Chanelle Pharma announced as new sponsor of the Irish Champion Hurdle

Mon 11 Jan 2021

The medical and veterinary pharmaceuticals company Chanelle Pharma is the new sponsor of the Irish Champion Hurdle in a four-year deal which will run until 2024.

The new sponsorship will take effect next month, with the Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle the highlight on the first day of the Dublin Racing Festival on Saturday 6 February. The agreement will see the Loughrea, County Galway headquartered company extend its partnership with Leopardstown racecourse as the current sponsor of the Grade One Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle.

The Irish Champion Hurdle was established in 1950 and has an illustrious history with a roll of honour featuring equine heroes such as Hatton’s Grace, Flying Bolt, L’Escargot & Istabraq. In more recent years, Hurricane Fly dominated the race with five consecutive wins.

Henry de Bromhead became the first trainer to win the Irish Champion Hurdle with three different horses when Honeysuckle, ridden by Rachael Blackmore, landed the spoils a year ago. The star mare, stable companion Aspire Tower and the Willie Mullins-trained Sharjah are likely to head the entries for this year’s renewal when they are revealed on 14 January.

Tim Husbands, CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse, said: “Michael Burke is a fantastic supporter of Irish racing and we are delighted to further develop our partnership.

"The Irish Champion Hurdle is a historic race and having a partner such a Chanelle Pharma will only enhance that. Michael is kindly supporting both races in 2021 before focusing on the feature Irish Champion Hurdle from 2022 onwards, creating an opportunity for another brand to be part of Dublin Racing Festival.”

Michael Burke, CEO of Chanelle Pharma said: “Chanelle Pharma is delighted to support the Irish racing industry by sponsoring these two iconic races. Chanelle’s Animal Health products are used by many involved in the industry and it gives me great pleasure to partner with the Dublin Racing Festival for a further four-year sponsorship to support an industry I am passionate about.”

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