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Dascombe eyes first Yearling Bonus chance

THE Racing Post Yearling Bonus comes of age this Sunday when the first of 200 cheques worth £10,000 each will be paid out to the winner of the Tally Ho Stud European Breeders' Fund Maiden at The Curragh.

The first juvenile race of the Irish season has been given a further twist with the news that Cheshire-based trainer Tom Dascombe will have at least one runner, Julius Geezer, a son of Antonius Pius who was bought for £22,000 at the Doncaster St Leger yearling sales.

Tom Dascombe

Tom Dascombe: bonus good thing

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He is one of eight entries eligible for a bonus, others including the Aidan O'Brien-trained Pirateer, a son of Danehill Dancer who was bought for €180,000 at Goffs. The £10,000 bonus will be landed if the race winner is eligible for the scheme; if not it will be carried forward to another race a later date.

A syndicate run by the Young Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association also has a candidate in Future Impact, a colt by Kheleyf who was bought by his trainerPaul Deegan for €7,500 at Tattersalls Ireland.

Explaining the unusual move for a British trainer to have runners in a maiden in Ireland, Dascombe said last night: "I've entered two (the other Ballista is also eligible for the Racing Post Yearling Bonus) but only one (Julius Geezer) will probably go, although I hope they don't get too much rain.

"We've had this race in mind for them for a while - it's not too far from here and the prize-money is good, especially with the £10,000 bonus. Anything that gives the owner a return has to be a good thing. My other entry, Ballista, was cheap horse and should he win a bonus, he would pay for himself and the training fees.

"These two are forward and ready to run. They have done a fair bit."





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