In search of a winner of a Book 1 bonus

Kilmah: is one of the winners of a Book 1 bonus this year

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) In search of the winner of a Book 1 bonus
By Bloodstock World Staff 9:00AM 1 OCT 2016

BOOK 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale kicks off on Tuesday and has plenty of well-bred lots sure to create fireworks in the ring.

Last year saw the launch of the company's Book 1 Bonus, a scheme that awards the owners of graduates of the sale £25,000 if their horse wins a Class 2, 3 or 4 two-year-old maiden or novice race in Britain or an ‘open' two-year-old maiden in Ireland.

The cost to enter the scheme is a single payment of £1,000 and the number of qualifying races in Britain and Ireland is around 300.
A total of £775,000 – 31 bonuses – have been paid out so far, including to connections of the Mark Johnston-trained Kilmah, Frankel's son Swiss Storm, and Ed Dunlop's Listed scorer Global Applause.

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In Racing Post Bloodstock's special PDF report ‘In Search Of A Book 1 Bonus' we delve into the facts and figures that have arisen from the first year, and the profiles of the winners.

For a taste of what's on offer, here's a selection of key points we found from the data:

• Two-thirds of the winners are colts, roughly in line with the gender split of the 2015 Book 1 catalogue (59 per cent of the 2015 Book 1 catalogue were colts, and 65 per cent of the Book 1 Bonus winners are colts).

• Book 1 Bonus winners cost 30 per cent less than the Book 1 median cost (105,000gns versus a Book 1 median of 150,000gns).

• Twenty individual stallions have accounted for the 31 winners. The leading sires are Exceed And Excel and Sepoy with three individual winners apiece. Doff the cap to Power and Born To Sea though: both have two individual Book 1 Bonus winners from just three and four lots at Book 1 last year.

• Freshman sires represented just 19 per cent of the 2015 Book 1 catalogue but have accounted for nearly half of the winners (45 per cent).

There is plenty more information to be found in the PDF, including a list of possible Book 1 bonus winners for 2017. Click the link above to download it.

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