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Racing Post Yearling Bonus presentation. Lingfield, 29.03.2010

The winning owners and Gay Kelleway collect the £10,000 bonus from Racing Post Yearling Bonus trustees John Warren and Philip Freedman

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

First Racing Post Yearling Bonus landed

HISTORY was made at Lingfield Park on Monday, when the owners of Primo Lady, winner of the Maiden Auction Fillies' Stakes, became the first recipients of a £10,000 Racing Post Yearling Bonus cheque.

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The race was the first opportunity in Britain to land the bonus, after an eligible horse failed to win the first Irish-nominated race at the Curragh last Sunday.

Primo Lady, a daughter of Lucky Story saddled by Gay Kelleway for owners Kevin Jarvis, Gary Hodson and Peter Moule, was consigned to the DBS St Leger Festival yearling sale by Little Lodge Farm and purchased by the trainer for £5,000.

The £10,000 bonus is nearlyfive times the prize-money connections of Primo Lady picked up for winning the race.

A jubilant Kelleway said after the race: "It's a wonderful scheme and we'll go and buy another Yearling Bonus-eligible horses with money now - it's a no-brainer."

Jarvis added on behalf of the owners: "We always wanted to win the first Yearling Bonus and be a little piece of history, so we're overjoyed."

The cheque was presented to the ownersby Philip Freedman and John Warren, trustees of the Racing Post Yearling Bonus scheme.

The Racing Post Yearling Bonus was launched last summer in a bid to help stimulate demand at the yearling sales in Britain and Ireland in the face of the global recession.

Vendors paid £250 to register a yearling for the scheme and then a further £250 if they were sold. Purchasers then had the option to pay the final £250 to complete eligibility.

With sales companies contributing a further ten per cent of the vendors' contribution, the fund has reached more than£2.6m, allowing 260 bonuses to be paid out throughout Britain, Ireland and Europe.

The nextopportunity for owners to land a bonus comes on Wednesday, when divisions one and two of the 5f maiden at Southwell both offer a chance for eligible horses to land a £10,000 payout.

In Ireland, the next eligible race is a 5fmaiden at Dundalk on Saturday.





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