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Racing Post Breeze-Up Bonus backs Craven

NEWMARKET'S leading 2,000 Guineas trial, the Craven Stakes, will be sponsored by the Racing Post Breeze-Up Bonus this season.

The Group 3 Racing Post Craven Stakes will be run on Newmarket's Rowley Mile on Thursday, 15th April, with the backing of sales consignors who are offering owners the chance to win the share of a £500,000 pot.

RP Breeze-up Bonus Logo   PICTURE: Racing Post 

Connections of eligible graduates from six different two-year-old breeze-up sales in Britain, Ireland and France will be paid a £5,000 bonus on a ‘first come, first served' basis should their two-year-old win a maiden, nursery, conditions, Listed or Group races in Europe.

A horse can win up to two of the bonuses, so a total of £10,000, until the total fund has been fully claimed.

The scheme is funded by the breeze-up vendors, who will pay £500 in the fund per horse, and the sales companies, who contribute £150 for each horse.

The first chance to secure a two-year-old eligible for the Breeze-Up Bonus is the Goffs Breeze-Up Sale at Kempton on Friday.

The Racing Post Craven Stakes was formerly sponsored by consignor and Breeze-Up Bonus committee member Con Marnane of Bansha House Stables, who said: "We first put together the Breeze-Up Bonus Scheme last year as a self-help initiative in these economically testing times and it proved a great incentive for buyers.

"We hope that this year's scheme of up to £500,000 will again encourage owners to invest in a two-year-old at the upcoming sales.

"This new sponsorship provides a great shop winner for the Racing Breeze-Up Bonus Scheme during a high-profile sale and we hope that many of the two-year-olds sold this year prove good enough to line up in the 2011 Racing Post Craven Stakes."

Michael Prosser, Director of Racing at Newmarket Racecourses, commented: "This is a great initiative and an excellent example of the racing industry assisting itself.

"We look forward to welcoming our sponsors along with their guests and are confident that the Racing Post Craven Stakes will once again be a high-class and informative race."

Last year's renewal was won by subsequent 2,000 Guineas runner-up Delegator.

 Sale  Date
 Goffs Breeze-Up at Kempton  March 12
 Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up  April 13-15
 DBS Breeze-Up  April 20-21
 Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up  April 29-30
 Arqana Breeze-Up  May 15
 Goresbridge Breeze-Up
 May 21



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