Qatar Ups Investment in Irish Champions

Leopardstown Racecourse has secured a three-year extension to QIPCO’s sponsorship of the Irish Champion Stakes.

QIPCO is one of the worlds largest private investors run by members of the ruling family of Qatar and a major investor in international sport, and horse racing in particular,  through the Champions’ series.

This extension follows news that the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes in 2016 was ranked the best race in Europe and the joint second highest rated race in the world.

QIPCO first sponsored the Irish Champion Stakes in 2014, in the inaugural year of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend and each renewal since has grown in terms of both popularity and the quality of the horses taking part. The 2016 running contained no fewer than nine Group 1 winners and produced a race to savour as European champion Almanzor led home Aidan O’Brien’s two star fillies, Found and Minding.

It is the centrepiece of that weekend designed to create an Irish home base for the showcasing of the industry.  It has been successful in attracting not only horse racing fans and the best horses in the world but also extreme high net worth individuals who have been encouraged to invest in the Irish bloodstock sector.

“We are delighted that QIPCO have renewed their sponsorship of the QIPCO Irish Champions Stakes,” said Pat Keogh, Chief Executive of Leopardstown Racecourse.

They are great supporters of Irish racing and have been wonderful partners of ours. Since they became involved, the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes has established itself as one of the top races in the world.”

“As a sponsor, to see the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes ranked so highly is very rewarding,” added Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, Chairman of Qatar Racing and Director of QIPCO.

“From the outset, we wanted to lend our support to Irish Champions Weekend and, in particular, the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes as the centrepiece of the event. It is excellent news that having attracted fields of such depth and quality it has established itself as one of the best races in the world and so we are delighted to continue our association with the Irish Champion Stakes.”

“I really enjoy my racing in Ireland. We have had a lot of success there and we always receive a great welcome.”

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