April 26, 2018 |
The first of this year’s TBA 3-2-1 Point-to-Point Bonuses has been won by Control Me following her run in the Goffs UK Spring Sales NH Flat Race at Exeter Racecourse on Tuesday 24 April.
The initiative which was introduced as part of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s work to improve race opportunities for mares, gives the opportunity for mares to win a bonus of up to £3,000. It operates on a sliding scale with the highest placed mare in each of the bonus races receiving a £1,000 bonus, a further £1,000 if she is British bred and another £1,000 if she is owned by a TBA member. The Goffs UK Spring Sales NH Flat Race at Exeter was the first of three bumpers which carry the bonus this year and a £1,000 bonus was awarded to Control Me who was the highest placed mare in the race but not bred in GB.
Control Me, who is by the exciting young sire Yeats out of the multiple chase/hurdle winning mare Cullian, had won her only other previous start before lining up in the Tuesday’s bumper. When asked about winning the bonus, Francesca Nimmo who owns and trains Control Me commented:
I am absolutely delighted to have won the bonus which I think is a brilliant idea to encourage mares. Control Me is a tough mare who would have been suited to better ground but we have always liked her, even before she won on Pointing debut. She is for sale.
The next race to carry the bonus will be the Goffs UK Spring Store Sales P2P Bumper at Aintree on 18th May, followed by the ITM Champion Point-to-Point Bumper which will be held at Stratford on 8th June.
For further information on the scheme, please click here