British European Breeders’ Fund and Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association join forces to promote UK fillies’ racing

Wed 3 May 2017

After its successful launch in 2016, the British European Breeders’ Fund (BEBF) and the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) have again joined forces on the 2017 renewal of the British EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series.

The twenty-race program has a total prize fund of £625,000, made up of British EBF contributions of £305,000, match funded or better by participating racecourses.  There are 4 qualifiers and a finale for each distance category: 6f, 8f, 10f and 12f with the ultimate aim of the series being to provide viable developmental racing prospects for 3yo+ fillies which compete just under stakes level.

The culmination of the program will again be a flagship day of finals at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday 7th October.  The four finals on the day are worth £50,000 each.

Philip Mitchell, Chairman of the British EBF commented:

“This series is the result of the British EBF’s continued assessment of its support of fillies’ races in the UK.  British EBF investment has spearheaded the development of a section of the race program in to a forward-thinking series of races with very attractive prize money. The minimum value of any handicap in this series is £20,000; with the first race taking place at Ascot on 13th May and worth £45,000.  Supporting breeders through the investment in fillies’ races is of fundamental importance to the UK bloodstock industry.”

The TBA have again supported the program by providing a £25,000 bonus as Chairman, Julian Richmond Watson explained:

“The TBA are always focused on encouraging schemes that promote opportunities for fillies to race and make a good start to their breeding careers.  The British EBF have done a great job in packaging this group of races which all carry excellent prize money and provide trainers with a clear progression through the season for those fillies that fall just outside stakes class but still have talent and potential.

The TBA have pledged the addition of £25,000 worth of nomination vouchers to any qualifying filly that wins one of the finals at Newmarket on 7th October.  The bonus amount is to be used in the filly’s first two seasons at stud; this is our way of encouraging breeders to make good quality nomination choices for their filly in the important early stages of her stud career.”

Fillies must be placed 1st – 3rd in any of the qualifying races and go on to win one of the finals at Newmarket on 7th October in order to win the £25,000 bonus.  In line with the aims of both the BEBF and TBA to promote British breeding and stallions, the opportunity is only open to British bred fillies or those sired by UK stallions, and the nomination vouchers are to be used on UK based sires.

On hosting the finals day, Amy Starkey, Regional Director, Jockey Club Racecourses East Region, commented:

“We are very pleased to host both a qualifier and the Finals for this very worthwhile series at Newmarket Racecourses.”

“Not only have the British EBF supported this initiative with competitive prize money levels, they have also nurtured and developed this area of the British race program, providing both opportunity and an attractive proposition for this class of fillies, especially with the added bonus supplied by the TBA.

“Following the successful inceptions of the EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series last year, I look forward to watching the qualifiers with intent and hosting another great renewal of the Finals day in October.”

A full list of the available races will be circulated to trainers and be available on the British EBF Facebook page and website.  Full details of the terms and conditions for the TBA bonus can be found by contacting the TBA offices directly. You can down load the list of races here: