The iconic Stradbroke Handicap will have a new name for the first time in 16 years following a naming rights deal struck between UBET and the Brisbane Racing Club.
Tatts Group Chief Executive Officer Robbie Cooke and UBET Chief Operating Officer Brendan Parnell joined BRC Chairman Neville Bell at Eagle Farm today to announce the UBET Stradbroke, which will be run on Saturday 10 June, 2017.
“The Stradbroke is a highlight in the state’s sport and social calendar, and as Queensland’s official wagering partner it is really great to have the opportunity to be the major sponsor of this time-honoured event,” Mr Cooke said.
“We have worked very closely with the BRC on upgrading UBET’s presence on-course as part of the Eagle Farm upgrade and we look forward to continuing that strong association into the future.
“The Stradbroke has produced some of the greatest moments in Queensland racing and as the Tote provider we have a long association with the race; this sponsorship really cements that association.”
BRC Chairman Neville Bell welcomed the new three-year partnership with UBET, which underlines the strength of the BRC brand in the national racing landscape.
“This is an iconic Queensland race and it’s wonderful to have a partner such as UBET which plays such a critical role in the success of the state’s racing industry,” Mr Bell said.
“The BRC and UBET have had a long relationship and we are both focused on enhancing the racing experience. We’re proud that this great race will now be known as the UBET Stradbroke when it is contested for the 124th time next June.
“It’s fitting that UBET sponsors the Stradbroke because it’s one of the great betting races on the Australian calendar. It’s a true handicap and it provides a genuine winning chance to many runners.”
Mr Bell said the 2017 UBET Stradbroke would be the highlight of the most exciting Brisbane Racing Carnival as the state’s major racing precinct continued to be transformed by the BRC’s 10-year Master Plan.
“UBET has a significant presence on course at the BRC during this time when Brisbane’s racing precinct is being transformed like never before,” Mr Bell said.
“The Master Plan is designed to transform this precinct into a racing destination that is unique in Australia with revolutionary racing and training areas surrounded by first-class facilities for patrons. And the Plan includes residential, commercial and retail areas never before seen at Australian racetracks.
“UBET has shown the foresight to join this upgrade and we now look forward to welcoming them as the partner for Queensland’s iconic race.”