NH MOPS scheme

What is NHMOPS?

The National Hunt Mare Owners’ Prize Scheme (NHMOPS) is an industry scheme to incentivise race mare ownership, where registered horses can earn bonuses for wins in qualifying races.

NHMOPS horses on offer at sales have already been registered to the scheme and there are no further scheme fees to pay. Registered lots will wear NHMOPS hip stickers and carry logos on their catalogues pages.

What are the NHMOPS prizes?

Prizes are split between winning owner (70%), trainer (15%), jockey (10%) and stable staff pool (5%) for wins in qualifying races as per the below chart:

Wins in mares’ only races

Prize fund

(8 or more runners)

Prize fund

(less than 8 runners)

Class 1-6 NH Flat Races

£5,000

£2,500

Class 1-2 Open Races, Class 1-4 Novice Chases & Hurdles (but not inc. Juvenile, Maiden and Beginners events)

£10,000

£5,000

*Terms and conditions apply.

Objectives of the Scheme

  • Improve demand at Sales for British-bred or sired fillies aimed at NH racing, thereby generating a greatly-improved economic climate for their breeders so as to ensure the survival of British NH breeding.
  • Maintain the NH racing programme in the face of significant declines in crop sizes by encouraging much greater use of mares, which presently represent an under-used resource.
  • Supplement the efforts made by the BHA to create a coherent racing programme for NH mares by awarding significantly greater prizes for successful females winning appropriate races.
  • Overcome the traditional antipathy of many trainers to racing mares and encourage them to race them more often.
  • Ensure that more mares are tested as NH racehorses, thus underpinning selection for breeding on the basis of racing ability.

How do I find a qualifying NHMOPS race?

Eligible races carry the logo on the Racing Admin site and in the Racing Calendar. A list of all the MOPS races can be found on the TBA website:

https://www.thetba.co.uk/what-we-do/national-hunt-racing/nh-mare-owners-prize-scheme/