MANCHESTER, England, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Bookmakers Betfred have announced that they will be sponsoring the Betfred Ebor at York this year for the first time following their successful purchase of the Tote.
The Betfred Ebor, which was first run on the Knavesmire in 1843, is the most valuable handicap run in Europe with a total prize fund of £210,000 and was first sponsored by the Tote back in 1976. The race will be run for the first time on a Saturday this year and the Betfred Ebor will be the feature race on the final day of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival.
Mount Athos and Saptapadi currently head the market with the sponsors for the race at 10/1 with the quintet of Blissful Moment, Fox Hunt, Quest For Peace, Tactician and Tuscan Gold all next in the betting at 12/1.
"I'm delighted to be sponsoring the Betfred Ebor for the first time this year and hope that this will be the beginning of a long-standing and fruitful relationship with York racecourse," said Betfred chairman Fred Done.
"The Ebor has been one of the cornerstones of the Tote's sponsorship portfolio for years and I plan to make the race bigger and better than before under the Betfred banner."
Betfred will also be sponsoring the Betfred Melrose Stakes on the final day of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival, a race which has grown both in value and stature since the festival was extended to four days.
Run over the same distance as the Ebor, it provides the perfect opportunity for three-year-olds that have not managed to get into the big race and was won last year by Mount Athos, who is the current 10/1 joint-favourite for this year's Betfred Ebor with the sponsors.
Betfred Ebor - sponsors bet: 10 Mount Athos, Saptapadi, 12 Blissful Moment, Fox Hunt, Quest For Peace, Tactician, Tuscan Gold, 14 Bourne, Modun, Rock A Doodle Doo, Sense Of Purpose, Tominator, 16 Activate, Admiral Of The Red, Bauer, Deauville Flyer, Eternal Heart, Harlestone Times, Kazbow, Mountain Hiker, Moyenne Corniche, Red Cadeaux, Regent Street, Spirit Of Adjisa, Vulcanite, Warlu Way, Zuider Zee, 20 Apache, Blue Bajan, Bowdlers Magic, Cill Rialaig, Elyaadi, Freedom, Halicarnassus, Halifax, Hawk Mountain, Investissement, Lost In The Moment, Montaff, Nehaam, Old Hundred, Pekan Star, Plato, Salute Him, Sharaayeen, Theology, Western Pearl, 25 Ajaan, Bergo, Classic Vintage, Cosmic Sun, High Office, High Twelve, Hillview Boy, Hits Only Vic, Ile De Re, Incendo, La De Two, Libertate, Life And Soul, Line Of Duty, Long Live The King, Nanton, Never Forget, Precision Break, Regal Park, Right Step, Royal Swain, Sirvino, Tastahil, The Betchworth Kid, Woolfall Treasure, 33 Bay Willow, Becausewecan, Buxted, Caymans, Chock A Block, Crackentorp, Crimson Knight, Geordieland, Icon Dream, Kidnapped, Magicalmysterytour, Merchant Of Dubai, Mystery Star, Nave, Plymouth Rock, Sabotage, Ted Spread, Trovare, 40 English Summer, 50 Gogeo, La Vecchia Scuola, Lady Chaparral, Ravi River, Uphold, Very Good Day, 66 Rangefinder, 100 Sirgarfieldsobers.
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