Press Association Coral has revealed plans to back racing in Ireland for the first time. “We are thrilled to be sponsoring one of Leopardstown’s biggest race meetings of the year, including one of the most prestigious and valuable hurdle races staged in Ireland,” said Coral PR director Simon Clare. “We will also be offering a new 100,000 euro bonus to any horse that can win the Coral.ie Hurdle and go on to land the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, a big race double that was famously achieved by Xenophon who landed a major gamble in the process back in 2003. “This is Coral’s first sponsorship venture in Irish horse racing and it gives us the perfect platform to promote the Coral name, our passion for horse racing, and the benefits of our online and mobile betting service to Irish racing fans and punters.” The firm will support the full seven-race card at Leopardstown on January 17, with the 100,000 euro Coral.ie Hurdle and the 100,000 euro Coral.ie Handicap Chase the feature events. Coral has signed an initial three-year deal after recently acquiring an Irish betting licence.