British EBF support for TBA National Hunt Foal Show 2017

Fri 28 Jul 2017

EBF NH Foal Show programme advert 2017

Sunday 30th July sees the annual TBA National Hunt Foal Show at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse.

The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association announced:

Foals by first season sires Telescope and Pether’s Moon will be amongst those on show, plus those by leading NH sire Kayf Tara and three from the small final crop of Midnight Legend – sire of this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John.

Entries are separated into four classes according to age and sex, with the first two placed foals in each class going forward to the Championship to decide the Show Champion and Reserve Champion, with generous cash prizes from Goffs UK Limited and prizes from Saracen Horse Feeds to be won.

The six Judges for the day have been selected from Britain, Ireland and France, this includes leading young NH trainer Dan Skelton; trainer Harry Whittington, who celebrated his first Grade 1 winner in 2016 after taking out his licence in 2012; Peter Molony, owner of Rathmore Stud and son of the late celebrated Jumps jockey Martin Molony; Juliet Minton who owns and runs the successful Mill House Stud with husband David; Kinross based NH trainer Lucinda Russell who celebrated a first Grand National win with One For Arthur in 2017 and French trainer Nicolas Bertran Du Balanda who comes from an equestrian background and spent time working for Luca Cumani and Pascal Bary before setting out on his own.

The show promises to be an exciting day, with classes starting at 10.30am followed by a luncheon generously supported by the BEBF – tickets are still available but limited.  For further information on the show and to purchase tickets for the luncheon, please contact Melissa Parris at the TBA Office on 01638 661321

The show is sponsored by a £4,000 donation from the British European Breeders’ Fund as part of their support for National Hunt racing and breeding in Great Britain.

You can learn more about the British EBF’s contribution to National Hunt racing from this brochure: BEBF National Hunt Investment 2016/ 17

British EBF Breeders’ Series/ TBA Bonus update

Mon 17 Jul 2017

The British EBF and the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association are pleased to bring you further details of how your filly can qualify to win the £25,000 bonus on offer as part of the European Breeders’ Fund Breeders’ Series 2017.

The series already showcases a valuable collection of handicaps for three year olds and up over a range of distances from 6f to 12f and is brought to a close with  a day of finals carrying a total prize fund of £200,000.  In addition, qualifying fillies can race on the finals day (7th October) for a chance to win a bonus to spend on nominations to a British based stallions of the owner’s choice.

For a full list of the available races in the series and for full details of how to make sure your filly is in the running, follow the media link below:

EBF Breeders’ Series – TBA bonus information

British EBF Veterinary Research Funding Update

Wed 28 Jun 2017

Part of the remit of the British EBF (European Breeders’ Fund) is:

  • to promote and support organisations whose purposes include assisting and improving the breeding of thoroughbred horses
  • to provide financial support for equine research beneficial to the thoroughbred horse

To that end, we are currently part funding a project in to parasite resistance research at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with the HBLB (Levvy board) and the TBA (Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association).

Dr Laura Peachey is a veterinary surgeon with a keen interest in parasitology research. She qualified in veterinary science from the University of Liverpool in 2007, having intercalated with a BSc in veterinary pathology at the Royal Veterinary College in 2005.

Commenting on her funded research and progress to date, Dr Peachey said:

“Resistance of parasites to worming drugs is a grave threat to the Thoroughbred breeding industry. If the available drugs become ineffective, worm infections in young-stock and broodmares will result in significantly reduced growth rates and could cause life threatening outbreaks of disease.

In the Veterinary Parasitology group at the University of Cambridge, we are interested in the development of novel parasite control strategies, which can potentially be used alongside conventional wormers to reduce our reliance on these drugs, and hence slow the spread of drug resistance. My fellowship project focuses on the factors responsible for defining ‘natural’ resistance to worm infections, and on how we might harness these to improve parasite control. In particular, there is increasing evidence that gut bacteria play an important role in immune responses to infection in the horse gut, and hence my research aims to identify bacteria which are associated with an effective response to parasite infection.

The project, thus far, has revealed that there are distinct differences in the gut bacteria in Thoroughbred broodmares with low versus high worm burdens, which may be linked to improved immunity to infection. I am currently in the process of collecting data from young-stock and from post-mortem cases in order to validate these findings. Ultimately, I hope to design evidence based pro- and pre-biotic supplements which utilise the diet to improve horses’ response to worms, thus reducing the frequency of treatment and proportion of horses requiring treatment in the stud farm environment.”

Dr Peachey’s research project will continue until spring 2019.

British EBF Graduates shine at the Royal meeting 2017

Mon 26 Jun 2017

HEADWAY wins the EBF Chester Super Maiden (image courtesy of Chester Racecourse)

HEADWAY wins the EBF Chester Super Maiden (image courtesy of Chester Racecourse)

Royal Ascot 2017 presented us with some of the most exhilarating and competitive racing the meeting has seen in recent years. It was a triumph for the small owner, the syndicate and the owner/ breeders.

In all, over the course of Royal Ascot, well over 40 two-year-olds competed at stakes level, having had their previous run or win in an EBF supported race in Great Britain. With over 70% of two-year-old races restricted to horses that are EBF qualified, it is perhaps unsurprising that such a number of the Royal Ascot juveniles can be considered EBF graduates.  When they go on to excel by winning or being placed at Group level at one of the most prestigious meetings in the world after just one or two runs within the EBF system, however, it highlights the importance of safeguarding Conditions races and promoting prize money in higher class maiden and novice contests.


Coventry Stakes (Gr.2)

HEADWAY (Havana Gold), pictured, is a true product of the EBF system in Great Britain.  Having been placed second on debut in the Dreweatts Newcomers’ EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes and franking the form of that race in his own right by going on to win the first of the British EBF Super Maidens, introduced this year, at Chester.  He showed an eye-catching turn of pace and won that contest comfortably by three lengths in late May and graduated to run in the opening race of the Royal meeting at Ascot for the Royal Ascot Racing Club.

The Racing Post analysis said of his run: “travelling well and picking up to have every chance, but finding the winner the stronger stayer. He could be one for the July meeting at Newmarket…”

HEADWAY still holds an entry for the valuable Weatherby’s Bank £300,000 Conditions Stakes during the Ledger meeting at Doncaster later in the season.


Queen Mary Stakes (Gr.2)

HEARTACHE (Kyllachy) was bred by Whitsbury Manor Stud, (themselves standing several top-class EBF qualified stallions) and leased to the Hot To Trot Syndicate.  Her debut win came from her only previous start at Bath Racecourse on 26th May 2017 when she demolished her rivals to take the contest by six lengths.  The Racing Post reported in their analysis of the race:

“She handled the quick conditions expertly and recorded a time significantly faster than the first division. Held in high regard at home, she’ll now head to the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.”

The filly was 11-1 going in to the prestigious Gr.2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and having relished the fast ground at Bath, proved too good for the 23-strong international field that included the highly fancied filly from America HAPPY LIKE A FOOL, trained by Royal Ascot specialist Wesley Ward.

HEARTACHE is the first foal out of Compton Place mare PLACE IN MY HEART (GB), herself a Listed winner and Gr.3 placed over the minimum trip.

Sam Hoskins one of the co-founders of the syndicate told us:

“We are hugely privileged to lease such a brilliant filly in HEARTACHE. She provided our 75-strong syndicate with the day of their lives at Royal Ascot when winning the Queen Mary and is a filly of huge potential for the future.

The Hot To Trot Syndicate was founded 6 years ago by Luke Lillingston and myself with the aim to provide an affordable way of getting involved with exciting fillies raced with top class trainers. I am delighted and very grateful to her outstanding owner/breeder Whitsbury Manor Stud who have this filly’s dam who won the Whitsbury-sponsored Lansdown Stakes (Listed) at Bath, a race Whitsbury actually saved from near extinction through their sponsorship.”

You can learn more about the Hot To Trot Syndicate here:


Norfolk Stakes (Gr.2)

SANTRY was the 2017 Brocklesby winner so expectations will always have been high for his progression through the juvenile ranks.  The Declan Carroll trained son of Tweenhills sire Harbour Watch also clocked up an impressive 2 ¾ length victory at York’s Dante meeting in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes; this time beating IT DON’T COME EASY who went on to win an EBF Conditions race at Musselburgh in June, breaking the course record in the process.

SANTRY ran an excellent second in Thursday’s Norfolk Stakes to finish just half a length behind the impressive Aidan O’Brien trained SIOUX NATION (Scat Daddy).  He was unlucky not to win under a front running ride from Champion Jim Crowley but the result has not deterred his trainer who thinks that either the Nunthorpe back at York or the slightly longer distance of the Middle Park are not beyond this promising young colt.

SANTRY is out of Shamardal mare BABYLONIAN, from family which includes two-year-old Listed winner EMPIRE DAY.


Albany Stakes (Gr.3)

The Gr.3 Albany Stakes for two-year-old fillies was a strongly run affair with a few of the juveniles running quite freely. The field split in to two groups with the first two horses (Different League (FR) and Alpha Centauri (IRE)) coming from the far side group.

EBF graduate TAKE ME WITH YOU (Scat Daddy) raced prominently throughout the race on the stands side to finish the best of her group and third in the race overall.  The Jeremy Noseda trained filly had her first and only start at Newmarket just two weeks before the Royal meeting in an EBF Novice race over 6f and finished third on that occasion also.

The next possible outing for TAKE ME WITH YOU is the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.  She was an $800,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale at the start of the year and is owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred Ltd.