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.