Ballymaloe Foods announce extension to Leopardstown sponsorship


A three year extension to their sponsorship of the prestigious Ballymaloe Foods Beginners Chase at Leopardstown.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Ballymaloe Team

“We are thrilled to continue our sponsorship with Leopardstown Racecourse as this has been a perfect way for John and myself to continue our involvement in racing, to keep in touch with old friends and to maintain our interest in this truly fantastic sport.”

10 Years
Today’s announcement will bring Ballymaloe Foods into 10 years of sponsorship at Leopardstown but the link between Ballymaloe Foods’ founder and manager, Yasmin Hyde, goes way back.

Yasmin has been a keen racing enthusiast for decades and rode three winners on the Flat during the 1970’s, including on her own horse Ballycancan and also Figi Express who won the Rose Of Tralee Ladies Race. There is also a strong link to Leopardstown as it was Yasmin Hyde who saw potential in Irian during her time in France and purchased the horse for £280 from trainer Mick Bartholomew.

After completing the deal, Irian and Yasmin Hyde got on the Irish Derby flight from France at a cost of £300 but on landing in Dublin were stranded with no obvious way home. Through a family connection, Yasmin thought of Raymond Keogh, the famous cattle dealer and racehorse owner, who offered Yasmin a nearby stable for Irian at his Clonee farm and within hours of that offer, Yasmin sold the horse to Raymond for £900. 

Keogh had Irian gelded and turned him out in a field for the summer on the advice of Yasmin and the horse then went to Arthur Moore to be trained. Irian would then go on to win five races within the next 18-months, including what was then the Irish Sweeps Hurdle at Leopardstown in 1979 and Raymond Keogh ended up the leading National Hunt owner, mostly due to the sporty purchase of Irian from Yasmin Hyde.

The love and enthusiasm for racing of Yasmin and her husband John Hyde has never wavered during the expansion of the now globally renowned Ballymaloe range.
Love of Racing
Speaking about the continuing sponsorship deal Yasmin Hyde said;
“We are thrilled to continue our sponsorship with Leopardstown Racecourse as this has been a perfect way for John and myself to continue our involvement in racing, to keep in touch with old friends and to maintain our interest in this truly fantastic sport.”
“We began our sponsorship at Leopardstown at a time when things might have been a little tougher in the country and we’ve worked very well together in that time so I’m thrilled to be looking forward to another three years working together. It was an easy decision to continue our sponsorship. Leopardstown is a day out for so many people over Christmas and we are no different. We love going up there, meeting people and watching the Ballymaloe Foods Beginners Chase as it is typically a very high class race. When you think of Leopardstown you think of some brilliant horses, trainers and jockeys and I hope people also like to see an Irish brand like Ballymaloe out there in a capacity like this, being able to compete with the international labels that come onto our shelves.”

Yasmin Hyde began producing Ballymaloe Relish in her kitchen in 1990 using the recipe of her mother, Myrtle Allen. The company has quickly grown into a versatile Irish brand using the best quality ingredients and traditional cooking methods to deliver their range of products.

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