Ballyholland, trained in Crossgar by Colin McBratney, won last year’s Galway Plate Trial at Down Royal before going on to win the big race itself.
And this year’s trial — on Friday, June 18 — will be sponsored by Tote Ireland thanks to a new deal announced last night.
Taking place on the first day of Down Royal’s three-day summer festival, the www.thetote.com Galway Plate Trial is one of the top feature chases staged in Britain or Ireland during the summer months.
To encourage the winner to attempt the double again in 2010, the Tote will refund the entry and declaration fees in the www.thetote.com Galway Plate for the winner of the trial, a potential saving of €2,000.
Down Royal is also the first racecourse in Northern Ireland to be chosen as the destination for the ‘Tote Go Racing Club’.
Members of the Club will be able to gain free admission to Down Royal’s evening meeting on Friday, June 18.
The ‘Tote Go Racing Club’ is a free-to-join initiative, giving members and all Tote Account holders benefits including free and discounted admissions, special Tote offers and exclusive news and behind the scenes visits.
Tote Ireland PR boss Dryden Geary said: “This is an important link-up for The Tote with one of the biggest races in the Down Royal calendar and is an ideal platform to launch the new ‘Tote Go Racing Club’ in Northern Ireland.”
Down Royal manager Mike Todd said: “This partnership with Tote Ireland is an important development in further boosting the profile of an already excellent race on our Friday evening card.
“It will get our extremely popular Summer Festival off to a great start.”