New Award Announced for TBA Flat Breeders' Awards


The European Breeders' Fund Stallion Special Merit Award, developed by the trustees and sponsored by the British European Breeders' Fund (British EBF), was announced by the EBF on Monday. Celebrating a British-based stallion who has made significant impact during the previous Flat season, the award is a new avenue through which the British EBF thank domestic stallion owners and celebrate the achievements of their horses.

“The award was specifically designed not to be just another statistic driven accolade,” said British EBF Trustee and selection committee member James McHale. “It means stallions covering smaller numbers of mares, standing at lower fees and producing fantastic results despite having fewer runners can get the recognition they deserve for their achievements.

“There are a huge number of sires in Great Britain that far out-perform their covering fee or sales average and given that “leading sire awards” tend to focus on winners or prize money totals, meaning horses with the highest number of runners in any one season are at a perpetual advantage, this new award is a great platform through which stallions with fewer runners can be recognised.”

The EBF Stallion Special Merit Award Short List for 2019 consists of: Cable Bay (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), Due Diligence (War Front), Farhh (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) and Night of Thunder (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) and the winner will be announced on the day of the virtual TBA Flat Celebration event.

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