25 Remain on Target for €120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Final

Tue 10 Oct 2017


Presentation to winning trainer Tom Mullins and winning jockey Niall McCullagh from Nessa Joyce (Irish EBF) and Garrett Connolly (Foran Equine) after Powersville wins her 2nd Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race at Naas. Sunday 24th September. Photo: Patrick McCann

Eight auction maiden winners stand their ground ahead of Foran Equine Irish EBF Final

Twenty five horses remain in the €120,000 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race Final at Naas on Sunday after today’s forfeit stage. These include Tom Mullins’ Powersville who has already claimed two races in the series in the colours of his wife Helen. There is strong British interest in the race for the first time with Rufus King from the Mark Johnston yard still in the mix while Apple Anni is set to represent Mick Channon.

Other winners of previous races in the series who could run for the first prize of €72,000 include Johnny Murtagh’s Beach Wedding, Noel Meade’s Cocohulababy, Tom Cooper’s Lisard Lady, Ger Lyons’ Poetic Light, Patrick Prendergast’s Red Persian, Tracey Collins’ Sollertia and Dermot Weld’s Yulong Gold Fairy, a winner at the Galway Festival and could be reopposed by Quizical and Captain Vancouver who followed her home that day.

Andrew Slattery’s Spiorad Saoirse is another Galway July Festival winner, while Ball Girl, third in a Group 3 at the Curragh, and Verhoyen, runner-up in a Listed race at Naas in May, are others who bring a good competitive level of form to the table.

Sheila Lavery, Trainer: “It’s a great series and I try to target horses at it. It can be a great payday for those inexpensive horses and it gives the smaller yards a chance. Sevenleft won it the first year for us and we went home with over with €45,000, it was better than winning a Group race.”

Brendan Duke, Trainer: “The Broghie Man has won €26,500 and he cost €7,000. This has always being the plan to qualify him for the final and he will be difficult to beat over seven furlongs at Naas. The series is fantastic and Foran Equine and Irish EBF must be commended, some of the winners of the qualifiers only cost €2,500. It gives the small trainer and owner something to look forward to and a really good prize at the end of the rainbow.”

Andrew Slattery, Trainer of Spiorad Saoirse: “The plan is to run Sunday, I think he’ll run well, I think he’ll be a better 3yo, he ran over 6f at Naas the last day and it was a bit short for him. I think 7f will suit him better. The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series is a great incentive, it makes it easier to get an owner. It gives trainers like us a great chance.”

Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director, Foran Equine: “The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series has been an enormous success. Designed to create opportunity within the industry, Sunday’s final showcases the impact it has had. For us the sponsorship of this series has been a way to give back to the industry that has supported our business for over 40 years. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the series, including the owners, trainers, jockeys, breeders, racecourses and Horse Racing Ireland. I would also like to thank the Irish European Breeders Fund for working so closely with our team to promote and develop our partnership and we’re looking forward to a great final at Naas on Sunday.”

Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish EBF: “The purpose of the series is to drive interest in the middle to lower end of the auction market. Based on feedback, we are very encouraged that the series is fulfilling a need for trainers and owners of two-year-olds. The purchase price of the entries in the final start from €2,500, with an average of just under €20,000, which demonstrates that you can get involved in ownership for a modest investment.”