Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) and JenningsBet are delighted to announce the betting firm’s sponsorship of The Select Stakes and Puppy Classic at Nottingham Greyhound Stadium. The deal represents a further support of Greyhound racing at ARC stadia from JenningsBet, who announced a multi-year branding partnership earlier in 2022.
The JenningsBet Select Stakes is one of the most prestigious events in the greyhound calendar. The six competitors are invited to run against each other in the one-off event, run over four bends, by the Greyhounds Writers Association (“GWA”).
The race has a long history, starting in 1952 at Wembley, moving to Nottingham in 1996. In 2022, and with the support of JenningsBet, the race will offer an increased purse of £10,000 (from £8,000 previously). The supporting Select Stayers Invitation will also see the winner’s purse increased to £2,500 (from £1,000).
The heats for the JenningsBet Puppy Classic will take place on successive Monday evenings on 15 and 22 August. The final will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August, alongside the JenningsBet Select Stakes and Stayers Invitation.
Derek Somers, Events & Sponsorship Manager for JenningsBet, said, “We are really pleased to further increase our support of British Greyhound racing, with this new sponsorship. The Select Stakes and Puppy Classic are fantastic events in the calendar, and we’re very much looking forward to being involved with them both.”
Rachel Corden, ARC’s Greyhound Operations Director, added: “We are delighted to welcome JenningsBet’s further investment into greyhound racing and for their multi-year commitment to supporting The Select Stakes and Puppy Classic.”
The Racing Post’s Jim Cremin, a member of the Greyhound Writers’ Association, warmly welcomed the news and said, “The Select Stakes is particularly meaningful to me given it was one of ‘my’ events at Wembley, its original home, when I was Racing Manager there in the mid-1980s. Nottingham took it on, have properly looked after it – and now making it worth £10,000 thanks to JenningsBet’s sponsorship is a fantastic fillip.
“I always look forward to attending and can’t wait for that Bank Holiday weekend. The Jenningsbet Puppy Classic final makes the night one of the unmissable double-headers of the year.”