Gowran Park Race Course today announced that Goffs, Ireland’s leading bloodstock auction house, has committed to a further four years until 2018 as title sponsor of its prestigious €100,000 Thyestes Chase.
The announcement comes in advance of the Goffs Thyestes Chase at the Kilkenny race track on 23rd January, which will mark the first racing event of Gowran Park’s centenary year.
The Grade A race is the biggest National Hunt race in the south east with a prize pool of €100,000 and is regarded by the industry as a ‘trial’ for the Aintree and Irish Grand Nationals, attracting the cream of racing.
Gowran Park General Manager, Eddie Scally commented, “We are thrilled that Goffs has extended its commitment to our Thyestes Chase. It’s another cause for celebration as we kick-start our centenary year at Gowran Park. Goffs is a prestigious and valued brand with a strong history and this partnership with Thyestes will only add to the renown of the race which is one of the highlights of the Irish National Hunt season.”
Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby added, ”Goffs is committed to supporting National Hunt racing in Ireland and we are proud to extend our sponsorship of the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park. Last year was a superb year for Goffs with remarkable results on the racecourse and excellent trade at each of our National hunt sales. A new record price of €215,000 was achieved at the Land Rover Sale as well as a 91% day one clearance rate and major increases in average and median. The Goffs Thyestes Chase is the perfect platform to launch the 2014 Land Rover Sale and we wish all our vendors and purchasers continued success over the coming year.”