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New prize scheme aims to safeguard the future of British racing and breeding

The Great British Bonus (GBB) is being launched today, offering multiple bonuses of up to £20,000 per eligible race for British-bred fillies and mares. Its aim is to increase the number of British-bred horses in racing and, so, safeguard the future of British breeding.

GBB is for breeders, owners and winning connections of British-bred Flat and Jump fillies and mares who race successfully in Britain, and replaces the NH MOPS and Plus10 schemes.

Devised and implemented by The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA), GBB is regarded as a self-help initiative that demonstrates the breeding sector’s commitment at this critical time, when racing and breeding are facing up to financial concerns raised by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It aims to ensure that more British-bred fillies and mares are sought as racehorses, while encouraging breeders to race fillies and owners to retain them. This will support the economics of Thoroughbred production and selection for breeding on the basis of proven racing ability at all levels.

TBA chairman Julian Richmond-Watson said: “A scheme underpinning all pillars of the industry is the best way to support Thoroughbred breeding operations in Britain, and when key participants benefit, those funds are more likely to be reinvested into the British racing industry.

“GBB evolved from the latest economic impact studies commissioned by the TBA, and, after extensive collaboration across the industry, it will focus on assisting key areas of the race programme and horse population that can shape the future diversity of the breed.”

Richmond-Watson added: “We are pleased to be able to deliver bonuses this year, with the number of races rising to approximately 3,000 in 2022. Breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and pin-hookers can all benefit from the scheme, which supports the long-term sustainability of our industry.

“We are extremely grateful to all those who have helped deliver this initiative, most notably the Levy Board and steering groups, which have worked tirelessly on this project.”

Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer at the British Horseracing Authority, commented: “The importance of a vibrant and robust British Thoroughbred breeding industry for the future of our sport cannot be overstated. Now, more than ever, action is required to support our breeders, and the introduction of the Great British Bonus is a key part of this, offering a significant financial incentive for racehorse owners to invest in British-bred fillies. As well as boosting demand at the sales, the scheme should encourage more fillies to be tried on the racecourse. This important and necessary initiative is sure to have a positive influence in the years ahead.”

On the Flat, two-year-old fillies already paid up for Plus10 will be registered automatically to GBB, giving them the chance to win more than double the current bonus, as well as multiple prizes. There will be more than 160 eligible races in 2020. 

Over jumps, all NH MOPS-registered fillies and mares will be transferred immediately to the enhanced GBB scheme. More than 1,150 eligible races will be run this year. 

For further details, including information on registrations, go to greatbritishbonus.co.uk or contact the scheme manager, Grant Pritchard-Gordon, on 07785 277438.

GBRI to boost efforts of British breeze-up consignors

Great British Racing International has committed to ensuring that British-based consignors of horses in all breeze-up sales this year receive as much digital marketing support as their Irish counterparts.

GBRI will work with Tattersalls, Tattersalls Ireland and Goffs UK (along with their 2020 sale partner, Arqana) to arrange a financial contribution towards the suite of professional videos that are currently being made of all British breeze-up entries.

In the majority of cases, the contribution of £30 per horse will be arranged directly with the British-based videographers who have been commissioned for the project. In cases where consignors have already produced a professional video, a reimbursement of £30 will be arranged via the sales house, subject to the footage meeting the required standard.

Amanda Prior, General Manager of Great British Racing International, commented: “It has been fantastic to see Europe’s bloodstock auction houses and the industry’s representative bodies taking a collaborative approach during this very challenging period to ensure the breeze-up sales take place in as effective a format as possible.

“It is vital that, collectively, we do all we can to get these horses sold, so that all vendors across all of the breeze-up sector can return to our yearling sales later in the year and play a key role once again.

“We are delighted to be working with the sales houses in supporting the growing British breeze-up community, both by part-funding the professional video footage of their horses and assisting with the promotion and distribution of this footage once it is ready to go.”

Tattersalls and Goffs Announce Commencement of Yearling Inspections

Tattersalls and Goffs have agreed a set of safety protocols to be implemented on farms during upcoming yearling inspections which will commence in the UK and Ireland on Monday 18th May under the phased return of outdoor workers outlined in the recently published British and Irish governments’ Covid-19 directives.

The safety procedures will be strictly followed by both inspection teams and comply with all government guidance relating to social distancing, hand sanitation, and the wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment to ensure the safety and welfare of vendors, their staff and the sales company personnel.  Vendors will receive details of the safety protocols from Tattersalls, Tattersalls Ireland, Goffs and Goffs UK in advance of the respective agent’s visit.

In a joint statement, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony and Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

“The primary focus of Goffs and Tattersalls is the health and wellbeing of our clients and staff.  In these challenging times, we have a particular duty of care to the farms that we visit and are following the advice and directives of the authorities in the UK and Ireland to provide a safe environment during inspections.

“Both bloodstock teams are looking forward to getting on the road for yearling visits as we continue to prepare for the autumn sales season.  This is a hugely enjoyable and important time in the yearling sale process and, we hope, a small step towards some degree of “normality” returning for our vendors and the wider industry.

“Notwithstanding the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we both hope that the autumn sales calendar can follow the published dates, however we will closely monitor the situation and adapt with contingency plans if required.  We acknowledge the importance of the bloodstock industry coming together in difficult times, and the sales companies will continue to liaise and work in harmony where appropriate to provide the best opportunities to buy and sell thoroughbred racehorses”.

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