HRI IRE Incentive Scheme Celebrates First Winner on British Soil


Imperial Fighter in action at Goodwood | ITM/Racing Post

The first winner of Horse Racing Ireland's IRE Incentive Scheme in Britain was Imperial Fighter (Ire) (The Gurkha {Ire}) in the British European Breeders' Fund EBF Maiden S. at the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Saturday. The owner, Michael Blencowe, was awarded a €10,000 IRE Incentive voucher to spend on Irish-breds at Irish sales because Imperial Fighter is an Irish-bred. The IRE Incentive Scheme has now awarded a total of €450,000 in Irish sales vouchers to 36 individual owners since its inception in March of 2021. Additional British-based races that will be part of the new scheme will be announced in due course. For owners to be eligible to win a voucher, runners in relevant races need only be Irish-bred and Foal Levy compliant. For more information and a full list of IRE Incentive races, please visit

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