More Guineas backing from Qipco
Monday 23 July 2012
Qipco have extended their sponsorship of the Guineas Festival at Newmarket, committing to the meeting until at least 2017.
Qipco Holding, as they are officially known, have agreed a five-year extension to the current deal which encompasses the 1000 and 2000 Guineas, the first races in the British Champions Series each year.
Newmarket's managing director Amy Starkey said: "It is great news for horseracing and Newmarket Racecourses that Qipco has shown its long-term commitment to the sport with this enhanced and extended contract."
She added: "It is fantastic that we have such a strong supporter. And, on behalf of Newmarket Racecourses, I would like to thank Sheikh Hamad and his brothers for their continued investment in the Qipco Guineas Festival and the British Champions Series."
David Redvers, racing and bloodstock manager for Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani and Sheikh Fahad bin Abdullah Al Thani, spoke on behalf of Qipco Holding.
He said: "Newmarket has played a pivotal role in Sheikh Fahad's increasing involvement and passion for British racing and together with his brothers, they are delighted to continue their association with the course through the Qipco Guineas Festival.
"Sheikh Fahad's first day racing in Britain was at Newmarket to watch Makfi win the 2000 Guineas in 2010. A year later saw the launch of the British Champions Series, which was showcased by the awesome display put up by Frankel in the first running of the Qipco 2000 Guineas.
"Camelot has continued the run of exceptional horses winning the Qipco 2000 Guineas with his victory this year. Both he and Frankel remain unbeaten, which says so much for the standing of the 2000 Guineas as the first race in the British Champions Series."
British Champions Day at Ascot in October could carry £4million in prize-money by 2016 after Qipco extended their sponsorship for a further five years. The inaugural Champions Day was the most valuable race-day in Britain at £3m last year.