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Harry Beeby Commemorated With Premier Yearling Stakes Rename

Former DBS (now Goffs UK) Chairman, Harry Beeby is to be honoured by the sales company with the renaming of the iconic Premier Yearling Stakes run each year at York’s Ebor Meeting.

The six-furlong contest was the brainchild of Harry and Henry Beeby back in 1997 and helped ensure the growth of the Doncaster St Leger Yearling Sales, the flagship yearling sale now titled the Premier Yearling Sale. The £250,000 Goffs UK Harry Beeby Premier Yearling Stakes for two year olds is only open to graduates of the Premier Sale and will be held on the second day of the Ebor Festival on 18th August. Originally held at Doncaster on the first day of the 1998 St Leger Festival, before being transferred to York, every year a quality line up delivers a hugely exciting race which has produced some outstanding graduates in its history including ACCLAMATION, DARK ANGEL, WOOTTON BASSETT, TASLEET, HAPPY ROMANCE and many more.

Entries for the 2022 race close on Tuesday 11th January and can be made through Weatherbys and Horse Racing Ireland:

  • Closing with Horse Racing Ireland: 12 noon Monday 10th January (+353 (0)45 455 455)
  • Closing with Weatherbys UK: 12 noon Tuesday 11th January (+44 (0)1933 440077)

For the second year the race will provide the additional incentive of The Premier Prizes which were introduced to much acclaim last year and see winning connections of the Premier Yearling Stakes additionally rewarded:

  • Winning owners: a free horse from Goffs UK to be purchased at the 2022 Premier Yearling Sale to the value of £40,795 & owners badges, lunch and a bottle of champagne on the table for up to six people on a raceday at York
  • Winning trainer: a free six-month lease of a two-stall horsebox from the leading horsebox manufacturer – Theault

Race entries are open to all horses that were purchased at the 2021 Goffs UK Premier & Silver Yearling Sales, and those that were deemed eligible at the Goffs UK Autumn Sale. For more information on the Goffs UK Harry Beeby Premier Yearling Stakes, please contact Goffs UK on +44 (0)1450 372222.

Entry fees to enter the £250,000 race:

  • £375 to enter – due noon 11 January 2022
  • £425 unless forfeit by 12 noon on 3 May 2022
  • £500 unless forfeit by 12 noon on 5 July 2022
  • £450 to confirm by 12 noon on August 12 2022

Commenting on the race name, Harry’s successor as Goffs UK Chairman, Henry Beeby said:

“My Father and I worked for several years with John Sanderson at Doncaster Racecourse to persuade the BHB to allow a race of this nature. There were many details that we insisted were just right and we were delighted with the end result which was Europe’s Richest Two Year Old Race that year and has proved the most enduring event of its kind. It is a source of immense pride that it has featured in the careers of several top class racehorses and sires whilst helping our yearling sales to progress to hitherto unheralded heights. Dad always looked forward to the race and would have been very touched to learn of its renaming. I am very grateful to my Goffs colleagues and the Team at York for this generous gesture”