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IN the eyes of leading consignor Ted Voute, there is only one disappointing feature of the Racing Post Yearling Bonus; his Arqana August-bound yearlings will not be eligible.

Voute, who was part of the original committee behind the scheme, is more than hopeful that each yearling offered under his banner in Britain and Ireland this year will be eligible for the bonus.

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"I have spoken to all of my clients during the past couple of weeks and all have been very supportive - the split payments made by vendors have attracted them further.

"At the moment, I'd hope that 100 per cent of my owners will sign up. No one has yet said no, and I only wish I could put my Deauville yearlings in it!"

Bill Dwan of the Castlebridge Consignment also welcomed the scheme, saying: "There is now an incentive for people to now have a horse in training and anything that helps sell horses this autumn has to be welcomed. I hope everybody supports it.

"Much credit must go to the team that have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it happen."

The DBS St Leger Sale in late August represents the first chance to purchase an eligible yearling but Voute feels that Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale has the potential to set a good example and could be just as crucial in determining the scheme's success.

He says: "Now we need all the Tattersalls October 1 horses to subscribe in order to help the rest of the market. Along with the new Tattersalls race series, lets hope we can keep this autumn's market stable when production costs remain so expensive."

Registration forms and full details will sent out to all consignors at the end of this week and beginning of the next. Vendors of St Leger yearlings will need to return the forms by July 1, while vendors for other yealing sales have a deadline of July 15.




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