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The fifth running of the valuable Irish EBF Ballyhane S., which is to be held at Naas on August 5, has attracted 322 entries.

Worth a total of €300,000, with €150,000 to the winner and prize-money down to tenth place, the race is for EBF-eligible two-year-olds by sires with a median auction sale price of €75,000 or less.

Hugo Palmer was the winning trainer in 2023 with Golden Trick (Ire) (Galileo Gold {Ire}) for the Bronte Collection, which also owned the runner-up Jungle Mate (Ire) (Bungle Inthejungle {GB}). The Bronte Collection syndicate has 18 horses entered for this year’s race. 

Arizona Blaze (GB) (Sergei Prokofiev), who won the opening juvenile race of the Irish season, features among the entries, as does his runner-up Rowdy Yeats (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) and the third-placed Monotone (Ire) (Verbal Dexterity {Ire}). Arizona Blaze is one of 14 entries for Amo Racing. 

British-based Irishman Richard Fahey trains 13 of the 119 entries from the UK. He said: “The Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes is a fantastic initiative but a bloody hard one to win. We’ve put 13 horses in it this year and even though it is early in the year it is a no-brainer to make these entries. The €250 entry for a €300,000 race is a massive incentive for owners and lets us all dream a little.

“We haven’t managed to win the Ballyhane Stakes yet but we’ll be trying desperately hard again this year to run a few in it because it is great prize-money and at a good time of the year for these juveniles.”

Joe Foley, who owns Ballyhane Stud and is chairman of the Irish EBF, added, “The race is now in its fifth year and it’s fantastic to see such a strong number of entries from both home and abroad, and a big thank you to everyone who entered a horse. 

“With a massive pot of €300,000 on offer and prize-money down to tenth place it gives connections the chance to dream big at this time of year. We are looking forward to watching the upcoming juvenile races and seeing which horses come onto the radar for the Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes in August.”

 

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