RACES: Philip O’Brien (Racing Manager Killarney Races) and Ross Kierans (General Manager thetote.com) pictured at the announcement that The Tote will sponsor the Killarney National at the May Racing Festival. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Tote Ireland is to back the 2019 Killarney National on Monday, May 13 as it continues to expand on its impressive sponsorship portfolio across the country.
The Tote Ireland Killarney National will have a value of €65,000 making it the richest race in Killarney in 2019.
Tote Ireland have also announced that they are to sponsor the full card at Killarney on Friday, July 19, the first Friday meeting at the racecourse’s five-day July festival which begins on Monday, July 15.
In recent times, the Tote Killarney National has been won by subsequent Kerry National hero ‘Your Busy’ which scored for James Nash in 2014, the Enda Bolger-trained ‘Cantlow’ and ‘Auvergna’ were winners in 2016 and 2017 respectively, while Rachael Blackmore guided the John Ryan-trained ‘Icantsay’ to a narrow success last year.
“We are delighted to have the TOTE as the sponsor of our feature race The Killarney National this year,” Racing Manager, Philip O’ Brien, said.
“With increased prize money of €70,000 we are looking forward to a very exciting and competitive race. We would like to thank the Tote for their generous sponsorship and with the Tote we are hoping to make the Killarney National a feature event in the National Hunt calendar and build on its reputation and prize fund year-on-year.”
Ross Kierans, General Manager of Tote Ireland, added that they are particularly proud to sponsor the Killarney National.
“It is one of the big early races of the new National Hunt season each year and we are very happy to have Tote Ireland associated with it. Our sponsorship of both the Tote Ireland Killarney National in May and the full day of festival racing on the Friday of Killarney’s popular July meeting demonstrates Tote Ireland’s commitment to Irish racing in general and the value we place on Killarney Races as a partner.”