Grand National success boosted by Ulster firm Randox Health
Ulsterman Dr Peter Fitzgerald said he sees Randox Health's new role as Grand National sponsor as a perfect fit for both his company and the great race.
Dr Fitzgerald founded the company in Crumlin over 30 years ago and is excited about the link-up - which comes into play next year after the current deal with Crabbie's runs out.
The Grand National, which will be run on April 9, became a £1million race under the Crabbie's banner.
Randox Health have signed an initial five-year deal - to include all three days of the National Festival.
Dr Fitzgerald, founder and managing director of Randox, said: "The Randox Health team is extremely pleased to partner the world's greatest race.
"The Grand National offers us a major public platform to raise awareness of preventative healthcare and to encourage people to take control of their health and well-being.
"We see this partnership as a natural fit, as both organisations invest heavily in the future and we aim to use our partnership to promote a positive lifestyle and to bring enjoyment to millions of people.
"We care about people's health and this is the people's race.
"Crabbie's sponsorship of the Grand National will be a hard act to follow, but we look forward to rising to the challenge and sharing our vision for Randox Health further once the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National has drawn to a close and our rights for the world's greatest race come into effect."