Racing Post has today announced the extension of its sponsorship agreement with Leopardstown, providing title sponsorship and race sponsorship of day one of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. As part of the four-year agreement, day one will continue to be called Racing Post Day with the feature race of the day the Racing Post Novice Chase.
The partnership outlines Racing Post commitment to Irish racing as racecourses return to full attendance.
The Grade 1 Racing Post Chase has an illustrious history and has been won by equine heroes such as Danoli, Moscow Flyer, Sizing Europe, Douvan, Min & Notebook to name a few. This year’s renewal looks set to excite once again as it gets the festival Group 1s underway.
The Leopardstown Christmas Festival is a highlight of the festive period taking place between 26-29 December annually. With over €1 million in prize money on offer and featuring 7 Grade 1 races and a number of valuable Handicaps, the festival is as exciting as ever this year.
Discussing the extended partnership with Leopardstown, Racing Post Retail Director, Alan Pepperell mentioned the importance of supporting the racing industry in Ireland.
Pepperell said: ‘The past eighteen months have been incredibly difficult for racecourses across Ireland and we’re delighted to announce our continued support. The Leopardstown Christmas Festival is a highlight of the racing calendar and we’re hoping to see full crowds return this year to enjoy the high-quality racing on show. The Racing Post is committed to Irish racing and we know how valuable sponsorship is especially after the pandemic, we’re delighted to extend the agreement for the next four years.’
Tim Husbands, CEO Leopardstown echoed Alan’s words saying: ‘We are absolutely thrilled that the Racing Post has extended their partnership through to 2024. Day one of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival is always one of the most exciting dates in the Irish racing calendar and with Racing Post as the title sponsor, we’re expecting it to be bigger than ever. We’re excited to welcome spectators back on track for what is sure to be a festival to remember. ‘