MEDIA RELEASE 29 JULY 2022
JENNINGSBET TO SPONSOR THE SELECT STAKES & PUPPY CLASSIC
Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) and JenningsBet are delighted to announce the betting firm’s sponsorship of The Select Stakes and Puppy Classic at Nottingham Greyhound Stadium. The deal represents a further support of Greyhound racing at ARC stadia from JenningsBet, who announced a multi-year branding partnership earlier in 2022.
The JenningsBet Select Stakes is one of the most prestigious events in the greyhound calendar. The six competitors are invited to run against each other in the one-off event, run over four bends, by the Greyhounds Writers Association (“GWA”).
The race has a long history, starting in 1952 at Wembley, moving to Nottingham in 1996. In 2022, and with the support of JenningsBet, the race will offer an increased purse of £10,000 (from £8,000 previously). The supporting Select Stayers Invitation will also see the winner’s purse increased to £2,500 (from £1,000).
The heats for the JenningsBet Puppy Classic will take place on successive Monday evenings on 15 and 22 August. The final will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August, alongside the JenningsBet Select Stakes and Stayers Invitation.
Derek Somers, Events & Sponsorship Manager for JenningsBet, said, “We are really pleased to further increase our support of British Greyhound racing, with this new sponsorship. The Select Stakes and Puppy Classic are fantastic events in the calendar, and we’re very much looking forward to being involved with them both.”
Rachel Corden, ARC’s Greyhound Operations Director, added: “We are delighted to welcome JenningsBet’s further investment into greyhound racing and for their multi-year commitment to supporting The Select Stakes and Puppy Classic.”
The Racing Post’s Jim Cremin, a member of the Greyhound Writers’ Association, warmly welcomed the news and said, “The Select Stakes is particularly meaningful to me given it was one of ‘my’ events at Wembley, its original home, when I was Racing Manager there in the mid-1980s. Nottingham took it on, have properly looked after it - and now making it worth £10,000 thanks to JenningsBet’s sponsorship is a fantastic fillip.
“I always look forward to attending and can’t wait for that Bank Holiday weekend. The Jenningsbet Puppy Classic final makes the night one of the unmissable double-headers of the year.”
For more information about upcoming race meetings at Nottingham Greyhound Stadium, please visit www.nottingham-greyhounds.co.uk. Racing from all ARC stadia is broadcast live by The Racing Partnership, as well as selected meetings via Sky Sports Racing. In addition, all fixtures can be viewed live and for free on www.attheraces.co.uk.
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Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is the largest racecourse operator in the UK.
ARC is made up of the following sixteen racecourses: Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Ffos Las, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Hereford, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Worcester.
In addition to racecourses ARC owns Central Park, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sunderland and Perry Barr Greyhound Stadia and looks after the media interests of the Greyhound Media Group (“GMG”).
ARC runs four of the six all-weather racecourses in the UK offering two different types of surface for horses to run on: Polytrack at Lingfield Park and tapeta at Newcastle, Southwell and Wolverhampton Racecourses – the only tapeta racing surfaces in Europe.
In 2013 ARC pioneered the All-Weather Championships which see horses compete throughout the winter for the chance of qualifying for Finals Day on Good Friday at Newcastle, and the All-Weather Vase at Lingfield Park.
ARC hosts racing at all levels of the sport from Class 6 through to Group 1s. Doncaster Racecourse is home to the world’s oldest Classic, the Cazoo St Leger, run each year in September as part of the four-day Cazoo St Leger Festival as well as the final Group 1 of the year in Britain, the Vertem Futurity Trophy. Feature jumps races include the Grade 1 Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle Racecourse, the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow Racecourse and Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
As well as racing, ARC also operates a hotel at Wolverhampton Racecourse, a hotel and golf course at Lingfield Park and The Border Minstrel public house at Newcastle Racecourse in the grounds of Gosforth Park. The Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse opened in September 2018.
ARC is a significant shareholder in the horseracing TV channel Sky Sports Racing which is broadcast on the Sky platform to c.14 million homes.
ARC plays a pivotal role in British Racing. It is a shareholder in British Champions Series and Racecourse Data Company and is represented on the boards of the Racecourse Association (“RCA”), Great British Racing (“GBR”) and British Champion Series (“BCS”).
In 2015 ARC set up The Racing Partnership. This limited company represents the media rights of the 16 ARC owned-racecourses and the four independent racecourses Hexham, Newton Abbot, Plumpton and Ripon.
Further information about ARC can be found at www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk.