Boylesports & Irish Grand National Team Up Again
The Boylesports Irish Grand National will be the most valuable jumps race in Ireland for the 2014-15 National Hunt season following the confirmation today of an increase in prize money for the iconic race at the Easter Festival of Racing at Fairyhouse.
It’s the “Race of the People” that has so far eluded National Hunt royalty such as Willie Mullins, Davy Russell and Paul Townend and we’re happy to announce that we will be sponsoring the famous race for another two years. The renewal of the €275,000 steeplechase will take place on Easter Monday 6th April 2015.
The 2014 renewal saw local jockey Barry Geraghty finally succeed in adding the Boylesports Irish Grand National to his long list of honours when he succeeded on the J.P. McManus owned and Jonjo O’Neill trained Shutthefrontdoor. This exciting chaser looks likely to add to his haul in the major chases this season having already won on his seasonal debut at Carlisle last week.
Peter Roe, General Manager at Fairyhouse, said: “We are really excited at the extension of our fabulous partnership with Boylesports who are helping us to really drive the Easter Festival in popularity, which has grown so much in recent years again.
“We are also extremely proud and excited about hosting what is now the most valuable jumps race in Ireland, which will really add to the excitement and hopefully bring even greater crowds to our Easter Festival of Racing.”
“We have worked very hard over the past few years to improve our racing and facilities at Fairyhouse which is the home of so many historic races and legendary winners and we very much look forward now to hosting the 2015 Boylesports Irish Grand National.”
Commenting on the sponsorship deal, John Boyle, Chief Executive at Boylesports said: “We are delighted to extend our Irish Grand National sponsorship at Fairyhouse for the next two years and be associated with Ireland’s most valuable jumps race.”
Mr Boyle added: “With the sponsorship extension of the Boylesports IGN and the Irish Greyhound Derby, Boylesports are privileged to be associated with the two most prestigious and valuable events in the Irish sports racing calendar.”