Bahrain Turf Club announced as Irish Champion Stakes Sponsor
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Racecourse and Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) are delighted to announce the Bahrain
Turf Club as new sponsor of the Irish Champion Stakes. The Royal Bahrain Irish
Champion Stakes of €1,000,000 will be staged at Leopardstown Racecourse on
Saturday September 10.
The race is the centrepiece of day one of Longines Irish Champions Weekend and
has attracted a stellar entry of 42 including some of Europe’s best colts and
fillies. French Derby and Eclipse winner Vadeni, trained in France by
Jean-Claude Rouget, a winning trainer in 2016 with Almanzor, currently tops the
The agreement will see the Bahrain Turf Club sponsor the prestigious race for
six years, 2022 to 2027.
H.H. Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Chairman of The Bahrain Turf
“The Bahrain Turf Club is delighted to establish this partnership with
Leopardstown and Horse Racing Ireland by sponsoring one of the most prestigious
races in world racing, The Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes.
“Following our investment into the sport in recent years, The Kingdom of
Bahrain is now recognised as a Part Two nation under the International
Federation of Horseracing Authorities, and it will be my ambition to continue
supporting our programme in order to become a Part One nation that hosts an
international Group 1 in the near future.
“The future of our European sponsorship strategy will be designed to support
The Kingdom of Bahrain’s burgeoning international race programme which is
currently headlined by the £600,000 1m2f Group 3 in November, The Bahrain
Suzanne Eade, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said:
“The Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes is a race that always delivers and
next month’s renewal, the first to be run under the sponsorship of the Bahrain
Turf Club, looks a race to savour.
“I would like to thank His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa and the
Bahrain Turf Club for this sponsorship. We are very aware of the desire The
Kingdom of Bahrain has to grow their racing product and Bahrain has had a
continued presence at our sales for many years now and also have a growing
bloodstock interest in Ireland.”
Tim Husbands, Chief Executive of Leopardstown Racecourse, said:
“We are honoured to welcome such a prestigious and international brand, the
Bahrain Turf Club, to support our flagship Flat race, the Irish Champion
Stakes. To have this international support reinforces the importance of the
Irish Champion Stakes in the Irish racing calendar.
We would like to thank His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa for the
generous sponsorship. We look forward to working with His Highness and the
Bahrain Turf Club on one of the world’s leading Flat races, The Royal Bahrain
Irish Champion Stakes.”
Notes to Editor:
- Established in 1977 as the REHC
(Rashid Equestrian Horse Racing Club) and reimagined as The Bahrain Turf
Club in 2021.
- The Bahrain Turf Club vision is
to run and promote horseracing events in The Kingdom of Bahrain, bringing
to the forefront some of the world’s best horses to participate in one of
the newest racing jurisdictions.
- The Group 3 Bahrain
International Trophy – worth £600,000 and won by Lord Glitters last year –
will take place on Friday, November 18.
The Bahrain Turf
Series will be returning for a second year. A 10-race series which starts in
December, it will take place over five race days with the final Series race day
taking place in February.
The Bahrain Turf Club is delighted to establish this
partnership with Leopardstown and Horse Racing Ireland by sponsoring one of the
most prestigious races in world racing, The Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes