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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

PARK DATE FOR PASTORAL PLAYER

 

Pastoral Player could bid for his first victory at Group Two level in the £100,000 OLBG Park Stakes over seven furlongs at Doncaster on Saturday, September 15, the final day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.

 

The progressive five-year-old, trained by Hughie Morrison, gained his first success in Pattern company at Haydock in the Group Three Jury Stakes over seven furlongs on June 2, before coming home 10th in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs at Royal Ascot on June 23.

 

He bounced back at the Berkshire course when beaten a neck into second by Fanunalter in the Group Two Summer Mile on July 21, but didn’t enjoy the run of the race when beaten four and a half lengths in the Group Two Hungerford Stakes at Newbury over seven furlongs on August 18, finishing fifth.

 

Morrison, who trains near Newbury, said: “We are looking at the OLBG Park Stakes for Pastoral Player. He has been fine since his run in the Hungerford Stakes but the past two times he has been to Newbury, he hasn’t operated for one reason or another.

 

“He has never been 100 per cent reliable but it was a funny race and he didn’t give the jockey his usual feel. Maybe it was something in the air or he was too close to home!

 

“He is an improving horse and he has always had it in him to be very good and he proved that at the end of last year, but he has had personal issues which none of us will ever know about.

 

“I think it’s down to him growing up a bit and maybe six furlongs wasn’t his best trip as he got a mile at Ascot when he didn’t see the winner until very late.

 

“I think the straight track at Doncaster will be fine for him but it’s possible he might prefer going round a bend.

 

“We are looking at the Prix de la Foret (Sunday, October 7) over seven furlongs on Arc weekend and there is also the Group Two Prix Daniel Wildenstein over a mile the day before, which we would be very happy to go for.

 

“If he won the OLBG Park Stakes, we would go for the Prix de la Foret but if he gets beat, we will go for the Prix Daniel Wildenstein.”

 

Also among the 24 contenders for the seven-furlong contest is Irish 2,000 Guineas runner-up Foxtrot Romeo, Alan McCabe’s German 2,000 Guineas hero Caspar Netscher and Roger Varian’s Aljamaaheer. Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien has four entries headed by multiple Group One winner Starspangledbanner.

 

Other notable entries include Sir Henry Cecil’s consistent Chachamaidee, plus Lethal Force and Strong Suit, who took first and second in the Hungerford Stakes.

 

The Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster runs from Wednesday, September 12, through to Saturday, September 15. For more information go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk

 

EUROPEAN BREEDERS’ FUND REACHES SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE

 

OVER ONE HUNDRED MILLION EUROS CONTIBUTED TO EUROPEAN RACING SINCE 1984

 

The European Breeders’ Fund (EBF), since its creation in 1983 and the first contributions to the sport in 1984, has been an integral part of European racing as well as a major sponsor of races.

 

Now in its 29th year of sponsorship, the EBF is justifiably proud that European racing has benefitted by over €100,000,000 (one hundred million euros) from funds generated by the organisation. That must be considered a spectacular result for what is essentially a “self-help” scheme.

 

None of this could have been achieved without the consistent support of European stallion owners who pay the required EBF dues, and to the breeders and owners of horses bred outside Europe who make payments to ensure their horses become EBF eligible.

 

The EBF is enormously grateful to all those stallion owners and eligibility payers who have contributed to the magnificent total of more than a hundred million euros.

 

Sam Sheppard, the EBF chief executive, thanked the stallion owners: “The support we have had over many years has been superb.

 

“I think the EBF model has proved to be effective as well as standing the test of time, while some other schemes have been put under considerable pressure, or have foundered. 

 

“The EBF could not have taken off in the way it did without the stallion owners and their input is immensely appreciated. 

 

“In addition, our involvement with Breeders’ Cup and the owner/breeders of US-sired stock has reaped dividends.  Altogether, this has allowed the EBF to provide European racing with over €100,000,000 – an extraordinary figure.”

 

Sheppard, who retires at the end of 2012 after joining the EBF at its start, added: “I have come across many wonderful people in my EBF role, most of whom dedicate a good part of their lives to the thoroughbred.

 

“Inevitably, during that time the EBF and I have been through some choppy waters but we remain strong, sustainable and looking forward to the future.”

 

Sheppard praised the members of staff in the EBF’s Newmarket office: “It is a small team, dedicated and expert at their jobs. They exhibit great tenacity in achieving results for the EBF.  It is and has been a privilege to work with them.”

 

EBF co-ordinating committee member Philip Freedman paid tribute to Sheppard. He said: “Sam represents all that the EBF stands for - integrity, internationalism and a healthy bloodstock industry.

 

“Not only does the EBF owe him a huge debt of gratitude, but so do all those who have been beneficiaries over the last 30 years - owners, trainers, jockeys, racecourses and breeders.”

 

D G Van Clief, president of the Breeders' Cup from 1996 to 2006, commented on the healthy relationship between the EBF and the Breeders’ Cup: “It has been nearly three decades since I discussed with Sam and Peter Willett the emergence of the EBF concept and how it would relate to the equally new Breeders’ Cup.

 

“Due in great part to Sam’s perseverance and diplomacy, that evening would prove to be the beginning of a longstanding relationship between the two organisations.

 

“I have enjoyed working with Sam and have watched the application of his tireless work ethic, passion for the thoroughbred and leadership qualities that take the EBF from a mere concept to an everyday reality.”

 

EUROPEAN BREEDERS’ FUND REACHES SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE

 

OVER ONE HUNDRED MILLION EUROS CONTIBUTED TO EUROPEAN RACING SINCE 1984

 

The European Breeders’ Fund (EBF), since its creation in 1983 and the first contributions to the sport in 1984, has been an integral part of European racing as well as a major sponsor of races.

 

Now in its 29th year of sponsorship, the EBF is justifiably proud that European racing has benefitted by over €100,000,000 (one hundred million euros) from funds generated by the organisation. That must be considered a spectacular result for what is essentially a “self-help” scheme.

 

None of this could have been achieved without the consistent support of European stallion owners who pay the required EBF dues, and to the breeders and owners of horses bred outside Europe who make payments to ensure their horses become EBF eligible.

 

The EBF is enormously grateful to all those stallion owners and eligibility payers who have contributed to the magnificent total of more than a hundred million euros.

 

Sam Sheppard, the EBF chief executive, thanked the stallion owners: “The support we have had over many years has been superb.

 

“I think the EBF model has proved to be effective as well as standing the test of time, while some other schemes have been put under considerable pressure, or have foundered. 

 

“The EBF could not have taken off in the way it did without the stallion owners and their input is immensely appreciated. 

 

“In addition, our involvement with Breeders’ Cup and the owner/breeders of US-sired stock has reaped dividends.  Altogether, this has allowed the EBF to provide European racing with over €100,000,000 – an extraordinary figure.”

 

Sheppard, who retires at the end of 2012 after joining the EBF at its start, added: “I have come across many wonderful people in my EBF role, most of whom dedicate a good part of their lives to the thoroughbred.

 

“Inevitably, during that time the EBF and I have been through some choppy waters but we remain strong, sustainable and looking forward to the future.”

 

Sheppard praised the members of staff in the EBF’s Newmarket office: “It is a small team, dedicated and expert at their jobs. They exhibit great tenacity in achieving results for the EBF.  It is and has been a privilege to work with them.”

 

EBF co-ordinating committee member Philip Freedman paid tribute to Sheppard. He said: “Sam represents all that the EBF stands for - integrity, internationalism and a healthy bloodstock industry.

 

“Not only does the EBF owe him a huge debt of gratitude, but so do all those who have been beneficiaries over the last 30 years - owners, trainers, jockeys, racecourses and breeders.”

 

D G Van Clief, president of the Breeders' Cup from 1996 to 2006, commented on the healthy relationship between the EBF and the Breeders’ Cup: “It has been nearly three decades since I discussed with Sam and Peter Willett the emergence of the EBF concept and how it would relate to the equally new Breeders’ Cup.

 

“Due in great part to Sam’s perseverance and diplomacy, that evening would prove to be the beginning of a longstanding relationship between the two organisations.

 

“I have enjoyed working with Sam and have watched the application of his tireless work ethic, passion for the thoroughbred and leadership qualities that take the EBF from a mere concept to an everyday reality.”

 

 


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