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Irish EBF race sponsorship reaches an all-time excessive | Bloodstock Information

Patrick McCann

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Skyace was one of the recipients of plenty of Irish EBF prize-money

Skyace was one of many recipients of loads of Irish EBF prize-money

Patrick McCann

The Irish European Breeders’ Fund will provide its highest ever sponsorship with an elevated allocation of Irish prize-money to €2.6 million.

This shall be its largest annual contribution to Irish racing and the spend encompasses greater than 320 Flat races and 160 Nationwide Hunt races that carry EBF situations all year long.

Amongst races included are the Median Sires Sequence, the €200,000 Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes, the €695,000 Irish EBF Public sale Sequence, the €120,000 Grade 1 Coolmore Kew Gardens Irish EBF Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown, the Purple Mills Irish EBF Public sale Hurdle Sequence and the Irish EBF Public sale Bumpers.

The IRE Incentive Scheme, funded by Horse Racing Eire, which awards a €10,000 gross sales voucher to house owners of Irish-bred winners, shall be an added function on a lot of Irish EBF-supported races below each codes.

John O’Connor, the Irish EBF chairman, stated: “I want to thank all of the Irish stallion farms, massive and small, who fund the Irish EBF and put us able to extend the annual sponsorship of Irish racing and permit us to proceed to offer many beneficial choices to house owners and trainers of horses of each codes.

“The Irish EBF board would additionally wish to sincerely thank Foran Equine for his or her fantastic help during the last 4 years with the Public sale Sequence. It has shortly grown and established itself as a outstanding function on the Irish Flat racing programme and we’re delighted to be able to take care of prize-money ranges this 12 months with the continuing help of Horse Racing Eire.”

Ger Lyons, who gained final 12 months’s public sale last with Ecliptical, initially a €18,000 Tattersalls Eire yearling buy, stated: “This collection presents our house owners an actual motive to remain on board season after season. It was an enormous thrill for Vincent Gaul, who’s a long-standing proprietor and all the time has a number of horses in coaching at Glenburnie.

“The profitable pot on provide within the Irish EBF Ballyhane race mixed with all of the median sires races offers us lots to purpose for with our string of two-year-olds. The truth that prize-money ranges shall be maintained this season is nice information and we actually recognize the funding and ongoing help from the Irish EBF and HRI.”

It was echoed by Shark Hanlon, whose £600 purchase Skyace took the principle mares’ occasion at Fairyhouse.

“It is vitally essential to have this programme in place to present everybody an incentive to purchase and race a mare,” he stated. “If I absorb a mare to coach lately, there are simply as many races obtainable for her as in comparison with geldings; years in the past this was not the case, so properly performed to everybody concerned in placing collectively the races, the prize-money and bonuses.”

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