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Marginal increase in BEBF prize allocation

THE British European Breeders' Fund (BEBF) has announced that it is to increase its allocations to prize-money for this year by £50,000.

Philip Freedman, chairman of the trustees of the BEBF, said on Tuesday:  "I'm delighted to announce that the trustees have agreed to a marginal increase in BEBF allocations to prize-money in the period February 2009-January 2010. 

"In the face of current economic turmoil this is fortunate news for owners and trainers. Allocations to the Flat Season 2009 will exceed £1.13 million and willcover 446 races in Britain, including 356 maiden/novice races, 23 Listed Races for mares/fillies, 43 handicaps for mares/fillies, two valuable fillies' nurseries and 22 other feature races."

Allocations to the National Hunt seasons will total £126,000 and will include ten junior bumpers, ten Mares' Only NH bumper qualifiers with a £25,000 final, 37 NH novice hurdle qualifiers with a £70,000 final, ten Mares' only NH novice hurdle qualifiers and £50,000 final, 12 Mares' novice chase qualifiers and £50,000 final, along with individually sponsored races at Perth, Cartmel, Newton Abbot and Worcester - courses that do not programme races through October to March.

Freedman went on to say that the support from British-based stallions in 2008 was very encouraging, alongside good support from those who have nominated their youngstock (mostly by US sires) to the EBF. 

Looking ahead, through alikely turbulent economic year, to 2010 Freedman said: "The trustees will be taking a very close look as the situation develops - and certainly will be wary of making any pronouncements with regard to 2010 allocations until February 2010."





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