We here at Eventmasters celebrated our 30th anniversary in style with a sponsored race day at Warwick, a fantastic afternoon of hospitality and National Hunt action for all. The card featured several exciting prospects who could take their chance in big races later in the season including contests at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.
The opening race of the day was the Eventmasters Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary Juvenile Hurdle which went the way of Dan and Harry Skelton as Ashoka made a winning debut. In the soft conditions Warren Greatrex’s For Goodness Sake looked to make the race a real test of stamina and bowled along in front; but Ashoka and Harry Skelton loomed large and took the lead over the last to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths.
The second race of the day; The Eventmasters 6 Nations Rugby Hospitality Packages Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase featured just three runners but the winner, Red Spinner, couldn’t have been more impressive. The Kim Bailey trained five-year-old was pushed to the front early and jumped with supreme confidence to score by 25-lengths, as his rivals struggled to cope with the conditions.
After a luxury three-course lunch the VIP guests heading back to the private viewing balcony for the Eventmasters Twickenham Hospitality Packages Maiden Hurdle, which featured the exciting prospect Born Survivor.
The four-year-old was making his debut for Dan Skelton after changing hands for £220,000 at the Brightwells Sale in April. Approaching three from home the 5/6 favourite was travelling powerfully as his rivals floundered in the heavy ground with only Minella Charmer keeping pace. But the leader quickly put the race to bed and ran on well towards the line. It was a good win and with his hefty price tag he could be one to go onto better things.
The penultimate race of the day the Eventmasters Rugby Hospitality Packages Handicap Hurdle saw the day’s most exciting finish as 12/1 shot extreme impact collared Scales close to the line. One furlong from the finish Scales jumped to the lead and looked the winner but jockey Kielan Woods rousted his mount to get up just before the line and claim a three-quarters-of-a-length victory.
The final race of the day saw Poetry Emotion run for Eventmasters Racing as the Nicky Henderson trained four-year-old made his second appearance in the Eventmasters Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.
Unfortunately he was unable to cap off a superb day under Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Nico de Boinville. The heavy conditions didn’t suit him and the pace set by the impressive winner Willoughby Court proved too much for the whole field as Ben Pauling’s runner won by eight-lengths.
But a fantastic day was had by all and we look forward to the next 30-years of providing the very best hospitality packages and the biggest sporting and cultural events in the UK.