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Brentford FC first international sports team to sponsor major South African horse-racing event

Ivan Toney in action for Brentford FC in the English Premier League. ‘The Bees’ will proudly sponsor the prestigious undercard of the R1 million Gr1 Garden Province Stakes, making history in South African horse-racing, by becoming the first international professional sports team to sponsor a major event on the South African horse-racing calendar. Picture: Steve Haag/Hollywoodbets

Ivan Toney in action for Brentford FC in the English Premier League. ‘The Bees’ will proudly sponsor the prestigious undercard of the R1 million Gr1 Garden Province Stakes, making history in South African horse-racing, by becoming the first international professional sports team to sponsor a major event on the South African horse-racing calendar. Picture: Steve Haag/Hollywoodbets

Published May 19, 2022

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Durban - This year the Hollywoodbets Durban July’s prestigious undercard of the R1 million Gr1 Garden Province Stakes will be sponsored by leading English Premier League side Brentford FC.

Jon Varney, CEO of Brentford, said the unique sponsorship opportunity was an honour and privilege.

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“Our proud association with Hollywoodbets has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two years and, as a club and corporate entity, we share many of the same values. We look forward to sponsoring the Garden Province Stakes and being represented at the home of the Durban July, Hollywoodbets Greyville, on the big day to share in the great African celebration of horse-racing,” he said.

The announcement was made on Thursday that the Brentford FC Garden Province Stakes is the supporting Grade 1 feature to the R5m Hollywoodbets Durban July to be run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Africa’s premier day of horse-racing on July 2.

Gold Circle marketing executive Steve Marshall labelled South Africa’s newest Grade 1 sponsor “a win for South African horse-racing and a scoop for the country’s flagship day”.

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A strategic contest on the 2021/22 season programme, the illustrious Garden Province honour roll boasts a bevy of fairer sex stars of the ilk of champions Beach Beauty, Inara, Celtic Sea, and many more.

And the 2022 renewal is set to host a line-up that could see a sensational North vs South showdown between the 2022 SA Triple Tiara winner Rain In Holland, recent HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes winner Princess Calla, and Cape superstar, Captain’s Ransom, a dramatic last stride winner of the 2022 Schweppes Majorca Stakes.

“We have great pleasure in welcoming Brentford FC to Durban.

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“The Garden Province Stakes is one of the premier attractions on the SA Champions Season programme and history shows that it always hosts the best fillies and mares from across South Africa.

“Having an internationally recognised football side like Brentford FC – who boast a global following – on board is a feather in the cap for all stakeholders, and represents an appeal for Africa’s greatest horse-racing event to a wider market of sports fans,” said Marshall.

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