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Tuesday, May 12, 2009


The ROA President Paul Dixon has become the first owner to register horses for the 'Speed Bonus', a unique event due to be held at Goodwood on Sunday, September 13th.

"I am determined that this exciting concept gets a good lift-off," said Dixon. "The 'Speed Bonus' is a fantastic idea and I'm starting by registering eight horses. I intend to have runners in as many of the eight races as possible."

Each race on the 'Speed Bonus' card will be a handicap over distances ranging from 5 furlongs to 2 miles and the winner will be the horse that puts up the best winning time performance on the day. This will be based on Racing Post Standard Times and adjusted for distance.

"The more support the 'Speed Bonus' has, the more money there will be for the winning connections," he continued. "It's important the event builds up an impetus so the proposed £100,000 bonus becomes a reality. It could go beyond that if owners really get behind it."

The 'Speed Bonus' is an initiative of Goodwood Racecourse and the Racehorse Owners Association. Eligible horses must be owned by members of the ROA and registered for the event.

Owners will this week receive a brochure giving details of how the 'Speed Bonus' works, together with a registration form. It costs £150 to register a horse for the event up to June 30th, £250 up to August 12th and £1,000 between August 13th and September 10th. The winning owner will receive 80% of the total collected, the trainer 10%, the jockey 5% and the winning stable 5%.

"This is a great opportunity for your average horse in training to win a really big prize. All ROA members who register will have a chance of winning the Speed Bonus which will reward the achievement of the fastest horse on the day."

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