Prize money levels have been restored to their pre-COVID-19 levels for each race in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series and the new Irish EBF Median Sires Series, the Irish European Breeders' Fund announced on Monday. Each race series had its prize money cut per race by €1,000 as a result of the coronavirus, but the Irish EBF stepped in to return prize money levels to pre-COVID. There are 10 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction races and 11 Irish EBF Median Sires races to the beginning of August, with the first Irish EBF Median Sires race-now worth €25,000–beginning at Fairyhouse on Monday. Roscommon hosts the first Foran Equine Irish EBF auction maiden on June 22, with prize money of €20,000 on offer, while Navan hosts two more races in the series, each worth €24,000 on June 23.
“At this crucial time for the industry it is important to look after both of these vital race series and continue to offer connections of EBF eligible 2-year-olds valuable race opportunities,” said Irish EBF Chairman John O'Connor. “We commend Horse Racing Ireland on successfully scheduling twenty one races from both series over June and July and we look forward to seeing connections reap the many benefits on offer.”
For more information on the Irish EBF Median Sires series, the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series and for the race schedule, please visit www.hri-ras.ie/race-planning/qualifications/.