Sponsorship boost for jump racing flagship event at Sandown Park
BETFAIR has extended its sponsorship of The Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park for an additional three years.
The bookmaker has sponsored the race, one of the most significant in jump racing’s calendar, since 2015.
An extension to that partnership will now see Betfair continue as the sponsor for a further three years, to include the 2019 renewal.
Betfair was a founding authorised betting partner of British Racing and became the first betting operator to sign a commercial partnership with Jockey Club Racecourses after it was announced the Jockey Club would only enter into agreements with authorised partners – those who make a fair contribution to the sport.
The ABP scheme has now concluded following reform of the levy.
The Betfair Tingle Creek Chase has been a flagship event in the 2m chase division since being upgraded to a Grade 1 contest in 1994.
Previous winners of the race include Moscow Flyer, Kauto Star, Sprinter Sacre, Sire De Grugy and last year’s victor Un De Sceaux. This year the race will take place on Saturday, December 9th.
Jockey Club Racecourses chief executive Paul Fisher said: “As a major supporter of British Racing we are delighted Betfair is continuing to partner with us for The Tingle Creek Chase, one of the biggest days for jump racing.
“ABP [authorised betting partners] may have finished, following the reform of the levy, but we remain extremely grateful to Betfair, not only for the role [it] played as a founding partner, but also for the ongoing support [it offers] to racing.
“The Tingle Creek Chase has been won by some of the greatest jumps horses in history and we are proud to stage the race at Sandown Park.”
A Betfair spokesman fsaid: “We are once again delighted to back The Tingle Creek, one of the most exciting and iconic races in the National Hunt calendar. The Betfair Tingle Creek is an exhilarating race, synonymous with speed and brilliance.
“And with the magnificent Altior pencilled in for the race, there is a lot to look forward to this National Hunt season.” 4/6 Altior, 13/2 Douvan, 10/1 Fox Norton, 10/1 Politologue, Un De Sceaux, 12/1 Min, 14/1 Great Field, 16/1 Ar Mad, Charbel, 25/1 San Benedeto, Sir Valentino, 33/1 Flying Angel.