BOLD SHOW FROM CALYPSO CHOIR

KIRK HOPING FOR A BOLD SHOW FROM CALYPSO CHOIR IN EBF BREEDERS' SERIES FILLIES HANDICAP

 
Thursday July 14th 2016 – The new EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series continues on Saturday (July 16th) with races at both Newbury and Newmarket.

Eight runners have been declared for the Bathwick Tyres EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap over a mile worth £30,000 with trainer Ralph Beckett who recorded five winners last Saturday looking for more success. He saddles Golden Stunner who is bidding to land her hat-trick after wins at Nottingham and most recently at Newmarket.  

Calypso Choir is one of 15 declared runners for the EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap at Newmarket worth £20,000 over six furlongs. Her rivals include Silver Rainbow who will be looking to follow up on her recent success at Newbury for trainer Charlie Hills.

Calypso Choir finished a close up second on her latest start at Goodwood back in June and her trainer Sylvester Kirk is hoping she can double her winning tally on her seventh start on Saturday.

Sylvester Kirk, trainer of Calypso Choir, said:

"She is in great form, but we have just been waiting for the ground to dry up for her. It is an extremely competitive race but she should give a good account of herself. The faster the ground the better, so I am hoping the rain stays away. The prize-money is great in these EBF Fillies’ Series races so that always helps.”

David Bowe, manager of Littleton Stud, owned by Calypso Choir’s owner, Jeff Smith said:

"The EBF have been instrumental with prize-money and sponsorship over the years and I believe the new EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series launched this year is a fantastic idea.  Something like this has been badly needed for a long time, as in the past there have been limited opportunities for three year old and upwards fillies. The prize-money is exceptional and I cannot emphasise enough how much of a success the series has been so far.”

The EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series boasts overall prizemoney of £625,000 and has been specifically designed 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 or retire them.

For further information please contact:
Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders’ Fund
Phone:  01638 667960 or 07788 497644

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Newmarket Racecourses are delighted to announce that QIPCO Holding are to sponsor the Falmouth Stakes and the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, both run on Gentlemen's Day of the Moet & Chandon July Festival, Friday, July 11.


The races will be known as the QIPCO Falmouth Stakes and the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes sponsored by QIPCO.

As part of the sponsorship, the winning filly or mare of the QIPCO Falmouth Stakes will be given a free nomination in 2015 to Makfi. Together with Harbour Watch and Havana Gold, Makfi is owned by Qatar Bloodstock, a subsidiary of QIPCO Holding, and he stands for a stud fee of £25,000 at Tweenhills Farm.

In addition, the breeder of the winner of the QIPCO Falmouth Stakes will receive a 50 per cent discount on one nomination to any Tweenhills stallion, while the winning owner of the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes sponsored by QIPCO will receive the same discount.

The QIPCO Falmouth Stakes, which has an increased prize fund this year of £200,000, up £20,000 from 2013, is the first opportunity for the Classic generation of fillies to meet the older horses over a mile and last year it saw a thrilling finish when Elusive Kate just held off Sky Lantern. The race has also been won by great fillies such as Soviet Song, Goldikova and Giofra in recent years.

The £80,000 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO, known up until last year as the Cherry Hinton Stakes, often has a bearing on the following year's QIPCO 1000 Guineas and has been won in the past by fillies of the calibre of Sayyedati and Attraction.

Speaking on behalf of QIPCO Holding, David Redvers, Managing Director of Tweenhills Farm and Stud, said: "It is a privilege to sponsor such quality races at the July Festival and we are delighted to be associated with both the Falmouth and Duchess of Cambridge Stakes. Both races have a fantastic heritage and play an integral part in the fillies' pattern.

"It is important to QIPCO to not only be associated with the best of British racing but to also showcase through its sponsorship the company's assets and commercial activities. We look forward to this year's winner of the QIPCO Falmouth Stakes taking up the offer of a free nomination to Makfi in 2015.”

Amy Starkey, Regional Director for The Jockey Club East Region, said: "We are delighted that QIPCO, sponsor of the British Champions Series and, of course, our own 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas, are for the first time sponsoring at the Moet & Chandon July Festival, where they will put their name to two more of Newmarket's most famous races.”