PRIZE money for the Tally-Ho Stud Irish EBF Ballyogan Stakes at Naas on August 21st has jumped from €50,000 to €80,000.
The Group 3 race for fillies and mares also offers the winner a free entry for the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes on Longines Irish Champions Weekend.
There have been nine British-trained winners of the Ballyogan Stakes since 2000 and racecourse manager Eamonn McEvoy expects a significant British entry again this year.
“The O’Callaghan family [Tally-Ho Stud] are brilliant to deal with and are massive industry supporters,” he said. “When we explained how we want to really promote and push the Ballyogan Stakes, they were happy to drive it on and, with the added support of the Irish EBF, we have been able to raise the prize money from €50,000 to €80,000. We want to attract those top sprinting fillies and mares from both Ireland and the UK.”
Nessa Joyce, manager of Irish EBF, commented: “The race complements an existing strong emphasis on fillies’ races supported by Irish Stallion Farms as part of our €2.6 million annual allocation directly to Irish prize money.
“It is great to see stud farms sponsoring high-profile races and helping to boost prize money which is the lifeblood of our industry.”