Randox has extended its title sponsorship agreement with the iconic Grand National horse race and the associated three day festival.

As part of the deal, the healthcare company will continue to sponsor the world famous racing event – held annually at Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse – for a further five years.

The name of the race and festival will, however, change from the Randox Health Grand National to the Randox Grand National.

In addition, Randox will sponsor the festival’s Foxhunter Chase and Topham Chase, and will also remain the “Official Healthcare Partner” of the Jockey Club the organisers of the Cheltenham Festival, Epson Derby and the National Stud.

Founder and Managing Director of Randox, Peter FitzGerald, said: “2020 has been a year of massive change and Randox has been at the forefront of countering the greatest pandemic to sweep these islands in 100 years. As a result, we are comfortable that our core company name is now synonymous.”

Randox has made the headlines for other reasons this year as it took an active role in COVID-19 testing, with its laboratory holding the capacity for 90,000 tests per day.

The company is active in 145 different countries and is the largest healthcare diagnostics company in the UK and Ireland.

It was announced earlier this year that the Grand National will return in 2021, with the 2020 race having been cancelled and replaced with a virtual version due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although the question as to whether spectators will be permitted in some capacity has not been fully resolved.

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