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Major payday for Racing Post Yearling Bonus


OWNERS from the Richard Hannon stable landed Racing Post Yearling Bonusesworth £20,000 in just 20 minutes yesterday – with one winning owner, Julie Wood, declaring: “People are really beginning to talk about the scheme, it is a great incentive for owners to go back to buy at the yearling sales.”

As well as dreaming of buying new yearlings, Wood also appears to have a Royal Ascot contender to dream of after Zebedee  was a very comfortable winner of the European Breeders’ Fund Maiden at Windsor.

Assistant trainer Richard Hanon junior said: "He's a nice horse who has always worked well, and although he's still quite big he looks a sharp two-year-old. He's very quick and I wouldn't rule anything out, but we'll take it one step at a time and we'll try and find a conditions race for him next.

"I think this is a great scheme and better than a lot of the big sales races as the money is spread more evenly - £10,000 each to 40 people is better than £400,000 to one.”
Zebadee, a grey son of Invincible Spirit, was bred and consigned by Hascombe and Valiant Studs, and bought by agent Peter Doyle for 70,000gns at Tattersalls last year.

Doyle was the purchaser of the other Hannon-trained bonus winner, Cape To Rio, who won the opening race at Folkestone 20 minutes prior to Zebadee’s success. Cape To Rio, a son of Captain Rio, is owned by Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds and was consigned as a yearling by John Osborne, one of the architects of the yearling bonus scheme. He cost £26,000 at Doncaster last August.

Nick Robinson, who runs the Kennet Valley syndicates, said: "It's very nice to get the bonus and all six horses we have this year are eligible so we hope it will be the first of many.”




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