Reduced EBF 2YO Nomination Fee

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The nomination cost for a 2-year-old to the European Breeders' Fund for 2020 has been reduced from $6,000 to $4,500, the EBF announced on Tuesday. Also, the deadline at this fee has also been extended to Aug. 31 or prior to entry in an EBF race. This nomination stage applies to 2-year-olds by a sire not registered to the EBF and standing outside of Europe and which has not been nominated at the previous deadline. Approximately 1,000 races throughout Europe are confined to EBF eligible runners and have added prize money as a result, with a total of €5.1 million being contributed to assist during the current crises—€2.5m from the Irish EBF, and £1.68m from the British EBF, with France's EBF (FEE) also using additional funds to boost prize-money when needed.

“Given the current challenges that owners are faced with due to the cancellation of racing the EBF committee felt it was appropriate to offer this reduced fee for 2020 only,” said EBF Chief Executive Kerry Murphy. “With breeze-up sales being delayed and a late start to 2-year-old campaigns we felt it important to offer this opportunity to owners, particularly purchasers at the breeze-up sales. Whilst the large majority of horses campaigned in Europe are already qualified due to the sire being registered to the EBF, we would not want an owner to be excluded from EBF races and this stage gives them that option. This year will be an all time high of €5.1million added to prize-money by the EBF.”

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