tarting 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 (May 6-8).
The firm is then sponsoring two high profile races at York, the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup at York’s Dante Festival ( May 13-15) 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 the next three years, will also back supporting races at all four of those race meetings.
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 February 21 and their Irish Raceday on March 7. In addition, they have also taken up a race on Newbury’s popular Greatwood Charity Raceday on February 28.
In total, Betway-sponsored races in 2015 will provide over £1million in prize money – with a commitment to more as further opportunities arise.
Betway’s Alan Alger said: “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.
“We won’t stop there and are in the process of adding other races to our portfolio. The UK POC tax has been criticized 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.”
Major Betway Sponsored Races in 2015
· Betway Welsh Champion Hurdle, Betway West Wales Grand National and supporting card, Ffos Las, SaturdayFebruary 30
· Betway Champion Chase, Cheltenham, March 11
· Betway Lincoln Handicap, Doncaster, March 28
· Betway Chester Cup, Chester, May 6
· Betway Yorkshire Cup, York, May 15
· Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes, York, August 19