Bookmakers to sponsor €100,000 race at Naas

Hugh entry for big Chase Race

Tommy Callaghan


Tommy Callaghan

Email: Bookmakers to sponsor €100,000 race at Naas

New sponsorship for the Leinster National at Naas Racecourse has been announced for a race worth some €100,000, on Sunday week, March 11.

The sponsors, Bookmakers will sponsor the Leinster National for the first time and has attracted an excellent 35-strong entry for the €100,000 contest.

The Mouse Morris-trained Alpha Des Obeaux tops the weights for the ninth running of the valuable Leinster National at Naas. A number of the entries are likely to line up in preparation for the Irish Grand National and Alpha Des Obeaux, Baie Des Iles, Road To Riches, Thunder And Roses, General Principle, Bonny Kate, Pairofbrowneyes and Wounded Warrior are all included in the English Grand National next month.

Gordon Elliott has a strong hand in the race We’ve put seven into the race and could run two or three but nothing is written in stone yet. You’d be thinking it could be a perfect opportunity to get a run into one or two before they have a crack at the Irish National.”

The colours of Alan and Ann Potts were carried to victory in the race by Venitien De Mai two years ago and their retained jockey Robbie Power is looking forward to A Sizing Network lining up in the race at Naas on Sunday week.

Power said; “Sizing Network won three nice races last year and seems to be in great form so the Leinster National could be his next port of call. He’s a very good jumper and Naas would suit him well and it is certainly a race that is on his radar.”

Aside from the sponsorship announcement of the Leinster National and two supporting races, Bookmakers announced Brian Hughes as their Racing Ambassador this week.

Gary Toal, Director of Bookmakers commented: “ Bookmakers are delighted to be sponsoring the prestigious Leinster National at Naas Racecourse. The partnership complements beautifully with the existing sponsorship of the Ulster National at Downpatrick.”