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Trainers applaud bonus as 2,000 mark surpassed

WITH the deadline for nominations to the Racing Post Yearling Bonus looming, scheme co-ordinator Tim Jones reportedon Monday that registrations to the bonus had surpassed the 2,000 mark.

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Jones was understandably delighted with the number of nominations, saying: "We have seen in excess of 1,000 registrations come in over the past week which is testament to the popularity of the scheme. We are anticipating that our dream target of 2,500 yearlings may be exceeded.

"We are naturally delighted at the support the scheme has received from vendors and look forward to that support being rewarded at sale time."

The scheme received further support yesterday from trainers who are hopeful that the lure of a £10,000 bonus will attract new owners while keeping those already involved interested.

They include Tom Dascombe, the trainer of Barzan, who collected a £10,000 breeze up bonus earlier this season when winning a maiden at Brighton. 

He said: "I think it is a great incentive and it's fantastic that people have put this initiative together, especially when the industry is in a bad way.

"We can hope that it will attract more owners but most importantly, I hope that it will help to maintain the ones we've already got."

William Haggas is similarly positive about the bonus and cites the success of the breeze up bonus as a reason why the scheme must be supported.

"I've trained a winner of a breeze up bonus and that scheme was a success so you'd have to hope that the yearling bonus will be as well."

William Haggas

William Haggas: "any initiative likethis must be supported"

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He added: "Any initiative like this must be encouraged and supported. I hope it will attract new owners - it is better than doing nothing."

Patrick Haslam has trained three bonus winners and although sceptical of how the bonus races will be selected, he is is supportive. He said: "We specifically bought at the breeze up sales on account of the breeze up bonus because the odds were that you had a decent chance of picking up money.

"This scheme must be applauded and there is no question that vendors needed someting to help sell their products and to help beleaguered owners and trainers. I'm sure there will be certain trainers with lots of two-year-olds who will be rubbing their hands at the prospect of picking up an extra £10,000.

"However, personally I would like to see a proper framework of claiming races installed during the first three months of the Flat season to give owners a decent chance of getting their money back quickly," he said.

Nomination forms can be downloaded at and can be faxed to Weatherbys on +44 (0) 1933 440807 or emailed to




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