Online betting and gaming operator Betway has signed a deal to sponsor UK National Hunt trainer Kayley Woollacott’s Devon stable.

Betway are sponsoring Woollacott’s stable, which will include branding around the yard, on the horsebox and clothing worn by Kayley and her staff.

The stable’s Lalor won the Grade 1 Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree in April and will embark on a novice chasing career this season, with his first start pencilled in for Tuesday October 23rd at Exeter.

Lalor’s regular rider is three-time Stobart Champion Jump Jockey Richard Johnson, who is also an ambassador for Betway, while Harry Fry has also re-signed to be an ambassador for the operator for the 2018/19 National Hunt season.

“This partnership really goes back to Aintree in April when Lalor was a hugely emotional winner of the Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle,” said Betway head of PR Alan Alger. “We could all see in the paddock how much that win meant to everyone involved, and racing as a whole. Kayley has had an incredibly difficult time over the past nine months and we were all in awe of her strength when being interviewed in the winners’ enclosure.

“We’re really excited to sponsor the yard and look forward to keeping everyone updated on Lalor’s progress, as well as the rest of her string. He’s a hugely exciting horse for the season and we hope to give a unique insight into the training of a top class novice chaser.”

Woollacott took over the licence at the yard earlier this year after her husband Richard passed away in January. She will provide a regular blog on Betway Insider, which will also track the progress of Lalor during his first season over fences with video content and interviews.

“We’re really grateful to Betway for sponsoring our yard,” said Woollacott. “There’s a strong connection there after Lalor’s win at Aintree, which was obviously a very emotional day for all of us because Lalor always meant so much to Richard.

“We can’t wait for the season to really get started. Lalor is pencilled in for his first start over fences in the Best Mate Beginners’ Chase at Exeter on Tuesday 23rd October and we’ll then take it from there.”