BHA PRESS RELEASE - Revised prize fund, refunds and conditions for 2020 Goffs Premier Yearling Stakes
Following consultation with York Racecourse and the Horsemen’s Group, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that York’s application to revise the conditions of the Goffs Premier Yearling Stakes has been approved.
The race is still scheduled for its original date of Thursday 20 August, the second day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival.
Adjustments include a reduction in the value of the race to £180,000 with the third and fourth stages of the race now not payable.
Additionally, a partial refund will be made to owners of the first (£120) and second (£240) stage entrants.
Other conditions of the race remain as previously, with the next scratching deadline on Tuesday 7 July at 12 noon.
William Derby, Clerk of the Course for York Racecourse commented:
“In what continues to be an extraordinary season, we have sought a collaborative approach to find an equitable solution. We wanted to retain the status and relative high value of this race without appearing out of step with the reality of the Covid-19 crisis and resultant funding challenges for all. We feel this is a fair solution to ensure the race is run with six figure prize money and our thanks go to the Horsemen, the team at BHA, as well as our sponsor, Goffs UK, for their support.” Ti
m Kent, Managing Director of Goffs UK, said:
“The Premier Yearling Stakes has become established in the racing calendar and is used by many high class horses as a springboard to Group success later in the year.
to protect the race during this strange year and we are delighted that we’ve managed to work with York Racecourse to stage the race on the traditional date which is just two weeks prior to our Premier Yearling Sale on 1 and 2 September 2020."
Notes to editors:
1. Race conditions are available via the Racing admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk.
For further information please contact the BHA Racing Department on 0207 152 0050 or via [email protected].