NAAS Racecourse seems to be consistently making headlines and next Saturday it will have two races shown live on RTÉ for the first time.
As racing continues behind closed doors, many race sponsors have been unable to continue their support but Naas has managed to secure quite a few sponsors for next Saturday.
The feature race is the Plusvital Irish EBF Polonia Stakes. Plusvital, the equine nutrition firm, is a new sponsor to Naas and general manager Ciara Watt said: “This sponsorship underpins our commitment to supporting Irish racing and our valued customer base in testing times.”
The Lynam and Power families continue to support the Sole Power Sprint Stakes. Last year the race was ironically won by Soffia, who is by the same sire as Sole Power and trained by the co-sponsors Edward Lynam.
Also sponsoring two handicaps on the day is P&T Stapleton Ltd, Irish agents for Sobac soil supplement which has proven popular with stud farms and racecourses.
Tom Stapleton said: “Breeders have been really supportive of our soil improvement products and I think it is important for us to return that support to help racing get it back where it was before Covid. Without racing we would have no breeding, it is all linked and every little helps.”
The Irish European Breeders Fund is putting €2.5 million into prize money this season, and is supporting a number of races on the Naas card. Irish EBF manager Nessa Joyce said: “By next Saturday Irish EBF will have contributed nearly €200,000 in additional prize-money to 41 targeted races since the resumption of racing on June 8th.”