Naas say Bonjour to new sponsor

Leading French sales company ARQANA to sponsor new Marwell Stakes.

Naas Racecourse have announced that French sales company ARQANA will
sponsor the new Marwell Stakes. It will be the first time for the
international auction house to sponsor in Ireland. The Marwell Stakes is
one of a number of new races added to Naas Racecourses flat programme this
year. The track will stage the first running of the ARQANA Irish EBF
Marwell Stakes on July 22nd, enhancing their existing card. The race will
be run over five furlongs and restricted to two year old fillies.

ARQANA is located in Deauville, France and has established itself as a
leading global sales agency. The sponsorship announcement comes just before
the closure of the August Yearling Sale entries, which is Friday 13th
March. The August Yearling sale is recognised globally as one of the most
prestigious sales of the year. A number of yearlings have passed through
ARQANA’s sales ring and went on to international success including the Prix
de l’arc de Trimophe. The company hold 18 sales throughout the year,
turning over about €160,000,000.

General Manager of Naas Racecourse Eamonn McEvoy commented, “We are
absolutely delighted to associate our new race, The Marwell Stakes, with a
company such as Arqana. Arqana are a world class company and have a
phenomenal record in selling top bloodstock in France that go on to
international success. The world renowned Deauville yearling sale is in
August so the end of July is a perfect time for Arqana to come to Ireland
to meet their Irish clients and enjoy an evening of great racing. I would
like to thank Eric Hoyeau and Freddy Powell for getting the partnership
underway”.

Freddy Powell, Executive Director of Arqana said,* *“Arqana consistently
aims to support the racing and breeding industry all over the world and
Ireland was an obvious choice as we have so many links with the Emerald
island’s horsemen. From French breeders sending mares to Irish-based
stallions, to flat and NH pinhookers attending all our young-stock sales,
Breeze up consignors, trainers looking to buy from their French
counterparts or breeders tapping into French bloodlines. Al Boum Photo,
Magic Wand, Min, Channel, War Of Will and Asterion Forlonges are only the
latest examples of horses who went through the Arqana sales ring having
come from or on their way to Ireland.”

The ARQANA Irish EBF Marwell Stakes listed race of €60,000 takes place on
Wednesday July 22nd on Naas Racecourses popular Summer BBQ & Music Evening.
The Arqana Irish EBF Marwell Stakes and the Yeomanstown Stud Irish EBF
Sprint Stakes will be the feature races on the card. For more information
visit naasracecourse.com.

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