Tattersalls Maintains Sponsorship Of Irish Guineas Festival

Tattersalls will continue sponsoring the Irish Guineas Festival and the three associated Group 1 races, the Curragh Racecourse announced on Tuesday.

The sponsorship, which was extended an additional three years from 2023-2025, sees the €500,000 G1 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas, €500,000 G1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas, and G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup-with increased prize-money of €450,000–set to be contested at the Curragh during the three-day festival from May 26-28, 2023.

Edmond Mahony, Chairman Tattersalls, 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 Trial (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) was an impressive winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas last year, while Homeless Songs (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) won the 1000 Guineas for Moyglare Stud, Dermot Weld and Chris Hayes. The first entry stage for both Classics has already closed, with some of the highest rated 2-year-olds from last year signed on, including:  Little Big Bear (Ire) (No Nay Never), Auguste Rodin (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), Chaldean (GB) (Frankel {GB}), Noble Style (GB) (Kingman {GB}), Al Riffa (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}), Victoria Road (Ire) (Saxon Warrior {Jpn}), The Foxes (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}), Crypto Force (GB) (Time Test {GB}) and Proud and Regal (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) are among the entries for the Irish 2000 Guineas. In the fillies’ equivalent, Tahiyra (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}), Meditate (Ire) (No Nay Never), Statuette (Justify), Mawj (Ire) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}), Fairy Cross (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), Never Ending Story (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), Madly Truly (Ire) (Cracksman {GB}), Zarinsk (GB) (Kodiac {GB}) and Treasure Trove (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}) feature.

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.”

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