Ireland’s Leopardstown Racecourse has announced an extension to the Qipco sponsorship of the Irish Champion Stakes. Qipco became the sponsor of the Irish Champion Stakes in 2014 and this new deal will extend the partnership for a further three years.
Each year, the race has grown in terms of popularity and quality and the 2016 running had no fewer than nine Group One winners.
“We are delighted that Qipco has renewed their sponsorship of the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes,” announced Pat Keogh, chief executive of Leopardstown Racecourse. “They are great supporters of Irish racing and been wonderful partners of ours. Since they became involved, the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes has established itself as one of the top races in the world. I would like to thank Qipco and Sheikh Fahad for their continued support.”
The Qipco Irish Champion Stakes, run at Leopardstown Racecourse in Ireland, is a Group One race run over 2,012m (1 mile and 2 furlongs). It is a flat race open to horses aged three and older and it takes place annually in September. It was first run in 1976 and has grown in popularity since then, last year awarding a prize pool of €1,250,000.
“As a sponsor, to see the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes ranked so highly, is very rewarding,” said Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, director of Qipco and chairman of Qatar Racing. “From the outset, we wanted to lend our support to Irish Champions Weekend and, in particular, the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes as the centrepiece of the event. It is excellent news that having attracted fields of such depth and quality it has established itself as one of the best races in the world and so we are delighted to continue our association with the Irish Champion Stakes.”