Bonhams renew Cheltenham deal
Cheltenham have announced that Bonhams has renewed its sponsorship of the Men's Open Point-to-Point Series, which culminates at Cheltenham's Hunter Chase Evening on April 30, 2014.
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Bonhams, a privately-owned British auction house which is one of the oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, first backed the series in 2013.
In a change to last year, the list of qualifying races has been increased to 20 (from 15), beginning at Silverton's fixture at Black Forest Lodge in Devon on January 12.
The final is run over an extended three and a quarter miles with a total prize fund of £7,500 for five-year-olds and upwards which, during the current season and prior to April 24, 2014, have won a Men's Open Point-to-Point, or have been placed first, second or third in a Bonhams-sponsored Men's Open Point-to-Point Qualifier.
Last year's race was won by the prolific point-to-point winner Doctor Kingsley, trained at Chipping Warden in Northamptonshire by Pauline Harkin and ridden by Pete Mann.
David Johnson, Bonhams Head of Marketing in Europe, said: "We are delighted to renew our sponsorship of the nationwide Men's Open Point-to-Point Series.
"The championship sits naturally alongside our thriving network of offices across the UK, which offer both world-class expertise on your doorstep and direct access to the international fine art market.
"The past 12 months was Bonhams best ever year, and we anticipate some equally thrilling results in the qualifiers and the series final at Cheltenham!"
Lucy Tucker, Executive of the Point-to-Point Authority, added: "We are absolutely delighted to be working hand-in-hand with Bonhams once again this season.
"Pointing is a popular sport and it is made even more so when associated with prestigious names such as Bonhams. We have Aga sponsoring the Women's series and with Bonhams backing the Men's series it means we have two wonderful sponsors. We are truly tickled pink.
"Bonhams have been brilliant to work with and Cheltenham provides the perfect venue for the culmination of the series on April 30."