Tote Ireland to sponsor Premier Handicap series at the Curragh
February 23, 2015
Tote Ireland Sponsor Premier Handicap Series at the Curragh
Tote Ireland today announced that they will sponsor four historic Premier Handicaps taking place at the Curragh Racecourse this year: the Irish Lincolnshire, the Rockingham, Irish Cambridgeshire and the Irish Cesarewitch. The four Tote Premier Handicaps boast a total prize fund of €400,000.
The partnership between Tote and the Curragh was launched by former champion jockey-turned-trainer Johnny Murtagh, who rode to victory a grand total of nine times in the Irish Lincolnshire, Irish Cambridgeshire and Irish Cesarewitch.
The Tote Irish Lincolnshire is the first in the series of Tote Premier Handicaps and the 74th renewal of the race will take place at the Curragh on March 29th, the opening meeting of the 2015 Flat Season. To celebrate the sponsorship, Tote account holders will be offered free admission on the day, and details of this promotion are available on the Tote website.
Noel Hayes, Commercial Director of Tote Ireland said: “Tote is really pleased to sponsor this series of races at the Curragh. Like Tote, these races have a long history and tradition in Irish racing. We’ll be offering free entry for Tote account customers to the Tote Irish Lincolnshire.”
Along with betting promotions around the race days, Tote will sponsor an enhanced Best Turned Out prize for each of the Tote Premier Handicaps where the groom of the best turned out horse is set to win a luxury weekend away for two people.
Paul Hensey, General Manager of the Curragh Racecourse commented: “We are delighted that Tote has agreed to strengthen their association with the Curragh through their sponsorship of four of our most historic races. Their support is very positive news for the racecourse as we approach the start of a new season. We will work with Tote to get full fields ensuring that these races are as competitive as possible with a very strong betting market.”
View promo video here http://youtu.be/Bzu5pGIBMX0
About Tote Ireland
Tote Ireland Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Horse Racing Ireland, with responsibility for the operation of a Totalisator on the 24 racecourses in the Republic of Ireland. Tote offer betting on racing from Ireland, UK, US, Dubai, Singapore and South Africa. All profits made by Tote Ireland are used for the improvement of Irish horseracing.
The Race Dates & History
1. Tote Irish Lincolnshire will take place on 29th March 2015 at the Curragh. The race was first run in 1941 and this will be its 74th renewal.
2. Tote Rockingham Handicap will take place on 28th June 2015 at the Curragh. The race was first run in 1938 and this will be its 77th renewal.
3. Tote Irish Cambridgeshire will take place on 30th August 2015 at the Curragh. The race was first run in 1921 and this is its 94th renewal.
4. Tote Irish Cesarewitch will take place on 11th October 2015 at the Curragh. The race was first run in 1844 and this is its 171st renewal
Tote Free Entry Day
Details on how to claim admission are available on the Tote website.