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York Ebor Hospitality: Mistrusting takes Eventmasters sponsored race

Mistrusting gave the Godolphin team a double on the card as she won the Eventmasters 30 Years Of Hospitality Expertise EBF Stallions Stakes. The win capped of a fantastic day of York Ebor hospitality for Eventmasters guests.

A superb day of action was started by hot favourite Tasleet winning the opening race for William Haggas. The trainer completed a quick fire double winning the Group 2 Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes with rising star Besharah who produced a stunning display under jockey Pat Cosgrave.

The feature race of the day was the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks. The race saw some of the top fillies from the UK compete for the prestigious prize. The race was run at a good pace throughout and entering the long York home straight Irish Oaks winner Covert Love hit the front, but Jim Bolger’s Irish 1000 Guineas winner Pleascach loomed large and the two classic winners battled out a thrilling finish.

In the final half furlong Covert Love still held the advantage but the challengers lined up. Pleascach was showing her staying power and powered past the favourite to take the race, Hugo Palmer’s mount held onto second, while French raider Sea Calisi stole third from Royal Ascot winner Curvy.

The final race of the day saw plenty of improving fillies line up for the Eventmasters 30 Years Of Hospitality Expertise EBF Stallions Stakes. Godolphin’s Mistrusting started the race as 5/2 favourite and had plenty of market support behind her with jockey William Buick in the saddle. The race was won by Bragging in 2014 and she went onto win a Group 2 and Mistrusting could be in that mould.

Godolphin’s second runner Risen Sun set a strong early pace, with stablemate Mistrusting tacking the leader in a good position. With two furlongs to go the favourite started to make headway and led the race from a furlong out. In behind others began to make progress off the pace, Richard Fahey’s Dusky Queen looked the main threat along with Secret Hint. But Charlie Appleby’s filly showed great heart and held off her rivals to take the prize.

It was a fitting end to a wonderful day of York Ebor hospitality for Eventmasters guests. Our York Ebor hospitality packages are the best way to experience the unique action provided on the famous Knavesmire track. Please see our York Ebor hospitality page for more information.

York Ebor Hospitality: Eventmasters at the 2015 Ebor Festival

Eventmasters, the Birmingham based hospitality specialist, will be celebrating their 30th anniversary in style with a race day out at York Racecourse’s famous Ebor Meeting.

They have enjoyed a long and rich history of horse racing sponsorship at the Festival which will continue today in the Ladies Day finale with the Eventmasters 30 Years Of Hospitality Expertise EBF Stallions Stakes, a Class 2 Handicap for Fillies’ run over seven furlongs.We are delighted to continue to offer official York Ebor hospitality packages for the North’s premier race meeting, which on Saturday will feature Europe’s richest flat handicap.

Eventmasters have not sponsored races at the Ebor Festival for all 30 years but it does go back a long way! It all started in 2002 with the Eventmasters Falmouth Handicap over five furlongs for three-year-olds. The first running was won by Kangarilla Road for jockey Paul Hanagan, who went on to become champion apprentice that season before winning the jockey’s title in 2010.

In 2009 our sponsorship moved to the final race on the second day of the York Ebor Festival. On that day Noble Storm the 9/2 favourite won the race by half-a-length later winning a Listed race at Haydock. In 2010 the race was won by the popular Monsieur Joe, who won a Group 3 at Longchamp in 2012 and has enjoyed a renaissance in recent times under trainer Paul Midgley, winning a Listed event at Tipperary just a couple of weeks ago.

In 2012 the race changed to its current format, that year the ‘Sweetheart of York’ Dutch Rose (shown above) won the race for David O’Meara. She returned to win the race in 2013 with a battling display under Kieron Fallon. Last year the race was won by a high-class performer as Sir Michael Stoute’s Bragging registered a comfortable victory. Since that race the Khalid Abdullah owned filly has won a Group 2 contest at Newmarket earlier this year on 1000 Guineas day.

There are potential future stars in the 15 runner field for the 2015 renewal. Cheveley Park have a strong hand in Roger Varian’s charge Spangled (4/1 jt favourite) who has won two of her three starts progressing with every run and Royal Seal (8/1) for last year winning trainer Michael Stoute; the booking of Pat Smullen maybe significant. Godolphin have two runners; Mistrusting, (4/1 jt favourite) and Risen Sun (12/1) both look to hold strong chances. Recent Glorious Goodwood winner Enlace (10/1) also may have a say. The race will cap off a fantastic day of high quality racing action for Eventmasters guests enjoying our luxurious York Ebor hospitality facilities; good luck to all of the connections.

Please see our York Ebor hospitality page for more information.

Passionate Affair & St Paul’s Square

Passionate Affair proved that the decision to secure him from a Lingfield seller a few weeks back was a sound investment with a solid staying on performance in the 8:40 at Bath yesterday. His previous run on turf (beaten 33L) posed a question as to whether or not he could act on this surface, his fourth place finish under top weight proved that he can be as effective on grass as well as all-weather surfaces.

His initial run for Jamie in a hood and blinkers was very disappointing, resulting in Richard Hughes suggesting that “all hoods should be burned!”. Reverting to cheek pieces last night, it was obvious to all that he was far happier.

Passionate Affair’s run was in stark contrast to that of St Paul’s Square 2 days earlier, who continues to be extremely disappointing to say the least. He looked very well in the parade ring and had obviously come on physically from his appearance at Leicester; this only made the fact that he was beaten 38 lengths (in excess of 80 lengths in 3 completed runs) even more exasperating. We have a difficult decision to make with regard to the Amadeus Wolf colt; do we cut our losses or geld him and give him some time off to potentially find some much needed improvement? The sire has not been anywhere near as successful as his racing career would have suggested, although he did have a Group 3 winning filly in Germany during the week. St Paul’s Square is a very nice looking, good moving individual and as such it is hard to believe that he does not have more ability than that which he is currently showing us on the racecourse. A leap of faith is potentially required!

A busy week ahead for Eventmasters Racing

St Paul’s Square

A busy week ahead for Eventmasters Racing with St Paul’s Square at the last chance saloon as far as his manhood is concerned. He is entered tomorrow (8th July) in the 4:45 32Red On The App Store Maiden Auction Stakes at Lingfield.

There are 12 runners  and he’s drawn 2.  The colt (until next week) is being ridden by Rachel Kneller who had the misfortune to be unseated by him on leaving the stalls at Leicester recently.  As you are aware EMR’s St Paul’s Square has not been too cooperative on the racecourse yet and we just hope he begins to latch on. Hawkmeister, trained by Richard Hannon, ran well at Salisbury and appears to have the best form, with a number of interesting unraced horses also on view.

Passionate Affair

Passionate Affair will get his chance on Thursday (10th July) as he has been entered by Jamie Osborne in the 8:40 Unibet Offer Daily Trainer & Jockey Specials Handicap at Bath. Following his success and acquisition from a recent seller at Lingfield, his first run for Jamie in handicap company was a little disappointing. He was tried in both blinkers and the hood and  Richard Hughes’ comments following the race was that we should “burn the hood”. (Hughesy did write quite an interesting article on how fashionable hoods have become in recent times, in Saturday’s Racing Post). He will revert to sheepskin cheek pieces on Thursday, which he wore when winning at Lingfield. Jamie is convinced that the horse is better than selling company, he can hopefully go on to prove this, minus the hood on Thursday, with an improved display.


Recent reports from Stan and Sara Moore about Tableforten have been positive.  They are looking to step up the 3 year old’s work and start some half speed later this week, before beginning the usual twice a week morning regime. Since his wind operation and an enforced break in the spring he has done well in condition, thickening out and good in his coat.  According to his groom, Lindsay, “He’s loving life and happy being in the barn, where he can talk to his neighbour through a window“.   I have to add, he evidently loves being spoiled by her. With ordinary progress he’s likely to have entries late July or just after.

Unnamed 3 year old Gelding – Gamut x Vivre Aimer Rire (Cyborg)

Champion trainer Nicky Henderson has sent our latest recruit (Unnamed 3 year old Gelding – Gamut x Vivre Aimer Rire (Cyborg) ), and first venture into National Hunt racing, to Kingwood Stud, Lambourn, where he has been broken by Jamie Magee and his team along with a number of Nicky’s other new recruits. They are renowned for doing a good job and have the horse going really well now, after he initially showed that he wasn’t afraid to have a ‘go’!

He will be turned out for a month or so with the other young horses, still being fed twice a day whilst out on grass. The break benefits these young horses immensely, having being prepared for sales for up to 10 weeks. Also for those over from Ireland, it helps them acclimatize and strengthen up before being ridden out again.

1/10th shares are still available, if you are interested in joining this partnership, please see our Available Shares section.

Update: St Pauls Square at Leicester

The management of Eventmasters Racing had another surprise with St Pauls Square last night at Leicester. Jockey, Rachel Kneller, and the colt parted company leaving the stalls, giving a passable impression of Kieren Fallon and the American-trained filly who did the same at Royal Ascot last week. So it can happen to the best.

After cantering round loose for about a mile and a half, he was eventually caught and appeared alright. Jamie, his trainer, confirms the horse was fine this morning, fortunately. He will be entered to run next at Windsor 7th July. The vet is still on call to geld him after, and only divine intervention will stop that from happening.

Jamie’s stable continues in form and were soon recompensed with Oratorio’s Joy running on well to win the fourth race of her career and the first for her new owners; Archie and Jen Tait.

Stable star Toast Of New York flew to the Big Apple today to run in the Belmont Derby Invitational race on the 5th July. Jamie reported that the colt’s work has been fantastic recently and he is more than satisfied he will perform to his best on his first start on turf. We want that big headline again!