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Plus 10

European trainers with a two-year-old horse in training have the opportunity to increase their earnings during the 2015 Flat season by targeting Plus 10 bonus races.

Plus 10 is a £5.5 million bonus scheme which will see qualified two-year-olds (and three-year-old horses in 2016) race for cash bonuses of £10,000 or €12,500 across several hundred races in Britain and Ireland.

This season there will be more than 480 opportunities for qualified two-year-olds to claim a Plus 10 bonus.

Each time a £10,000 bonus is won by a qualified horse, the trainer, jockey and stable staff will be paid a 5% (£500) share on top of race prize money, with the balance shared between the owner and breeder. Three registration stages must be completed for a horse to be qualified.

Ruth Quinn, the British Horseracing Authority’s Director of Racing, said: “Plus 10 offers significant opportunities for a trainer to increase their own earnings and provide an owner with a return on their investment in a horse.

“In 2015 there will be an anticipated 314 Maiden races in Britain to feature a bonus, 37 of which will be Auction or Median Auction Maidens.

“For trainers with qualified fillies, the Plus 10 programme offers significant opportunities with more than 42% of the Plus 10 races in 2015 being restricted to fillies only.

“We urge trainers to visit the Plus 10 website to find out more about the many opportunities for a two-year-old to win multiple bonuses in 2015.”

Horse Racing Ireland’s Director of Racing, Jason Morris said: “With 40 Maiden races in the next three months and at least 100 opportunities throughout the year, there are many opportunities for early maturing two-year-olds to sweep up a €12,500 Plus 10 bonus in Ireland before claiming a Nursery or Winners race later in the season.”

To view the March-June Plus 10 race programme for Britain and Ireland, check a horse’s qualification status, or for further information, visit

Note: Plus 10 bonuses will feature on the following races:Britain:

2YO – All Class 2-4 Maiden, Novice and Conditions and Class 5 Fillies’ Maiden races.

3YO – All Class 2-4 Maiden and Conditions and Class 5 Fillies’ Maiden races


2YO – 100 bonuses available on all two-year-old, non-black-type races (including Open Maiden, Auction Maiden, Median Auction Maiden, Nursery and Winners) rolled over until all 100 bonuses are won.

3YO – Unclaimed two-year-old bonuses applied to three-year-old only Maiden races from the beginning of the 2016 Flat season, until all remaining bonuses are won.

Hamilton Park

The £40,000 EBF Glasgow Listed Stakes on Friday (evening) 17th July at Hamilton Park (near Glasgow, Scotland) is the feature race within a £100,000 card. Since this historic race was switched to mid- July four years ago, it has quickly become a popular stepping stone for trainers with major autumn targets. Luca Cumani demonstrated this last year by winning The Glasgow with Postponed before going on to win Great Voltigeur.  Now open to Fillies as well as Colts/ Geldings, this 3-Y-O Listed contest is over 11 Furlongs.


August 28, 2015

Baden-Baden, Germany – Palais Biron

We are delighted to invite and welcome you to our “Business and Ethics of Racing” meeting. Old and unsolved problems and important changes in the conditions of Thoroughbred racing are the basis for the meeting. On the agenda will be the future of racing and the position of the trainer, breeder and the owner. The meeting is expected to last four hours and will run simultaneously with a veterinary meeting set to address similar issues.  We are pleased to have a group of renowned speakers along with an  interesting scientific and social programme.

The meeting starts on Friday, August 28, at 10 am and the programme includes subjects such as managing the risks of prohibited substance from feeds and supplements, Biosecurity protocols for stud farms, joint and tendon stress in young Thoroughbreds, and many more important subjects in racing, owning and breeding.

You are also invited to attend the social programme of the veterinary conference which will include a Klaus Philipp exhibition at Brenner’s Park Hotel and a dinner at the famous Casino of Baden-Baden on Saturday evening.

The famous spa of Baden-Baden is located in the south west of Germany in the Black Forest mountains near the River Rhine, and close to the French border. By car, Baden-Baden is on the A5 motorway from Frankfurt to Basel. There is a direct train connection (1.5 h) from Frankfurt International Airport. The regional Baden Airport is only 20 min away, and connects Baden-Baden directly to Berlin, Hamburg, London and Rome, and, via Berlin, to other European capitals. The meeting place in Baden-Baden is the historic villa Palais Biron, lying just outside the city centre on Lichtentaler Strasse.

Hans D. Lauk


Fees and information

Early booking (until June 30)   €160 ex 19% VAT

Normal (July 1st – August 20th)   €180 ex 19% VAT

Late booking (after August 20th)  €200 ex 19% VAT

Casino Dinner €60 (Must be booked separately)

Information for registration

Hippiatrika publishing, P. B. 100085, 76481 Baden-Baden, Germany

Phone: 0049 (0)176 23 41 14 22

Registration can be done online or by fax:

Email:  |  Fax: 0049 (0)561 970 107 02

No refunds after 20th August 2015.


Commonwealth Cup becomes Eighth Royal Ascot Group One race

Royal Ascot has been lit up by many big international names in recent years – Black Caviar becoming the fifth Australian-trained winner at the meeting in 2012 will be many people’s highlight but there have also been memorable winners from Hong Kong and the USA, as well as from all over Europe.

It was Wesley Ward who stole most of the limelight on the international front in 2014, with Hootenanny winning the Windsor Castle Stakes en route to victory at the Breeders’ Cup in late October. In addition, Wesley’s Sunset Glow found only Cursory Glance too good in the Albany Stakes.

Royal Ascot has seen over 50 runners from outside Europe in its two Global Sprint Challenge legs since the series began in 2005 and this year, the meeting will stage a third Group One sprint for the first time – the Commonwealth Cup, limited to three-year-olds and run over 1200 metres (6 furlongs).

It is hoped that this race, whilst providing a valuable early season sprint championship for European horses, will also appeal particularly to the American market but also perhaps, in time, to Australian two-year-olds, Golden Slipper types, who are able to participate with a 10lb Southern Hemisphere Allowance.

With the addition of the Commonwealth Cup and the promotion of the QIPCO British Champions Sprint in the autumn to Group One status, Ascot will stage 13 top level races in 2015.

It was tremendous to see Animal Kingdom from the USA run in the Queen Anne Stakes of 2013 and we hope that this race particularly, along with the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, will continue to develop in intercontinental terms like the established sprints and two-year old races.

It is still early days, but to have Hong Kong's Able Friend being talked of as a Queen Anne horse for this year and Japan's Spielberg being trained for the Prince of Wales's Stakes is tremendously encouraging.






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