- GAIN The Advantage Series will be run over eight racecourses from April to October 2022, with Killarney Racecourse being a new addition to the series.
- There is a 50% increase in the total prize fund for each race in the series.
- Trainers, Stable Staff & Breeders recognised throughout series.
Horse Racing Ireland are delighted to announce today that GAIN Equine Nutrition will continue their support of the GAIN The Advantage Series for a second year. This initiative achieved significant success in its inaugural year in 2021, with Toomevara trainer, Ray Hackett winning the overall trainers award and €5,000 of GAIN Equine Nutrition products.
Following positive feedback from the industry on the series last year, the 2022 series will adhere to the same format, featuring a variety of race conditions to cater for different trainers and horses throughout the season with an increase prize fund of 50% for each race in the series.
Each trainer will receive points for their successes over the course of the series through a grading process, which is designed to give equal opportunity to each trainer to win the overall prize. The number of points per win or placing at each leg will be based on the number of winners the trainer recorded throughout 2021.
The GAIN The Advantage Series intends to recognise all connections of the horse, including the hard-working and dedicated stable staff, with a draw for one lucky groom to win a luxury weekend away in Ireland. The breeder of the winning horse from each race will receive a framed photograph of the horse they bred, and they will be entered into a draw to win one tonne of GAIN Equine Nutrition products. The lucky winner will be announced at the end of the series.
The series will commence at the popular Easter Festival at Cork Racecourse on 16th April and then proceed to Navan, Ballinrobe, Fairyhouse, Tipperary, Killarney, Naas and the finale will be hosted at Leopardstown on 15 October where the overall winners of the series will be decided.
Joanne Hurley, Irish Country Manager, GAIN Equine Nutrition, said, “We are delighted to be back for the second year with our GAIN The Advantage Series. Last year’s inaugural series was such a success, and we are really looking forward to seeing the series grow again throughout this season. It is a great initiative to show our support to the thoroughbred racing and breeding sectors, which are key parts of our business. It is also important for us to recognise the hard-working stable staff who are an integral part of looking after these horses. On behalf of the team at GAIN, I would like to wish all connections the very best of luck this season.”
Vicki Donlon, Commercial Manager, HRI Racecourses, commented, “The feedback from the inaugural GAIN The Advantage Series was overwhelmingly positive from all stakeholders and we are thrilled that GAIN are continuing with their support in 2022. We are grateful for the commitment of GAIN Equine Nutrition to the industry; this series would not be possible without it and is important as it recognises and rewards representatives from all levels within Irish racing.
Andy Slattery, Trainer, noted, “The GAIN The Advantage Series is a big help to trainers like us who might not have a lot of higher grade horses, so that we can target them at these races. It is also important to the owners who carry the bills, they can have a horse who is competitive and getting good prize money, which is a huge help to them. We’ve a few horses coming on that will suit the races in this series and are looking forward to it.”