New sponsor for Grand National

Aintree racecourse - home of the Grand National
Aintree racecourse - home of the Grand National
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GLOBAL healthcare company Randox Health will become the new sponsor of the Grand National at Aintree in 2017, taking over from Crabbie’s.

Crabbie’s association with the world’s greatest steeplechase comes to an end next month in what will be the third running under its banner. A five-year deal has been agreed with Randox Health, to include all three days of the National Festival.

Dr Peter FitzGerald CBE, 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.”

Crabbie’s will continue to sponsor the Grade One Top Novices’ Hurdle, which is run on the Friday of the meeting.

John Baker, north west regional director for Jockey Club Racecourses, which runs Aintree, said: “I am delighted to welcome Randox Health as our new partner from after the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National Festival. This is an incredibly exciting time to join forces with Randox because they are highly ambitious as a company and share our aspiration to promote the Grand National to the maximum number of people in the years ahead.

“We are already working closely with Randox Health and are excited both about their plans for the future and how they see the role of our partnership within that. Their vision, people and operation are very impressive, they love their racing and I am confident they will prove fantastic partners for our crown jewel.”

Baker added: “I should also like to thank Crabbie’s brand owner, Halewood International, and in particular Judy Halewood and Peter Eaton, for their very generous and beneficial support of the Crabbie’s Grand National these past three years.

“I am very pleased they will remain involved and associated with Aintree through sponsorship of the high value Grade One Top Novices’ Hurdle and of course before that the important 169th running of the world’s greatest steeplechase in April under their banner.”