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Tote to sponsor new National

The Connacht National is set to provide a new highlight at Roscommon on June 12 after a sponsorship deal with Tote Ireland was announced.

The chase over three miles half a furlong could be used as a stepping stone to the Galway Plate, which takes place six weeks later on July 27.

Robert McConn, chairman of Roscommon Racecourse, said: "Roscommon Race Committee is delighted Tote Ireland has agreed to sponsor the Connacht National. This is another top-class race for Roscommon and a further example of the progress the racecourse is making.

"We look forward to a successful sponsorship with Tote Ireland with increased Tote turnover at Roscommon in 2011."

Commenting on the announcement Dryden Geary, marketing & PR manager of Tote Ireland, said: "On behalf of Tote Ireland, I am delighted to announce our sponsorship of the Connacht National at Roscommon.

"All of the Tote's profits are reinvested into Irish racing and it is thanks to the loyal support of our clients that the Tote can make a contribution to the industry in these challenging times.

"I would specifically like to thank racecourse manager Michael Finneran - the Connacht National at Roscommon was his idea."

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