Arena Racing Company is delighted to confirm recruitment firm Pertemps Network Group as headline sponsors of the 2020 St Leger Stakes, the World’s oldest Classic. The race will take place at Doncaster Racecourse on Saturday 12 September.
Pertemps Network Group return to supporting the St Leger, having previously partnered the race between 1995 and 1998. The 1997 Pertemps St Leger was Peter Winfield’s Silver Patriarch, trained by John Dunlop and ridden by Pat Eddery, as seen in the portrait above by artist David Dent.
ARC can confirm that, with the support of the sponsor, the Pertemps St Leger Stakes will offer a total value of £350,000. This partnership represents a one-year deal in the first instance, with the option to continue from 2021 onwards.
Managing Director of ARC’s Racing Division, Mark Spincer said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Pertemps Network Group back to Doncaster for the St Leger. Pertemps Network Group are well known for their previous association with the race as well across the sport as a whole.
“With the incredibly difficult circumstances that the industry has faced as a whole this year, we are hugely grateful that Pertemps Network Group have been able to once again support Doncaster Racecourse and the St Leger. We very much look forward to working with them this year, and hopefully into the future also.”
Lifetime President of Pertemps Network Group, Tim Watts, commented, “The St Leger Stakes brings back fond memories, especially from 1997 following the win of Silver Patriarch, whose portrait by David Dent proudly stands in our board room.
“In these unprecedented and extremely challenging times, the hospitality and entertainment industry are facing an overwhelming difficult period and their future remains under threat. It gives us enormous pleasure that we are able to support Doncaster Racecourse and the St Leger in this way.
“We have been fortunate to be a part of some of the greatest races and everyone at Pertemps Network Group looks forward to more history being made.”
The 2020 St Leger Festival will be run at Doncaster between Wednesday 9 and Saturday 12 September with all of the action broadcast live on Sky Sports Racing and on terrestrial television via ITV Racing.