Ascot stages the first of a valuable new series of races for fillies tomorrow and has attracted nine runners for the £45,000 EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap to be run over the straight mile.
The 20-race series culminates at Newmarket on Saturday, October 1, with each of the four finals at a variety of distances, for fillies and mares which have won or placed in a qualifier, being worth £50,000 to the winner. In total, the series offers prize-money of £625,000.
Trainers have welcomed the new initiative, with William Haggas, who runs dual winner Tutu Nguru (Blame) at Ascot tomorrow, commenting, “The initiative that has put this new EBF Fillies’ Series together has been nothing short of terrific and it must be supported at all costs.
“Tutu Nguru will enjoy this return to turf after racing on the all-weather and, although I’ve done very little with her since her last run, she’s been doing very well in the meantime.”
He added, “I am not convinced that she really stays a mile––she may end up being better over seven furlongs. But Saturday’s race is perfect preparation for the Sandringham Handicap at the Royal Meeting if she does.”
In addition to greatly enhanced prize-money, a TBA-sponsored stallion nomination voucher of up to £25,000 is available to the owner of each final winner as long as the owner is also a TBA member.