The Harry Beeby Premier Yearling S. at York will be worth £500,000 and be renamed the Harry's Half Million by Goffs in 2024, Goffs UK announced on Wednesday.
Launched in 1998 by the late Goffs UK Chairman and Honorary President Harry Beeby with current Goffs UK Chairman and Goffs CEO Henry Beeby, the race continues the commemoration of Harry Beeby by the sales company. The 2023 Goffs UK Harry Beeby Premier Yearling S. will be run over six furlongs on Thursday, Aug. 24.
Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent said, “This race has been a huge success for our Premier Sale since its launch over 25 years ago. Every year we hear from owners and trainers 'I would love to win your race'–it has become more than taking home its sizable prizemoney, it's one people want to win and become a part of its heritage which is a wonderful accolade.
“When it was launched, it was Europe's richest 2-year-old race and it has been won by some outstanding horses such as Acclamation (GB), Dark Angel (Ire), Tasleet (GB) and Wootton Bassett (GB) to name just a few. We feel the time is right to further elevate the race's profile and increasing the prize fund to £500,000 in 2024 demonstrates our commitment to it–whilst it will also be a big draw card for buyers ahead of this year's Premier Yearling Sale on 29-30 August.
“Harry was immensely proud of the race, he attended every running until 2019 and always enjoyed the spectacle of it as well as meeting clients and friends, many of whom were one and the same. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to William Derby and York Racecourse for their continued and enthusiastic support of the race and we look forward to returning to York in August for the 26th running on the Thursday of the Sky Bet Ebor Festival.”