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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Indira and Josephine Gordon team up again in EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series race at Ascot on Friday

Wednesday July 6th 2016 – The new EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series continues on Friday (July 8th) with a high quality ten-runner £20,000 Cushman & Wakefield EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap over Ascot’s mile and a half.

This is the seventh event of a new 20-race Series which boasts total prizemoney of £625,000 and culminates in a four-race finale at Newmarket on Sun Chariot Stakes day, Saturday October 1st.

The field features two of the stars of the season so far – the five-year-old Sleeping Indian mare, Indira, who was born and raised at the Pantycoed Stud in Pembrokeshire, West Wales; and the 22-year-old jockey Josephine Gordon, who has earned herself a place among the nation’s top 20 jockeys of 2016 by riding 37 winners since the turn of the year.

Indira and Josephine already boast an outstanding record together. Since they teamed up for the first time in February, they have managed four wins and two second places, most recently when second of 12 at Chester on May 28th.

But the partnership faces some stiff competition if they are to complete a quintet of victories on Friday. Among her nine opponents are Peloponnese, a Sir Michael Stoute-trained Montjeu filly who has won her last two starts, and Motdaw, a daughter of Motivator who scored by no less than ten lengths at Leicester last Saturday.

The aim of the Series is to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them for export or retire them.

The Series races are all handicaps for three-year-olds and above, each worth at least £20,000, run over six, eight, ten and twelve furlongs and staged at a dozen of Britain’s best racecourses. The Series is a collaboration between the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) and the British European Breeders’ Fund (BEBF).

The BEBF, which itself is funded by British Stallion Farms and has paid out more than £30 million in prizemoney over the past three decades, is contributing over £300,000 of the prizemoney. The Levy Board’s Race Incentive Fund has provided an additional sum in excess of £40,000.

The TBA, meanwhile, has put up a bonus worth up to £25,000, whereby any qualifying filly that wins one of the four £50,000 final day handicaps at Newmarket in October will be eligible for a stallion nomination voucher.
 

John Berry, trainer of Indira, said:

"This EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series is an absolutely wonderful new initiative.”

"Louise Parry and her brother, Peter Steele-Mortimer, have been involved with Indira right from the very start when she was bred at the family’s Pantycoed Stud and they are a major part of her ownership syndicate.”

"This Series is massive for people like them as it can help them decide to not only keep fillies like Indira in training for longer, but put them into training in the first place. It would be great if breeders no longer faced such disappointment when a foal comes out and it’s a filly.”

"Indira has surprised me hugely this season – she began it as a solid 70-rated horse and she has gone up 20lbs since then, I never expected her to reach such heights.”

"She hasn’t run for a while because of soft ground and I would be more hopeful about Friday if she had run more recently as she thrives on racing. Also, although she doesn’t have to have a turning track like Chester or Bath, I do think that she is better on one.”

"I put a lot of her improvement down to Josephine, who rides with so much confidence and is always tactically spot on. Every time that she has ridden her she’s got ten out of ten from me.”
 
 
For further information please contact:
Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders’ Fund
Phone:  01638 667960 or 07788 497644
E-mail: kerry@ebfhorseracing.co.uk