FBD Hotels & Resorts Sponsors Orby Stakes At The Curragh
FBD Hotels & Resorts Announded ITS Sponsorship of the Orby Stakes at the Curragy on Saturday 27 May As David Kelly, CEO of FBD Hotels & Resorts, Joined Evan AR KWRIGHT, Racing and Sponsorship Manager at the Curragh, in Orby’s Bistro at the RaceCourse.
The Orby Stakes commemorates Orby, the first Irish-trained horse to win both the Irish Derby and the Epsom Derby in 1907, who was owned by Richard “Boss” Croker. Irish thoroughbreds three years of age and older will compete in the listed race over 12 furlongs (2,400 meters), with a total prize money of €40,000. The FBD Hotels & Resorts Orby Stakes will be part of the start of a summer of racing at The Curragh, taking place at 15.05 on Day 2 of the Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Kelly said, “Since taking over the neighboring Killashee Hotel outside Naas in 2022, having previously purchased another nearby hotel, The Heritage in Killenard, Co. Laois, in 2019, we are delighted to have this opportunity to come on board and partner with The Curragh and support this renowned race. Orby created a great legacy as a horse, and we hope that this sponsorship builds over the coming years to become equally iconic.”
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Arkwright commented “The Curragh greatly values the long-standing relationship with FBD Hotels & Resorts and looks forward to working with David and his team to further enhance the partnership this year.”
In April 2022, Killashee Hotel became the sixth hotel in FBD Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio of hotels and resorts, joining The Heritage Hotel in Laois, Castleknock Hotel in Dublin, Faithlegg in Waterford, La Cala and Sunset Beach Club on the Costa del Sol in Spain. Over the past year, Killashee has been transformed, with completion of the first phase of the €5 million refurbishment plan.
FBD Hotels & Resorts is owned by farmer-owned investment company Farmer Business Developments Plc. Headquartered in Ireland, FBD Hotels & Resorts employs about 1,100 people across its hotel and resort portfolio.
Read more: FBD Hotels & Resorts Announces Appointment Of New General Manager At Co. Kildare’s Killashee Hotel
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