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York Ebor Festival 2019: Enable Wears the Crown on Ladies Day

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?

York Ebor Festival 2019: Off to a Galloping Start!

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?

We have hospitality for both the York Dante Festival and the York Ebor Festival in 2020! Head over to our York Hospitality page to secure your packages for both of these highly renowned meetings or call us on 0121 233 6500.

Four Reasons to get Excited about York Ebor Festival

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!

Fashion, darling!

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.

Fantastic atmosphere

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!

All the Action from York’s Dante Festival 2019

As expected, York Racecourse kicked off in style with the Dante Festival and racegoers enjoyed some impressive racing action on the Knavesmire.

This year also saw a record-breaking investment of over £8.8 million in prize money, the first £1 million Sky Bet Ebor and the opening of the new and luxuriously-impressive Premier Racing Lounge. This year, the Dante Stakes, now supported by Al Basti Equiworld Dubai promised to be the highlight of the festival and it definitely didn’t disappoint!

Telecaster stunned the crowds during the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes, as he charged towards the finish line and procured the title from last season’s champion Too Darn Hot. Frankie Dettori had the two-year-old nicely behind in fourth but when he urged Too Darn Hot to set pace, the young colt just couldn’t do enough to get past 3-year-old Telecaster, who was refusing to buckle.

On day three, it was Good Vibes, the 10-1 favourite that excited the crowds in the Langleys Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes. After a rough start, the David-Evans trained filly burst through the pack and upstaged Mighty Spirit to take the win. It was a sensational performance and now there are talks for her to make a trip to Royal Ascot!

Invincible Army proved he truly is invincible after stepping up to the Group Two level in the Duke of York Clipper Logistic Stakes on Knavesmire. The day one race, saw trainer James Tate more than pleased with the four-year-olds performance, who powered past PJ McDonald and El Astronaute to nab the win. Invincible Army continues to impress racegoers and there are high hopes for this colt, who has now been made the bookmakers favourite for Royal Ascot’s Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

So much excitement, thrill and unpredictable action! The Dante Festival is a race meeting that should be in every racegoers calendar. Racing fans are surely spoilt for action at this event, so if you missed out this year, make sure you and your friends attend the York Dante Festival in 2020!


York Ebor Festival: A Beginner’s Guide to York Races

York Ebor Festival: 2019 Guide

The York Ebor Festival is a horse racing meeting held over four days at York Racecourse. It takes place in late August each year. The prestigious meeting was first established in 1843 which saw the first running of the Ebor Handicap race. Find out more about the meeting below with our handy guide!

When is the York Ebor Festival?

The Ebor Festival usually takes place in late August. This year, it will be held from Wednesday 21st august until Saturday 24th August 2019.

When does the York Ebor Festival start?

The gates at York racecourse open at 11am for a Welcome to the Yorkshire Ebor Festival. Following this, the first race commences between 1:30pm or 2pm.

What do I wear to the York Ebor Festival?

Guests at the York Ebor Festival dress exquisitely, as though attending a fine formal occasion. Within the County Stand there is a dress code to adhere to. Men are encouraged to way a shirt with a collar paired with a jacket and a tie. Short sleeves, bow ties and shorts are acceptable for men. Ladies ususally opt for formal dresses paired with heels and a hat or fascinator.

Outside of the County Stand Enclosure, there is no formal dress code however most racegoers do enjoy dressing in formal attire. Guests should aim for comfort just as much as style, allowing for a greater raceday experience.

Guide to the four days

As one of the final key race meetings of the flat racing season, the York Ebor Festival is a special event itself! Without a doubt, the event features the oldest, richest, most famous races within the UK. Gathering horse racing fans from all over the globe, enjoying four days of thrilling horse racing action. Find out more about each individual day below.

Juddmonte International Day – Wednesday 21 August 2019

The phenomenal opening day boasts the Group One race Juddmonte International. This is the richest race held at York Racecourse and was rated number one of all thoroughbred horse races during 2012-2014. Indeed the race was one by one of the greatest – Frankel.

Ladies’ Day – Thursday 22 August 2019

Ladies’ Day at York racecourse is without a doubt the social highlight of the festival. All are dressed to impress with prizes even being allocated on the Ebor Fashion Lawn!

What’s more, the racing on Ladies’ Day is of the finest standard. With the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks race taking centre stage. In 2017 this was won by the highly acclaimed horse Enable.

Coolmore Nunthorpe Day – Friday 23 August 2019

Racing continues at York well into the weekend with Nunthorpe Day taking place on the Friday. The stand out race on this day is another Group One race, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes which is one of the fastest races in the entire world! Get set to witness some of the most thrilling horse racing action.

Sky Bet Ebor Day – Saturday 24 August 2019

The grand finale of the York Ebor Festival takes place on Saturday. The oldest and most well known race – the Ebor – takes place on this day. Since it was first run in 1840, the race continues to make history each year and is one surely not to be missed.


You can enjoy both the York Ebor Festival and the York Dante Festival with our luxurious York Hospitality Packages in 2020. Secure your VIP place today and enjoy an extraordinary race day at York!

The York Racecourse Dante Festival 2018: Review

The Dante Festival at York Racecourse opened in its usual spectacular fashion on the 16th May, promising another few days of exciting racing at the Knavesmire.

The storied course wasted no time in getting into the action, with a full complement of races for attendees to enjoy.

Dante Festival – Day One Recap

  • Sky Bet First Race Special Jorvik Handicap – Winner: Hamada
  • Infinity Tyres Handicap – Winner: George Bowen
  • (Group 2) Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes– Winner: Harry Angel
  • (Fillies’ Group 3) Tattersalls Musidora Stakes– Winner: Give and Take
  • Conundrum HR Consulting Handicap – Winner: Clubbable
  • (Plus 10) British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes– Winner: Charming Kid
  • Oaks Farm Stables Handicap – Winner: Reverend Jacobs

The big winner of the day was Harry Angel, ridden by Adam Kirby. The Irish Thoroughbred won the Duke of York Stakes as the 4/9 favourite, further cementing his reputation as one of the best sprinters in the sport today.

Day Two was another stirring day of racing, with a bright, dry day providing optimal racing conditions.

Dante Festival – Day Two Recap

  • Betfred ‘Supports Jack Berry House’ Handicap – Winner: El Astronaute
  • (Fillies’ Group 2) Betfred Middleton Stakes – Winner: Coronet
  • (Group 2) Betfred Dante Stakes – Winner: Roaring Lion
  • Betfred TV Hambleton Handicap – Winner: Afaak
  • (Listed) British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes – Winner: Main Desire
  • (Plus 10) Stratford Place Stud Breeds Group Winners Maiden Stakes – Winner: I Am A Dreamer
  • Investec Wealth Handicap – Winner: Waiting For Richie

The feature race of the day was the Dante Stakes. Named after the Yorkshire trained winner of the Derby substitute at Newmarket in 1945, and serving as a major trial for the Derby to this day, the 2018 Dante Stakes were won by Roaring Lion in emphatic fashion. The day also saw another win for veteran rider Frankie Detorri, who took the Middleton Stakes, riding Coronet, earlier in the day.


The final day on Friday concluded the Dante Festival with another packed day of racing, including the prestigious Yorkshire Cup. As part of the British Champions Series, its imposing 1 mile 5 furlong and 188 yard course is a test of any stayer, but Stradivarius, ridden by Frankie Detorri, took the win. The clear favourite to win, he saw off other competitors Max Dynamite and Count Octave to take the prize in fine form.

Day Three Preview

  • (Listed) Langleys Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes – Winner: Signora Cabello
  • (Listed) Longines Irish Champions Weekend Fillies’ Stakes – Winner: Threading
  • (Group 2) MansionBet Yorkshire Cup (British Champions Series) – Winner: Stradivarius
  • Equinity Technology Handicap – Winner: Thundering Blue
  • British EBF Frank Whittle Partnership Fillies’ Handicap – Winner: Yeah Baby Yeah
  • Yorkshire Equine Practice Handicap- Winner: Koditime
  • 7IM Supports Cystic Fibrosis Care Handicap- Winner: Baghdad

 Eventmasters York Hospitality

If the action at the Dante Festival has got you hungry for more racing at York, Eventmasters is proud to offer VIP hospitality at the York Racecourse’s other premier race meeting, the Ebor Festival. Whether you are viewing the race from the private balcony of the Dante Suite, or relaxing with a champagne reception in the terrace of the Roberto Pavilion, you and your guests are sure to have a day to remember.

The York Ebor Festival: A Racegoer’s Dream

Eventmasters are delighted to provide official York Ebor Festival corporate hospitality packages at the illustrious York Racecourse for 2017. This fabulous festival represents one of the final major meetings of the tremendous flat racing season and features Europe’s most affluent flat handicap race – The Ebor. Treat your valued clients and guests to one of the greatest racing events with the Dante Suite, Roberto Pavilion and Knavesmire Stand Private Box facility all providing an outstanding VIP experience to savour.

The York Ebor Festival is undoubtedly one of the finest sporting and social events of the British summer – featuring world-class horse racing action across four glorious days on the venerable York Racecourse. The splendid festival attracts the very finest horses year-in-year-out along with some of the most decorated jockeys in the business all vying to compete on the Knavesmire for the ultimate sporting accolade.

Avid racegoers can indeed relish a delightful day of unrivalled racing with the feature races in particular certain to catch the eye.

The feature race on day one of the fabulous Festival is without doubt the Juddmonte International – ranked as the singular best horse race in Britain by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities since 2015. This outstanding contest has been won by some of the sport’s finest specimens including the seemingly invincible Frankel, who soared to victory in 2012. The stunning win signified the colt’s thirteenth straight win, enhancing his reputation as one of the greatest horses in the sport’s colourful history.

Another year to remember was 2016 when Postponed continued his fantastic season as he took the Group One race in stunning style, a moment which trainer Roger Varian has reflected on as the highlight of his career.

But Juddmonte International Day does not only comprise one signature race as fans also take an avid interest in the Great Voltigeur Stakes; a competition which has produced 13 winners of the final classic of the season – the St Leger Stakes.

The second day of the festival represents one of the most splendid events in the social and sporting calendar – York Ebor Ladies Day.

This sumptuous social occasion is synonymous with class, elegance and sophistication and is the signature event combining the very best in fabulous fashion and riveting horse racing. Ladies will once again flock in their thousands to York Racecourse for this extremely attractive day out as they compete furiously for the coveted prize of ‘Best Dressed Lady’.

Some might say that this wonderful day of revered fashion is just as important as the occasion itself. But the finery and luxury of the social event of the British summer belies the fact that it merely provides the backdrop for world class, high octane action on the racetrack.

The sporting highlight of the day is certainly the Group One Yorkshire Oaks which takes centre stage on the sun-splashed second day.

Last year’s contest made for spectacular viewing as Seventh Heaven produced an outstanding surge to overhaul Queen’s Trust at the furlong pole and stretch clear for an impressive two-and-three-quarter lengths victory. It was certainly a spectacle for racegoers to savour and fans will be hoping for another scintillating performance when the race next commences.

Friday represents a fabulous day the at prestigious York Ebor Festival, offering distinguished guests the chance to witness one of the fastest and most exciting sprints of the season – The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes. This five-furlong race is a quintessential element of the British Champions Series and often determines the finest sprinter in the country.

Last year it was Mecca’s Angel who proved her credentials as one of the world’s finest horses as she took her second Nunthorpe Stakes in breath-taking fashion from red-hot favourite Limato. This year’s race will certainly be another keenly anticipated encounter.

The final day of the York Ebor Festival features one of the greatest races in Europe – The Ebor Handicap. The race has been a permanent fixture on the Knavesmire since the 1840’s and it continues to hold the title as Europe’s richest flat handicap race. The fantastic air of this momentous occasion is truly like no other; the electrifying atmosphere that reverberates throughout the crowd as the horses thunder towards the finishing post is certainly an experience that will live long in the memory of any racegoer.

Last year it was Heartbreak City who claimed the tremendous sporting honour; the Thoroughbred won the race with consummate ease, beating runner-up Shrewd by more than four lengths.

It certainly promises be another splendid event this term.

Eventmasters’ wide range of York Ebor Festival corporate hospitality packages are the perfect way to treat you valued clients and guests to a luxurious day of hospitality at one of the UK’s leading horse racing events. Experience the fantastic atmosphere and superb racing in VIP style from inside the Dante Suite and Roberto Pavilion – the two finest corporate hospitality facilities at York Racecourse.


York Ebor Festival 2016 – Corporate Hospitality and Racing Review

The York Ebor Festival once again proved why it is one of the most popular and prestigious racing events of the British summer, after a spectacular four-days of action at York Racecourse.

In 2016 the Ebor Festival’s record prize-money attracted over 330-runners, including some of the world’s leading horses such as Postponed and Mecca’s Angel. Across the four-days the Knavesmire hosted 84,000 horse racing fans and they were treated to some fantastic action.

Postponed shines brightest on day one of the York Ebor Festival

The opening day of the York Ebor Festival was once again highlighted by the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes, which in 2016 carried the most valuable prize-money of any race ever staged at York Racecourse.

Entering the race all eyes were on the Roger Varian-trained superstar Postponed, who had recorded five consecutive victories (including three Group One contests). Sent-off as the 15/8 favourite the five-year-old was always travelling powerfully and once he hit the front three-furlongs out there was no looking back.

Under a brilliant Andrea Atzeni ride he held-off the challenge of King George hero Highland Reel, winning by a-length-and-a-quarter.

Earlier in the afternoon Aidan O’Brien proved that he still holds the finest crop of colts in Europe as Idaho powered to victory in the Group Two Betway Great Voltigeur, with stablemate Housesofparliament finishing second.

Fashion and Racing take centre stage on Ebor Festival Ladies Day; while Opal Tiara takes the EBF Fillies’ Stakes

Ebor Festival Ladies Day is an afternoon synonymous with high-class horse racing action and the finest fashion. A record number of racegoers went down the Ebor Fashion Lawn catwalk; with the feature prize of a trip to go racing in Dubai – courtesy of Marriott Hotels – was claimed by Georgina Friswell.

Whilst the ladies displayed their fashion off the course, on the course the two feature races were all centred on the finest fillies in Britain and Ireland. In the Lowther Stakes, the immortal Frankel once again enhanced his stud reputation as his daughter Queen Kindly took the Group Two event.

The Darley Yorkshire Oaks once again went the way of Aidan O’Brien as Seventh Heaven and Found led home a one-two finish for the Irish trainer.

Opal Tiara wins EBF Fillies' Stakes

Opal Tiara takes the EBF Fillies’ Stakes – York Ebor Festival 2016

The final race of Ladies Day was our very own, EBF Fillies’ Stakes. Eventmasters have a long and proud history with York Racecourse, having sponsored races at the Ebor Festival since 2002.

The 2016 running of the race once again attracted some quality horses and it was Opal Tiara who stood out from the crowd as she blitzed her rivals. The Mick Channon-trained three-year-old was always in a handy position and three-furlongs out she made headway before powering clear from a furlong out to take the race.

After the race Eventmasters were delighted to present the winning prize the owners of Opal Tiara (shown below), capping-off a truly memorable day.Eventmasters York Ebor Festival - Corporate Packages

Mecca’s Angel the star of York Racecourse once again with Nunthorpe romp; York Ebor heads to Ireland after Heartbreak City wins for Tony Martin

The fastest race of the week was once again the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes – one of the best sprint events anywhere in the world. Entering the race all of the focus centred on July Cup winner Limato, who was supplemented for the race.

The Henry Candy star was one of the biggest gambles of the week for punters at York Racecourse, but there were still doubts about his ability to handle the rapid five-furlongs. But this was a day for the north as Mecca’s Angel took the race for second-year under Paul Mulrennan.

The five-year-old once again proved why she is one of the world’s finest sprinters as she powered away from her rivals, with Limato only good enough for second. Northern trainer Michael Dods was met by huge cheers as he led his stable star into the winners’ enclosure.

The final day of the festival once again played host to the most valuable flat handicap in Europe – The Betfred Ebor. The fiercely competitive race again attracted some fantastic horses all looking to put their names into the history books.

The prize headed to Ireland as Heartbreak City took the race for County Meath trainer Tony Martin. The six-year-old was well-backed before the off and rewarded his followers in style. Held-up by teenage jockey Adam McNamara, he made smooth progress throughout the race before pushing clear in the final furlong to win by four-lengths.

York Ebor Festival Hospitality Review

Eventmasters were once again delighted to offer the finest VIP corporate hospitality packages at the York Ebor Festival 2016. Two of the finest facilities on York Racecourse – The Dante Suite and Roberto Pavilion – offered guests outstanding hospitality and stunning views of all the action.

These unrivalled corporate packages included an exquisite four-course, fine-dining experience which perfectly complimented the breath-taking action on the track. Alongside the lunch, hospitality guests were treated to a Champagne reception, sumptuous afternoon tea and complimentary bar.

A truly memorable week of corporate hospitality and horse racing action. We are already counting down to 2017!

Dates for the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival 2017 have now been confirmed – Wednesday 23rd August, Thursday 24th August, Friday 25th August and Saturday 26th August 2017.

For more information please see our York Ebor Festival corporate hospitality packages page.


Black Friday – Facilities Preview

With just a four days to go until we unleash our unbelievable Black Friday offers, we preview some of the fantastic facilities where we be offering eye-popping discounts for just 24 hours. We will be offering discounts on two of our most popular horse racing hospitality packages, along with offers on our Premier League football hospitality packages.

The Venue – Cheltenham Gold Cup Day (Friday 18th March 2016)

Our first Black Friday offer will centre on the biggest meeting in jumps racing, The Cheltenham Festival 2016. Once again the best National Hunt horses from both sides of the Irish Sea will descend upon Prestbury Park for four days of truly unmissable action.

The meeting concludes with Cheltenham Gold Cup Day; one of the most sought after dates in the corporate hospitality calendar. The Gold Cup is one of the biggest races in the world and captures the imagination of all who witness this unique challenge, as the best three-mile steeplechasers’ battle for the prestigious prize.

The Venue is one of the most popular Cheltenham Festival hospitality packages on the market. This superb facility is situated in the hub of Cheltenham’s Tented Village, just a short stroll from the Guinness Grand Stand and the spectacular Parade Ring.

The Venue offers you the chance to experience the famous buzz and atmosphere at the Cheltenham Festival from an exclusive environment; which offers you the chance to entertain your important clients and guests.

This outstanding package includes; VIP hostess service, champagne reception, four course luncheon, full afternoon tea, complimentary bar, celebrity guests tipsters and much more.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy one of the biggest days in the British sporting calendar in VIP style.

Dante Suite – York Ebor Festival (Friday 19th August 2016)

The York Ebor Festival is one of the oldest and most prestigious race meetings in the country. 2016 once again promises to be another unforgettable occasion with some the world’s most exhilarating races including Europe’s richest handicap race The Ebor.

The Ebor Festival features four days of action with some of the world’s best horses battling it out on the North’s premier racecourse. On the third day of this famous festival, Eventmasters have secured exclusive use of the fabulous Dante Suite.

The Dante Suite is located inside the spectacular Ebor Stand and provides guests with stunning views of this iconic racecourse. See all the action from a private seated viewing balcony, this really is the finest restaurant and hospitality facility on the Knavesmire.

The Dante Suite provides you with the perfect environment for you to entertain your important guests and clients, whilst soaking up the atmosphere in this breathtaking setting.

This wonderful package includes; champagne reception, four course luncheon, full afternoon tea, complimentary bar, Eventmasters experienced event management team in attendance and much more.

Will you be at this world class event, enjoying the fantastic York Ebor hospitality packages?

Football Hospitality Packages

Black Friday will also see us offer brilliant discounts on our wide range of football hospitality packages for the 2015/16 Premier League season.

The Hollins Suite is the ultimate match-day experience for any fan at Stamford Bridge, home of the Premier League champions Chelsea FC. This is one of the finest hospitality packages anywhere in the country; with guests enjoying a superb three course meal, luxurious premium West Stand seats, a complimentary bar open till one hour after the final whistle and much more. The world class football on the pitch is matched by the hospitality packages provided by one of the world’s biggest clubs.

Liverpool fans looking to entertain their important clients and guests need look no further than the Centenary Club. Anfield is one of the world’s most famous football settings and the hospitality on offer matches the setting. You will enjoy a four course carvery luncheon, with half time tea & coffee as well as sandwiches & coffee at full time and much more. As well as seeing all the action unfold from your upholstered seat in the Executive section of the upper Centenary Stand.

The Salford Suite inside Old Trafford provides you with an unforgettable afternoon/evening of hospitality and football at Manchester United. The Salford Suite is located in Tier 2 of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, where an impeccably stylish and flexible dining option, perfect for any kind of entertaining, can be enjoyed. Don’t miss out on this outstanding hospitality package.

Tottenham Hotspur are playing some of their best football in years and you can see them in VIP style from the West Stand Box at White Hart Lane. This spacious facility is a perfect environment to entertain your clients and guests with a Spurs legend in attendance and superb seats to see all the action and soak up the atmosphere.

Full details of discounts will be announced next Friday and will be available for 24 hours.

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York Ebor Hospitality 2015 Review

So the curtain has come down on another fantastic week of action at the York Ebor Festival. Eventmasters once again provided first class York Ebor hospitality packages from the excellent Dante Suite. The unique action on the Knavesmire thrilled the York Ebor hospitality guests and provided plenty of shock results.

On the opening day of the meeting provided one of the biggest shocks in recent racing history. The Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes was meant to be the battle of the two best colts in Europe. With the unbeaten Dante, Epsom Derby and Eclipse hero Golden Horn taking on the dual Guineas winner Gleneagles. But on the morning of the race Gleneagles was withdrawn due to the soft going, leaving John Gosden’s stable star as the red-hot favourite. The three-year-old was sent off at 4/9 with many expecting the race to be little more than a procession.

As Frankie Dettori tracked the leading pair it seemed inevitable that his mount would sweep through for an easy win. But 50/1 outsider Arabian Queen hit the front during the final furlong and threw the gauntlet down. Golden Horn plugged on but was never getting to the mare who showed tremendous spirit and eventually triumphed by a neck. Causing the shock of shocks. It was definitely a moment to remember for York Ebor hospitality guests.

The second day of the meeting saw more high-quality action in some outstanding races. Pleascach came out on top in a blanket finish to the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks. The Irish 1,000 Guineas winner got the better of favourite Covert Love and French raider Sea Calisi, to register another big race win for the powerful Godolphin. In the final race of the day the Eventmasters 30 Years of Hospitality Expertise EBF Stallions Stakes, Godolphin again found themselves in the winning enclosure as Mistrusting got the better of Dusky Queen. The third day of the festival saw one of the most highly anticipated sprint races of the season, the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes. High class American juvenile Acapulco was the long-time favourite for the race, after her impressive victory at Royal Ascot. But on the day she was no match for the Michael Dods-trained Mecca’s Angel, who scorched the turf on her way to a two-length win. Elsewhere on the day Irish jumps legend Willie Mullins tasted success in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup as Max Dynamite blew away his rivals in the two-mile contest.

The final day saw another big price shock winner as Litigant took the Betfred Ebor Handicap at odds of 33/1. The Joseph Tuite-trained seven-year-old had won five of his seven starts before the Ebor, but had been off the track for over 400 days. But he showed he is an improving type as he saw off the challenge of his more fancied rivals to win by a-length-and-a-half. Elsewhere on the day Ajaya won the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes for the potent combination of William Haggas and Graham Gibbons.

The 2015 York Ebor Festival once again provided racegoers and York Ebor hospitality guests with some unforgettable action.

For more information on York Ebor hospitality packages for 2016 please see the York Ebor hospitality page.