Savour a day at Chester with Silks!

Grab your race cards and finest attire! The Chester May Festival is hoving swiftly into view! Three spectacular days of racing await at this treasured flat racing venue, with proceedings getting underway on Wednesday 9th May. Thursday sees the return of Ladies Day whilst Friday plays host to one of the most famous and historic races of the season for the very first time, the Chester Cup.

Whether looking to entertain your prized clients, enjoy a day with the family, or simply get the weekend off to a racing start, a visit to Chester Racecourse presents the ideal opportunity to rally the troops and enjoy the excitement of live on-turf action.

It is the hospitality, however, that is arguably the event’s real showstopper.

Eventmasters’ Silks facility has established itself as a firm favourite among racegoers in recent years. Offering prime viewing from its premier course-facing position on the racecourse, it allows guests to soak up the sun-splashed action in true style.

But a prime vantage point certainly isn’t the only highlight at this splendid corporate setting. A cordial prosecco reception, four-course luncheon, and all-day complimentary bar are also among the package’s other signature benefits!

MAKE IT A DAY TO REMEMBER WITH EVENTMASTERS’ CHESTER MAY FESTIVAL HOSPITALITY.

Full package details for our Silks facility can be found below:

  • Festival pavilion admission badge (Access to the Paddock & County Lawn)
  • Exclusive use of the chalet throughout the day
  • Prosecco reception
  • Four course luncheon
  • Afternoon tea
  • Complimentary bar throughout the day
  • Racecard
  • Car park pass (1 per 2 guests)
  • Floral decoration
  • ChesterBets facilities
  • Plasma TV Screens
  • Experienced Eventmasters event management in attendance throughout the day

Discover day-by-day availability for the Chester May Festival below:

Wednesday – Chester City Day

Thursday – Ladies Day

Friday – Chester Cup Day

Alternatively, please call our Chester May Festival hospitality specialists on 0121 233 6500. Thanks to our thirty years of industry experience, we excel in delivering a service unrivalled by most.

Chester May Festival 2016 – Day Three Preview

Today is the final day of the 2016 Chester May Festival and we preview all of the big race action. On day two US Army Ranger put his Epsom Derby credentials on the line as the colt just held on to beat stablemate Port Douglas in the Chester Vase. While Cannock Chase made the perfect reappearance in the Huxley Stakes.

2.40pm – Betdaq Dee Stakes (Listed)

The second race of the day is the listed Betdaq Dee Stakes run over a mile and a quarter. John Gosden trains the favourite for this contest with the progressive Linguistic running for the powerful Godolphin stable.

After finishing second on both of his starts last season, he made broke his made on his reappearance in April winning at Newmarket. On that occasion he stayed on very all the way to the line and has a good inside draw today.

His biggest threat looks to be Cook Islands for the red-hot Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore combination. He could only finish fourth when well backed for a Group 3 in April, but the heavy ground would not have suited. The return to quick ground and the form of the stable make him a serious contender.

O’Brien also saddles Housesofparliament who has the plum number one draw. He run away with a maiden on the Polytrack at Dundalk last month, and while he has to improve considerably he cannot be discounted.

Platitude is an interesting runner at a good price for the in-form Sir Michael Stoute yard. He won on his first start last season but failed to fire in three subsequent races, but this step up in trip plus the form of the yard could see him outrun his odds.

Verdict: This looks a good open contest, but the form of the Aidan O’Brien stable means the vote goes to Cook Islands, who will love the drying ground and has the world’s finest flat jockey in the saddle.

3.10pm – Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes (Group 3)

The final Group contest of the week is the Diamond Ormonde Stakes run over one-mile-five-furlongs.

There could be a Royal winner on the final day of the Chester May Festival as the Queen’s horse Dartmouth heads the market. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore this four-year-old will have to concede weight to his rivals. He made a smooth reappearance at Chelmsford winning by four lengths and has to be respected.

Wicklow Brave represents the powerful National Hunt stable of Willie Mullins, but is no stranger to the flat. He ran well on all of his five flat starts last season and while this trip may be on the short side he could run very well again.

Aidan O’Brien saddles Father Christmas who looks to hold a very good chance. The four-year-old hasn’t been seen since finishing third in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot last year. That form looks decent and if he reappears in good form he could be a cut above these rivals.

Verdict: This looks to be a very good renewal with some progressive types. But Father Christmas could give Aidan O’Brien another winner if reproducing his form from last season on his first start of 2016.

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Chester May Festival 2016 – Day Two Preview

After a superb first day of action which saw Nicky Henderson take the Chester Cup with No Heretic, we preview the two big races of day two of the Chester May Festival 2016.

2.40pm – Betway Huxley Stakes (Group 3)

The second race of the day is the Huxley Stakes, which is a Group 3 contest for run over one-mile-two-furlongs. John Gosden saddles the short price favourite with Western Hymn priced at around 11-10.

This talented five-year-old has scored at Group 3 & 2 level during his career and finished sixth in the Epsom Derby in 2014. He was slightly disappointing on his return to action in April when second at Sandown. But that should have put him spot on for today and he will take all the beating if at his best.

Cannock Chase finished second in this race last season for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore and looks to go one better this year. His campaign in 2015 was slightly below-par but he did finish it off with a Grade 1 win at Woodbine (Canada); has to concede weight all-round.

William Haggas and Battalion enjoyed a fine campaign in 2015 and the six-year-old could be a real contender today. He has a recent all-weather run under his belt so race fitness shouldn’t be an issue and he could go well if at his best.

Verdict: The two class horses in the race are Cannock Chase and Western Hymn. Conceding 7lb to John Gosden’s runner won’t be easy for Cannock Chase but he could reappear with a big run.

3.10pm – MBNA Chester Vase (Group 3)

One of the main races of the week is the Chester Vase, a race that has been a useful trial for The Derby in recent years.

This year’s Epsom Derby favourite US Army Ranger puts his credentials on the line for Aidan O’Brien. He is as short as 2-5 to claim a second victory in as many starts and if he does it in style, his price for Epsom will surely shorten. If he is as good as the market and connections think he is then we could witness something special.

His nearest rival looks to be stablemate Port Douglas, who will be conceding 4lbs in weight. On pure form he has achieved a lot more than the favourite, but he is still 6-1. He may well run for second, hard to see him doing anymore though.

High Grounds could run a big race for Charlie Hills. He was no match for Midterm in the Classic Trial at Sandown when looking very green. That experience will stand him in good stead and he could be one to watch.

Verdict: This race is all about US Army Ranger the Derby favourite could be anything and may be way better than his rivals. Let’s hope for a special performance.

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Chester May Festival 2016 – Day One Preview

The Chester May Festival is one of the highlights of the flat racing season and 2016 once again promises to provide us with more thrilling action at this famous track. We preview all the big race action on day one.

2.40pm – Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks (Listed Race)

The second race of the afternoon is the Cheshire Oaks, one of the big races of the week and a trial race for the Epsom Oaks. Run over one-mile-three-furlongs it is restricted to three-year-old fillies.

In 2015 the race was won by Diamondsandrubies for the powerful Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore combination; this year the pair send out the hot favourite Somehow. She had just one run in her two-year-old campaign when finishing third, but made a pleasing return to action at the start of April winning at Leopardstown. Given her connections record in this race it is clear to see why she is the even money favourite.

Diamonds Pour Moi is next in the betting for Ralph Beckett and jockey Oisin Murphy. She made a pleasing debut in November winning over one-mile at Kempton and could give the favourite something to think about if progressing. Dessertoflife is well clear of the field on her handicap rating after winning a Group 3 in Germany, she was put well in her place by subsequent 1000 Guineas winner Minding but will appreciate this drop in class.

Mirsaalah made a pleasing return to action at the end of April at Nottingham when making all to win a handicap. James Tate’s filly has a bit to find on her form, but has the assistance of expert jockey Pat Smullen.

Verdict: The race revolves around the favourite Somehow who represents a stable that does very well in this event, she has to be considered given her unexposed profile. But Dessertoflife has been running in Group 1 races and despite the fact she gives away 5lb to the field she could prove to better than the rest.

3.10pm – Betway Chester Cup (Heritage Handicap)

The third race of the Chester May Festival is the most famous race of the whole three-day meeting, it’s the Chester Cup. Run over two-and-a-quarter-miles it was won in 2015 by subsequent Ascot Gold Cup hero Trip To Paris, is there a top stayer in this year’s field?

Last year’s runner-up Quick Jack returns for another crack at this prestigious handicap, representing Tony Martin and Ryan Moore. He finished third in the Cesarewitch in October and returned to action at Cork in March. Despite a poor draw, he is a talented stayer and with Moore in the saddle he is impossible to rule out.

Steve Rogers is the favourite for the Roger Varian stable and has been aimed at this race all season. This six-time winner scored at Chester over two-miles in September and returned to action in 2016 at Kempton with a comfortable success.

Varian seemed confident of his chances saying: “This has been a long-term target for Steve Rogers. He has trained very well since winning his seasonal debut at Kempton and goes into the race in good form.

“He won at the track last year, is versatile regarding ground and is drawn well in stall three.”

Silver Concorde was last seen finishing well down the field in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but will be dangerous to ignore returning to the flat. His trainer Dermot Weld has gone close in the past and this classy horse could run a big race.

As usual Richard Fahey will send an army of horses for popular owner Dr Marwan Koukash; who will be hoping to win the race once again with Angel Gabrial, Duke Of Clarence, Gabrial The Hero and Gabrial’s King all holding good chances.

Nakeeta could be a lively outsider for Iain Jardine, he has some very progressive form and while this is a huge step up in trip it looks sure to suit.

Verdict: This is always a tough race to assess given its hustle and bustle nature. Steve Rogers is probably a worthy favourite given his form, weight and draw. Silver Concorde is a completely different horse on the flat than jumps and could go very well. But Quick Jack is always a consistent performer and while he is carrying more weight than last season he has Ryan Moore in the saddle and there isn’t a horse with the class of Trip To Paris to worry about.

3.45pm – Boodles Diamond Handicap

The fourth race of the day is another cracking handicap contest run over five-furlongs at a ferocious pace, one of the most popular races of the Chester May Festival.

Last year’s winner Lexi’s Hero returns for Richard Fahey and will carry the bottom weight in the race.  She has been well beaten on every start since winning this contest in 2015 but will be feared for a trainer who can prepare them for this meeting.

Fahey also saddles the fancied Growl despite winning just one of 11 starts he has a good draw and this is slightly easier than previous assignments. Roudee won at this meeting last year and has two very good runs under the belt for 2016, Tom Dascombe’s four-year-old like’s this track and could be dangerous.

Verdict: A very tricky race to decipher, but Roudee has good course form and the all-important stall one, he could take all the beating.

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Update: Chester May Festival Hospitality Packages & Racing Review 2015

What unbelievable weather! The continual downpour could not dampen the spirits of Eventmasters clients in attendance and detract from three superb days of horse racing at the Chester May Festivalupdate-chester-may-festival-2015-hospitality-racing-reviewChester May Festival hospitality packages guests enjoyed a Prosecco reception, combined with a complimentary bar and four course lunch within excellent track facing hospitality facilities, without doubt the very best location with the official hospitality village. Derek Thompson, one of the Nations favourite racing broadcasters hosted each day and set the tone for a fun-packed afternoon, (steady big fella!) Despite the wet conditions there was some pulsating action for racegoers to enjoy and it once again highlighted why the May Festival is one of the most popular meetings in the horse racing calendar.

Day one of the Chester May Festival provided us some excellent action to kick-start the week. The first big race was The Cheshire Oaks which is always a thrilling contest. The 2015 renewal went the way of Ireland and Aidan O’Brien as Diamondsandrubies stormed to victory by six-lengths. Ryan Moore kept his mount on the rail until two furlongs out before switching and leaving the field quickly behind to claim a comfortable success. Next came the Chester Cup, one of the biggest handicaps of the season. Ed Dunlop and Graham Lee swooped late with Trip to Paris who got the better of the favourite Quick Jack, despite coming off the bridle a long way from home. But he had the greater stamina reserves and battled his way to a three-quarters-of-a-length victory.

Day two was Ladies Day and featured two Group 3 races and both were high class affairs. The Huxley Stakes included several horses with highly progressive profiles and went the way of Maverick Wave. The John Gosden trained four-year-old made the running and stayed on well for a half-a-length-victory over Cannock Chase. Despite the fact he was lightly raced on turf he showed a good attitude and could be one to follow this season. The feature race of the day was Chester Vase a traditional trial for the Epsom Derby. It was no surprise to see Aidan O’Brien in the winners’ enclosure once again, he has now won six of the last eight running’s. Hans Holbein entered the race with just one win to his name, but showed he has a touch of class. He made all the running under Ryan Moore and was driven clear two-furlongs out and registered a good win, which forced him into Derby contention.

The final day of the meeting provided hospitality guests with more top-class racing action. The heavy conditions meant that there were several non-runners, the first big race of the day was the Dee Stakes. With just four runners it was anybody’s race and it went the way of the outsider Not So Sleepy. It was another victory for the frontrunners as Jim Crowley sent his mount to the front, and despite the late surge of Disegno he held for a victory by the smallest of margins.

The final group race of the meeting was the Diamond Ormonde Stakes over one-mile-five-furlongs. Tac De Boistron was the hot favourite on the back of his outstanding form in 2014, but it was 8/1 shot Clever Cookie who proved his stamina in the gruelling conditions. The Peter Niven trained seven-year-old wore down the favourite in the final furlong to claim his Pattern race victory and made it a big race double for Graham Lee, after his win in the Chester Cup. Graham Lee finished the meeting as top jockey with three winners, while Richard Fahey was the top trainer with three winners.

I’m sure everybody will agree that the 2015 Chester May Festival was a fantastic event.

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Chester May Festival Hospitality Packages 2015 Review

As the curtain comes down on another fantastic Chester May Festival, we take a look back at some of the highlights enjoyed by Eventmasters guests enjoying the superb Chester May Festival hospitality packages. Despite the wet conditions there was some pulsating action for racegoers to enjoy and it once again highlighted why the May Festival is one of the most popular meetings in the horse racing calendar.

Day one of the Chester May Festival provided us some excellent action to kick-start the week. The first big race was The Cheshire Oaks which is always a thrilling contest. The 2015 renewal went the way of Ireland and Aidan O’Brien as Diamondsandrubies stormed to victory by six-lengths. Ryan Moore kept his mount on the rail until two furlongs out before switching and leaving the field quickly behind to claim a comfortable success. Next came the Chester Cup, one of the biggest handicaps of the season. Ed Dunlop and Graham Lee swooped late with Trip to Paris who got the better of the favourite Quick Jack, despite coming off the bridle a long way from home. But he had the greater stamina reserves and battled his way to a three-quarters-of-a-length victory.

Day two was Ladies Day and featured two Group 3 races and both were high class affairs. The Huxley Stakes included several horses with highly progressive profiles and went the way of Maverick Wave. The John Gosden trained four-year-old made the running and stayed on well for a half-a-length-victory over Cannock Chase. Despite the fact he was lightly raced on turf he showed a good attitude and could be one to follow this season. The feature race of the day was Chester Vase a traditional trial for the Epsom Derby. It was no surprise to see Aidan O’Brien in the winners’ enclosure once again, he has now won six of the last eight runnings. Hans Holbein entered the race with just one win to his name, but showed he has a touch of class. He made all the running under Ryan Moore and was driven clear two-furlongs out and registered a good win, which forced him into Derby contention.

The final day of the meeting provided hospitality guests with more top-class racing action. The heavy conditions meant that there were several non-runners, the first big race of the day was the Dee Stakes. With just four runners it was anybody’s race and it went the way of the outsider Not So Sleepy. It was another victory for the frontrunners as Jim Crowley sent his mount to the front, and despite the late surge of Disegno he held for a victory by the smallest of margins. The final group race of the meeting was the Diamond Ormonde Stakes over one-mile-five-furlongs. Tac De Boistron was the hot favourite on the back of his outstanding form in 2014, but it was 8/1 shot Clever Cookie who proved his stamina in the gruelling conditions. The Peter Niven trained seven-year-old wore down the favourite in the final furlong to claim his Pattern race victory and made it a big race double for Graham Lee, after his win in the Chester Cup. Lee finished the meeting as the top jockey and Richard Fahey was once again top trainer with three winners.

I’m sure everybody will agree that the 2015 Chester May Festival was a fantastic event. To register your interest for the 2016 Chester May Festival please click here.

Chester May Festival Hospitality Packages – Day Three Preview

Chester May Festival hospitality packages guests are in for a brilliant day action on the final day of one of the most popular meetings in horse racing.

Day two was Ladies Day and saw Aidan O’Brien continue his dominance of the Chester Vase as Hans Holbein registered a sixth win for the Irish legend in the Epsom Derby trial since 2007. Before the race O’Brien confirmed that promising filly Words will be prepped for Royal Ascot 2015 after a setback ruled her out of the early season Classics. Here is our preview of the big races on day three of the Chester May Festival including the Group 3 Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes.

Betfair Dee Stakes – Listed Race 1m2f

The first big race of the final day of the Chester May Festival is the Dee Stakes, a listed event run over one-mile-two-furlongs. Smugglers Cove heads the market for the in-form team of Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore. The return to this trip looks sure to suit after an underwhelming run in a Group 3 contest over seven furlongs in April, he looks set to be major player. Nafaqa made a good return to action this season when second in a Group 3 at Newmarket, that was over a mile and like Smugglers Cove the return to this trip should help. One concern would be the softer ground which he has yet to encounter in his career. Ed Dunlop’s Prince Gagarin is one who will be suited by the slower conditions, he powered clear in a listed event at Pontefract in October. The trainer has already had a big winner this week and he merits consideration.

Verdict

As we have mentioned before any runner Aidan O’Brien sends to Chester has to be respected, as does Nafaqa who has good form. But Prince Gagarin represents an in-form stable and his record on slower ground is a big plus.

Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes – Group 3 1m5f

The final group race of the meeting is the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes, run over one-mile-five-furlongs. The high class Tac De Boistron heads the market at 9/4, as a three-year-old he was a Group One winner and has to concede weight all-round. The drop in trip from two-miles shouldn’t inconvenience Marco Botti’s runner and he will be hard to beat. Big Orange was a listed course and distance in 2014 and followed it up with a win at Ascot, but the slower ground is against him. Clever Cookie has proved a very useful dual-purpose performer, on his final start of last season he finished fourth to Estimate in a Group 2 and that form is rock-solid. He will love the underfoot conditions and his proven stamina may be a big factor.

Verdict

This looks a very good race, Tac De Boistron brings a lot of good form and high class to the race. He will be very hard to beat but Clever Cookie may be the one to test this Group One winner on this soft ground.

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Chester May Festival Hospitality Packages – Day Two Preview

Guests enjoying the superb Chester May Festival hospitality packages are sure to be thrilled by a brilliant days racing action after an excellent first day. Trip to Paris produced a brilliant performance to snatch the Chester Cup away from Quick Jack. While Diamondsandrubies absolutely bolted up in the Cheshire Oaks for Irish supremo Aidan O’Brien. Here is our preview of day two’s big races.

Betfair Huxley Stakes – Group 3 1m2f

The first group race of the meeting is the Huxley Stakes run over one-mile-two-furlongs. Cannock Chase is the 2/1 favourite for the lethal team of Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute. The four-year-old won a Group 3 on his final start last season and reappeared with a third at Sandown recently, he will come on for the run and has the plum draw. Air Pilot was a highly progressive performer in 2014, finishing a close third in a Group 3 before winning a listed event on his final start, has to be respected and won’t be inconvenienced by softer ground.  Windhoek is an interesting contender despite the fact he concedes weight all-round, he is a tough and consistent performer and could be difficult to pass should he hit the front.

Verdict

An interesting contest with plenty of improving types, Air Pilot will appreciate a bit of cut under foot and is improving with every run. But Cannock Chase looks to have a bit of class about him, he will come on for his first run and could be tough to beat.

MBNA Chester Vase – Group 3 1m4f

The second Group 3 of the day is the Chester Vase one of the big trials for the biggest events in horse racing of the the Epsom Derby. Aidan O’Brien has trained five winners of the race since 2007, and in 2013 Ruler of the World went onto win the Derby on the back of winning the Chester Vase. This year he saddles 5/2 favourite Hans Holbein, who enters the race off the back of a maiden victory at Leopardstown. He will certainly have to improve on that effort but he will love the ground and his trainer’s record in the race can’t be ignored. Future Empire represents the Godolphin team and has an excellent chance on form. His second to Christophermarlowe in a Derby trial at Epsom looks rock-solid form, but there is a slight question mark over the softer ground for Saeed bin Suroor’s runner.

Verdict

This race looks to be between Hans Holbein and Future Empire. Both have progressive profiles and while Future Empire has the better form in the book, Hans Holbein represents a red-hot trainer who loves this race. He just gets the nod.

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