Congratulations to Randox Health, the new sponsors of the Grand National at Aintree from 2017.

Randox Health has a close connection to Balmoral as they form part of the same family business.

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MARGIE MCLOONE: Antrim's Randox Health commits to Aintree

The Co Antrim firm, which has hosted a two-day point-to-point since 2010, makes a major move into racing sponsorship

WHILE we are used to horses – and riders – graduating from the Irish point-to-point field to winning the Aintree Grand National, this week’s announcement that Randox Health is taking over sponsorship of the world’s best-known race in 2017 sees a remarkable leap from hosting the Killultagh, Old Rock & Chichester two-day fixture at Largy.

It’s probably little wonder to those who know him that company founder and managing director Dr Peter FitzGerald has decided to support the National and the three-day Aintree Festival through his global healthcare provider Randox Health, one of the world’s leaders in its field of healthcare diagnostics. He is a former chairman of the Killultaghs, an accomplished polo player and a very keen horseman.

Randox, which has its headquarters in Co Antrim, employs more than 1,400 people of 44 nationalities, including 300 research scientists and engineers and has offices and distribution units in over 145 countries. There are four key manufacturing and research and development sites, located in counties Antrim and Donegal, Bangalore in India and in the greater Washington DC area in the USA.


Commenting on the new five-year deal, Dr Fitzgerald said: “The Randox Health team is extremely pleased to partner the world’s greatest race. The Grand National offers us a major public platform to raise awareness of preventative healthcare and to encourage people to take control of their health and well-being.

“We see this partnership as a natural fit, as both organisations invest heavily in the future and we aim to use our partnership to promote a positive lifestyle and to bring enjoyment to millions of people. We care about people’s health and this is the people’s race.

“Crabbie’s sponsorship of the Grand National will be a hard act to follow, but we look forward to rising to the challenge and sharing our vision for Randox Health further once our rights for the world’s greatest race come into effect.”

Each year at the point-to-point on the Largy Road outside Crumlin, Randox employees carry out simple diagnostic tests on riders, officials and spectators who visit their stand – others, possibly on their way to the bar, are known to give them a wide berth! The company entertains many guests on the Saturday of the two-day fixture in a very smart marquee overlooking the parade ring.

Since first hosting a meeting in April 2010, the venue has become extremely popular with trainers throughout the country with the right-handed track producing a large number of subsequent track performers. It is also popular with spectators as there have been some great finishes on the short home straight.

Photo: Aintree's MD John Baker, Aintree Chairman Rose Paterson and Dr Peter FitzGerald CBE, Founder and Managing Director of Randox (Sky Sports)

Photo: Aintree's MD John Baker, Aintree Chairman Rose Paterson and Dr Peter FitzGerald CBE, Founder and Managing Director of Randox (Sky Sports)