British EBF backed ‘Stayers Maidens’
Tue 6 Oct 2015
The British EBF sponsors tomorrows ‘stayers maiden’ at Nottingham over 8f for two year olds. Worth a minimum of £10,000 in prizemoney the concept of this race, one of four to be held in 2015, is to offer opportunities for late maturing two year olds who may be campaigned in staying races throughout their career. The conditions of the maiden races are that the horses entered must be sired by a horse that won over 10f or more and be EBF eligible. There are four of these races scheduled over the autumn programme including today’s race:
7 October Nottingham over 8f
13 October Leicester over 7f
21 October Newmarket over 8f
9 November Kempton over 7f
The ‘stayers maidens’ have been created following an ongoing review of the race programme for staying horses by the BHA’s Flat Racing Committee, which includes representation from the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, owners, trainers and racecourses. The BHA have also announced that this initiative will see a further ten maiden races with these conditions programmed for the latter half of next season.
Philip Freedman, Chairman of the British EBF, said, “With the majority of our funding coming from British stallion owners and having many of the best sires in the world standing in Britain, we are pleased to support these staying maidens and, in turn, the British bloodstock and racing industry. Attention has been drawn to the lack of opportunities for the true staying type and it is hoped that these races will be the first step on the ladder to an enhanced stayers programme”.