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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YORK FURTHER BOOST TO RECORD EBOR PRIZE FUND

York Racecourse has announced a further boost of over £100,000 to the previously announced investment in prize money which represents a £250,000 increase in prize money on last year for the north's flagship racing festival.  Record prize money of £3.5m at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival includes prize money to at least sixth place for all 25 races for the first time and no contest is worth less than £40,000.

 

Tattersalls, who have sponsored the Musidora on the opening day of the Dante Festival for 29 years, have extended their support to now include the Group 3 Tattersalls Acomb Stakes on the opening day of the Ebor Festival.  The prize fund for this classy seven furlong juvenile contest is set for a significant boost to £80,000 (an increase of £20,000), making it the richest Group 3 for juveniles in Britain.

 

Prize money of £80,000 will also now be on offer to contenders in the Group Three Betfred Strensall and Betfred Melrose Stakes, both of which will be run on Saturday 23 August, Betfred Ebor day itself.

 

Seven races through the four day meeting have had a 33% boost to purses of £10,000 - taking their prize funds to £40,000.  This includes the SkyBet Convivial Maiden, which is by far the richest race of its type in Britain.

 

These latest improvements cement what is the third consecutive year of growth in prize money in the Ebor Festival with prize money now over 25% more than in 2011 and the Festival is a clear second only to Royal Ascot in terms of both prize money and strength and depth of the race programme.

 

Confirming the investments announced in January; the richest race ever staged at York will be the Group One Juddmonte International, the showpiece of the opening day of the Ebor Festival on Wednesday 20 August, when the top middle distance horses in the world will compete for a record £800,000 (up by £50,000) and the chance to join a roll of honour that includes previous number one rated racehorses in the world, Frankel (2012) and Sea the Stars (2009).

 

On every day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival the feature contest will receive a boost, as the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Thursday), Coolmore Nunthorpe (Friday) and Betfred Ebor (Saturday) all benefit from the track's policy of working with long-standing sponsors to raise the rewards for runners on the Knavesmire.

 

The race to receive the joint biggest boost will be the SkyBet City of York Stakes.  This highly regarded Listed contest will double its prize money to £100,000 – making it the seventeenth race at York with a six figure prize fund.  Previous winners of this seven furlong contest include subsequent Group 1 winner Gordon Lord Byron and Yorkshire dynamo, Quito.  It will also move within the Festival programme to become a further highlight of Friday 22 August. 

 

A further Listed race to receive a boost as well as a poignant name change is the Galtres which will be called The EBF and Sir Henry Cecil Memorial Galtres Stakes; benefiting from both the ongoing backing of the European Breeders' Fund and support from members of the family of the much missed champion trainer.  This one mile four furlong race for fillies, now offering £60,000, will be part of the course's tribute to the legendary late master of Warren Place who sent out Eva Luna (1996), Upend (1988) and Startino (1986) to win this race.

 

Commenting on the announcement, Philip Freedman, Chairman of the Horsemen's Group representing racehorse owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and breeders said: "York deserves enormous credit for its continued and increasing investment in the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, and it is no coincidence that nowadays the meeting invariably features as part of the programme of the sport's equine champions. This news of an extra £100,000 being added to prize money and the fact it means that total returns at this year's Festival will increase by £250,000 since last year speaks volumes for York's commitment to attracting the very best horses. We particularly welcome the fact that over the four days no race will be run for less than £40,000, which means that the increasing returns on offer will be shared across all those who are successful during the course of, what is sure to be, an extremely competitive and successful meeting.'

 

Speaking about the latest round of prize money increases, William Derby, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course, said, "I am delighted that York has once again demonstrated its commitment to invest in prize money and so develop the race programme on the Knavesmire.  I am pleased that in this prize fund boost we have been able to make a material investment to increase all races to at least £40,000 and extend prize money to sixth place, so rewarding more owners and horsemen for bringing their fabulous horses to race at York.  The aim remains to attract the very best horses to York and to stage competitive, compelling racing action. 

 

"As with all our investments, they are only possible because of the commercial success of the track across both our racing and non-racing businesses.  This commercial success is a result of a hard-working team at York and the unstinting support of the horsemen, owners, sponsors, boxholders, racegoers and visitors who make York Racecourse a very special venue. 

 

"As voiced by York and others in the recent BHA Fixture Consultation process, it is vital investments such as these are recognised within the structure of the sport to incentivise and reward positive performance to help all of racing to grow and prosper.

 

"This investment, coupled with continuing investment in facilities at York aimed at further improving the experience for horses, horsemen and racegoers, makes for a very exciting Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival.”

 



 


WELCOME TO YORKSHIRE EBOR FESTIVAL – ORDER OF RUNNING 2014

 

Wednesday 20 August

 

Race Time

Race Title

Class

Age

Prize Money

Distance

vs 2013

1.55pm

Symphony Group Stakes – Handicap (0-105)

Class 2

3+

£50,000

Five & a half furlongs

2.30pm

Tattersalls Acomb Stakes – Group 3

Group 3

2

£80,000

Seven furlongs

20,000

3.05pm

Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes – Group 2

Group 2

3c&g

£150,000

One & a half miles

3.40pm

Juddmonte International Stakes – Group 1 (British Champions Series race)

Group 1

3+

£800,000

One & a quarter miles

50,000

4.20pm

Fine Equinity Stakes – Handicap (81-100)

Class 2

4+

£40,000

Two miles

10,000

4.55pm

StanJames.com Stakes - Nursery Handicap (BOBIS race)

Class 2

2

£40,000

Six furlongs

10,000

£1,160,000

90,000

Thursday 21 August

 

 Race Time

Race Title

Class

Age

Prize Money

Distance

vs 2013

1.55pm

DBS Premier Yearling Stakes (BOBIS Race)

Class 2

2

£250,000

Six furlongs

2.30pm

Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes

Group 2

2f

£150,000

Six furlongs

3.05pm

Clipper Logistics Stakes - Handicap

Class 2

3+

£80,000

One mile

5,000

3.40pm

Darley Yorkshire Oaks - Group 1 (British Champions Series race)

Group 1

3+ f&m

£330,000

One & a half miles

5,000

4.20pm

Sir Henry Cecil Memorial and EBF Galtres Stakes

Listed

3+ f&m

£60,000

One & a half miles

10,000

4.55pm

eventmasters.co.uk EBF Stallions Fillies Stakes - Handicap (81-100)

Class 2

3+f&m

£40,000

Seven furlongs

10,000

£910,000

30,000

Friday 22 August

Race Time

Race Title

Class

Age

Prize Money

Distance

vs 2013

1.55pm

Sky Bet Stakes - Handicap (81-100)

Class 2

3+

£50,000

One & a half miles

2.30pm

Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance  Lonsdale Cup - (British Champions Series race)

Group 2

3+

£150,000

Two miles

3.05pm

Sky Bet City of York Stakes

Listed

3+

£100,000

Seven furlongs

50,000

3.40pm

Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes - Group 1 - (British Champions Series race)

Group 1

2+

£265,000

Five furlongs

15,000

4.20pm

Sky Bet Convivial Maiden Stakes (Racing Post Yearling Bonus and BOBIS Race)

Class 2

2

£40,000

Seven furlongs

10,000

4.55pm

Nationwide Accident Repair Services Stakes  - Handicap (81-100) (BOBIS Race)

Class 2

3

£40,000

One mile

10,000

£645,000

85,000

Saturday 23 August

 

Race Time

Race Title

Class

Age

Prize Money

Distance

vs 2013

2.05pm

Betfred Strensall Stakes

Group 3

3+

£80,000

One mile & one furlong

5,000

2.40pm

Betfred Melrose Stakes - Handicap (0-105) (BOBIS Race)

Class 2 Open

3

£80,000

One & three quarter miles

5,000

3.15pm

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes

Group 2

2c&g

£200,000

Six furlongs

3.50pm

Betfred Ebor - Heritage Handicap

Class 2

3+

£265,000

One & three quarter miles

15,000

4.25pm

Julia Graves Roses Stakes

Listed

2

£50,000

Five furlongs

5.00pm

Betfred the Bonus King - Handicap (86-105)

Class 2

3+

£40,000

One & a quarter miles

10,000

5.35pm

Qipco  Future Stars Apprentice Stakes -  Handicap (81-100) (BOBIS Race)

Class 2

3

£40,000

Five furlongs

10,000

£755,000

45,000

Total Ebor Festival

£3,470,000

250,000