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Stan James are the new sponsors of the Irish Gold Cup.
First run as the Vincent O'Brien Gold Cup in 1987, the three-mile Grade One was sponsored by Hennessy for 25 years before they ended their association with the Leopardstown feature last year.
The Leopardstown feature did not have a title sponsor for the 2016 renewal but Stan James has agreed a three-year deal to back the prestigious steeplechase, which has been won by the likes of Jodami, Imperial Call and Florida Pearl.
“We’re so excited to be working with Leopardstown on such an iconic race. Previous winners of the Stan James Irish Gold Cup reads like a ‘who’s who’ of jumps racing, and we’re privileged to sponsor such a prestigious event," Stan James' head of marketing, Ed Nicholson said.
"It’s a race that resonates on both sides of the Irish Sea and one that links in well with our other racing sponsorships.”
Leopardstown CEO Pat Keogh said, “I’m really excited to work with top-class brand Stan James, the new sponsor of the Irish Gold Cup. Over the past three decades the race has provided some fantastic racing memories for racegoers. Our combined aim is to ensure the Stan James Irish Gold Cup continues to showcase the competitiveness and the quality of racing in Ireland.
"As the only race day in Ireland with four Grade 1's on a single day, we will continue to make it one of the best day’s racing in Europe.”
Carlingford Lough has won the last two renewals of the race and could bid fr the hat-trick at the Foxrock venue on February 12, 2017.
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