Disappointment at end
of Breeze-up Bonus
DISAPPOINTMENT was the prevailing feeling among trainers and owners on Monday following the announcement that the Racing Post Breeze-up Bonus had been brought to an end.
The scheme, launched as a self-help initiative by breeze-up vendors in 2009, paid out £1 million in bonuses to owners of horses from nine different countries during its two-year run.
Stan Moore: 'bit of a shock'PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
The decision not to renew the scheme, which was revealed in Sunday's Racing Post, was taken as a result of the vast majority of breeze-up candidates being eligible for another popular initiative, the £10,000 Racing Post Yearling Bonus.
Norman Steel, an owner with Richard Fahey, started purchasing at the breeze-ups two years ago and went on to win £25,000 worth of bonuses with Ballodair, Barefoot Lady and Lord Aeryn. He admitted yesterday that its demise would probably affect his approach to the breeze-up sales.
"It'sdisappointing," he said. "We didn't buy at the breeze-ups until the bonus was launched - it was a big incentive for us - and today's announcement could mean that we revert back to our original position. Owners need incentives and the breeze-up bonus was a big one for us."
Malton-based trainer David O'Meara, who pulled off a breeze-up bonus double at Ripon on August 31 with Abzolutely and Maggie Mey, added: "We thought it was a great scheme, especially for the cheaper horses. We benefitted from it as we won a couple last year and it did help us sell on horses. We're in difficult times and any incentive that is about is a positive, so to lose it is not good news."
Another disappointed trainerwas Stan Moore, who sent out three bonus winners including subsequent Fillies' Mile runner-up Lady Darshaan.
He said: "It's a bit of a shock reading it this morning. It will probably make a difference to the sort of people who take a chance, the ones that have up to £25,000 to spend on a horse.
"One of the best things about it was that as long as there was still the money to be won, you could win a bonus with any race. I thought all these bonuses were here to stay - this business needs all the help it can get."