UK bookmaker Coral has signed a new five-year agreement to continue as sponsor of the Scottish Grand National, Scotland's richest and most prestigious jumps race.

Coral, the gaming brand of Gala Coral Group, first sponsored the race in 2007. Since then, the race has become the second richest jumps race run on a Saturday in the UK, behind only the Crabbie's Grand National.

This year’s race, won by Al Co, was watched by more than 1.3m viewers on Channel 4, making it one of the most viewed UK horse races of 2014.

Simon Clare, Coral PR and broadcast director, said: “The Coral Scottish Grand National is now one of the most watched and most bet on horse races in Great Britain and the race continues to go from strength to strength.

“We have forged a strong and dynamic partnership with Ayr Racecourse, who are a brilliant racecourse to work with, and are committed to taking this fantastic event to new heights in the years to come."

Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown added: “The Coral sponsorship of the Scottish Grand National has become one of the most successful partnerships between a racecourse and a bookmaker in horse racing.

“The news that it is being extended by five more years is a huge boost to not only everyone involved at Ayr Racecourse but to racing as a whole. The Coral Scottish Grand National is one of the iconic races of the jumps calendar with a rich history so it is fitting we have such a prestigious company as Coral as our sponsors."

The 2015 Coral Scottish Grand National Festival will be run on Friday April 17th and Saturday April 18th.

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