CORAL ANNOUNCE SPONSORSHIP OF THE SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL
Coral has agreed a three-year deal with Ayr Racecourse to sponsor the Scottish Grand National through to 2009.
Prize money for the Coral Scottish Grand National will be at least £160,000 over each of the next three years, confirming its position as the richest race staged in Scotland.
The sponsorship contract was signed at Ayr on Saturday by Coral Managing Director Wilf Walsh, Alan Macdonald, Chairman of Ayr Racecourse and Richard Johnstone, MD of the Scottish track.
Alan Macdonald said: "I am delighted to welcome Coral as sponsor of our Scottish Grand National Festival and in particular the Scottish Grand National itself.
"It is a marvellous race and I feel it is fitting that we have a sponsor as well known as Coral and a name that is synonymous with horse racing.
"I am sure that The Coral Scottish Grand National will go from strength to strength and everyone at Ayr Racecourse is looking forward to working closely with Coral over the next three years and hopefully beyond."
Wilf Walsh, Managing Director of Coral, said: "Coral has a history of long standing sponsorships of great races, and we are delighted to add this prestigious contest to our portfolio. We are committed to working with Ayr to take the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival to even greater heights over the coming years".
Next year's Coral Scottish Grand National Festival will be run on Friday April 20 and Saturday April 21.
The Scottish Grand National was first run at Ayr Racecourse in 1966 and winners include Red Rum who completed the Grand National – Scottish Grand National double in 1974 and Grey Abbey.
This year's race was won by the Carl Llewellyn trained and ridden Run For Paddy.
Coral's sponsorship of the Coral-Eclipse is in its thirty first year, and its association with the Coral Welsh National extends back even further to 1973. Coral is also the longest standing race sponsor at the Cheltenham Festival where it currently sponsors the Coral Cup.
JOCKEY SHANE DYE IN STABLE CONDITION
Jockey Shane Dye was this morning reported to be in a "stable" condition after his race fall on Sunday.
Doctors overseeing his condition added that Dye remains in the intensive care unit at the Prince Of Wales Hospital.
"We are working closely with the hospital to provide Shane with the best possible treatment and we are in regular contact with his medical team," said Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Executive Director of Racing.
"We will issue further updates on his condition when news becomes available and in the meantime I hope everyone can join me in wishing Shane a very speedy recovery."