KELSO Racecourse have signed a contract with Betfair which will be of huge benefit to National Hunt stable staff in Scotland and the Borders.
Not only are Betfair sponsoring two races on Sunday, October 7, at the Borders track, they are also contributing to all Best Turned Out prizes given to stable staff throughout the season at Kelso, adding over £4,000 to the 81 races that are staged at the racecourse throughout the season.
British racing signed a £40 million commercial deal with Betfair in July this year, to guarantee funding to British racing over the next five years, highlighting Betfair’s commitment to the sport. The funding agreed with Kelso is not only directed at increasing prize money, but is also aimed at supporting the “Grassroots” of British racing ensuring, that the hard working stable staff are rewarded for their dedication to the sport.
Stable staff at Kelso will benefit through supplementary funds to the Best Turned Out award which is gifted to stable hands. Betfair have also supplied a hamper for each stable hand present on October 7 to take home and enjoy
Betfair’s Tony Calvin said: “Stable staff are precisely one of the vital parts of the industry that our three year, £3m, commitment to grassroots racing is designed to benefit. This is in addition to our recent £40m, five year, commercial deal with the sport. Many of our sponsorships already include significantly increased cash prizes for best turned out awards, and innovative offers like free canteens for stable staff, so we are delighted to be able to support Kelso this season.”
Richard Landale, managing director of Kelso added: “We really appreciate Betfair’s commitment and their innovative ideas of providing hampers, through to their hugely boosted best turned out prizes, shows their commitment in supporting stable staff. Without hard working stable staff horse racing would not take place, appreciation of such an essential element of the racing industry needs to be recognised.”
The new National Hunt season commences at Kelso on Sunday, October 7, where the first race will be off at 2.10pm, The famous Borders Principal race precedes racing at 1.30pm.