Limerick Racecourse has announced a three-year agreement with Matchbook Betting Exchange to become the new sponsor of its Matchbook Betting Exchange Grade 1 Novice Chase.
An esteemed part of the racing calendar, The Matchbook Betting Exchange Grade 1 Novice Chase is the feature race on Boxing Day, the opening day of the iconic four day Mr Binman Christmas Racing Festival.
The race, which will be shown live on RTE television, runs over a distance of 2 miles and 3½ furlongs, has been won by subsequent Grade 1 winners Sir Des Champs, Gilgamboa, Outlander and Bellshill in recent years and is the only Grade 1 race in Munster.
Patrick O’Callaghan, General Manager of Limerick Racecourse, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Matchbook Betting Exchange to Limerick Racecourse as sponsor of The Matchbook Betting Exchange Grade 1 Novice Chase for the next three years. The Matchbook Betting Exchange Grade 1 Novice Chase has always been a distinctive race with notable winners in recent years.
“Thanks to their very generous support we will be increasing the prize fund to €100,000 which will make it one of the most valuable races run in Ireland on the day. We look forward to working with the Matchbook team and making this a very successful partnership over the coming years.”
Mark Brosnan, CEO of Matchbook, added: “We are delighted to further expand our sponsorship portfolio in Ireland with this high-quality Grade 1 Novice Chase at Limerick. It is important to us that our sponsorship makes a difference and we are thrilled that our contribution to the prize fund brings it up to €100,000.
“The partnership is made extra special being Limerick’s first ever Grade 1 race and this three-year partnership further demonstrates Matchbook’s commitment to the horse racing industry.”