Private bookmaker Fitzdares revealed it will continue to assist the UK racing industry by sponsoring the upcoming Peterborough Chase in December.
The bookmaker will launch the £500,000 Best Mate Bonus to celebrate the race’s 50th anniversary and honour the famous jump horse, Best Mate.
A reward of half a million pounds will be created accessible to any horse that wins the Peterborough Chase, King George VI Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in one season, as Best Mate famously did in 2002.
William Woodhams, CEO of Fitzdares, commented: “We are fully committed to supporting UK racing and like to put our money where our mouth is, which is why we have put up this huge bonus. Courses like Huntingdon are what makes National Hunt racing ingrained in our culture.
“It is our role as a bookmaker to support them not just financially but also with creative initiatives that drive awareness and attendance. With the first-ever Trainers Derby as well, it’s going to be a day to remember. Wrap up warm!”
The race day schedule will comprise of seven events, including the 50th Peterborough Chase, and an additional race, the first-ever coach race. Trainers Derby will see trainers going to the saddle to raise money for Racing Welfare, highlighting both Fitzdares and the ongoing help of East Anglia horses and stables by the Jockey Club.
Fitzdares’ recent race patronage has already caught the attention of both Newmarket trainers Charlie Fellowes and George Scott, who have since confirmed their participation in the contest.