Royal Scandal makes it 500 for GBB

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The Great British Bonus has paid out its 500th bonus.

The milestone was awarded to Royal Scandal who won the 7.50 Fillies Novice Stakes at Kempton yesterday. The James Fanshawe trained filly landed a £20,000 bonus for her connections having previously secured a £10,000 bonus in a maiden stake at Newcastle on 10th May on her debut run. This £30,000 added to her £13,000 prize money, mean her earnings currently stand at a little over £43,000.

Owner Breeder, Tim Vestey said: Royal Scandal has now won two GBB races securing £30,000 in bonuses which is a fantastic turnaround in a fillys earnings from a just a couple of years ago. The scheme is a huge incentive to race fillies and makes the news of a filly foal a much more positive event for a breeder.

Fanshawe added We are delighted to have won another GBB bonus with Royal Scandal. GBB is a real financial boost for the owner breeder; it means that if you have a progressive filly like Royal Scandal, owners can be making notable returns on their investment - My staff and I are appreciative of a share too! Well be looking for a couple more GBB fillies at this years sale.

The scheme was launched in June 2020 by The Thoroughbred Breeders Association (The TBA) and is funded, primarily, through the HBLB and registration fees. In just two years, it has paid out more than £6.8 million - sixty-five per cent of which has been awarded to owners.

Given the impending sales, savvy buyers will no doubt be looking to join the ranks of these 500 winners.

Philip Newton, Deputy Chairman of the TBA, said: GBB has several objectives, one of which is to increase the appeal for GBB-registered fillies and mares in the sale ring. Were now approaching the time of year when the smart breeders who have registered their fillies are ready to make the most of the value and we wish them all well.