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Yellow Rosebud and Pat Smullen catch the Kevin Manning ridden Rigoletta to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden Leopardstown

Yellow Rosebud wins the 100th Racing Post Yearling Bonus this season

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Landmark win as 100th Bonus winner is paid out

THE magic £1 million mark in 2011 Racing Post Yearling Bonus payments was reached at Leopardstown.

Yellow Rosebud's debut victory in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders' Fund Fillies Maiden also marked a second winner for freshman sire Jeremy, who stands at the Irish National Stud. Its chief executive John Osborne is chairman of the RPYB scheme.

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The Dermot Weld-trained filly, who runs in the colours of Rites Of Passage's owner Dr Ronan Lambe, was  consigned by the Irish National Stud when bought for €75,000 by Bobby O'Ryan at Goffs last year. She is out of the unraced Green Desert mare Nebraas, dam of  Athasi Stakes third Seeharn. Nebraas is half-sister to Golden Jubilee Stakes winner Malhub.

The 100th RPYB winner winner was reached a month earlier than last year's debut scheme, a major factor being the 33 bonuses, worth £10,000 each, paid out to three-year-olds that were sold at the 2009 yearling sales.

Yellow Rosebud showed enough class in victory to be nominated, after a break, for the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at The Curragh in August by her trainer.

"The Racing Post Yearling Bonus Scheme is an excellent idea and a great encouragement for owners wanting to buy horses. I very much hope it continues for some time," said Weld.

The 100th win was welcomed by scheme co-ordinator Kerry Murphy, who said: "We are delighted that the connections of 100 horses have each landed a £10,000 bonus so soon in the season. There is a prize-money pool of more than £2.7 million this year so we look forward to plenty more opportunities for people to win money that they willthen hopefully re-invest at the sales."

The RPYB, which has paid out more than £5.4 million in prize-money in its first two seasons, was last week extended to a third year to include yearlings sold in 2011.





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