The first of four exciting races in the Tote Curragh Race Series
takes place next week when Tote begin a new three-year sponsorship of the Tote
Rockingham Handicap at the Curragh.
The race, a feature on Thursday June 27, day one of the
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival, is recognised as one of the top sprint
handicaps in the Irish racing calendar.
The Tote Curragh Race Series is comprised of four lucrative
handicaps run throughout the season at the Curragh – the Tote Rockingham
Handicap, the Tote Scurry Premier Handicap, the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire and
the Tote Irish Cesarewitch. The prizemoney for the four races this year is a
combined €450,000, including a €25,000 boost for both the Tote Rockingham
Handicap and the Tote Scurry Premier Handicap.
Ross Kierans, General Manager, Tote said: “While we have
sponsored three of these four races previously, we are delighted to commit to
them for another three years and contribute to the increased prizemoney. The
redeveloped Curragh is a fabulous facility and we are proud to remain at the
heart of its racing calendar with the Tote Curragh Race Series. Sponsoring the
first feature race at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival in the new Curragh is a great way
to begin our renewed association.”
Evan Arkwright, Curragh Racecourse Racing Manager, said: “We
are delighted to enhance our association with the Tote and look forward to
staging four very competitive races with our objective to attract plenty of
overseas trained challengers to compete against the home trained team to
further boost their profile.”