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September 29, 2009

The Curragh to source new Guineas sponsor

The Curragh Racecourse is currently looking for a new sponsor for the Irish Guineas Festival following the recent decision of Boylesports to end their six year association with the race meeting.

The Irish Guineas Festival sees Europe’s leading colts and fillies compete in the 1,000 & 2,000 Guineas, two of only five Irish Classic races staged annually at the County Kildare venue. The Aidan O’Brien trained Mastercraftsman and Again trained by David Wachman landed the two major prizes this year, while previous winners of these prestigious Group One contests include Rock of Gibraltar, Sadler’s Wells, Attraction, Finsceal Beo and Ridgewood Pearl.

Mark Nunan, Head of Marketing for Boylesports commented, “The Irish Guineas Festival has been an excellent sponsorship for us and we would like to thank the Curragh for their help over the last six years. However, due to a change in our strategic marketing plans for 2010 and beyond, we have made the decision not to renew the contract. Over the term of the relationship, The Irish Guineas Festival has provided us with a strong branding and promotional platform for our core territories of Ireland and the UK. We will continue to look at opportunities in horse racing and will not rule out further involvement with the Curragh in the future.” 

“We have enjoyed a very good working partnership with Boylesports and we are sad to see them go, but we hope we can work with them again in the near future,” said Evan Arkwright, Commercial Manager of the Curragh Racecourse, “We are now in the process to source a new sponsor who will help us further grow and enhance the event.”
The Irish Guineas Festival takes place on the 22nd and 23rd May 2010