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The Festival™ presented by Magners



The reputation of The Festival™ presented by Magners is second to none and offers a wealth of partnership opportunities.


If you would like to know more about the opportunities available, please contact our Regional Head of Partnerships, Carey Weeks on 01242 537 653 or email



Our Sponsors and Partners




100% Irish and made in Clonmel, County Tipperary, where William Magner first started making cider over 80 years ago, Magners is famous for its Irish heritage, sociability and positive view on life. Magners is delighted to partner with the most prestigious Jump race in Europe and to be Presenting Partner of The Festival™. 



Unibet is a part of Kindred Group, one of the largest online gambling companies in the world. It is the premium all-product brand in the Group, offering all types of sports betting as well as casino and games, poker and bingo in 20 different languages across more than 100 countries. Unibet lives by its promise ‘By Players, For Players’, underpinned by a passion for online gambling.



Launched in early 2006 with the aim of providing first-class entertainment across the spectrum of sports betting, casino and poker, Betway is a leading online gaming brand that places the customer at its heart. We are proud sponsors of the Betway Champion Chase.



Ryanair is Europe’s favourite airline and celebrated its 30th birthday in 2015, during which it carried over 100m customers at Europe’s lowest air fares while offering great new Business Plus and Family Extra services on over 1,600 daily, on-time flights to 189 European cities.



At Sun Racing we’re really proud to be working alongside Cheltenham racecourse to deliver a first class service which complements the Festival and puts Sun Bets at the heart of every punter.

The sponsorship of the Grade One Stayers’ Hurdle further cements Sun Bets commitment to British racing. The race is steeped in tradition with some of the most famous Jumps horses having won this prize down the years, including the greatest staying hurdler of them all, Big Buck’s, winning the race a staggering four times for Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh. Sun Bets is the latest addition to The Sun’s stable of sport and entertainment products.



Albert Bartlett is a family brand, established in 1948 and is dedicated to providing an exclusive and tasty range of potatoes. Grown across the UK, they work closely with their farmers. Michel Roux Jr provides premium recipe inspiration at



Ballymore is an international property development company with a reputation for innovative projects that push boundaries and energise cities. Led by its founder, Chairman and CEO Sean Mulryan, who formed the company in Ireland over 35 years ago, Ballymore’s work has the scale of a heavyweight developer whilst retaining the integrity of a family business.



Boodles is a leading British fine jeweller whose reputation has been built on the excellence of its innovative design, quality and exceptional customer relationships and service



Brown Advisory is an independent investment firm committed to serving its clients by delivering a combination of first-class investment performance, strategic advice and the highest level of service. Founded in 1993 as an affiliate of Alex. Brown & Sons, a leading U.S. investment bank, Brown Advisory became independent in 1998 and today serves families and institutions based in 25 countries. The firm’s employee equity ownership, experienced investment professionals, collaborative investment process and solutions-based culture help to make a material difference in the lives of its clients.



Close Brothers, sponsors of The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at The Festival, is a leading UK merchant banking group providing lending, deposit taking, wealth management services and securities trading.

Established in 1878, we believe our traditional merchant banking values, based on service and integrity, continue to be relevant today. We define our approach to business as ‘modern merchant banking’ – values that are embedded in our culture and that underpin everything we do.


Today, Close Brothers Group plc employs 2,900 people, principally in the UK. We are listed on the London Stock Exchange and are a member of the FTSE 250.



Coral, formed by Joe Coral in 1926, is now part of Gala Coral Group, and is the largest privately owned bookmaker on the high street in the UK. Coral operates over 1,800 betting shops across the UK, employing 10,000 people, along with their online business at

Coral is also proud of its longstanding support of British horseracing, which includes its sponsorship of the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.



Since 1865 Glenfarclas has been owned and run by just one family, the Grants of Glenfarclas, and is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to remain in family hands. Now managed by the fifth and sixth generation of the family, the Grants remain committed to the vision of creating the best quality Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style.



JCB is the world’s third largest construction equipment manufacturer by volume. A family-owned business based in Staffordshire, England, JCB sells more than 300 different products to the construction and agricultural markets in over 150 countries worldwide.



JLT are a global organisation of specialists and one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. We are specialists. Our deep expertise and entrepreneurial culture give us the insights, creative freedom and tenacity to go beyond the routine and deliver better results for our clients. At JLT, clients come first. JLT owns offices in 41 territories and has more than 10,000 colleagues. Supported by the JLT International Network, we service clients in over 135 countries.

OLBG, sponsors of the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at The Festival™, is a fun, friendly community of knowledgeable sports bettors who share tips and expertise, working together to help themselves and others to improve their betting.



Founded in 2012, Merriebelle Stable combined the U.S. thoroughbred interests of long-time business partners John Moores and Charles Noell, and in Europe, acquired the bloodstock developed by the former Kilfrush Stud, including Immortal Verse. Now based out of stables at Ardbraccan House, in County Meath, Ireland, Merriebelle is engaged in breeding, flat racing and steeplechase in America, Europe and Australia. Its stud includes co-ownership of Europe’s 2014 Cartier Champion Juvenile filly, TIGGY WIGGY (Kodiac), Group 2 winning stayer PALE MIMOSA and MAKARI, winner of the Group 1 A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Stakes at Saratoga, NY



Pertemps has a long and proud history of supporting the Pertemps Network Group Handicap Hurdle Series which culminates in the grand final at the Cheltenham Festival. The business, the UK’s largest independently owned recruitment agency, first backed the series in 2002.



Racing Post is a media company which focuses on horse racing, bloodstock, greyhounds, football and sports betting. The company publishes a daily national newspaper, and runs multiple websites and mobile products including It also has an iPad newspaper app, successful social media platforms, and a growing syndication B2B division.



In the past 300 years, RSA has become one of the world’s leading multinational insurance groups. Today, we employ over 20,000 people, serving 17 million customers in over 140 countries. In the UK this includes both RSA and MORE THAN brands serving personal and commercial customers.



Sky Bet is among the fastest growing online gaming businesses in the UK – and among the largest. Based in Leeds and employing over 400 people, the firm won five awards at the prestigious ERG awards this year, including mobile operator of the year. They are a growing presence in horse racing including the flagship sponsorship of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.



St. James’s Place Wealth Management is a FTSE 100 company with £52bn of client funds under management.

Through our dedicated network of advisers – the Partnership – we offer face-to-face wealth management advice, which is tailored to meet clients’ specific circumstances.



Ultima Business Solutions is the UK’s leading independent provider of IT infrastructure solutions, with top tier vendor accreditations.

Owner and CEO of Ultima, Max McNeill, is a committed and active supporter of Jump racing in the UK and has been stable sponsor of Alan King Racing since 2010.



Weatherbys provide administrative, financial and many other services to British Horseracing. The business also initiated recording racehorse pedigrees in the General Stud Book more than two centuries ago. Weatherbys also provide numerous commercial services which include publishing the racecards for the Cheltenham Festival.



Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations and employs around 3,800 people. An example of high-value British manufacturing craftsmanship and engineering at its best, Bentley is proud to partner with the Jockey Club as its Official Luxury Car Partner and partner of the Cheltenham Club and looks forward to bringing galloping Bentley horsepower to the Cheltenham Festival. To find out more about the extraordinary world of Bentley, visit



For 25 years Guinness has been as much a part of The Festival™ as the horses, enhancing the special Cheltenham atmosphere and making it a unique social occasion as well as a great sporting one. The famous Guinness Village has become the favourite meeting place for racegoers. Enjoy Guinness responsibly.



National Express are the official coach partner of The Festival 2018. Travel direct on their great value services from across the UK. Coaches arrive with plenty of time to place your bets and won’t depart until all races have finished.



Equi-Trek is the worldwide leading producer of horse transport; from lightweight and easy to tow side-loading horse trailers, through to horseboxes of all sizes from 3.5 tonnes to 26 tonnes. Manufactured in Yorkshire, Equi-Trek’s horseboxes and trailers are available through a nationwide network of approved distributors, as well as in Europe, Australia and the US. For more information please visit or call us on 01484 852121.



NetJets Europe is the world’s leading business aviation company. Launched in Europe in 1996 and backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, the Fractional Ownership Programme provides unmatched freedom and flexibility – all the advantages of owning a private jet, with none of the hassle.



Huntsman, an esteemed Savile Row tailor, with an extraordinary history that stretches back over 167 years creating impeccable bespoke suiting for the most discerning clientele that includes nobility, royalty, statesmen and iconic Hollywood stars. The house. The House has always prided itself on its rich heritage and built a reputation as one of the finest and most innovative long-standing bespoke tailors on Savile Row. Integrity, excellence, craftsmanship and style has defined the Huntsman suit for generations; standards of which are still maintained today. With an uncompromising commitment to excellence, Huntsman’s unique legacy encompasses an impressive list of patrons renowned for their sartorial style such as Clark Gable, Cecil Beaton, Winston Churchill, Gregory Peck, Katharine Hepburn, Lucian Freud and Alexander McQueen.

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