Cup spon­sor­ship taken to new level

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Ma­jor fer­tiliser com­pany Weal­leans has taken its spon­sor­ship of the Team Weal­leans Mata­mata Cup Day up a notch.

In ad­di­tion to its nor­mal level of spon­sor­ship, this year the com­pany has put up an added bonus for starters who place out­side the top three. Own­ers who have horses place fourth to sec­ond-to-last in the Team Weal­leans Mata­mata Cup race will re­ceive a $500 bonus.

The owner of the horse that comes in last will re­ceive a bot­tle of Mills Reef wine.

The fea­ture race is lim­ited to 16 run­ners and the $500 starter in­cen­tive will take the stakes to a to­tal of $56,000.

Mata­mata Rac­ing Club vi­cepres­i­dent Den­nis Ryan said the move was in­spired by the bonus sys­tem in Sin­ga­pore and was a show of com­mit­ment from Weal­leans.

‘‘It’s an in­di­ca­tion of Weal­lean’s mas­sive sup­port for rac­ing and of Mata­mata Rac­ing Club as well,’’ he said.

Weal­leans Ground­spread and its as­so­ci­ated com­pa­nies spon­sor nu­mer­ous races across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty and own a team of race­horses.

The Team Weal­leans Mata­mata Cup, a listed stakes event raced over 1600 me­tres, is the largest sin­gle race that the com­pany spon­sors.

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