Following our Announcement of the Juvenile Stakes Programme last week, we are overwhelmed at the response from trainers on both sides of the Irish Sea. To make this series, more competitive and successful, and to crown the best 2YO & 3YO currently in training in the IHRA and BHRC, we have made the following changes to the series, which will enhance the overall prizemoney of the competition as all money raised will be given back to the stakeholders.

The IHRA have decided to hold two eliminations at a BHRC venue (see dates below), along with the original four eliminations being held on 16th August & 6th September at the Red John Memorial in Lyre and Portmarnock, respectively.

The structure of the finals has also changed with the top 8 horses in each division, from both IHRA & BHRC progressing to a Gold Final and horses from 9th-16th,competing in a Silver Final.

In the event of more than ten horses entering to compete in a division, two eliminations will be ran. An Additional 50% of the original purse will be added to the original total purse and the two eliminations will then run equal prizemoney. A €50 entry fee will be imposed on all eliminations to help cover the costs, should there be a requirement to split the entries.

The nomination for all horses will close on this coming Monday, 8thJune and the second sustaining payment will be on Wednesday 1st July. Both payments due are €350.

An online Entry form can be accessed at the bottom of this notice for all trainers wishing to enter the programme. The dates and the prizemoney for the competition are as follows:

Elimination #118th July 19th JulyYork Raceway Portmarnock
Elimination #21st AugustAnnaghmore & BHRC Venue
Elimination #316th AugustRed John Memorial, Cork
Elimination #46th SeptemberPortmarnock
Juvenile Stakes Finals11th October  Portmarnock
1st Elimination1st – €1,0002nd – €3003rd – €200€50 Entry
2nd Elimination1st – €12002nd – €4003rd – €300€50 Entry
3rd Elimination1st – €14002nd – €5503rd – €350€50 Entry
4th Elimination1st – €1,6002nd – €7003rd – €400€50 Entry
Gold Finals1st – €40002nd – €1,5003rd – €500Free
Silver Finals1st – €1,0002nd – €3003rd – €200Free

If there are 10 horses or less in the final of a division, there will be only one final race, with a prizemoney of:

1st – €4,5002nd – €1,5003rd – €1,0004th – €3005th – €200

*If there are 11 horses eligible for the finals of each division; There will be 8 horses in the Gold Final and 3 horses in the Silver Final.  

*If there are 12 horses eligible for the finals of each division; There will be 8 horses in the Gold Final and 4 horses in the Silver Final.  

*If there are 13 horses eligible for the finals of each division; There will be 8 horses in the Gold Final and 5 horses in the Silver Final.  

*If there are 14 horses eligible for the finals of each division; There will be 8 horses in the Gold Final and 6 horses in the Silver Final.  

*If there are 15 horses eligible for the finals of each division; There will be 8 horses in the Gold Final and 7 horses in the Silver Final.  

*If there are 16 horses eligible for the finals of each division; There will be 8 horses in the Gold Final and 8 horses in the Silver Final.  

The structure of the programme, taken from similar International Stakes races, will see a total of 6  individual elimination races being staged from July through to September in both Ireland & the UK, and the participating horses competing to gain points in order to reach the finals day held in Portmarnock Raceway on October 11th. The points awarded at each of the elimination race will be 16 points for first, 8 points for second, 4 points for third, 2 points for fourth and 1 point for fifth.

The barrier draws for the finals will be decided by the total points accrued, from the heats, whereby the highest to the lowest will choose their position.

Nominations for the juvenile stakes close on Monday 8th June 2020 with a nomination fee of €350 and the second and final sustaining fee (€350) due on Wednesday July 1st2020. Entries are now open to all and the IHRA will refund in full, any BHRC horse should our current restrictions not be lifted.