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Eventmasters offer a brand new improved option to entertain and network with VIP guests

Ever thought of entertaining at the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival? “The Olympics” of the National Hunt Horse Racing world is just 4 weeks away and this year’s event promises to be a real show piece occasion.

Redevelopments at Cheltenham Racecourse are now complete and the new Grandstand has created a superb environment from which to enjoy one of the most popular events in sport. Once again thousands of fans will flock to the racecourse and the vast array of hospitality facilities will be as busy as ever.

Brand new for 2017 will be The Venue, this facility will be the place to be seen, located inside the hospitality courtyard (also being introduced for the first time in 2017) it will include live music from the popular David “Yosser” Hughes who has previously enjoyed great success in facilities at Aintree and Chester Racecourses.

The live entertainment will complement a superb hospitality package which includes a Champagne reception, four-course lunch, afternoon tea, full complimentary bar, hostess service and a guest tipster. An ideal way to entertain and network with important clients.

The 2017 Festival takes place across four days Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th March and hospitality within The Venue is subject to availability on certain dates.

For further details – Call Now: 0121 233 6500.

Tom Scudamore Joins Eventmasters as Horse Racing Hospitality Ambassador

Eventmasters are delighted to announce that leading National Hunt jockey Tom Scudamore, will join us at the Cheltenham Festival  as our Official Horse Racing Hospitality Ambassador.

Scudamore will follow in an illustrious line of leading jumps jockeys that have enjoyed the role of Eventmasters Horse Racing Ambassador at The Festival including Richard Johnson and Sir Anthony McCoy.

Despite losing out to the late Many Clouds in one of the great races ever seen at Cheltenham in the BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase last month – ‘Scu’ can still look forward to one the best rides of The Festival as he aims to partner Thistlecrack to Gold Cup success in March.

A third generation rider of the Scudamore Dynasty, his father Peter Scudamore winning the jockeys championship on eight occasions, while his grandfather Michael was a renowned rider and trainer.

Tom began his riding career in 1998 and won the British Amateur Jockey Championship in 2001. His career in recent times has been closely associated with the Pipe family; he first rode for the legendary Martin Pipe in 2007 and has been the retained jockey for David Pipe in recent seasons.

The 34-year-old has amassed over 1000 National Hunt winners so far in his career and he has been no stranger to big race wins, with nine Cheltenham Festival wins including Moon Racer, Dynaste and of course Thistlecrack.

On day one of the 2017 Festival, Scudamore will ride Moon Racer who is the favourite for opening race, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, as the famous ‘Cheltenham Roar’ rings out around Prestbury Park.

Eventmasters Managing Director Denise Sheasby said: “We are so pleased that Tom will be joining in Silks@Frontrunners for the Cheltenham Festival.

“He is without doubt one of the leading names in National Hunt Racing and after his success at the Festival in recent seasons, we are sure he will provide out guests with fantastic insight and opinions.”

Cheltenham Festival Hospitality Packages on Sale

Eventmasters are delighted to provide official corporate hospitality packages for the Cheltenham Festival 2017, the highlight event of the National Hunt Season.

We can offer a wide-range of Cheltenham Festival Hospitality Packages for all four days including Silks@Frontrunners, The Venue and our Private Box.

Faugheen and Annie Power among Champion Hurdle entries

28 entries have been made for the Champion Hurdle – the feature race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival , including defending champion Annie Power and 2015 winner Faugheen.

The Willie Mullins pair are two of the nine entries for the Irish Champion Trainer who has also entered Nichols Canyon, Wicklow Brave, Vroum Vroum Mag, Clondaw Warrior, Diaklali, Footpad and Ivan Grozny.

Mullins has taken the last three renewals of the premier two-mile hurdle and will no doubt send a strong team for 2017. Between now and March much will be made of Faugheen and Annie Power, who are leading contenders but are unlikely to both line-up for the race.

Faugheen has not been seen since the Irish Champion Hurdle in 2016 when he produced his finest ever performance. While rumours have circulated about Annie Power’s well-being since her victory at Aintree in April 2016.

Alan King trains the leading British hope in the shape of Yanworth. This seasons Christmas Hurdle winner is jostling for second-favouritism after his impressive performance at Kempton. While the JP McManus star will need a strong pace dropped back to two-miles, he is a powerful horse who could provide King with a second win in the race.

Superb Story provided young trainer Dan Skelton with his first win at the Cheltenham Festival, when taking the County Hurdle in 2016. Now the six-year-old will take the step out of handicap company after his smooth reappearance win at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day.

Nicky Henderson is the most successful trainer in the history of the Champion Hurdle with five wins and while he has no standout performer several of his entries are capable of running a big race. Brain Power, who has been something of a sleeper gamble for the race. Introduced at 25-1 when he crossed the line at Ascot a month ago, he is now a general 12-1 chance.

It is also possible that JLT Novices’ Chase-bound Buveur D’Air will run, should his career over fences fail to take off.

Moon Racer is currently favourite for the opening race of The Festival, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, but David Pipe has given his talented hurdler an entry for the Champion Hurdle on the same day. The Champion Bumper winner from 2015 has been visually impressive in his two runs this season and could be an outside chance at massive odds should he line-up.

Cheltenham Festival Hospitality Packages on Sale

Eventmasters are delighted to provide official corporate hospitality packages for the Cheltenham Festival 2017, the highlight event of the National Hunt Season.

We can offer a wide-range of Cheltenham Festival Hospitality Packages for all four days including Silks@Frontrunners, The Venue and our Private Box.

Apple’s Jade has sights set on Champion Hurdle in 2017

Last season’s leading juvenile hurdler Apple’s Jade will be aimed at the Champion Hurdle by new trainer Gordon Elliot, after leaving the yard of Willie Mullins after the dispute with owners Gigginstown House Stud.

In her five career starts the only defeat for the four-year-old came when she finished a gallant second to Ivanovich Gorbatov – but she quickly turned the tables on that rival scoring by a staggering 41-lengths in a rematch at the Aintree Grand National Festival.

That performance and her subsequent victory at the Punchestown Festival, have left Elliot confident that his new filly is ready to take on the best of the best in the Stan James Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

Mullins has monopolised the Champion Hurdle, winning four of the previous six renewals with Hurricane Fly, Faugheen and Annie Power. But now the biggest threat to his crown could be one of his former stars.

Elliot was full of praise for his newest recruit saying:

“She is an amazing horse to get into the yard. She looks so exciting. I have never had a proper Champion Hurdle hope before. With Identity Thief going chasing, I would imagine Apple’s Jade will be aimed at the Champion Hurdle.

“Of all the Gigginstown horses that were coming out of Willie’s, Apple’s Jade was probably the one I wanted most along with Blow By Blow.” (Racing Post)

Dual Cheltenham Festival winner ready for first start under Gordon Elliot

Elliot also offered an update on another ex-Mullins star as dual Cheltenham Festival winner Don Poli prepares for what is sure to be a successful season.

The seven-year-old took the Martin Pipe Hurdle at the 2014 National Hunt Festival, before scoring again at Prestbury Park in 2015 taking the RSA Chase in style.

During another campaign at the top-level in 2016, Don Poli finished third in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, second in the Betfred Bowl and third in the Punchestown Gold Cup.

Now Elliot has confirmed that his latest recruit will go for more Grade One glory in the  JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in November, saying:

“With things still uncertain surrounding Don Cossack – although everything has gone great so far.

“I was hoping I might get another top staying chaser in the Gigginstown reshuffle so I was thrilled to get Don Poli. His form speaks for itself and he will run in the Grade 1 at Down Royal next month.” (Racing Post)

Cheltenham Festival Hospitality Packages now available

Eventmasters are delighted to announce that our Cheltenham Festival corporate hospitality packages for 2017 are now on sale. Please follow the links below for more information.

Champion Day

Ladies Day

St Patrick’s Thursday

Gold Cup Day