The National Hunt Mare Owners’ Prize Scheme (NH MOPS) is an initiative that started in 2016 aimed at incentivising more owners and trainers to race NH mares, and thus provide vital support to British NH breeders. The Scheme will continue in 2017* and HBLB will provide NH MOPS with funding of £275,000*.
*This figure reflects what a full year expenditure programme would look like, however, the Board has only fixed its commitment until 31st March 2017 and expenditure after this date is subject to review.
NH MOPS is confined to filly foals that were either bred in Great Britain or produced by British-domiciled stallions and that have been nominated as potential NH racehorses by their breeders (or owners in the case of foals that have already been sold). The filly foals born in 2012 are the first eligible for NH MOPS prizes. The requirements for nomination are detailed below. All income from nominations will be used to publicise and administer the scheme.
NH MOPS prizes are allocated as prize money between owner (70%), trainer (15%), jockey (10%) and stable staff (5%).
The NH MOPS prizes are:
In order to support the Mares-only racing programme and to aid promotion of the scheme and monitoring of its effects on field sizes, the scheme is confined to Mares-only races. Prizes will be reduced by 50% for fields of less than 8 runners, and for an individual horse will be confined to a maximum of £50,000 for results in Class 2-6 races plus a further £50,000 for results in Class 1 races.
Action Required by Breeders and Owners
Either the owner or breeder may nominate a horse to the scheme. Nomination forms can be obtained from the TBA office at Stanstead House, 8 The Avenue, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 9AA or you can download a print friendly version below.
All completed nomination forms, along with the appropriate payment made payable to ‘The TBA’ should be returned to the above address. Please refer to the TBA website for further information on registering and the application deadlines for each foal crop.Further information can be found on the TBA's website.