British EBF add Brocklesby to portfolio

Thu 30 Mar 2023

PERSIAN FORCE – Brocklesby winner 2022. Photo: Nigel Kirby

The British EBF kick off their support of turf flat races this weekend with a new race to their programme. The Brocklesby, the first 2yo flat turf race of the year, will be run on Saturday with an elevated prize fund of £35,000 supported by a contribution from the European Breeders’ Fund.

The race attracted 25 entries, run for the first time as a Novice stakes (formerly a Conditions race). Three First Season Sires are represented within the 18 declared runners: SOLDIERS CALL, INNS OF COURT and MAGNA GRECIA with the latter getting off the mark early with his first runner MYCONIAN, a winner in France for trainer Amy Murphy. LOADED GUN represents him on Saturday and goes off third favourite for trainer Andrew Balding.

The British EBF have increased their contributions to British racing for the fifth year in 2023, with total support across Flat and National Hunt now topping £2million for the first time in the organisation’s 40 year history. In line with a wider industry effort to support higher value two-year-old races, the BEBF have increased contributions to several Novice, Maiden and Restricted Novice and Maiden races for the coming season.

The valuable British EBF £100,000 2yo Series also kicks off this Spring, with over 100 qualifiers leading to two finals in the Autumn: a fillies’ race at Goodwood on 5th September and one for colts and geldings at York on 13th October. A number of the qualifying races have been afforded a significant boost, falling under a new project spear-headed by long time EBF contributor Juddmonte, to run some EBF Restricted Maiden and Novice races at £30,000.