Coral extends Welsh Grand National sponsorship deal

UK bookmaker Coral, a division of online and land-based betting operator Gala Coral, has agreed a five-year extension to its title sponsorship of the Welsh Grand National annual horseracing event.

The race takes place every December at Chepstow Racecourse as part of its Christmas programme. Coral will continue to work with both Chepstow Racecourse and its operator, Arena Racing Company, on various activities.

The latest agreement will extend Coral’s association with the Chepstow Christmas period marathon to 45 years, which it claims will make it the third longest sponsorship deal in jumps racing and the longest partnership between a racecourse and a bookmaker in jumps racing.

“We are extremely grateful for Coral’s support of the Welsh Grand National and look forward to continuing the longest jump racing sponsorship relationship between a racecourse and a bookmaker,” Arena Racing’s executive director south west, Phil Bell, said.

The 2013 edition of the Welsh Grand National will take place on December 28.