The Tsui Family of Sunderland Holding Inc to sponsor Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes
May 16, 2015
The Tsui Family of Sunderland Holding Inc to sponsor Pretty Polly Stakes
Sunderland Holding Inc, the company of the Tsui Family who own Sea the Stars, has agreed to sponsor the Pretty Polly Stakes taking place at the Curragh on Sunday 28th June.
First run in 1947, The Pretty Polly Stakes is named to honour one of the great racing fillies of the 20th century. Recent previous winners include Dar Re Mi, Dance Design, and Alexander Goldrun, while the Roger Charlton trained Thistle Bird landed the race last year.
Total prize money for the Group 1 contest for fillies and mares will be 250,000 euro, an increase of 50,000 euro from 2014, ensuring the race continues to be one of the most valuable of it’s kind in Europe and thus maximising all opportunities to attract the very best horses.
Paul Hensey, General Manager of the Curragh Racecourse, commented:
“The Pretty Polly Stakes consistently attracts some of the top fillies in Europe and it is very appropriate that the race will carry the name of such a legendary racehorse and sire as Sea The Stars. We are very grateful to the Tsui family for their commitment to support the race this year”
Ling Tsui, on behalf of Sunderland Holding Inc, said “We are delighted to be able to support such a prestigious race for fillies. As Urban Sea, our wonderful mare, gave us such a great interest in racing and breeding, most especially in Ireland, we feel that it is apt that our first racing sponsorship is at the headquarters of Irish racing and close to the home of our stallions Sea The Stars and Born To Sea.”
The Tsui family are the owners of world renowned Sea the Stars who ran in the name of Mr Christopher Tsui and was victorious in six Group 1 races in as many months of 2009, including the Epsom Derby, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. They are a Hong Kong based family who now race under the name of Sunderland Holding Inc, and are long time supporters of breeding and racing in Ireland. They were the owners of Urban Sea who raced in the name of Christopher’s father , Mr David Tsui, and carried his colours to victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1993. Subsequent to her relocation to Ireland, Urban Sea has gained immortality as the dam of Galileo and Sea the Stars. Now her family and descendants are having a profound impact on thoroughbred breeding and Sea the Stars stands at Gilltown Stud, alongside his brother, Born to Sea .
For further information please contact:
Evan Arkwright, Commercial Manager The Curragh Racecourse