Betway, one of the leading UK online sports books and the main sponsor of the Champion Chase, has revealed the name of more races that it will sponsor which includes the Lincoln Handicap.
William Hill recently announced that it would be pulling out from its backing of the Lincoln Handicap, the curtain-raiser to the Flat racing season in the UK due to financial reasons.
Alan Alger, speaking on behalf of Betway, said that Betway wanted to invest heavily in UK racing after taking over the Champion Chase and that they are delighted to be visiting some of the country’s finest courses over the season for several of the calendar’s most historic contests.
The first big race of the year will be the Lincoln Handicap in Doncaster which is scheduled to take place on 28th March, 2015 and will be followed by the Chester Cup which is to be held at Boodles Meeting from 6th to 8th May, 2015.
Betway will also be sponsoring the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup to be held at York’s Dante Festival from 13th to 15th May, 2015 and the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes that is due to take place during the Ebor Festival in Yorkshire on 19th August, 2015. The group also took over sponsorship of the Queen Mother Champion Chase in October of last year.
Algar also said that they are in the process of adding other races to their portfolio. He added that although the UK POC tax has been criticized by many, they feel that it is a sign that the industry is maturing in a regulated and safe way and that it will not stop them from supporting racing through sponsorship.