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Boylesports continue to back National

Bookmakers Boylesports yesterday announced that they would be extending their sponsorship of the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse for a further two-years as well as increasing the prize-money of Ireland's most prestigious handicap, writes Niall Cronin.

The increase means that the Easter Monday highlight will now become Ireland's richest jumps race taking over from the Galway Hurdle.

The 2015 renewal will now be worth €275,000 in total with Boylesports committing to backing the next two-runnings of the race at the Meath venue.

John Boyle, the chief executive of Boylesports said; "With the sponsorship extension of the Boylesports Irish Grand National and the Irish Greyhound Derby, Boylesports are privileged to be associated with the two most prestigious and valuable events in the Irish sporting calendar."

Peter Roe of Fairyhouse commented; "We are extremely proud and excited about hosting the most valuable jumps race in Ireland."

Ptit Zig continued his burgeoning career over fences with a second success in the space of a week when taking the Highflyer / Million In Mind 4 & 5yo Novices' Chase at Warwick for Paul Nicholls.