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First £10,000 breeze-up bonus won at Redcar

ADD £10,000 to a winner's share of £2,590 and what do you get? Smiles from the North Sea coast to Newmarket, as Lady Lube Rye landed the opening maiden auction stakes for two-year-olds at Redcar, becoming the first winner to receive a cheque from the breeze-up bonus scheme.

The victory for the filly, trained by Noel Wilson, couldnot have been more timely as it came on the eve of the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sale, the second of two such auctions held over the last two weeks in Newmarket. The scheme was introduced this year by breeze up consignors in a bid to stimulate trade.

Within hours of the conclusion of the pre-sale workouts, while potential buyers were still roaming the grounds inspecting tomorrow's catalogue of 167 two-year-olds, news that the bonus had a first winner spread rapidly.

Con Marnane, whose Bansha House Stables sold the daughter of Catcher In The Rye at the Goffs Kempton Breeze Up in March, said: "I was watching the races with Eddie O'Leary and he said, 'Jesus that thing won well'. I never knew until then what it was."

Marnane, who bought the filly from his school friend Eddie Kent's Ballyhampshire Stud, initially bought her back from the Kempton sale for £5,000, but sold her outside the ring in a recorded private sale for £15,000.

The scheme, with a £500,000 fund, will pay out bonuses to 60 different winners who have been through breeze up sales. The prize for maiden and stakes race winners is £10,000, while winners of selling,claiming, or nursery handicaps can win £5,000.  Each horse can win only one bonus.

"There are 59 more cheques to be written," said Marnane, as he watched his team pull another set of prospects out of theirboxes for agents to inspect at Tattersalls yesterday.




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