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Ascot unveils plans to tempt Irish
16 Sep 2014 19:07
Ascot is introducing measures to try to tempt more Irish-trained horses to its jumps meetings this season.
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At an Ascot-hosted dinner in Adare, racecourse chairman Johnny Weatherby unveiled plans for a £10,000 bonus for any horse in the first four in the Kerry National at Listowel on Wednesday which goes on to win either the £100,000 United House Gold Cup at Ascot on 1 November or the £100,000 Mappin & Webb Silver Cup on 20 December.
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"We are always looking to strengthen the competitiveness of our jumps programme at Ascot, and I hope we can attract more runners from Ireland in the season ahead," said Weatherby.
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"We have reviewed all our races and increased total prize money in some cases and offered field size bonuses in others. In the case of the Grade One Long Walk Hurdle and the Grade One Clarence House Chase, we have applied both.
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"Additionally, I'm pleased to announce as we look forward to tomorrow's Guinness Kerry National that the first four home will also be eligible for a £10,000 bonus should any of them win either the £100,000 Mappin & Webb Silver Cup or the £100,000 United House Gold Cup in November."
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Ascot prize money is to be increased by 10% from £1,667,000 to £1,839,000 for the 2014-15 campaign.
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The total leaps to £2,012,000 taking into account an additional £173,000 available through field size bonuses.
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The biggest increase is the more than doubling in value of the Mappin & Webb Silver Cup.
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Among other big races given a prize boost are the JLT Long Walk Hurdle, now worth £100,000, on the same day and the Sodexo Clarence House Chase, boosted up to £125,000, on 17 January.
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