64 horses are entered for the final of the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series at Naas Racecourse, on Sunday October 21, with total prize-money of €120,000. It is a timely reminder, before the yearling sales start next week, that horses purchased for €72,000 or less will be eligible for the series in 2019.
Jessica Harrington has made 16 entries into the final, including five of her impressive six winners in the series so far. Noel Meade has the final in the plan for seven of his string which include both of his series winners, Layfayette and Helvic Dream. Other big entry numbers come from Tom Mullins, Joseph O’Brien and Ger Lyons, who have entered seven, six horses and four horses respectively.
The Foran Equine Irish EBF partnership has significantly boosted prize-money and made the auction series a lucrative proposition for trainers and owners. The series is designed to create wide-scale opportunities for horses purchased as a yearling or a 2yo at public auction for €72,000 or less, with allowances for fillies and horses purchased at a lower auction price.
The 2017 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Final Winner Yulong Gold Fairy and Pat Smullen for Curragh trainer Dermot Weld Nessa Joyce, Irish EBF Manager, said: “This is the fourth year of the series and the results and statistics speak for themselves. The average price of all runners in the series is just over €20,000, three of this year’s winners were bought for less than €10,000 and last year’s final winner, the Dermot Weld-trained filly Yulong Gold Fairy, was a €8,000 yearling purchase. This tells the story that you can get involved and win races with a modest investment. The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series is now an integral part of the racing calendar and with the yearling sales starting next week, the 2019 series should be part of every owners and trainers plans.”
Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director, Foran Equine, commented: “We are delighted to see the strong entries for the Foran Equine Irish EBF auction series final at Naas on October 21st. For us this series has been about creating opportunities for our customers including the trainers, owners and breeders who are the backbone of the industry. Last year’s final was a brilliant occasion and we are looking forward to working closely with Irish EBF and Naas Racecourse to deliver another exciting final.”