The National Hunt Mare Owners’ Prize Scheme (NH MOPS) is an initiative 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 continues in 2018 and HBLB will provide NH MOPS with funding of £480,000.
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 were the first crop 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 with funds split between owner, trainer, jockey and stable staff. Since the majority of funding for the scheme is derived from the general prize money allocation of the HBLB, no prizes go to breeders. However, breeders are expected to benefit significantly from the higher prices realised by fillies eligible to NH MOPS and from MOPS prizes if they race their own stock.
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.