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Maintaining eligibility - December deadline

IN ORDER to maintain eligibility for the Racing Post Yearling Bonus scheme, all owners' payments must be made by December 15, 2009.

Why you should maintain eligibility
Due to the massive support of vendors, over 4,100 yearlings were initially made eligible for the scheme.  With the funds expected, eligible yearlings can look forward to a quarter of two-year-old maidens of 2010 carrying a £10,000 bonus to the winner. 

The 'bonus maidens' will be split proportionately over all distance categories and classes with 10 per cent of the initial UK/Ireland allocation to be attached to three-year-old maidens in 2011 to give every horse a chance.

This will amount to at least 150 maiden races in the UK and 50 in Ireland, giving the owner a chance to recoup around 50 per cent of the annual cost of having your two-year-old in training with one win.

As any trainer will tell you, you have to be in it to win it, so please don't miss out and keep your purchased yearling eligible.

How to maintain eligibility
It is very easy to keep your yearling eligible. Simply complete the owner form which can be downloaded in the Racing Post Yearling Bonus  section of the website and instruct Weatherbys UK to deduct £250/€285 per yearling from your Weatherbys bank account (or complete the electronic transfer of funds/send a cheque).

All enquiries can be made by emailing scheme co-ordinator Kerry Murphy on

To check for eligibilty
Over 95 per cent of yearlings purchased at a sale since August 1, 2009, in Britain and Ireland were initially made eligible for the Bonus Scheme.

If their catalogue page is showing the Racing Post Yearling Bonus Scheme logo they are eligible, unless announced otherwise at the time of the sale.

In addition, some late registrations were made subsequent to catalogues going to print - so if you want to check whether your yearling is eligible for the scheme contact Kerry Murphy on the email address above or call Weatherbys racing division on (+44) 01933 440077.





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