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Newbury - Emerald Commander (17 Jul 2009)

Emerald Commander: Group 1-placed colt won his owners a breeze up bonus when breaking his maiden at Newbury in July last year

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 


Racing Post to sponsor Breeze-Up Bonus

AS a further indication of our support for the British and Irish bloodstock industry, the Racing Post is delighted to announce that it is to sponsor the £500,000 Breeze Up Bonus Scheme in 2010.

Breezeup Bonus Logo   PICTURE: Racing Post 

This year's Racing Post Breeze Up Bonus Scheme will carry a prize fund of £500,000, which will be split between up to 100 owners. And they could each be in line for a windfall of up to £20,000 - on top of racecourse prize-money - if their successful breeze up horse is also eligible for another bloodstock initiative backed by this newspaper, the Racing Post Yearling Bonus.

Launched only last year, the Racing Post Breeze Up bonus has drawn widespread praise for the eye catching speed with which its organisers, comprising a group of prominent sales consignors, put together a scheme that allowed 52 juveniles to land each of their connections a £10,000 bonus.

"We are delighted to have the Racing Post on board as our sponsor," said Jim McCartan a member of the Breeze Up Bonus Scheme committee. "The scheme has proved a very important incentive for owners, especially at a time of economic difficulty, and there's no doubt it had a positive impact on trade at last year's breezeup auctions.

"The Racing Post will play a key role in helping us promote the bonus scheme both in the newspaper and its website. Important entry dates and deadlines will be fully flagged up and as the season progresses both ourselves and the Racing Post will highlight the success stories that arise from the scheme. Owners are the lifeblood of racing and we want to recognise their input and highlight their achievements.

Lady Darshaan - Jimmy Fortune - Newmarket

Lady Darshaan: landed a breeze up bonus in June last year

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

"Breeze Up auctions are an incredibly significant part of the sales calendar - you only have to look at the achievements of horses like (Group 1 winners) Zafisio, Paco Boy, and Grand Couturier last season, not to mention a Breeders' Cup winner in Vale Of York, to realise the quality of horse that's on offer."

Racing Post bloodstock editor Richard Griffiths said: "We are delighted to sponsor the Racing Post Breeze Up Bonus, which is proving to be a wonderful example of what can be achieved in terms of promoting the sport in a unified manner. In this respect, the bloodstock world is leading the way. We look forward to giving the scheme the type of commitment and coverage which it undoubtedly deserves across all our media platforms. The scheme, together with the Racing Post YearlingBonus, will no doubt prove a significant incentive for new and existing owners to buy at the sales. We can't wait to tell the stories behind the successes."

This year's scheme will once more carry a prize-fund of around £500,000 - the key difference is that an even greater emphasis has been placed on trying to secure as wide a range of winners as possible. As a result, the bonus has been extended to up to 100 graduates of this year's Europe's eight breeze-up auctions. "We want as many existing and new breeze up buyers to benefit from the scheme," McCartan said.

Each winner from those sales would land a £5,000 bonus, to be paid out once more on a ‘first come, first served' basis. But that sum would be doubled if a horse wins two of the eligible races before the £500,000 has been fully claimed.

Jim Mccartan

Jim McCartan: "we want as many buyers to benefit"

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris 

Starting immediately after the Goffs' Kempton Breezeup on March 12, the scheme embraces all two-year-old maidens, nurseries, conditions, Listed or Group races in Europe.

The first winner of the 2009 bonus scheme, Lady Lube Rye, owned by D & S L Tanker Transport Ltd, came at Redcar on April 30 with payments continuing until September 2, with the Kempton victory of the Melba Bryce-owned Boquito at Kempton.

Both the Racing Post Breeze Up Bonus and Racing Post Yearling Bonus were launched last year as ‘self-help' initiatives that were designed to encourage new and existing owners to buy horses.

Although the two schemes are separate entities, racehorse owners could benefit hugely from both of them with the same horse. If a 2010 breeze up graduate had also been sold last year when nominated to the Racing Post Yearling Bonus, its owner could land a further £10,000 provided his horse wins a race linked to that scheme.

This season Craven Stakes, the season's first major Classic trial, will be run as the Breeze Up Craven Stakes as part of a two-year sponsorship, while further sponsor's for this year'sscheme will be announced shortly.

"We would like to thank last year's sponsors Five Star Transport, Red Mills, Emerald Bloodstock, George Mullins Transport and Weatherbys," McCartan said.

How the Racing post breeze up bonus scheme works
 Vendor contribution  £500 per nominated horse
 Sale company contribution  £150 per catalogued horse
 Value of bonus  £5,000 per race






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