Champion Chase Will Not Be Sponsored By Coral


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With Seasons Holidays having requested to be released from their sponsorship of the Champion Chase the Cheltenham Racecourse Executive seem no nearer to finding a sponsor for the feature race of the second day of the Festival .

Originally it was reported that Coral , William Hill and Betfair would all be interested in sponsoring the two mile feature but it seems the Coral budget is not flexible . Coral Spokesman Simon Clare said :"We have quite a full portfolio already including the Coral Cup at the Festival and ...our budget is taken ."

Coral are aware that they do risk losing sponsorship of the Coral Cup Handicap if a new Champion Chase sponsor requires branding rights for the whole day .

Cheltenham's search for a headline sponsor for Day 2 of the Festival may yet be linked to Sandown's Tingle Creek Chase in a move that would form a two mile race series .

This was one of the features of the deal agreed with Stan James bookmakers for the Champion Hurdle in which Stan James have also tied in sponsorship of the "Fighting Fifth" , Haydock's Champion Hurdle Trial and Cheltenham's International Hurdle as part of the "Road To Cheltenham "series .

In open ante post betting for the 2011 Champion Chase Big Zeb remains favourite at a standout 5/1 with leading online bookie Sportingbet .

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