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Royal Ascot is the highlight of the British social season and knowing what to wear can be a struggle for both men and women. It’s time to get to grips with the facts and the frills with our handy dress code guide!
Held at Ascot Racecourse, QIPCO British Champions Day is the spectacular finale to Britain’s beloved flat racing season and most definitely the highlight of the British racing calendar. It is the last meeting in the QIPCO British Champions Series, which hosts a number of other racedays throughout the year at racecourses such as Newmarket, York and Epsom to name a few.
Champions Day is also the most expensive race day in Britain, boasting a prize fund in excess of £4.3 million, as well as being the only event in the series that hosts four Group 1 contests! Aside from the on-track action, Champions Day also sees the top performers of the Flat crowned for their efforts. Last year, Silvestre De Sousa claimed the title for the second consecutive year but this year Oisin Murphy is looking like the most likely to be crowned the Flat Jockey Champion.
He has an impressive tally of 168 wins this season, which is 35 ahead of second place finisher, Daniel Tudhope. Murphy’s unrivalled tally is not only a personal best but the highest win sheet since Richard Hughes recorded his 208 victories in 2013. On his crowning, the Irishman will become the youngest to receive the title since Ryan Moore back in 2006, who was age 23 at the time. He’ll be wanting to exit the 2019 flat racing season with a bang before claiming his first title and with a strike-rate of 20%, there’s no doubt that he will.
QIPCO Sponsors & the Champions Series Evolution
Although QIPCO British Champions Series was only incepted in 2011, it has evolved into one of the biggest brand names in UK horseracing – hosting some of the finest flat racing meetings across the country.
The QIPCO Holding belongs to a privately-run family investment company, headed by Chief Executive, Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani. The company itself is situated in Doha, Qatar and aside from their other business avenues, they own a global thoroughbred racing and breeding operation based in the United Kingdom, with the majority of its horses residing in Gloucestershire.
QIPCO is also an official partner of Ascot Racecourse and both partnerships with Ascot and the Champions Series are in effect until 2024. They open and close the series, as the Champions Series begins in Newmarket with the QIPCO Guineas Festival before concluding with Ascot Champions Day in October. Altogether there are 35 races in the Series, held at various leading racecourses across the country.
QIPCO Champions Day alone attracts some of the world’s top horses to its meeting. In 2019, an unprecedented 84 runners will participate in its six races, some of these being The Revenant, Lord Glitters, Kew Gardens and Magical who, under Donnacha O’Brien, will be looking to seal back-to-back victories in the highly valuable QIPCO Champions Stakes.
QIPCO Champions Stakes 2019
The Group 1 QIPCO British Champions Stakes race is 1 mile 2 furlongs in length and the most expensive race of the day, with a prize pot of £1.3 million. Last year, Cracksman – son of Frankel, who ended his career by winning the 2012 QIPCO Champion Stakes – rode to glory and secured a treble for trainer, J H M Gosden. It was a close call between him and Crystal Ocean but the colt galloped powerfully to finish ahead in the final stages of the race.
This year, Aiden O’Brien’s Magical, will be one of nine runners in the Champions Stakes. Last year the young filly made a name for herself on Champions Day, winning her first Group 1 race after outrunning Coronet by a length. She has spent much of this past year chasing Enable but with her phenomenal form and Enable not being in contention for the title, should be in good stead for a top place position.
Oisin Murphy will also be riding to seal another Group 1 victory with Deirdre. Together they made history at the Qatar Goodwood Festival as Deirdre became the first Japanese-trained horse to win a QIPCO British Champions Series Group 1 stakes. She is looking like prime competition for Magical, with those that know her best believing she has what it takes to win the title. She prefers faster ground but is a tough horse, Murphy himself has stated “if she does handle the ground, she’s probably the best horse in the race.” Can the duo land another huge prize tomorrow?
Queen Elizabeth Stakes II – Europe’s most expensive mile-long race
Another highly anticipated race on Champions Day is the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth Stakes II. This mile-long race is the most expensive in Europe, boasting a prize fund of £1.1 million, with over £600K of that sum going to first place.
Last year Roaring Lion, much like his name, powered down to the winning post to claim his fourth Group 1 of that season. He was a 2-1 favourite and Murphy demonstrated professionalism, composure and mastery to lead the strong horse to victory despite his resentment for the ground. He was put under pressure in the closing stages of the race but thanks to the chemistry between him Murphy, nothing gave way.
This year 16 horses will enter the Queen Elizabeth Stakes II, including French star, The Revenant, home favourites Benbatl and Accidental Agent as well as King of Comedy who’ll be led by Frankie Dettori.
Oisin Murphy will ride Benbatl who is looking incredible this year. At Newmarket he ran riot against King of Comedy, beating the young colt by five lengths in the Group 2 race, which is fantastic given the circumstances. Before the Newmarket race, Benbatl had an 11-month racing absence but should he perform how he did at Newmarket, surely only success can follow. Saeed bin Suroor’s wonder-colt is also the only horse to have won at Royal Ascot before achieving first place positions in Dubai, Germany and Australia.
Amongst the star-studded cast, France’s The Revenant, who has won his last six starts is coming up as the punters favourite.
The Hotly Contested QIPCO Champions Sprint Stakes
Only six furlongs in length, the 2019 Champions Sprint stakes will be one of the most thrilling races to watch. It wasn’t run as Group 1 stake until 2015 but is now a firm favourite for racegoers and racers alike, providing wild excitement as the speed demons sprint down towards the winning post, chasing the trophy.
Last year, Sands of Mali took the punters by surprise, outclassing the in-form Harry Angel by a length. It was Harry Angel’s last race and the colt fought wildly to try and out pace his younger rival though to no avail. In 2019, Sand of Mali will be returning to defend his crown and will face competition from 2016 winner, The Tin Man and One Master.
It is The Tin Man’s fifth consecutive race in the Champion Stakes, though his form has dipped a little in the past year, so he may struggle in this one. One Master is coming in at 4/1 in the odds, so punters this could be the horse to bet on! She won back-to-back victories at the Prix de la Foret and jockey, P C Boudot expects conditions to be in her favour this weekend at Ascot Racecourse.
Betting Agents in Uproar?
Speaking of odds, it seems the legendary Frankie Dettori is causing disruption for the betting agents this weekend. Should all eyes be on Frankie (which they tend to be), this could result in a huge loss for the betting industry as the punters tend to follow him no matter what and could result in multiple bets placed on the Ascot race master. In the past this led to one racegoer scoring a £500,000 pay-out!
It seems that the bookies won’t be imposing any restrictions on multiple Frankie bets on Champions Day but will have to closely monitor the costs, should any issues begin to arise. Dettori will ride in four of the six races at his most beloved racecourse and is looking like the favourite in at least three of those races. Do you think Frankie will win all three?
We can’t wait for tomorrow’s QIPCO Champions Day, which has a cast of some of the world’s most talented horses and leading jockeys. It’s a bittersweet ending to the flat racing season as in one respect we don’t want it to end but on the other we’re excited to see what tomorrow brings. If you’re unable to attend QIPCO British Champions Day 2019, we’ve already got packages available for 2020! Don’t miss out on: QIPCO Champions Day – book now and experience Britain’s most expensive raceday in true VIP fashion.
One of the biggest old classic races arrives at Doncaster Racecourse this September for 4 days of fabulous dining, classic horse racing action and upbeat entertainment. The horse racing celebrations begin at one of Britain’s oldest racecourses on Wednesday 11th -14th September where guests can enjoy the St Leger Festival in the newly refurbished hospitality facilities or the five-storey grandstand, offering some of the best views over the pear-shaped racecourse.
The St Leger Festival is one of the most prestigious race meetings in the Autumn horse racing calendar, held at Yorkshire racecourse and continues to be Doncaster’s biggest event of the year in the sport. The event is also known for being one of the oldest classic racing in the World, which adds to the day’s action, as the flat season comes to an end.
If your heading down to Doncaster for a Saturday full of horse racing action on St Leger Day, keep your eyes on the fourth race, the William Hill St Leger Stakes. This race boasts some of the most commended three-year-old colts and fillies who race over 1 mile 6 furlong 115 yards to the finishing post. If we look back into the history of the festival it all first began in 1776, when the sport would have been running differently for sure. One of the differences is the distance of the St Legers Stakes, as it was originally ran over 2 miles and is now ran over a shorter distance.
The lucky winners of this race are estimated a return of around £700,000 and jockey Ryan Moore has won two consecutive Leger Stakes from 2017-2018, adding a win to trainer Aidan O’Brien’s 6 wins in this race. In this year’s race, the Irishman has trained 10 out of the 24 runner’s finest runners, hoping for at least one winner.
But who other than Frankie Dettori leads the way for the Jockeys in this race as he’s taken five wins, his last being 11 year ago in 2008 on Conduit. Unfortunately for him, last year saw him slightly miss the top spot and take second place on Lah Ti Dar. Will he show up at 3.35 on Saturday to change his 11-year drought in the St Leger Stakes?
The luck of the Irish seems to be written all over this race with 3 out of the last 4 St Leger Stakes having been won by Irish horses. Take the TIP and join the winning section. Whilst this is the most anticipated race of the day, and perhaps the festival, the action doesn’t end with the Leger Stakes at Doncaster and race enthusiasts can look forward to a few more races from the Leger Festival.
The Opening Day of the festival is where it all begins at Doncaster and sure is a special one, as it is the only charity race for ex jockeys. The race helps the Northern Racing College and rehabilitation Centre for injured jockeys at the Jack Berry House. Following on from 2010 when the first Mondialiste Leger Legends race started, it has now become an annual race at the festival. The charity race is lined for 3.35pm with a 1 mile run around the pear-shaped track.
The final Ladies Day of the year ends at Doncaster racecourse and they welcome the best in fashion for the second day of the St Legers Festival as over 15,000 racegoers dress to impress and let’s not forget the entertainment from DJ Melanie C, because the party won’t stop. Female jockeys go head to head in the Silks Series final. The race promotes the sport’s female jockeys and is held in 13 racecourses around the UK, making it the biggest race of Ladies Day. Get ready for the anticipated Silks Series race which runs at 4:20pm.
Gentlemen’s Day commences on Friday. The Doncaster Cup is a Group 2 race which takes place on the third day of the festival, it is one of the oldest races to take centre stage at a meeting, and therefore has become the featured race on Gentlemen’s Day. Ryan Moore continues to hold the leading jockey title in this race with 4 wins, his most recent being last year which saw him win on Thomas Hobson. The race is a long-distance race of 2 miles 1 furlong and 197 yards. Get your bets ready for 3.10pm as the race begins.
The Dress code at Doncaster Racecourse calls for smart attire from both female and males. Trainers and sportswear should not be worn, neither fancy dress. It is asked that men wear a collard shirt, jacket and a tie in line with whichever enclosure or restaurant dress code they are situated in.
Ladies should be dressed to impress as they go head to head to grab the title of best dressed. This title is not just any award as the winner goes ahead to represent the Racecourse in the final of Yorkshire’s Best Dressed Lady in the coming months.
What’s a horse racing meeting if you don’t put on at least one bet while your there? Whether you’re a betting fanatic or first-time punter get your bets ready for the St Leger Festival. Race goers can put as little as £1 on a horse but your also welcome to put £100, whether you have been given a favourable tip or you fancy the name put your bets down. Most of our packages include race cards which allows you to see the runners in each race, this is where your betting begins. Guests can place their bets at the many betting stands around Doncaster racecourse and inside of the hospitality suites.
- Non-runner – pick another horse cause unlucky this one isn’t running
- Listed Race – One of the featured races, very competitive
- Under orders – when the horses are preparing to start the race, this is when no bets can be made
- Going- condition of the ground. (TIP: some horses prefer a certain going)
Make the most of your St Leger Festival experience and upgrade your hospitality package to make sure that you relish the action at Doncaster Racecourse. Upgrade and gain access to some of the most fabulous newly refurbished hospitality facilities at the races paired with fine dining. Call our team on 020 7989 6500 to upgrade your package.
ENABLE stole the show once again, extending her winning streak to 12. The ‘super’ mare has 10 Group 1 Races under her saddle now.
On the Knavesmire yesterday it was #EnableDay and race enthusiasts were perhaps both joyous at the fact of being able to see her in action and low in spirits knowing that this is likely to be her last ever race on British soil. She dazzled yesterday at the York Ebor Festival, winning the 10th Group 1 Race of her career to remain the unbeaten ‘super’ mare. The odds were already in her favour and her victory may not have come as a shock to most but she is still a delight to watch, with her strong form and utter power. Frankie Dettori couldn’t praise the mare enough, claiming that he’ll “never have a horse like her in my [his] life.”
Magical did start slightly out in front in the Yorkshire Oaks Stakes and set pace amongst the small group but when Dettori asked Enable to move, the mare wasted no time to do so, all whilst making it look easy. With only three opponents, some might ask: Was there ever any competition?
On the straight, Ryan Moore’s Magical galloped fiercely to comeback and draw alongside Enable but just couldn’t match her speed and Enable soon cleared away from the pair by almost three lengths to reign victorious once more. The Khalid Abdullah owned mare heads onto the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe next, where she will run her final race and hope to win her third successive title at the renowned French race. She’ll be up against some tough competition this year but there’s no telling what this horse is capable of! Enable really is a horse of a lifetime and it goes without saying that no matter where she places, her legacy will continue on for years.
Also taking centre stage on Ladies Day was of course, the fashion and glam. Ladies – and gents – stepped out and showed out in their best attire, donning bold colours, striking prints and larger-than-life fascinators. Spectators were taking advantage of the warm weather and whilst the Ebor Festival has no formal dress code, racegoers were encouraged to take inspiration from ‘wedding attire’ and elegance was everywhere to be seen. This year short dresses and skirts seemed to be the favourite amongst the ladies. What do you think the staple piece for next year will be?
But as expected on Ladies Day, the excitement didn’t cease there as there was as much action on the racetrack as there was off the racetrack.
The opening race on Ladies Day, the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes, saw Living In The Past break away from rivals Liberty Beach and Good Vibes. Living In The Past set pace early within the race to distance herself from the group and though bookies favourite, Liberty Beach made late gains, it seemed her efforts were left a little too late as the filly achieved a second place finish.
Ryan Moore’s, Mum’s Tipple left the Knavesmire in awe with his stupendous performance. The 7-2 favourite practically ran his own race, winning the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes by a phenomenal 11 lengths. There was no other horse in close range!
Moore was handed a penalty because of this, with the stewards stating that he wrongly used his whip as he was “clearly winning” in the final furlong. Though perhaps in the moment, with adrenaline coursing, he could only see the finish line. Nevertheless, that two-day suspension shouldn’t dishearten the jockey too much after that jaw-dropping performance. We look forward to seeing how far Mum’s Tipple will go in the future, perhaps a mile-long course is on the cards?
In the 3pm, Clipper Logistic Handicap, it was a hold your horses’ moment when What’s The Story took the prize pot by a nose against 10-1 rival, Vale of Kent. Kynren, the 7-2 favourite chased the leaders from over one furlong out and kept the same pace in the final furlongs, to place third.
After the spectacular race, in which Enable won her 10th Group One title, it was the luck of the Irish as 3-1 favourite, Search for a Song galloped to victory in the Galtres Stakes. At one point, it was looking like a tight tussle between Search for a Song, Vivionn and Spirit of Appin but Search for a Song was finely tuned and sprinted past the opposition to give Dermot Weld his second win. The filly was victorious by a length and three-quarters from second-place finisher Vivionn, in what was only her fourth career start.
In the final race of the day, the Class 2, British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap, 66-1 Excellent Times may have upset some of the punters, with his first-place finish. The favourite, Salayel at 3-1 came a disheartening fourth place. He did try to keep on in the final furlongs but Excellent Times, Agincourt and Chalet were just that little bit stronger.
Today, the sun shines brightly once again on the Knavesmire for day three of the festival. You can expect York’s Ebor Nunthorpe Day to be as thrilling as the first two at York, with the sprinters looking to have all eyes on them this afternoon. The mighty Stradivarius will be making his return to York Racecourse in the Lonsdale Cup and for the punters he could mean big pound signs.
In the Group One, Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, Ten Sovereigns is looking like the hot favourite but as you racegoers will know, this race is highly unpredictable. Battaash is looking like serious competition for Ten Sovereigns and there are even debates about Mabs Cross being victorious. She had better form in the Nunthorpe Stakes this time last year, losing by just a nose. She’s had Group One victory since then and Gerald Mosse will be looking to finish first this year after just missing out last year. Either way, this sprint is sure to be exhilarating! Who do you think will take first place?
Japan edges past the people’s favourite, Crystal Ocean and Frankie Dettori’s Logician, makes an epic win on the Voltigeur.
The York Ebor Festival got off to a galloping start yesterday! As British Summer draws to a close this iconic four-day event is one of the last in summer sporting calendar and still a firm favourite, attracting thousands far and wide! As expected, its opening day, the Juddmonte International did not disappoint.
In the Sky Bet & Symphony Group Stakes, bookie favourite Dakota Gold completed the hat-trick by winning the opening race at the York Ebor. There were fears he may not have been able to outlast the 5.5 furlongs but he’s headstrong and tough this horse, who went on to win by a clear stretch!
Valdermoro took the punters by surprise in the Acomb Stakes at York. At 9-2 in the odds, he was expected to perform worse than Ryan Moore’s Harpocrates and it was looking that way too until the final furlong. Hamilton’s Valdermoro made up ground and chased clear of the leader who was over one furlong out – it was magic to witness! This horse will definitely be going a step further soon, with trainer Richard Fahey mentioning that “one day, he’ll be a proper horse.”
We saw something very special in the Group 2 Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes. Frankie Dettori’s Logician, at 10-11 blew us all out the stands when he beat Ryan Moore’s 5-2, Constantinople and extended his unbeaten record to four. Logician looked comfortable behind Norway, alongside Constantinople and Nayef road but when Dettori asked him to perform, my did that horse perform. Logician set pace and galloped fiercely away from the group to beat Constantinople by over a length and Norway, an immense seven lengths! He’s become the St. Leger’s favourite, which comes at no surprise, this colt has good form.
At 3.35pm, the long awaited and highly anticipated Juddmonte International Stakes commenced. With a £1million prize pot, the prestigious Group One race is definitely the highlight of the day. Crystal Ocean was the people’s favourite though Japan and Frankie Dettori’s, King of Comedy were also prizeworthy contenders. Crystal Ocean, alongside Circus Maximus started out ahead, though Circus Maximus struggled to keep up with the 5-year-old bay horse. It was looking good for Crystal Ocean but in his final dying strides, Japan put his head down and won by a head, sending the packed Knavesmire stands in a frenzy! The bookies are now forecasting Japan to be the main threat to Enable in Longchamp’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
In the Sky Bet Handicap, James Doyle’s Eddystone Rock, powerfully edged away from the group to lead in the final strides and finished first. To close a fantastic first day, 20-1 Owney Madden outshone favourites Pop Dancer and Monoski to take first place.
Today at Ebor Festival it’s Ladies Day! A day that combines high-fashion and racing excitement, expect to see head-turning garments. Who do you think will be crowned best dressed this year?
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York Ebor festival is one of the oldest and richest festivals within the horse racing calendar. From Wednesday 21st August, racegoers from all across the country will flock to York Racecourse to experience four fabulous days of thrilling horse racing. Here are four reasons why, if you haven’t already, should start getting excited about this fantastic festival!
First established in 1843, the Ebor festival is, without a doubt, renowned for its fashion and prestige. Throughout the festival, racegoers take the opportunity to dress up to the nines, ensuring that they feel as luxurious as their surroundings. Day two of the festival is Ladies Day, which is not only the social highlight but also one of the most prominent events within the entire horse racing season. With Ebor being synonymous with elegance and style, this is the day where the ladies vamp it up in a bid to win the much-coveted best dressed prize. This year, Slingsby gin will be the headline sponsor for Ebor Fashion Lawn, which will be taking place throughout the festival. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the racegoers’ love of style. There are six prizes available, which include; best dressed lady, best dressed gentleman, best dressed couple, runner up best dressed lady and gentleman, best hat and best dressed child. Why not sign up and strut your stuff for your chance to win anything from a £250 luxury hamper to a ‘distil your own’ gin experience!
Frankie Dettori and Enable
Racegoers will be delighted to learn that superstar Enable will be back with Frankie Dettori for Darley Yorkshire Oaks. The race is set to be a challenge as rival Magical has also been confirmed to run. Detorri won the race with Enable back in 2017 but will she be able to persevere and come out on top this year? Dettori declared the thoroughbred ‘the queen of racing’ after a victorious run in the Eclipse Stakes. Clearly full of admiration for the mare, Dettori went on to reveal that he never stops getting excited when he rides Enable and how much he ‘really loves her.’ To witness the iconic duo competing at the Ebor festival, will truly be a captivating experience.
Fabulous food and drink
Fancy arriving to Ebor and being greeted with a champagne reception? There are a number of amazing hospitality packages and food and drink options to enjoy at York Racecourse. From a box in the Knavesmire Stand to the Dante Suite to simply fluttering throughout the bars and restaurants scattered about the racecourse, there really is something for everyone. Dwell in grade II listed buildings with modern interiors, sip on some Moet and indulge in some delectable food whilst revelling in the racing action.
Above all, a day at Ebor is guaranteed to provide you with constant enjoyment. This is a chance to get dressed up and witness some of the finest horse racing in the country in a lively yet elegant social environment. If you’ve never considered attending this exhilarating festival, it’s not too late to get involved! Head on over to our hospitality page for further details on last minute availability and give you and your guests a day to remember!
Cheltenham Festival 2020: Everything you need to know
Cheltenham Festival will once again descend on Cheltenham Racecourse in 2020. The annual meeting is one of the highlights of the racing calendar. The event sees many of the best British and Irish trained runners compete for the victory. The highly anticipated event will no doubt provide excitement and nail biting action for all race goers to enjoy. The four day festival features some of the sports best Grade One races. Highlights include the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Let’s look back at the history of the event and find out more about what to expect from the upcoming 2020 festival.
Cheltenham Festival History
The first race of the Cheltenham Festival known as “The National Hunt Chase” took place in 1860 in Market Harborough. Originally Cheltenham Festival races were held in a variety of different locations. Warwick Racecourse was amongst the most popular location before the early 1900’s. The official move to Prestbury Park was in 1911. Prestbury Park have played host to the Cheltenham Festival each year ever since.
The oldest most renowned race at Cheltenham Festival is undoubtedly the Stayer’s Hurdle. First ran in 1912 the championship race is a highlight of the meeting.
There have been many triumphant wins over the years and history has certainly been made. A memorable win in history dates back to 1987 which saw the first female jockey win a race. 21 year old Gee Armytage made a remarkable stamp in history inspiring many.
After 2005, came the introduction of a four day festival instead of three. This change meant a championship race could be held on each day. Which gave more racing enthusiasts a reason to celebrate. A four day extravaganza of racing, horses and action. The atmosphere at Cheltenham Festival is unimaginable. There really is no better way to experience Cheltenham Festival than first hand.
Cheltenham Festival 2020
Let’s now delve into more about what to expect from the 2020 meeting. We have put together a run down of each day to help make deciding which day to attend a little easier. Whether you want to get glammed up on Ladies Day, feel lucky on St Patrick’s Thursday or experience all the thrills from Gold Cup Day there’s plenty to enjoy.
Champion Day 2020
Champion Day kicks off the Cheltenham Festival on 12/03/19. Presented by Magners this day looks to set off the Cheltenham Festival in true style. Uniting racegoers from all over for a day of enjoyable racing and nail biting action. The famous “Cheltenham Roar” unites fans from far and wide to celebrate the first race of the festival. Champion Day plays host to one of the biggest races of the season; The Champion Hurdle. Successful winners have included the likes of Hurricane Fly Sea Pigeon. There’s plenty of racing action for you all to enjoy. Other races on the day include:
• The Supreme Novices Hurdle
• The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy
• OLGB Mares’ Hurdle
You can enjoy Champion Day in style with our exclusive VIP Cheltenham Festival hospitality and tickets. Treat your valued clients to an experience to remember at Cheltenham. You and your guests can choose from packages with fine dining, a private balcony or champagne reception. Make the start to the Cheltenham Festival an unforgettable day and celebrate in style.
Ladies Day 2020
The excitement doesn’t stop there. Think glam, style and elegance as thousands descend on Cheltenham Ladies Day on 13/03/19. Ladies Day is one of the most popular days of the meeting thanks to the high quality racing. The highlight of the day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The quickest and most able horses will compete in hopes of being victorious. Previous winners include the likes of Master Minded and Flyingbolt. The other races on the day are:
• Management Novices’ Hurdle
• The RSA Chase
• The Coral Cup
• The Wetherby’s Champion Bumper
Ladies Day has become a staple piece across racing events and Cheltenham Festival is no different. Ladies put on their frocks, most extravagant hats and descend on Prestbury Park in hopes of being the best dressed. It is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new outfit and get glammed up. Feel even more like a VIP with our luxurious hospitality packages. They are certain to make you and your guests feel special for the day. With private boxes and VIP access to the renowned Silks available there is no better way to enjoy Ladies Day. Network with your clients and guests in true luxury.
St Patrick’s Thursday 2020
Are you feeling lucky? Attending St Patrick’s Thursday needs to be on everyone’s bucket list. The exhilarating atmosphere is unrivalled and there’s plenty of fun to be had. The Guinness will no doubt be in abundance as many enjoy an exciting day at the races. There’s plenty of racing action to be enjoyed throughout the day including the following races:
• The Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle
• The Ryanair Chase
• The JLT Novices’ Chase, Novices´ Hurdle
• Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day early in true style with our exclusive hospitality packages. They are certain to ensure you and your guests have a memorable experience full of laughs, fun and unrivalled hospitality. Once again you can choose from packages with four course luncheons, afternoon tea and a champagne reception. Add a touch of glamour to your team day out and feel like a VIP for the day.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Day 2020
The final day of the Cheltenham Meeting is a mighty event! Cheltenham Gold Cup Day is one of the biggest events in racing. With thousands wanting to experience a bit of the action. Playing host to the most prestigious chase in the world, the Timico Gold Cup is the true highlight of the week. Racing enthusiasts will be in their element as they embark on an unforgettable day at the races.
The racing action continues with:
• The Triumph Hurdle
• The Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle
• Martin Pipe Hurdle
• The Grand Annual Chase
Conclude Cheltenham Festival the right way with our VIP hospitality. Once again you will be truly spoilt from beginning to end. Gold Cup day is definitely one where you can truly celebrate with co-workers and clients. Network, socialise and let your hair down with all that there is to offer from the great event. There really is no better way to experience all the action than on Gold Cup Day.
Whether a racing newbie or a true fan we are certain you will have a day to remember.
As we have mentioned our VIP hospitality packages are available on all four days of the Cheltenham Festival Meeting. The exclusive facilities on offer need little introduction. They will provide the perfect atmosphere to host a day out at the races with your clients. You can enjoy an experience in the prestigious Silks or maybe you would prefer your very own private Grandstand Box? There’s plenty to choose from to suit the needs of your party.
Other VIP exclusive facilities include:
• The Venue
• Long Run Restaurant
• Long Run Private Box
Whether you want a private location or to be amongst all the action we are certain our facilities will suit your needs.
Have you decided on what day is most appealing yet? We are certain you will have an unforgettable experience. Be sure to book up fast as every year Cheltenham Festival is a high demand event. You and your guests deserve a VIP experience like no other. Think luxury, glamour and elegance and get on down to Cheltenham Festival 2020. Let us take all the worries of the day away with our VIP hostess team. All you need to focus on is betting on the winning horse, right? Laugh with your clients, network over drinks and build stronger relationships in the most perfect environment. Cheltenham Racecourse looks forward to welcoming you and your guests for a VIP experience like no other.
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14:30 A’Ali 5/1
15:05 Sangarius 13/2
15:40 Star Catcher 4/1
16:20 Stradivarius 1/1
17:00 Biometric 28/1
17:35 South Pacific 22/1
Ladies Day brought racegoers into Royal Ascot with bright, bold, statement pieces, nothing less than what you could’ve imagined for Ladies Day. The sun was shining or at least trying to, being one of the better days of the previous two over at Ascot.
The man of the moment Frankie Dettori had a terrific start to the day yesterday placing first in four of the first races, with a seventh Gold Cup victory. But that’s where it stopped for Dettori as after his fourth win his luck soon faded. After the great performance from yesterday Dettori is now in first place for the leading jockey of Royal Ascot 2019. With two days until the final day of Royal Ascot can he hold onto that title at he continues to play at the Frankie playground.
Dettori kicked off his four consecutive wins in the Norfolk Stakes on A’Ali. The horse was the first Maiden to win this race in 30 years. A close call at the finishing post as A’Ali and Ventura Rebel paced over the finish with mini seconds apart. While Dettori’s second win was just the opposite of that with a clear length ahead of the others over the finishing post.
Star Catcher defiently caught up with the other runners in the Ribblesdale Stakes, leading two furlongs out. Making it a third win of the day for the legend of the day.
The awaited Gold Cup race saw Dettori take his fourth and last win of the day. The leading jockey achieved a record breaking seventh win of the Gold Cup. Stradivarius being the bookies favourite and delivered what Royal Ascot racegoers wanted, with the horse retaining a second Gold Cup. Taking Ladies Day by storm Dettori also made trainer Gosden day as he brought home two wins for the trainer on Star Catcher and Stradivarius.
Young jockey Harry Bentley has a taste of victory with his first win at Royal Ascot stopping Frankie Dettori in his tracks from getting an all clear 5/5 wins at Royal Ascot. The young jockey rode Biometric out pacing Dettori’s horse Turgenev who lead the race until the final moments when it really counted.
South Pacific gave jockey Seamie his first win at Royal Ascot 2019, taking the last win of Ladies Day. Trainer Aiden O’Brien also taking his fourth win at Ascot this week.
14:30 – Raffle Prize 18/1
15:05 – Dashing Willoughby 6/1
15:40 – Crystal Ocean 3/1
16:20 – Move Swiftly 9/1
17:00 – Afaak 20/1
17:35 – Southern Hills 7/1
We began the second day of Royal Ascot yesterday, again it didn’t disappoint. The weather wasn’t on everybody’s side but that doesn’t stop the horse racing and celebrations down at Ascot.
Frankie Dettori was off to a good start on the second day of Royal Ascot winning the Queen Mary Stakes, riding Raffle Prize. Dettori not being a big fan of the wet weather didn’t seem to be bothered by this after taking the win. The race saw Kimari lead until the final furlongs when Raffle Prize paced to the finishing post. An overall good performance from Kimari who had only had one previous entry before coming to Ascot.
It all came down to the last few strides as Dashing Willoughby, Barbados and Nayef Road race it out to be the first over the finishing line in the Queen Vase race yesterday afternoon. Dashing Willoughby was the first to hit the finishing line with Barbados coming in second place and Nayef Road in third. A very tight finish from the three horses, but a great finish for jockey Oisin Murphy who had a fantastic start to his come back after missing Salisbury earlier this month.
And Frankie Dettori strikes again for a second time as he takes first place with Crystal Ocean in the Prince Of Walesʼs Stakes, leaving behind Magical just a few strides from the finishing post. Dettori will be back for the Gold Cup at Ladies Day riding Stradivarius. Can the horse win the anticipated Gold Cup for a second time.
Daniel Tudhope leads Move Swiftly into first place in the fillies group 2 race. He now becomes one of the leading jockeys at Royal Ascot in the short two day period with 3 wins, also helping trainer William Haggas achieve a third win at Royal Ascot. Move Swiftly took first place over Rawdaa who was ridden by third place leading jockey Frankie Dettori, who definitely don’t believe third time lucky as he was defeated for his third win of the day.
A photo finish needed for the Royal Hunt Cup as Afaak takes the win after 260 days off, coming back with a massive win. Clon Coulis finishing second place but favourite New Graduate was nowhere to be seen near the finish, leaving Dettori with 2 wins at Ascot on the second day of Royal Ascot.
Show Me Show Me wanted it’s time to shine in the last race at Ascot yesterday after breaking out of the stalls to run the track solo. The lively filly became inpatient while waiting for the other horses to get into their stalls but later was withdrawn from the race. Southern Hills took the win home for jockey Ryan Moore after beating Platinum Star to the finishing post, giving Moore his third win at Ascot this week equalising with Danny Tudhope for the leading jockey.
Ladies Day commences today and we are looking forward to seeing some of the great races Royal Ascot has to offer, and of course not forgetting the great outfits. For more updates on Royal Ascot head over to our Twitter @EventmastersUK.
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