Coral’s sponsorship of the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park has been extended for a further five years, and the Group 1 contest, known as the clash of the generations, will now be run for a record £750,000 from 2018.
The prize money increase of £250,000 above 2017’s £500,000 total is a direct result of this deal and sees investment by Coral and The Jockey Club. This increase is a reflection of the runners the race has attracted in recent years and seeks to preserve the appeal of the race both domestically and on the international stage.
The Coral-Eclipse is the longest-running sponsored Group 1 (premier class) race in Britain. The 2018 renewal will be the 43rd running as the Coral-Eclipse and this new extension sees the relationship run through to 2022.
Sandown Park’s flagship flat race is run over one mile and two furlongs and is the first opportunity for the three-year-old Classic generation to take on older horses at Group 1 level.
Phil White, London regional director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “We are delighted Coral have extended their partnership with us. This is one of the longest running sponsorships in British racing and we are hugely grateful to Coral for their long and continued support. Their enthusiasm and commitment to the Grade 1 race has enabled us to increase the prize money for this year’s race to record levels. I am thrilled that this year’s running will be the richest Coral-Eclipse ever run and am pleased to say that in line with The Jockey Club’s prize money announcement at the end of last year, we continue to invest in prize money at all levels of the racing programme at Sandown Park. The Coral-Eclipse is the pinnacle of Sandown Park’s flat racing calendar and we look forward to another exciting renewal this year.”
Simon Clare, PR director for Coral, said: “The Coral-Eclipse is our flagship sponsorship, and we are incredibly proud of our longstanding association with the race and with Sandown Park that has spanned an incredible 43 years. It is however vital to ensure that this prestigious and enduring Group 1 race maintains its pre-eminent and unique position in the Racing calendar and we are thrilled that the Jockey Club with our support is increasing the prize money by 50%.”