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Johnny Murtagh and Man Of Iron after winning the Breeders Cup Marathon Santa Anita 6.11.09

The Breeders' Cup is aiming to attract more international participants

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Breeders' Cup ends EBF cross-registration deal

THE Breeders' Cup has made major changes to its nomination system for overseas horses, bringing to an end to its cross registration agreement with the European Breeders' Fund as a result.

From next year, eligibility for non-American horses will be secured via stallion owners who will pay 50 per cent (25 per cent in the southern hemisphere) of a sire's published nomination fee.  Until now, foals have been nominated individually at a cost of $500 if their sires have also been registered to the EBF.

The switch has been made with the backing of major stallion operations such as Coolmore and Darley.

Breeders' Cup President Greg Avioli said it was made with the aim of attracting more international runners to the Breeders' Cup.

A statement issued by the EBF said it "regretted" the end of the cross-registration deal, "an agreement which has stood the test of time since the 1995 covering season".

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