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New Title Sponsor Unveiled for Anglo-Irish Challenge Event

New Title Sponsor Unveiled for Anglo-Irish Challenge Event

Development company chairman Chris Harris has spoken of Bicester Office Park's delight at being the title sponsor of the Anglo-Irish Point-to-Point Challenge at Kingston Blount in Oxfordshire on Friday, May 26.

The impressive development will comprise 500,000 sq ft of high quality office space next to Bicester Village. And to help put it on the map, Mr Harris, chairman of developers London & Metropolitan, is supporting the fixture, which sees teams of men and women riders from Great Britain and Ireland go head-to-head in four races.

He said: "As promoters of this most exciting office park development in Bicester, just up the motorway from Kingston Blount, together with our long-standing involvement in the development of the Kildare Village Designer Outlet in the heart of bloodstock country in Ireland, it seemed most appropriate that we should sponsor this innovative Anglo-Irish Point-to-Point Challenge. As breeders of National Hunt horses at our own Old Rectory Stud in Oxfordshire, this makes our sponsorship even more relevant."

As well as being the fixture's main sponsor, Bicester Office Park are backing the Anglo-Irish Ladies' Open.

Meeting chairman Rodney Mann said: "The sponsorship of the Anglo-Irish meeting by Bicester Office Park is an enormous help and enables us to put on a top-class meeting."

The challenge was initiated five years ago by Tattersalls Ireland, and they are involved again by putting their name to the men's Anglo-Irish Four, Five & Six-Year-Olds Maiden Race.

Horses in training sales director Richard Pugh said: "There have been many great races over the years and it is a wonderful opportunity for the two communities to come together and see our top riders in action."

Goffs UK are backing the men's Anglo-Irish Club Members Conditions Race, while Connolly's Red Mills are sponsoring the ladies' Anglo-Irish Intermediate Race.

Goffs UK director Tim Kent said: "The point-to-point field provides an ideal education for young horses to continue their career under National Hunt rules and we hope to see many graduates of the Goffs UK sales ring winning at this meeting."

Derek Fallon, UK general manager at Connolly's Red Mills, commented: "The Anglo-Irish point-to-point fixture is a brilliant event, which captures the natural rivalry between the two teams. The equine and riding talent on both sides of the water is exceptional."

The card opens with a Men's Open, which is being sponsored by Betfair.

Barry Orr, head of media relations, said: "Betfair are delighted to be involved with a great initiative that supports grass roots racing. The quality of both sides shows that neither side takes this lightly."

Mann added: "Companies such as Tattersalls Ireland, Goffs UK, Connolly's Red Mills and Betfair are incredibly generous in their support of our sport and we are extremely grateful for that help."

Ireland's men's team, sponsored by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM), is made up of Derek O'Connor, Jamie Codd, Barry O'Neill and Noel McParlan. 

The ladies' team consists of Shauna Larkin, Lisa O'Neill, Liz Lalor and Maxine O'Sullivan.

The Great Britain team is to be named next week.

Friday, May 26, 2017

4.00 Men's Open (sponsored by Betfair)
4.35 Anglo-Irish Club Members Conditions Race for Gentlemen Riders (sponsored by Goffs UK)
5.10 Anglo-Irish Ladies Open (sponsored by Bicester Office Park)
5.45 Anglo-Irish Four, Five & Six-Year-Olds Maiden Race for Gentlemen Riders (sponsored by Tattersalls Ireland)
6.20 Anglo-Irish Intermediate Race for Lady Riders (sponsored by Connolly's Red Mills)
7.05 The Kingston Blount Racing Club Members Conditions Race for Novice Riders


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