTE FESTIVAL AT YORK RACECOURSE

Wed 11 May 2022

PROJECT DANTE heads to the EBF Westow Stakes

THE Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes is the feature race at York on Thursday 12 May when one colt will upgrade his Derby credentials with victory.

But 35 minutes after the richest ever staging of the famous Group 2, now worth £175,000 the aptly-named Project Dante is scheduled to return in the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes.

The three-year-old made a winning debut for owners Bond Thoroughbred Limited and trainer Bryan Smart at the 2021 Dante Festival.

A month later, he was beaten by only a neck in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Connections are now planning a return to the Royal meeting with Project Dante entered in the King’s Stand and Commonwealth Cup – both of which are Group 1 contests.

But before that the son of Showcasing – whose last run was at Ayr almost eight months ago – is set to make his seasonal bow in search of a share of the record £65,000 for this Listed contest for sprinters in their classic season.

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Hambleton House handler Smart said: “The horse is in good form – I’m very happy with him.

“He lost his way a bit last year. He’s as fit as I can get him without a run and it would be nice to start at York as we did last year.

“He’s a nice horse with ability, so we should be fine. I’d like a drop of rain.”

York was much loved by late owner-breeder – and Yorkshireman – Reg Bond, whose familiar black and yellow colours are carried by Project Dante.

The horse recorded his debut success in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes. He scored by a head for an emotional triumph which came less than two months after Mr Bond passed away.. Reflecting on the win, Smart added: “It was great. It was a fantastic day – that’s what we wanted.”

Local Fellow Fahey has Dream to win Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final yet again 

Fri 22 Apr 2022

Suprise Package and Darragh O'Keeffe on their way to winning the RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Series Final at the Punchestown Festival last year
High class entries for the third running of the €75,000 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Series Final at the Punchestown Festival

Punchestown Festival winners are very special to local trainer Peter Fahey and the Kildare native is hoping to snare the same Festival race for a second year in a row with two runners in the €75,000 Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final. 
The RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Series Final will be the second race on Punchestown Gold Cup Day next Wednesday and has proved to be an extremely popular initiative since its introduction. 
Now in its fourth year, 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 €395,000 prize money on offer. To enter the €75,000 final at the Punchestown festival, horses must have run in one of the 16 qualifiers and have not won a listed race or a Grade 1, 2 or 3 race.
This year’s renewal has attracted a total of 17 entries, including the 145-rated Journey With Me, whose two wins for Henry de Bromhead this season include the RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Novice Hurdle at Naas last February and who had run a huge race before falling at the last flight in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Fahey, won the race last year with 14/1 shot Suprise Package who went on to win Sandown’s Imperial Cup this season, and the trainer today confirmed both Ambitious Fellow and Freedom To Dream will take their chance next week. 
The latter has already earned a rating of 133 and carries the same colours of owner Paul Leech as Suprise Package did when scoring 12 months ago, while Ambitious Fellow represents the OGB Partnership and the bumper winner ran a nice race on his hurdling debut when fourth at Clonmel in November.
Fahey said on Friday morning: “Freedom To Dream had a great run in Cheltenham. He has a great bit of experience. It’s a competitive race every year but it’s great prize money and a great initiative by Red Mills and the Irish EBF.”
Freedom To Dream was last seen when fourth in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham. 
“He’s dropping back in trip but I don’t think it’ll inconvenience him too much because he has plenty of experience in big handicaps.
“He came out of Cheltenham very well. He hasn’t had many runs this year. All year long we were aiming him plenty high because we knew he had the Red Mills final to fall back on if he didn’t win a graded race. He ran good races in them and that gave him good experience. For a horse that doesn’t have many runs, he ran to a good standard the whole time.
“Our other runner, Ambitious Fellow, is working very well. He’s a speedy horse. His jumping completely let him down in the Clonmel when he was fourth in the Red Mills Irish EBF maiden hurdle. The ground looked to be very soft for him too.
“He’s a nice horse. He was very impressive the day he won his bumper and I think he’ll develop into a very nice horse during the summer. I’d be delighted if he could pick up a bit of the prize money.”
Reflecting on last year’s success with Suprise Package, Fahey added: “It’s been a lucky race for us the whole time and this series has with the qualifiers. The horses have always been running well. It was great to win last year with Suprise Package and Freedom To Dream has the same owner, Paul Leech, so he’ll be hoping to go back-to-back. The Big Dog was second in it before.
“For the horses that aren’t the most expensive stores, it gives you a level playing field and there’s massive prize money for them.
“And it’s always nice as a Kildare trainer to have a Punchestown winner, if we can manage it.”
Other notable inclusions are the Gordon Elliott-trained I A Connect who was a course winner back in November when actually beating Suprise Package by a nose and the Willie Mullins-trained Glengouly who is seeking a hat-trick for the champion trainer. 
Recent Limerick winner The Road To Fame could line up for trainer Eoin Doyle, while another local trainer, Oliver McKiernan has given an entry to Downpatrick scorer Winding River. 
Stuart Crawford, who is represented by Peaceful Sunday, is another ardent supporter of the series, and is looking forward to running the Fairyhouse maiden winner. 
“We had two horses that looked like they might fit the bill to give us a good go at the final. Since we’ve bought these horses, it’s probably worked out that we’ve kept an eye on the series.
“This series gives you an option to aim for a really good pot with a horse maybe that’s been bought for a relatively cheaper price in comparison to others.”
“Since Peaceful Sunday won the maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse it has been a target for him. The prize money is a very juicy carrot to be able to dangle in front of a new owner or an existing owner with a new horse.”
Nessa Joyce, Irish EBF Manager, said; “Now in its fourth season, the Connolly’s Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Series has firmly established itself as a valuable target for connections of EBF eligible store horses, bought at auction. This season, two new races were added to bring the total number of qualifying races up to 16 which then culminates in next week’s exciting €75,000 final at the Punchestown Festival. Nearly 80 different trainers have campaigned 117 horses in the series from last May and the entries for the final have whittled it down to 17 horses from 14 different yards which includes seven series winners. The Irish EBF board would like to thank all the connections for supporting the series and the final and special thanks goes to our sponsorship partners Connolly’s Red Mills for their continuing generous support.”
Gareth Connolly, CEO, Connolly’s RED MILLS, added; “This has been a long time coming and we’re delighted for the team at Punchestown that they’ll be welcoming back racegoers to this year’s highly anticipated Festival. This is the fourth year that Punchestown will host the €75,000 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Series Hurdle Final but only the second time in front of a crowd and it will be great to have the crowds and connections back to savour the occasion.”
It was also revealed this week that Connolly’s RED MILLS will generously sponsor the Stable Staff yard canteen each day of the 2022 Punchestown Festival. The five day season finale at Punchestown is a demanding schedule and Connolly’s Red Mills recognise the importance of ensuring the stable staff are well catered for. Their support will ensure that the hard working yard teams will enjoy complimentary selection of hot dishes, sandwiches, snacks, pastries, tea and coffee throughout their Festival day.