Dubka underlines her class and Subtle Knife makes British farewell in new EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series
Thu 18 Aug 2016
The new 20-race EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series continues to produce some high class racing, with the superbly-bred Dubawi filly, Dubka, landing this afternoon’s 11th leg at Salisbury and the Needwood Blade mare, Subtle Knife, making her final appearance on a British racecourse in leg 12 at Lingfield on Saturday evening.
The aim of the Series is to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall just below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them for export or retire them. It boasts total prizemoney of £625,000, over £300,000 of which has been contributed by the British European Breeders’ Fund, which itself is funded by British Stallion Farms.
***report of Salisbury race with quote from winning connections to be added here***
Trained in Newmarket by Giles Bravery, owned by David Clark and bred by Bravery’s wife, Fiona, Subtle Knife is one of a seven-strong line-up for the £20,000 European Breeders Fund Series EBF Fillies’ Handicap which is run over an extended seven furlongs at Lingfield on Saturday.
Now seven years of age, Subtle Knife has been a late developer, but in the last 12 months she has run no less than 18 times, winning on three occasions and pouching over £35,000 in prize money. Her best performances have been on her two most recent starts, when finishing second in a Listed race in Sweden and when beating Hawatif off a handicap mark of 82 at Leicester last month.
Giles Bravery, trainer of Subtle Knife, said:
“Subtle Knife is in grand form and this will be her last race in England – providing everything goes well on Saturday she will be off to Germany to run in a Listed race at Dusseldorf eight days later before we retire her. She is in foal to Pastoral Pursuits so is only allowed to race until early September at the latest.”
“We are hoping for a bit of rain at Lingfield – the more that falls the better it will be for her. This is her absolute favourite track and trip – she has only run over the course and distance twice and has won by four lengths or more both times.”
“Her recent form has worked out really well as Hawatif went on to win twice, including at Glorious Goodwood, and a filly that finished behind her in Sweden has since won a Listed race in Norway.”
“She is a classic example of why this new EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series works so well and I have got a four-year-old filly in the yard who will hopefully stay in training next year specifically to run in this kind of race.”