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Trainers give Yearling Bonus thumbs-up

WITH the DBS St Leger Sale looming, trainers have voiced their support for the Racing Post Yearling Bonus, with several maintaining that it will be an active incentive to encourage owners to buy.

Among them is Ralph Beckett, who trained two winners of the Breeze-Up Bonus earlier this season, one of whom was this week's Lowther Stakes fourth Puff.

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"It has got to be a good thing and I think it will end up being a help," he said. "I had two horses win the Breeze-Up Bonus and both owners were delighted as they got something back. The concept is excellent."

Beckett hopes to be in action at Doncaster next week as does Clive Cox, who said: "If I saw a nice horse that wasn't eligible, I wouldn't be put off from buying it. However, any incentive like this has got to be good and the bonus committee must be commended for getting it off the ground."

According to County Kildare-based trainer Paul Deegan, who purchased eight yearlings at the Irish sales last year, the bonus has already caused plenty of talk among his owners, who are keen to see a return on investment.

"Fair play to everybody involved," he said. "It'll be a help for all of us, and as well as keeping current owners interested, it might attract a few more.

"It's got people talking over here and my owners are certainly interested in it."

Trainer Marcus Tregoning

Marcus Tregoning: "a good idea"

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His views are echoed by Marcus Tregoning, who, like many people, cited decreasing levels of prize-money as an important reason to add support. He said: "We have to welcome it with open arms as it is going to help the problems of decreasing prize money.

"We won't know how successful the bonus has been until after the sales, but when owners start winning the bonus, hopefully even more people will start thinking that it is a good idea."

Also supportive is Rae Guest, who said: "I think if people have got the money to buy yearlings they will, but this will be an incentive that could help tip the scales on a decision to buy, which is a good thing."

The Racing Post Yearling Bonus scheme will be launched on the first day of the DBS St Leger Sale. The Brightwells Ascot August Sale, which is also held on Tuesday, contains another two yearlings, lots 1 and 2, who are eligible for the scheme.

What they are saying about the Racing Post Yearling Bonus

Charlie Hills, assistant trainer to Barry Hills
"I think it is a wonderful idea. It is an incentive that should get people buying and that has to be a really good thing."

Bobby O'Ryan, bloodstock agent
"It should be extremely helpful. The Breeze Up Bonus was well received by owners and as a result worked well - I'dthink that it could be even better next year now that more people are aware of it."

Peter Doyle, bloodstock agent
"It's going to be a great incentive; it would take three or four races to win £10,000 the way prize-money is that the moment. I think it's been well thought out and it's gone down well with the clients I have, especially Richard Hannon."

Federico Barberini, bloodstock agent
"I can't say it will be a decisive factor on the market overall, but I'm sure it will be of great help to sell horses at the bottom end of the market. However, I think the bigger results of this incentive will be seen next sales season once the bonuses have been won and the winning owners hopefully start putting money back into it."




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