Champion Chase sponsor Betway today announces a series of major UK racing partnerships as the online sportsbook and gaming company continues its investment in the sport.
Starting with the traditional Flat season curtain-raiser, the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster on 28th March, Betway is also lending its name to the Chester Cup at the course’s popular Boodles Meeting (6th-8th May).
The firm is then sponsoring two races at York, the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup at York’s Dante Festival (13th-15th May) and the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes on 19th August during the Welcome to Yorkshire, Ebor Festival.
Betway, who put pen to paper on a deal last October to take over sponsorship of the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham for at least three years, will also back supporting races at all four of those race meetings.
The company has already embarked on a number of other National Hunt racing sponsorships in recent weeks. Saturday’s Welsh Champion Hurdle and the supporting card at Ffos Las will be backed by Betway. The first race officially run under the Betway banner will be the 12.55pm Betway Novices’ Hurdle, a race subsequent Betway Champion Chase winner Sprinter Sacre took in 2011 when it was first run.
Betway is also sponsoring Chepstow’s Winter Beer Festival Raceday on 21st February and their Irish Raceday on 7th March. In addition they have taken a race on Newbury’s popular Greatwood Charity Raceday on 28th February.
In total, Betway-sponsored races in 2015 will provide over £1million in prize money – with a commitment to more as further opportunities arise.
“Betway wanted to continue investing heavily in UK racing after taking over the Champion Chase and are thrilled to be visiting some of the country’s finest courses over the season for a number of the calendar’s most historic contests." Betway’s Alan Alger said.
“We won’t stop there and are in the process of adding other races to our portfolio. The UK POC tax has been criticised by many, but we feel it is a sign that the industry is maturing in a regulated and safe way and it won’t stop us supporting racing through sponsorship. It’s an exciting time for us and we look forward to fostering partnerships with racecourses and bringing great offers to our customers in the coming months.” Alger added.
Major Betway Sponsored Races in 2015
· Betway Welsh Champion Hurdle, Betway West Wales Grand National and supporting card, Ffos Las, Saturday 30th February 2015
· Betway Champion Chase, Cheltenham, 11th March 2015
· Betway Lincoln Handicap, Doncaster, 28th March 2015
· Betway Chester Cup, Chester, 6th May 2015
· Betway Yorkshire Cup, York, 15th May 2015
· Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes, York, 19th August 2015