John Smith's Adds St Leger to It's Racing Crown

27th March 2014

Doncaster racecourse is toasting an exciting new racing partnership with John Smith's, the UK's No 1 ale and leading racing sponsor. As the newly installed Official Beer of the Town Moor track, John Smith's will sponsor the opening day of the 2014 St Leger Festival and the John Smith's Extra Smooth May Hill Fillies Handicap along with selected races through the season – beginning with the John Smith's Extra Smooth Maiden Stakes on March 30 at the course's popular William Hill Lincoln meeting. The new agreement includes prominent branding at all of the track's top C4 televised race days including the Racing Post Trophy and the November Handicap.

Lawson Mountstevens, Managing Director-On Trade at HEINEKEN, John Smith's brand owner, said: "The sponsorship will amplify our presence and build on the four-year supply deal we sealed in 2013 that installed HEINEKEN's unrivalled range of draught and packaged ciders and beer on the bar at ARC's 15 racecourses around the country.

"Racing plays an important role in the business and personal lives of many of our customers and the new sponsorship puts John Smith's very firmly at the heart of racing in its Yorkshire homeland."

Doncaster and the other ARC tracks are also part of John Smith's 'Smooth Favourite' marketing campaign, a pub and club initiative that offers drinkers a chance to 'buy one ticket and get one free' at 28 jump and flat racecourses across the UK. More information is available at

Jo Mapletoft, ARC Group Sponsorship Manager, is excited about the new partnership saying, "We are really pleased to announce this extended deal with John Smith's and Heineken. Their well-known brands are extremely popular across all of our racecourses and we're looking forward to working closely with them around Doncaster's premier race days."