Looking back to 2016 winners and looking forward to 2017.

Happy New Year to Everybody from all at the Breeders Crown.

Check out our GALLERY for more brilliant photographs from 2016.


A record number of yearlings have been entered for The 2017 Breeders Crown UK & Ireland Stakes – over 90+ so far – Check the list, (ColtsFillies), to make sure your horse is entered.

If your horse is not there, get in touch right away before it’s too late and you have to pay a suppliment fee.



We are please to announce that the dates and venue have now been set for the 2017 Breeders Crown UK and Ireland Stakes, the venue again being the Tir Prince Raceway and the the heats being held on July 25th and, (subject to sufficient entries), the finals on July 26th.

Times to be advised.


The future is looking Bright for the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland and the breeding of home bred horses in both the UK and Ireland.

Head of Equine Sales at Brightwells Auctioneers, Terry Court said “We have been selling standardbred in the UK for 27 years and have sponsored races for youngsters in the Breeders Crown for the last 3 years, and within this time we have experienced a new surge in the market due to stakes racing in this country and Ireland. People are starting to breed a better yearling, paying attention to feeding and presentation in the sales ring.

It is our intention at Brightwells to help the Breeders Crown in their endeavour to promote, support and improve breeding and racing of a better youngster and that is why we have increased our sponsorship and will be concentrating on sponsoring the Breeders Crown 2 year old colts and fillies finals which we will review with the intention of increasing this sponsorship each year provided our sales keep going in the same direction as they have been for the past 3 years.

We look forward to meeting and greeting new and present loyal customers at the Breeders Crown 2017 in our hospitality tent and hopefully see some of our 2016 graduates running and winning.”

Prize money for 2 year olds in 2017 will be in the region of £20,000 divided amongst colts and fillies over 2 days with heats and finals.

This will make the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland the richest race for homebred 2 year old colts and fillies in both the UK and Ireland in the history of the sport in both countries.

Dates are to be announced once they are confirmed by the BHRC.

*UPDATE* | 2nd November 2016

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*UPDATE* | 8th October 2016

The yearling sales have started and there is a lot of interest today at York. There will be a lot of people bidding and getting their new aquisitions sent to a trainer or taking them home to start themselves. Those who didn’t get what they wanted will get solace in the fact that Brightwells is only a few weeks away where again the yearlings will be the centre of attraction with over 80 lots on hand, most of which will be yearlings. Some people already have their minds made up what they will bid for.
Most of the yearlings in both sales are eligible for the Breeders Crown and other stakes races giving them the opportunity to race in some of the richest stakes races ever in the UK and Ireland, so now is the time to buy.
Breeders Crown would like to wish all sellers and buyers all the success in the world with their yearlings. Remember to let us know change of ownership as soon as you can.

*UPDATE* | 9th September 2016

A great chance to buy Breeders Crown Eligibles at this years October Sales

York Harness Raceway and Camden Stud Sale takes place on Saturday 8th October at 11am. For a catalogue and more info contact S.Thomas on 07817489369.
Brightwells Standardbred Sale will take place on Monday 24th October. Entries close on Wednesday 14th September. For more info Read More…


*UPDATE* | 1st August 2016

Hanover and Alabar new sponsors for Ireland’s VDM


“Alan Galloway, owner and director of Alabar Stud, was in Ireland for the VDM Weekend this past August and was infatuated with everything he saw.
“It was my first time in Ireland for the VDM,” said Galloway, “And what a show they put on. Just a fantastic race weekend. So much excitement. So much passion for the sport that I knew Alabar had to get involved again.

“We actually were sponsors when the first Breeders Crown UK & Ireland came about over ten years ago.” Galloway said. “We were invited to come over and help them and the Ireland improve racing. I met and worked with its president, David Wilson, when he first developed the Breeders Crown series.
We bred over 100 mares back then,” Galloway said. “We sent over Village Jasper, Armbro Operative and Safely Kept. It was very difficult getting all the approvals from the government but we got it done. Many of the horses racing there now are from their offspring’s.

“I was really taken back this year,” Galloway said. “The Irish are such lovely people. Everything that Derek Delaney and his brother have done to promote this weekend is fantastic. Their story is very moving, so emotional, it’s what we at Alabar want to be part of.”
Read More…

*UPDATE* | 31st August 2016

Rock N Roll HeavenNominated for the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland and Sire Stakes Ireland.


Breeders Crown UK & Ireland are delight to have Rock N Roll Heaven nominated for the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland 2017 series.

Frozen semen from Rock N Roll Heaven will be available in UK and Ireland for 2017 through Oakwood Stud.
This has not been an easy task by any means as this stallion is in great demand in both the USA and Australia. Stud fees in USA and Australia have an inbuilt amount in order for the progeny to race in their extremely rich series, which is not the case in UK or Ireland, but who know what the future will hold.

Oakwood Stud are not doing this for any monetary gain, but are devoted to the furtherance of the Standardbred in Ireland and the UK, as is the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland. The future is looking good and this is a step in the right direction for breeding standardbreds in the UK and Ireland.
Thanks to Oakwood Stud for making this happen.


*UPDATE* | 11th August 2016



There is still time to enter your yearlings for the richest series in the UK and Ireland for home bred horses, with the closing date for yearling entries for the 2017 Breeders Crown UK & Ireland Stakes series being October 1st 2016.


*UPDATE* | 4th August 2016



There isn’t a cut and dry recipe for having a successful race meeting, but the 10th Anniversary Breeders Crown UK & Ireland certainly had all the ingredients – Good racing, good prize money, enthusiastic owners, trainers, drivers, commentators and management and a great atmosphere.

With an appreciative crowd of supporters and visitors from around the world everyone pulled their weight and all got stuck in to produce what was probably the most memorable night the Breeders Crown has witnessed in its 10 years existence. Miraculous going in 1.56.9 on a night that didn’t favour track records being broken was phenomenal with the second horse Ayr Trooper going sub 2 minutes in 1.59.6 which under normal circumstances would have been good enough to win this 3 year old stakes race. Every race had something to offer, as recorded by my eloquent colleagues Darren Owen, Eric Witherspoon and Steve Wolf.

Thanks for the great write ups.

The video for all these races will be available to view soon, so keep check here for updates.

David Wilson
President and CEO of Breeders Crown UK & Ireland


*UPDATE* | 31st July 2016

The Wee Bag Band Playing at The Market Central Cafe Bar


Another added attraction for Breeders Crown night Tir Prince Harness Racing. Finish off a great nights racing with entertainment in the newly refurbished Market Central Cafe Bar. The Wee Bag Band will be playing from 9pm onwards.

*UPDATE* | 27th July 2016

The Breeders Crown & Ireland Stakes 10th Anniversary

The first series took place in 2007 and since then the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland has been around the whole of the UK taking in England, Scotland, North Wales and South Wales gathering momentum along the way, bring it to where it is now. This prestigious event is set to have paid out over £270,000 in prize money and prizes in the 10 years it has been going, making it the richest series ever in the history of the sport in both the UK and Ireland for home bred horses. These horses are showing very favourable against the majority of imported stock.

This being the 10th Anniversary, things are looking extremely good with a good few entrants having won previously and others waiting in the wings to perhaps topple them from their throne.

There are 3 added attractions on the card this year, The All American 2 Year Old Fillies Race, The Ephie Mather Memorial Trot, and last but not least, the young talented Dexter Dunn from New Zealand, one of the top drivers in the world is visiting us and has picked up a few catch drives in most of the divisions. In all, I visualise a top night’s entertainment for everyone.

The Breeders Crown UK & Ireland would like to take the opportunity to thank all sponsors & competitors for their loyal support.

*UPDATE* | 13THth July 2016


As an added attraction to The Breeders Crown night, (August 2nd), the Mather Family, in conjunction with Le TROT & Trot Britain will be hosting The Ephie Mather Memorial Trot, sponsored by the Mather Family for the highest Le Trot monies won horses in GB or Ireland.

Prize fund £3,600 Total with £1,200 to winner.

To be run over 1 mile under Le Trot system.

12 Entries Required.

Entries to Eric Witherspoon – 07919 818925.

*UPDATE* | 4th July 2016

The build up to the Breeders Crown at Tir Prince is mounting, with only 4 weeks tomorrow until the big night. Rhyds Mystique and Rhyds Decoy winning recently and others showing up really well. There are a few youngsters that haven’t appeared yet, but reports say trainers are very pleased.

At this stage it looks like a split for both the 2 year old colts and 2 year old fillies.

All race fees to be paid by 19th July. Please remember your horse has to have qualified and run in one betting race before being eligible to race on Breeders Crown night. No exceptions.

*UPDATE* | 13th June 2016

Introducing This Seasons Breeders Crown Eligible Foals


We have just launched a new page to highlight this seasons, (2016’s), new foals, (FOALS), that will be eligible for the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland Stakes in 2018.

Should you have photographs of any 2016 Breeders Crown eligible foals that you would like including on this page, please e-mail them along with their breeding to

*UPDATE* | 1st June 2016

2nd Sustaining Fees now paid

The list of all horses that have had their 2nd sustaining fees paid has now been listed on the eligible pages.

Can you please check that your horse has not been missed out.

*UPDATE* | 11th May 2016

2nd Sustaining Fees Due End of May

2nd Sustaining fee of £100 for all age groups due by 31st May.

2nd Sustaining fee of £100 for All American 2 Year Old Filly Race by 31st May.

*UPDATE* | 29th April 2016

Dexter Dunn returning to drive in UK & Ireland

World champion harness racing driver Dexter Dunn has confirmed that he will be coming to drive in Wales, UK for the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland on August 2 at Tir Prince and to return to the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Ireland August 13 and 14.

Dunn, the reigning World Champion driver from New Zealand, took Ireland by storm last year and now is setting his sights on the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland at Tir Prince.

“When Derek Delaney contacted me about coming back this summer to Ireland and if I was interested in also including the Breeders Crown in Wales, Dunn said, “It fit in good with my racing calendar and there wasn’t much hesitation in saying yes!”

David Wilson, chairman of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland that will take place at Tir Prince in Wales, August 2, was ecstatic when he heard the Dexter Dunn was coming..

“This is the tenth anniversary of the BC and what fantastic news to have,” Wilson beamed, “Dexter Dunn showed everyone at Portmarnock last year of his great ability to drive a horse and I am sure his services on Breeders Crown Day will be much in demand from trainers and owners alike.

“Having Dexter coming is fabulous,” Wilson added, “We have the inaugural All American Bred Filly Pace for two-year-olds this year, a bumper crop of horses eligible for the Breeders Crown and purses that could exceed £35,000, harness racing tour groups coming from around the world and now the news that Dexter Dunn will be driving on the program is just great.”

“I had such a blast in Ireland last year,” Dunn said, “It was such a great experience and now I am going to enhance it by driving at Tir Prince on their Breeders Crown program. It will be awesome to get back over and catch up with all the nice people over there that treated me so well last year, and of course, to have a few beverages as well!”

“We are both delighted and honoured to have a world class driver such as Dexter come to Tir Prince to drive,” said Eric Witherspoon, Racing Director at Tir Prince. “I had the pleasure of being at Portmarnock last year and like everyone else who was present I was in awe of his reinsmanship. We cannot wait to see him on the track.

“On 2nd August Breeders Crown night, it is one of the most eagerly anticipated nights of the year,” Witherspoon explained, “when the very best juveniles from Britain and Ireland compete for top prize money, the racing will be top class and Dexter’s attendance will be the cherry on the cake. We also have the Ephie Mather Memorial Trot which is a Free For All Trot For International Trotters.”

Witherspoon noted that Dexter Dunn will also be in attendance on Tuesday 9th August at Tir Prince when the track hosts the 2 mile Free For All Pace that is being sponsored by John Howard.

Track management hopes that the track record for 2 miles will be shattered on this night and with Dunn’s experience in long distance races makes him someone to not bet against him driving the record breaker.

Dunn then returns to Dublin, Ireland for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend the 13th and 14th of August and race committee head, Derek Delaney, see’s Dunn’s return as a major boost to the weekend.

“I have kept in contact with Dexter during the off-season,” Delaney said. “And he was keen to come back for the VDM and to drive at Tir Prince. So much so that he bought in as part of a syndicate on the two-year-old filly, Oakwood’s Dragoness.

“Dexter, along with Cran Delgaty, Clive and Anne Dalton, Mick Harvey, Oakwood Stud, Lee Edwards, Dean Russell, Simon Elvin and Paul Johnson,” Delaney said, “are all in and this filly is eligible to the new American bred pace at Tir Prince. Wouldn’t that be great if Dexter could win that race with her?”

It would seem that Dexter Dunn has his work cut out for him while on holiday this summer in the UK and Ireland.

“It’s not work at all driving horses,” Dunn said, “I hope I have a drive in every race. I love it.”

Will there be some traveling for Dunn this August?

“Yeah, I’m looking to do a bit of tripping around while I am over,” Dunn said. “I haven’t planned what or where yet through. I had such a super time last year.”

By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

*UPDATE* | 22nd April 2016

Big Boost For Breeders Crown UK & Ireland

Pro-Dosa, New Zealand to sponsor Breeders Crown and Ireland and have also kindly donated samples of their performance supplement to be given to all horses competing on the night in the Breeders Crown races. Pro-Dosa Boost is the most complete & balanced multi-nutrient paste available on the International Market which eliminates the dangerous practice of drenching by tube.

Formulated to replace essential nutrients lost in training, competition, transport or under stress.

We would like to thank Pro-Dosa for their kind sponsorship and generosity.

Available to purchase through Dave Wilson Harness.

*UPDATE* | 14th March 2016

All American 2YO USA Fillies Race, (2YO USA Fillies), A Feature Race.

The All American Fillies Race features imported fillies by such top American stalions such as Rock N Roll Hanover, Dragon Again, Well Said, Cam’s Card Shark, Art Director Big Jim and Shadow Play.

These fillies, when finished racing, will be hugely beneficial in breeding British bred horses who are able to compete in the ever increasing UK and Irish stake races.

*UPDATE* | 8th March 2016

All the 1st sustaining fees have now been paid and all entrants are on the website, (Eligables).

113 British and Irish bred horses are entered for the series, plus a feature race for 10 American bred imported fillies.

These numbers are up yet again for what is the the richest series for British and Irish bred horses that keeps colts & fillies apart, and has done so since its connception in 2007.

We are now going into our 10th anniversary, and this promises to be a star studded event.

*UPDATE* | 4th March 2016

Rhyds Stud have been great supporters of the Breeders Crown from it’s inception, and we would once again like to thank them for their continued support in nominating their 2 stallions.

Hasty Hall
See And Ski

*UPDATE* | 25th February 2016

We would like to thank Camden Stud for their continued support in nominating the following stallions to the Breeders Crown for 2016
Art Professor
Eagle Luck
My Panmar
Stonebridge Galaxy
Yankee Lariat

*UPDATE* | 20th February 2016

We would like to welcome the following stallions to the Breeders Crown for 2016
No Pan Intended
Total Truth
Crown Manhattan

*UPDATE* | 23rd January 2016

New Feature Race for the Breeders Crown 2nd August 2016
All American 2 Year Old Fillies Race – DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM –

The future of improved breeding must focus on the import of top bred US fillies. Recognising this, Breeders Crown UK & Ireland have developed a feature race for All American 2YO Fillies – adding yet another jewel into our crown! For more information please CONTACT US

*UPDATE* | 8th January 2016

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our sponsors and supporters for their loyalty over the past nine years, without whom there would be no Breeders Crown. We are looking forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2016.

*UPDATE* | 1st January 2016

Wishing all the best of racing luck for 2016

*UPDATE* | 21st December

This could be a major breakthrough for harness racing in the UK and Ireland – Read Now!

*UPDATE* | 2nd December

Date for The Breeders Crown UK & Ireland 2016 Racing will be Tuesday 2nd August at Tir Prince!

*UPDATE* | 20th November

We are thrilled to announce that as from 2016, racing will be held at Tir Prince Raceway for three consecutive years & we look forward to building on this popular series with the Tir Prince Team for the forthcoming future!

*UPDATE* | 25th October

Update by CEO & President

“The Breeders Crown UK & Ireland is ten years old in 2016. I have decided it should settle and build on what we have achieved in the past nine years by going to various tracks and attracting breeders, trainers and followers alike. Our series gets better each year and the more it is supported, the greater the prize money becomes.

I have learned much from this exercise, but now we must build and work together on enhancing a breeding and racing program. For this reason I have asked two tracks to tender for the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland Series for a three year period.

The tracks invited are York Harness Raceway and Tir Prince Raceway. There will be some changes made in 2016, always for the betterment of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland and its supporters.
Thank you, as ever for your support in our past nine years”
David Wilson
CEO and President of The Breeders Crown UK & Ireland.

*UPDATE* | 12th October

For those who have recently purchased a British or Irish bred yearling at York Sale, please contact us to notify us of change of ownership in order to remain in the Breeders Crown.


First sustaining fees due for 2, 3 & 4 year olds were to be paid by 28th February. This payment sustains your horse for a whole year even if you do not get to the races. Further payments are required if you intend to race this year. Please visit the ELIGIBLES for fees & current lists of horses.


Stallion owners paying nominating fees can choose to have their stallion showcased in our Featured Stallions pages at no additional cost. For advice on the information & supplying high quality images, please contact BREEDERS CROWN MEDIA


Show your support with fabulous branded merchandise in our Anniversary Year 2016! WE will be creating a Collectors Edition Calendar for 2016, with old & current races, stallions & presentations – a historic item, definately not to be missed.
CONTACT US to suggest what you would like to promote your love of Breeders Crown!