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 Eventmasters.co.uk 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.
The final race of Ladies Day was our very own, eventmasters.co.uk 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.
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.