€13,000 MUNCH lands £100,000 EBF Final
Tue 13 Sep 2022
Prize pots of £100,000 are usually the preserve of Saturday fixtures, but 7 juvenile fillies lined up for the first of 2 such races yesterday at Goodwood where the Fillies’ Final of the British EBF £100,000 2yo Series was held.
Throughout 2022, any 2yo EBF Restricted Novice or Maiden race has acted as a qualifier for the 2 finals. Over 200 fillies were eligible to enter their dedicated final, with horses qualifying from lower bands receiving a weight allowance. The high value finals are purposefully being held between early September and early October, to encourage winning owners and trainers to re-invest the prizemoney at the yearling sales.
That is exactly what David Menuisier, International Gr.1 winning trainer, is hoping his owners will do with their winnings after the Prime Equestrian Racing owned filly MUNCH stayed on convincingly to take home her first prize of over £50,000. The New Bay filly, bred by China Horse Club, was purchased at the Arqana October Yearling Sales for just 13,000euros. She qualified for the finals by winning a Band D EBF Restricted Novice Stakes at Kempton in June, coming home the best of the 10 strong field.
The British EBF £100,000 2yo Series Final held a field of 10 declared horses which included Gr.3 placed IPANEMA PRINCESS trained by Amy Murphy, and The Queen’s CANDLE OF HOPE that was placed in the Listed Denford Stakes.
Winning trainer David Menuisier commented after the race:
‘’It is a great initiative by the British EBF for middle market horses and gives them a valuable end of season target. MUNCH was a very affordable purchase at 13,000euros and has won over £50,000 today.”
Edward Arkell from Goodwood Racecourse added:
‘We were delighted by the strength of the field for the EBF 2yo Series Fillies Final. Goodwood have always been great supporters of this concept. It was, therefore, fantastic to see that the winner was a good value purchase from a mid-market stallion thereby exactly fulfilling the aim of the series. I have no doubt that as awareness rises the series will go from strength to strength and I’m sure the colts’ final at York on 7th October will be huge success too.’