Tattersalls Renew Sponsorship of Irish Guineas Festival
- Tattersalls to continue to support first two Irish Classics
- Total prize money for Tattersalls Gold Cup to increase to €450,000
- Tattersalls to sponsor enhanced Owners and Trainers facilities at the Curragh.
Tattersalls has agreed to renew its sponsorship of three Group 1 races at the Curragh - the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas, the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas, and the Tattersalls Gold Cup for a further three years from 2023 to 2025.
The Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival takes place over three days from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May 2023 with the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas on the Saturday and the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas and the Tattersalls Gold Cup on the Sunday.
The 1000 and 2000 Guineas will have prizemoney of €500,000 each, while the Tattersalls Gold Cup will increase in value to €450,000. The Group 1 contest was one of the highest rated middle-distance races run in Europe last year, following the victory of Tattersalls October Book 1 purchase Alenquer who beat High Definition, State of Rest and Lord North in a thrilling finish.
Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said:
“The Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival is one of the premier fixtures not only of the Irish racing calendar, but also of the wider European Flat racing scene and we are proud to have the Tattersalls name associated with such an important weekend of racing and more specifically, with three of Ireland's most prestigious races. We are already looking forward to the 2023 Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival and to working with The Curragh Racecourse for the next three years of this flagship sponsorship agreement."
Tattersalls graduate Native Trail was an impressive winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas last year, while Homeless Songs was a hugely popular winner of the 1000 Guineas for Moyglare Stud, Dermot Weld and Chris Hayes.
The first entry stage for both Classics has already closed and feature some of the highest rated two-year-olds from last year. Little Big Bear, Auguste Rodin, Chaldean, Noble Style, Al Riffa, Victoria Road, The Foxes, Crypto Force and Proud and Regal are among the entries for the Irish 2000 Guineas, while Tahiyra, Meditate, Statuette, Mawj, Fairy Cross, Never Ending Story, Madly Truly, Zarinsk and Treasure Trove feature among the contenders in the Irish 1000 Guineas.
Curragh CEO Brian Kavanagh said:
“Tattersalls are a long and valued supporter of Irish racing and in particular the Curragh. They are a pleasure to work with and today’s announcement of a three-year extension of their sponsorship of three of our most important Group 1 races is very welcome news. The 2022 renewals of these races each provided great stories and we look forward to working with Tattersalls to further grow and develop the races over the coming years.”
Tattersalls has also agreed to renew their support of facilities for owners and trainers with the aim of working closely with the racecourse to enhance the race day experience for all owners with a runner at the Curragh.