Nicky Henderson – News and Updates


Eventmasters Saddle Up For A Thrilling National Hunt Season

With the National Hunt Season underway and the season showcase opening fixture at Cheltenham almost upon us, there is certainly much for horse racing enthusiasts to look forward to in the coming months. Eventmasters, as a leading supplier of high-quality Horse Racing Hospitality for over 30 years, is thrilled to feature once again at some of the country’s famous racing events. Our strong affiliations with the sport and some of the country’s most distinguished race courses have allowed us to deliver a service and experience unrivalled by our competitors, and we are looking forward to exceeding expectations once again as the 2017/18 season unfolds.

Adding to our impressive range of events this year, Eventmasters are proud to unveil an exciting new venture with Aintree Racecourse that sees a brand-new hospitality facility on offer for the prestigious Grand National Festival in April 2018. Our luxuriant restaurant facility – which shares the Silks brand name as seen at the renowned Cheltenham Festival – will certainly offer guests an experience worth savouring.

Overlooking the iconic starting line with sights stretching across Melling Road of the Liverpool track, visitors will be treated to panoramic track views as they witness the thrilling action unfold. This, coupled with exquisite fine dining, delicious drinks and the finest personal hospitality service, will give visitors the chance to enjoy a day at the races like never before. What better way to impress your valued clientele?

Our famed ‘Silks’ brand also features prominently at the illustrious Cheltenham Festival, with the Silks@Frontrunners facility scheduled to make its triumphant return in March 2018. Located directly opposite to the track’s final hurdle, the sumptuous hospitality suite is guaranteed to offer the finest viewing position for guests to enjoy from its very own private balcony facility. With an alluring Champagne reception, four course luncheon and complimentary bar also included, this fabulous corporate entertainment package is sure to leave your bedazzled clients with a superb memory to cherish.

Our fabulous success is confined not only to the hospitality sector however. There also appears to be exciting times ahead for the Eventmasters’ Racing team, with the high flying Monbeg Legend, purchased in May, beginning to fulfil his potential with several key victories to date.

Monbeg Legend opened his account with a tremendous 27 lengths victory at Southwell and has since repeated that fine performance with two splendid victories at Worcester, winning by 1 ¼ and ¾ lengths respectively. The team’s leading horse will hopefully feature in a number of high profile hurdle races this year before embarking on his novice chasing career next season.

If the form book is anything to go by, Monberg Legend’s 2015 point to point victory in Ireland looks very promising, finishing ahead of none other than last year’s PertempsNetwork Final runner up Barney Dwan – could Monbeg Legend feature at the 2018 Cheltenham National Hunt Festival also?

Stabled at Seven Barrows Lambourn with leading National Hunt trainer Nicky Henderson, the horse is certainly in the right hands. The impressive Bay Gelding has sparked optimism amongst the Eventmasters’ team and the Champion trainer could not have been more enthusiastic about the charge at his recent owner’s lunch.

Denise Sheasby, Managing Director of Eventmastersand part-owner of the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner, Imperial Commander, said: ‘It is extremely exciting to be involved with Monbeg Legend, is it too much to dream that he could reach the dizzy heights of Imperial Commander? Having tasted success at the pinnacle of the sport, the desire to return remains strong and the early performances of Monbeg Legend are certainly a step in the right direction. Hopefully he can propel us back to the top table.’

‘We are also absolutely delighted to be affiliated with the country’s most coveted horse racing events. To announce an exciting new venture with Aintree, home to the world’s most famous horse race, is a wonderful step forward as we look to deliver our consistently impeccable and unrivalled corporate hospitality service.’

With Eventmasters, you are guaranteed to enjoy some of the finest Horse Racing Hospitality experiences that the UK has to offer. It can only be imagined the impression that will be left with your clients, family or friends. While the world’s finest horses and jockeys fight to win the most revered sporting accolades, you’re ensured of slam dunking the experience of a lifetime into the memory baskets of your bedazzled clients.

Make Grand National 2019 unforgettable with our VIP tickets and luxurious hospitality packages. With hospitality available on all three days of the event there will be something guaranteed to excite you and your guests.

Eventmasters Warwick Race Day Review

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.