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New sponsor for Leopardstown race is revealed

Tuesday, 31st December, 2019 5:00pm
New sponsor for Leopardstown race is revealed

Jim Ryan, CEO of ersg, with Le Richebourg, winner of The Arkle in 2019, and trainer Joseph O’Brien.

New sponsor for Leopardstown race is revealed

Jim Ryan, CEO of ersg, with Le Richebourg, winner of The Arkle in 2019, and trainer Joseph O’Brien.

THE world-renowned Leopardstown Racecourse has announced that one of the feature races in the Irish horseracing calendar is to be sponsored by leading global recruitment specialist, ersg.

The feature race, which will take place on Saturday, February 1 as part of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown will from be known as The ersg Arkle Novice Steeplechase.

 One of the most anticipated races of the influential Dublin Racing Festival, the Grade 1 ersg Arkle Novice Chase has a role of honour second to none.

First run as a Grade 1 event in 2002, subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kicking King was successful for trainer Tom Taaffe and Barry Geraghty just two years later.

Willie Mullins had won that inaugural running with the Ruby Walsh-ridden Assessed and he was also successful with Missed That, ridden by David Casey, in 2006 and the Paul Townend-ridden Golden Silver in 2009.

Mullins won the race with superstars Un De Sceaux and Douvan, with Walsh in the saddle, in 2015 and 2016 respectively. He was also successful with the celebrated Footpad and Paul Townend in 2018.

Jessica Harrington and Henry De Bromhead are the other trainers to have won the race on more than one occasion.

 The ersg Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown is on Day 1 of Dublin Racing Festival, which takes place over the weekend of February 1 and 2.

 The festival features eight Grade 1 races with leading horses, jockeys and trainers from the UK and Ireland competing in National Hunt racing at its finest.

 Dublin Racing Festival will once again be increasing the prize funds for the races to a total of €2,125,000 over the weekend.

All Grade 1 races will have a prize fund of €150,000 or more and the minimum level of prize money for any race is €100,000.

Vicki Donlon, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager at Leopardstown Racecourse, said: "We are delighted to welcome ersg as a partner at Leopardstown.

“It is through the support of our sponsors and Horse Racing Ireland that Dublin Racing Festival has established itself so prominently in the National Hunt calendar and that prize money can once again be raised.

“We hope that this will further strengthen the quality and breadth of the runners over the weekend.

“We are very grateful for ersg’s generous support and we look forward to making this a very successful partnership."

 Jim Ryan, CEO of ersg, added: “Being Irish myself, I am personally delighted to be sponsoring the Dublin Racing Festival in Leopardstown.

“This is the third year ersg, as a business, has attended the festival and following the announcement of our new office in Dublin in October we felt this was the right time to show our support to the local area.”

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