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 is set to celebrate the life and career of trainer Sir Henry Cecil with two tributes to the legendary trainer at the 2014 Moët & Chandon July Festival (July 10-12).  

Cecil, who died a year to this day, loved the July Course and particularly enjoyed its three-day summer showpiece that combines style and great sport.

To commemorate the huge contribution that he made to the sport, Newmarket are to name Thursday, July 10's one-mile Listed race for three-year-olds after Cecil.
 
The race, won in 2013 by Montiridge, will this year be staged as the Hastings Direct Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (formerly known as the Stubbs Stakes). The Cecil name will thereafter continue to be attached to the race in perpetuity. 
 
The second part of Newmarket Racecourses' tribute to the great man is that the winning connections will be presented, as part of the first prize, with a rose as a button-hole. This year the rose will come from the garden at Warren Place that Cecil cultivated and loved so much.
 
Newmarket Racecourses have placed an order for the newly named ‘Sir Henry Cecil rose' which they will receive delivery of in November 2015. The bloom, which is white with a cream reverse and was first bred by Robert Webster in 2013, will be presented to the winning connections of the race in the future as well as being showcased around The July Course.
 
Lady Cecil, wife of Sir Henry, said:
 
"It is very kind of Newmarket Racecourses to run a race in Henry's name. It is especially fitting that the Hastings Direct Sir Henry Cecil Stakes will be staged at the July Festival, which was always one of his three very favourite meetings.
 
"I am grateful, too, to Newmarket for its gesture in commissioning the ‘Sir Henry Cecil' rose for display at the July Course. Everyone knew that roses were one of Henry's passions and to have the ‘Sir Henry Cecil' bloom present at the July Course, which he loved, seems very appropriate.”
 
Amy Starkey, Regional Director for The Jockey Club East Region, said:
 
"Sir Henry Cecil was loved throughout the world of racing and beyond – no more so than here in the town of Newmarket where he trained for more than 40 years. As such, we wanted to develop a fitting tribute to one of the sport's greatest figures and felt it important to work with Lady Cecil to deliver this in the best possible way.
 
"Staging the Hastings Direct Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (formerly known as the Stubbs Stakes) will ensure that he will be remembered at the July Festival every year. It is a race that was upgraded to Listed status in 2013 and we are confident that its prestige and importance will grow.
 
"We hope, too, that Sir Henry would appreciate our celebration of the wonderful man that he was with the commissioning of the striking ‘Sir Henry Cecil' rose.”