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Breeders of staying winners are rewarded with bigger prizes by the TBA

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Breeders' prizes weighted to encourage stayers

THOROUGHBRED Breeders' Association chief executive Louise Kemble has explained that bigger prizes awarded to horses who win over longer distances are to help counter-balance the market bias towards sprinters.

Her comments come in response to a letter by Michael Sinclair of Farmers Hill Stud printed in Monday's Racing Post, which questioned the current system of breeders' prize distribution

The need to "incentivise the breeders of staying horses" because market forces encourage breeders to produce speedier and early two-year-old types is the reason for the increased prizes for winners of races further than 1m2f180yds.

Kemble said: "We needed to take up the advice of the BHA for incentives for breeders of staying horses."

The encouragement offered to breeders of horses with more stamina in their pedigree would help to ensure that there are enough horses to fill staying race fields.

Winners in the race distance category of 5f-6f180yds provides breeders with the smallest prize, of up to £3,200, with the intermediate range of 6f181yds to 1m2f180yds capped at £4,800, and race distances over that bracket earning breeders up to £6,400.

Winners of fillies and mares only races earn a smaller prize than in races open to both sexes.





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