June 14, 2018 |
The final TBA 3-2-1 bonus of 2018 was awarded to Lily the Pink following her win in the ITM Champion point-to-point Bumper at Stratford Racecourse on Friday 8 June.
The race proved to be a competitive renewal, with five of the nine runners being previous winners this season. However it was the mares that dominated, with Lily the Pink staying on well to win under a confident ride from trainer’s sister, Leanda Tickle who had announced in advance that the race would be her last in the saddle. Previous 3-2-1 bonus winner, Rapaport finished 1 ¾ lengths behind in second, and another promising mare Shaltoo in third.
The initiative, which has now been running for two seasons, gives owners of mares the opportunity to win a bonus of up to £3,000 in any of the three end-of-season bumpers run under Rules on licensed racecourses. The bonus 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.
Lily the Pink, a four-year-old daughter of Malinas was not only the first mares past the winning post but also bred in Great Britain and owned by TBA member, Paul Nicholas, meaning she qualified for the full bonus of £3,000.
When asked about winning the bonus, owner Paul Nicholas commented: ‘I spoke to Mrs Barnett and Mr Waley-Cohen (Chairman of the TBA’s NH Committee) before the race praising the funding. The number of mares competing for it was proof that it would be a success now and, in the future, and the result of three females filling the first three places was also a great positive’