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2013-04-23T13:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:51:15

Hammers at the races!

West Ham United's players and coaching staff enjoyed an evening of racing at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Monday, as principal sponsors SBOBET thanked the Club for their four-and-a-half year-strong partnership.

Manager Sam Allardyce was joined by his first team squad to take in a full card of six races as Royal Windsor got its summer programme of evening racing underway.

With SBOBET sponsoring four of the races, there were opportunities for West Ham representatives to judge the best turned out horses, as well as hand out prizes to the race winners.

Hammers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is a huge fan of the sport of kings. He said: "I've been to racecourses in the north, but this was my first time at Windsor and it looks nice. I absolutely love horse racing so it was a good day.

"I actually have a couple of racehorses over in Finland. We race them more in trotting style, so it's a little bit different, but I've been a very keen follower of the sport for maybe the last six or seven years.

"Sometimes it's good to take your mind off the football, and it was nice to go there on the back of a good win over Wigan."

Midfielder Gary O'Neil added: "We've got a good set of lads and we get on well, so it was nice to all come out together and enjoy the evening's racing."

Hammers at the races

SBOBET Executive Director Bill Mummery said: "For us, this was our way of saying thank you to the team at West Ham for the fabulous relationship we've enjoyed over the last four-and-a-half years.

"We've had some fabulous times, and at a business level I'd like to think we've added value to the West Ham brand, certainly in visibility in Asia, and likewise West Ham have given us a global platform.

"It's truly been a relationship that has been mutually beneficial and I wish West Ham every success going forward.

"We enjoyed putting on the evening - Sam Allardyce and some of the players had the opportunity to go out into the ring and present some prizes, so all in all it was a fantastic evening."

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